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
Okay, it's different for James Rollins. He does like history and science, and then to go beyond the bounds. In this one, he goes far afield. I like the idea of vampire priests, the speculation of alternative histories. The story is interesting, and always kept me guessing. It had many surprises, twists, and turns. It is the beginning of a new series, with new characters. They are well developed and likable.
Christian Baskous does a good job with voices and accents. He makes the story believable, and makes it move.
I am already listening to the next one, and hope there are more.
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
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 .
The story is good, but a little shallow.
I am a huge fan of Rollins, but I'll pass going forward.
I don't like vampire books and didn't know this was one by the description.
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.
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.
Better story line. The story went nowhere.
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.
Impatience -- wanting it to end already -- yeah, I know I could have just stopped listened but wanted to just finish it.
Save your money.
Truly high, it travels through history has immortals of all kinds, and honors Christ.
Rune and Erin
If you like James Rollins, Clive Cussler and the Preston and Child novels you will find this highly entertaining.
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.
I hope so, as it had an open ending for another book. But NOT with Baskous as narrator.
The accents very funny sometimes
Very engaging and thought provoking book; makes you ask, What if?
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