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
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.
If I am not reading I am listening to a story sometimes both.
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.
Wrong book at wrong time I guess
Anger and Sadness at it's start so the rest of the book might be just fine but I will never know.
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.
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
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
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.
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.
I didn't have a favorite. This is the first book I have listened to by this narrator.
Only at certain points. Then it would drop off and I would find a stopping point, so I guess I should have answered no.
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.
maybe. The story seems good, just the reader makes me want to sleep.
Just started the book. im liking it so far.
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.
will update later
will Update later
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.
Loved most of James Rollins previous books
In the top %
Action and historical drama all rolled into 1
yes - very well done
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.
This production needed better direction, a better narrator, and possible recording equipment somewhat later than the 1960's.
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.
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.
I somehow managed to get through this and couldn't wait for it to end. I will not be putting myself through Book 2.
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.
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