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 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!
I hated some of the voices but guess he did them justice. I approve of all of it
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.
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.
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.
Can't think of any.
The narrator is on my "never buy again" list.
A good narrator - I could not even follow the story. He is slow and deliberate in his speech which slows the story significanlty.
Only if narrated by someone else
Did not get far enough into the story to say
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