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
Good book! I loved the way it takes religious speculation and answers it in the story. really cool. I loved the book and will continue. great starting book. It starts slow, but give it a chance and you will be rewarded.
They had me from the first dusty tomb. Throw in an Ancient book written in Christ's own blood that is protected by a sect of sanctified Vampires and you have got an interesting twist in the world as we know it. Christian Baskous lends his talents to the telling of this tale to great effect. I'm hooked.
will take check out and read the next book in the series, don't think I can listen to another recording with this same narrator. It was awful. the narrator did a relatively decent job when he was doing different voices, but in the general reading of the book it was awful.
I like the author's use of historical facts to weave together fiction, but Christian readers might find this twist on biblical events hard to stomach. I would describe this as a cross between Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and Anne Rice's vampire books. I might have given it a higher rating if so many scenes weren't plainly taken right out of other similar stories. Basically, if you liked the Sigma Force novels AND you like vampire stories, you'll enjoy this.
I hated this book. Forced myself to read it. It had to get better right? Wrong. What the heck, James, are you in a coma? Awful writing, a root canal would be better than this book.
I didn't really know what to expect from this, but I have enjoyed other James Rollins books. In all, it wasn't bad but if the series continued past the third book (as I read all three), I would not.
First, I should say that suspending disbelief is required for most James Rollins reading. It is absolute here for the entire Sanguines series.
Second, this is a warning to select readers: if you are offended by volumes of blood talk and imagery, then you will want to pass over this series. Read other Rollins' books instead. I don't know if a paragraph went by without some mention of blood. If you are deeply religious of most any faith, and you don't like new takes on Judeo-Christian biblical events, then you are better served not reading this series.
I've read varying reviews of Christian Baskous as the narrator but I find him to be pretty good. He has a challenge to voice a number of different accents (Hungarian among them) and genders so he does as well as can be expected.
On the whole, if you like Rollins AND fantasy novels, then you might enjoy this series. There is an adventurous historical romp to this and if you don't take it too seriously, it can be fun.
I enjoyed the book very much!
I would recommend this to my friends. I love the play on myths, religion and mystery. Great plot and narrator
Interesting and fast paced, The Blood Gospel was quite enjoyable. I liked the characters, even if some of the dialogue was forced and a bit melodramatic. My only real complaint--the nararrtor. Please please find another nararrator for Rollins books. Baskous seriously detracts!
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