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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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    wallace Herriman, UT, United States 06-15-13
    wallace Herriman, UT, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    kay Dayton, OH, United States 05-06-13
    kay Dayton, OH, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2002
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    "The worst Rollins I have heard"
    What disappointed you about The Blood Gospel?

    The story was convoluted in the extreme and many unrealistic characters. Not sure if the audience was intended to be the Twilight Crowd. The reader seemed to be trying to imitate an Eastern European accent


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

    I have listened to many of James Rollins previous stories (Sigma Series) and enjoyed. Will listen to him again but not this new series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John C. Brockman Taft, TX. USA 03-25-13
    John C. Brockman Taft, TX. USA 03-25-13

    Clayton B.

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    "Great Book. First of a series?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book and I already have. Well written and full of action.


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

    The characters are so well developed you just have to see what's next for them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good vs. Evil in a battle for all the marbles


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-23-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I really enjoyed this book."

    I've never before read one of James Rollins books. This is my first and I was not disappointed at all. The story moved a long quickly and the characters were engaging. There was a couple of plot points I could see coming but some times if the trip getting there is good enough it doesn't matter.

    I will certainly read any more books that come along in this series.

    I also really liked the narrator. I thought he did a very good job and I liked his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ford Sonora, California, United States 03-11-13
    Ford Sonora, California, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"
    If you could sum up The Blood Gospel in three words, what would they be?

    I loved it


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

    death seemed very close at all times


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    his vocie and story telling gift.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, when is book 2 coming out?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KAREN United States 02-18-13
    KAREN United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different story. I did not like this story line at all. Maybe it was because he had a co-writer and this story was her idea.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully a much better mystery or thriller. I am always watching for new books from my favorite authors.


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    He gave a very good performance in my opinion. I enjoyed his performance, just didn't like the story.


    What character would you cut from The Blood Gospel?

    I would definitely get rid of all the vampires, the grim wolves, and definitely Rasputin.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved all of James Rollins' previous books. This one was just bad. It even took almost 10 discs before it held my interesting. I have enjoyed some vampire stories, but definitely not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam San Antonio, TX, USA 02-18-13
    Sam San Antonio, TX, USA 02-18-13 Member Since 2005

    I love reading - it always takes me to a new world.

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    "A most read"
    What did you love best about The Blood Gospel?

    The plot - so many parts to put together and fun to think about


    What other book might you compare The Blood Gospel to and why?

    Dan Brown, Steve Berry


    Any additional comments?

    Read and Listen to this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 02-15-13
    Susan FREDERICK, MD, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "NIce change for a Rollins book."

    I really like the book. It was a very nice change from reading the Sigma books.
    I really enjoyed the archaeological parts of the book, as well the puzzle solving. Think Sigma, only replace the team with vampires. These vampires are not like the ones in Twilight, or Vampire Diaries.

    I personally thought the narrator did an excellent job. His accents were spot on. The audio editor might have done a better job by increasing the volume, as sometimes the narrators voice became very soft while reading the story.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Columbus, OH, United States 02-12-13
    Laura Columbus, OH, United States 02-12-13
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    "The DaVinci Code with Vampires..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first chapters of this book were exciting, and the book could've taken many interesting directions - but the vampire direction that the book took lost me. I finished the book because it was entertaining enough, but it was definitely a little "out there". I would have definitely kept the first 100 or so pages of this book and then taken the story in a completely different direction, far away from the vampire fad of this decade. I would quickly (and in an oversimplification) sum it up as The DaVinci Code with vampires.


    Was The Blood Gospel worth the listening time?

    It's entertaining enough, but not fantastic. Though, after you start it, you do want to know how it ends, even if the story is just mediocre.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gerald Dade City, FL, United States 02-12-13
    Gerald Dade City, FL, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "To long"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was toooooooooooooooooooo long and made no secne at times.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Baskous – was your favorite?

    None


    Was The Blood Gospel worth the listening time?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I will not listen to any books that are similar to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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