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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jouko 03-17-15
    Jouko 03-17-15
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    "Warning: Vampire story read by boring reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone into vampire stories. Reading it as a book might help, because the performance was painful. I can't exactly describe the problem with the narration other than that it was so slow and monotonous with odd enunciation of words that I had trouble concentrating and getting through the book.


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

    Not at all what I expected as someone who has enjoyed Rollin's books in the past. I should have read the reviews and will do so carefully before I buy another one of his.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christian Baskous?

    I'm not sure any narrator would have gotten me to finish this book. I have been an Audible customer for over 5 years and this was the first book I was unable to complete thanks to the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't think of any.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is on my "never buy again" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Douglasville, GA 03-17-15
    Victoria Douglasville, GA 03-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I knew better than to buy a book w this narrator"
    What would have made The Blood Gospel better?

    A good narrator - I could not even follow the story. He is slow and deliberate in his speech which slows the story significanlty.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell again?

    Only if narrated by someone else


    How could the performance have been better?

    enough said


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blood Gospel?

    Did not get far enough into the story to say


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bapat Dallas, TX 02-18-15
    A. Bapat Dallas, TX 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

    Gadget Savvy

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    "A good read."

    James Rollins has been my favorite author for a long time. This book in particular was a little farther from his other books. Even though it had most of the ingredients, I felt that it lacked that convincing X factor. His fantastical stories in Subterranean and Amazonia had a factor of conviction that this one lacs. It is just a story .. A good one, but a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tthomson53 Richmond, VA, United States 02-03-15
    tthomson53 Richmond, VA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "What a disappointment!"

    I tried this on the basis of someone's recommendation of Rebecca Cantrell. I'm having to quit at about four hours because of the juvenile and hackneyed plot, infantile dialogue and horrible narration. I'm going to put Baskous on my list of narrators to avoid.

    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 2013
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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 2015

    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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    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


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    kathy brainard 05-16-14 Member Since 2012
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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

    bakesq

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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 2006
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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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