The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1 Audiobook | James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell | Audible.com
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The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1 | [James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell]

The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....
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An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl.

But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. The enemy who hounds them is like no other, a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

©2013 James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ronna United States 11-26-13
    Ronna United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A different kind of James Rollins book!!"

    I'm a real fan of Rollins' Sigma books, so I picked this book up without giving it much thought. The involvement of vampire like creatures, which is not really my thing, made it a bit difficult for me to get into this story. For this kind of book, I did believe it had some very interesting parts. It revolves a lot around the Catholic Church traditions, saints, faith, and history.

    Beginning with an earthquake at Masada, Israel, a bomb and strange sacrificial remains are found below the mountain. This space is also occupied by some undead creatures. Some are evil and some have salvation from the blood of Christ. They are all searching for the Blood Gospel, supposedly written by Christ himself, which will supposedly reveal magic powers to whomever finds and opens it up.

    Sent by the Vatican, three chosen ones go in search of this book----a brilliant but disillusioned woman archeologist, a military forensic expert, and an undead Vatican Priest. Of course their search is hindered by those evil ones who want the book for themselves. Among the undead, is Rasputin in Russia, who blames the Vatican for not caring about the hoards of children who were left to die during the siege of Leningrad. I found these sections connected with history to be some of the most interesting parts.

    This is the first in the Sanguine Series. The Sanguines being a Vatican sect that was rumored to start in Biblical days, and whose start was depicted in a Rembrandt painting. Now that I've finished this first book, I do feel driven to continue on with this series to see what happens next. I think in the long run, I will really like, or really dislike this series. Sometimes it is hard to read a different kind of a book by an author whose writings you already adore!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-13
    Carolyn Oshkosh, WI, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2009

    If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.

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    "Just can not listen to this one after the 1st chap"
    Would you try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and/or Christian Baskous?

    I have read most of James Rollins books and that is why I got this one but after listening to the first chapter of the protracted killing of a child, in light of the sadness I feel over last months mass murder of children I just knew I could not listen to any more of this book.


    What could James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wrong book at wrong time I guess


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and Sadness at it's start so the rest of the book might be just fine but I will never know.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    FidlrJiffy New York metro 04-17-14
    FidlrJiffy New York metro 04-17-14 Member Since 2003
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    "An amazing disappointment"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This production needed better direction, a better narrator, and possible recording equipment somewhat later than the 1960's.


    What was most disappointing about James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell ’s story?

    I generally enjoy James Rollins. His stories are preposterous and fun. Sort of, kind of werewolves and sort of, kind of vampire priests along with several other bizarre additions (don't want to add any spoilers) just requires too much suspension of disbelief. Probably could have handled it had the narration not been bloody awful.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was truly awful. I did not say narrator to be clear only because any direction that would allow this overly tremulous and histrionic performance, and muddy, barely discernible production to go forward is to blame. This was like listening to an overly dramatic scout leader telling scary stories around the campfire with cotton stuffed in his mouth.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I somehow managed to get through this and couldn't wait for it to end. I will not be putting myself through Book 2.


    Any additional comments?

    It's rare that I hate an audio book and I hated this one. The story was beyond preposterous and the narration was mind boggling terrible. I thought my hearing had gone bad until about the middle of part 2 when all of a sudden the treble went up and I could understand what was being said. And then I realized how dumb the story was. I have loved every James Rollins book, Sigma Force or not, but this one, ugh. Maybe he needs to ditch the collaborator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 04-13-14
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I like it"

    Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.

    Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.

    I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    arnold miller Franklin,TN 37064 03-13-14
    arnold miller Franklin,TN 37064 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very disappointing"

    Never thought James Rollins would write a book that was so slow & boring. This book really went nowhere & I did not come close to finishing.
    Would recommend don't waste your $ or credits

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 02-08-14
    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Blood Gospel?

    Christian Basdous is someone I won't listen to again. He just reads with no inflections. There are so many out there who could do a much better job reading Rollins books .


    If you’ve listened to books by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell before, how does this one compare?

    The story is good, but a little shallow.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick!!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely disappointed


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Rollins, but I'll pass going forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Vista, CA, United States 02-01-14
    Mary Vista, CA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Vampires"
    What would have made The Blood Gospel better?

    Better plot


    What could James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No vampires


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I don't like vampire books and didn't know this was one by the description.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-31-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Spoiler??"

    I really liked the story, although you REALLY have to suspend disbelief. The one drawback is that it doesn't end. You need to read the next book to tie up lots of very loose ends. I don't think this has to discourage you, just be warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dalton Prosper, Texas 11-14-13
    Dalton Prosper, Texas 11-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Barely made it through this book"
    What would have made The Blood Gospel better?

    Better story line. The story went nowhere.


    Has The Blood Gospel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator tried too hard. Every sentence he read was like the world was coming to an end. Just read the book normally --- too much hyperbole.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience -- wanting it to end already -- yeah, I know I could have just stopped listened but wanted to just finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith United States 10-23-13
    Meredith United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "It has it all!"
    Where does The Blood Gospel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Truly high, it travels through history has immortals of all kinds, and honors Christ.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rune


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Rune and Erin


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    NO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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