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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Meredith United States 10-23-13
    Meredith United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2012
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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 2014
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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 2011
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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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    kay Dayton, OH, United States 05-06-13
    kay Dayton, OH, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2006
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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

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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 2014
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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 02-18-13
    KAREN 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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