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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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    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 01-13-13
    Sandra Naperville, Illinois, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Incredible"

    I'm a long-time fan of James Rollins and have been waiting for this book since he first mentioned it. The book is incredible. There is an intimacy about the book that brings the characters to life as we find out their background stories. It made me care for what at first might seem to be at least one unsympathetic character.

    When I first heard that there might be the "v" word type of characters in the book I has hesitant to read it - but I have read everything by Rollins so couldn't let this one go by. I was not disappointed. Well, my only disappointment is that I have to wait a year for the second part of the trilogy.

    My one problem (minor) is with the narrator. He does some incredible accents - but some of them are so heavy that I have a hard time understanding what the character is saying. I think when I relisten to the book (prior to the second part coming out) I may have a copy of the book to refer to so I know what is being said. But this is certainly not a reason not to listen to it.

    I can't say enough good things about this book. Maybe I will just go ahead and re-listen to it. It was that good.

    5 of 6 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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    Bill 08-16-14
    Bill 08-16-14 Member Since 2006
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    "jDon't read this bok."
    Any additional comments?

    I have read and enjoyed James Rollins books in the past. Not greqt literature, but a good read. I never thought I'd say this, but after sixty years of reading this is the only book I would call blasphemous. Christian vampiers drinking the blood of Jesus (communtion wine) to stay alive. A gospel written by Christ in His own blood. St. Peter participating in the sacrifice of a vampire child. It's appalling, gratutiously nasty, and poorly written. Please don't read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve LINCOLN, CA, United States 08-03-14
    Steve LINCOLN, CA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Something different, Not Sigma but a new path"
    Any additional comments?

    This is not a Sigma book. It is by the same author, but is a unique path to the Vampire genre popular today. I don't care for the genre, but I really enjoyed this book as well as the followup "Innocent Blood". Good book overall. Wonderful narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Not What I Expected, But Pretty Good"
    What made the experience of listening to The Blood Gospel the most enjoyable?

    I didn't really know what to expect. James Rollins usually doesn't write this genre of book, but her sort of does. I know that sounds odd, but this is a paranormal adventure book? I'm not sure how else to describe it. Its along the lines of his usual format but throw in Vampires and some occult and you're in the ballpark.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At times it did. The book was definitely interesting. The plot was good, it had a lot of detail and back story. The "world" was well thought out and quite descriptive. It felt real enough.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite. This is the first book I have listened to by this narrator.


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

    Only at certain points. Then it would drop off and I would find a stopping point, so I guess I should have answered no.


    Any additional comments?

    I have purchased the second book to see if the story progresses. It has an interesting premise and sometimes the first book can have a little bit of a slow start. I hope the next book is even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ANGEL 06-05-14
    ANGEL 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "i just started the book will update later."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    maybe. The story seems good, just the reader makes me want to sleep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just started the book. im liking it so far.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    will update later. reader needs to read faster. I found myself laughing when he changes his voices to fit the characters other than that he is boring.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    will update later


    Any additional comments?

    will Update later

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Westfall Cedaredge. CO 05-21-14
    A. Westfall Cedaredge. CO 05-21-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dont bother"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    another vampire, warewolf book and not a good one. The reader isn't that good either. Tried twice to listen to it, didn't get thru the first part either time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell ? Why or why not?

    Loved most of James Rollins previous books


    What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

    too slow


    Could you see The Blood Gospel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathy brainard 05-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable!"
    Where does The Blood Gospel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top %


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action and historical drama all rolled into 1


    Have you listened to any of Christian Baskous’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes - very well done


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 04-28-14
    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Absolutely stellar"

    I love James Rollins's Sigma Force novels but was very hesitant to read/listen to this story because many times co-written books are choppy. That can be ok if reading, but when listening, it can be very disturbing to hear two different writing styles. This novel was seamless. It was as near to a perfect novel as I have ever read.

    I was finally swayed when my husband said that I "must read" this novel. My husband despises vampire fiction (although he loves James Rollins). He was up reading the Kindle version well into the night for several evenings. So I downloaded it onto my iPod and turned it on. And was hooked from the first five minutes. I became anti-social because people were disturbing my reading/listening time. It took me less than three days to listen to this novel; all while working and taking care of busy kids' schedules.

    I won't do spoilers because I go out of my way not to do so, but the main theme behind this book mixes the history of the Roman Catholic Church with that Eastern Europe and Masada and does so in such a way that each new plot twist causes a quick rewind to make sure that the authors really DID write that passage.

    I have also now listened to the second book and am eager for the third in the series. I did find the second book a little stretched in the credibility department, but this is a GREAT series.

    0 of 0 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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