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The Blood Gospel Audiobook

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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    Sheryl D. Fisher 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome"

    Had a friend tell me about this book series,book one down can't wait for book two

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    NiCole Kreitlow 04-06-15
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    "it's not angels and demons...but it's still good."

    I hated some of the voices but guess he did them justice. I approve of all of it

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    Larry 04-06-15
    Larry 04-06-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love James Rollins!"

    Every book I have read of his is fantastic and this one does not disappoint. I couldn't stop listening. Can't wait to begin the next one.

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    desmond 03-21-15
    desmond 03-21-15
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    "wanted to like it but couldnt"

    I love this genre and wanted to like this sstory but could tell what was going on half the time. disappointed.

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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.

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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


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    A. Bapat Dallas, TX 02-18-15
    A. Bapat Dallas, TX 02-18-15 Member Since 2015

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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.

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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.

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    Kindle Customer 08-03-14
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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

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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2016

    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.

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