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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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    arnold miller Franklin,TN 37064 03-13-14
    arnold miller Franklin,TN 37064 03-13-14
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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 02-01-14
    Mary 02-01-14
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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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    Eva Bruce, WI, United States 07-24-13
    Eva Bruce, WI, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I simply loved it and I want more."

    If you like James Rollins, Clive Cussler and the Preston and Child novels you will find this highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 07-19-13
    Julie Pipe Creek, TX, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story but narrator was awful!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have enjoyed books from this author before. I looked forward to another good series. While the story was good, the narrator's bizarre inflections in the oddest places was so annoying. Then it got to be a real distraction as you listened anticipating some weird vocal and missed the actual story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Baskous’s performances?

    Definitely not


    Do you think The Blood Gospel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope so, as it had an open ending for another book. But NOT with Baskous as narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Round Hill, VA, United States 06-30-13
    Colin Round Hill, VA, United States 06-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood Gospel to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Very much


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    The accents very funny sometimes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Very engaging and thought provoking book; makes you ask, What if?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wallace 06-15-13
    wallace 06-15-13
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    "Hated it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love James Rollins work. Usually can't wait for his next book to come out. Couldn't stand it and didn't even finish it, to me it was that bad!


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

    Rollins yes, the two of them together, no.


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

    He was fine, it was the story I didn't like, at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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