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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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    Compute Alabama 02-08-13
    Compute Alabama 02-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Different, but a Really Good Read,"

    Different, yet still a good read. I have been a James Rollins fan for a very long time. This book departs from his normal writing style, but that's not all bad. I found the book to be intriguing and it kept my attention throughout. Rollins has a unique way of telling a story, and that was evident in this book even though he wrote it with another author. Although the book contained supernatural main characters, almost everything you can think of, it will keep your attention from the first page to the last. And even though I have a strong faith, I took this book to be an absolute work of fiction and, therefore, didn't take exception to the religious slant or the alternate interpretation. They were simply fictional, a fantasy and to be taken that way. I can say that I do look forward to he and Ms. Cantrell writing more together.

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    Howard E. Davis Rainier, OR, US 02-04-13
    Howard E. Davis Rainier, OR, US 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you listen to The Blood Gospel again? Why?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read most of Jame Rollins' books, this was not one of my favorites, but not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 02-04-13
    Theresa Hackensack, NJ, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood Gospel to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I'm quite partial to audio books.


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

    Interested and looking forward to Book 2 though there were more groups of protagonists and antagonists than I was prepared for.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Baskous’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first listen to the narrator.


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    Jackie San Antonio, TX, United States 01-31-13
    Jackie San Antonio, TX, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Not my cup of tea"

    I am really a fan of James Rollins but this just did not work for me. It is the first purchase from audible (and I have several hundred titles in my library) that I will not finish. I am very dissappointed. I did not like the narrator and I did not like the story. I listened for over 4 hours and was just not inspired to waste my time. I found myself listening to other titles rather than going back to this waste of my money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paige De Kalb, TX, United States 01-29-13
    Paige De Kalb, TX, United States 01-29-13 Member Since 2007

    Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.

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    "Interesting topic"
    Would you listen to The Blood Gospel again? Why?

    No. I liked it and it was well-written, but a little to far into the vampire thing for me. I usually never pick vampire books on purpose, they bore me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I listened, so this may be misspelled, Roon....the kick butt Sanguines.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is where the audio version tanked. The guy doing narration mispronounced almost all of the biblical places like Caesarea, Caana, and others. He even mispronounced items. It nearly drove me nuts. The only thing worse was the dialect/accent choices that ended up sounding not Italian, as in purely Italian, but something between a Brooklyn accent and a Chicago mobster! Jeez. Get someone else if you can. I am a history major and have a theater background. Replace him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Like that man from Texas! He was interesting.

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    Kevin GROVEPORT, OH, United States 01-27-13
    Kevin GROVEPORT, OH, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2010

    Truck Driver

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    "The adventure and suspense is never ending."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Liked the way the historical aspects are woven in with the biblical. Just simply fasicnating.


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    First time hearing this author, not a bad job but i must admit to being a Scot Brick fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Cant await for the next installment.

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    Karen Orange Park, FL, United States 01-25-13
    Karen Orange Park, FL, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2007

    I love to read books but due to vision problems it is very hard. I have fond that listening is almost as good as reading them for myself.

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    "Great Book can't wait for the next one"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood Gospel to be better than the print version?

    The print version was great as I can see in my mind the people and the places, but the audio version was well read and the sound was good


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has intrique and a small amount of romance. The main people seem well developed but there is still more to discover about all of the people. The back ground people will allow for more people to brought to the forefront. The ending was a total shocker


    What three words best describe Christian Baskous’s performance?

    well read and enjoyable


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 01-22-13
    Suzanne PFLUGERVILLE, TX, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't Waste Money or Credits"
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    I like James Rollins and anticipate his books with pleasure. That said, don't waste money or credits on this one. I don't know if the co-author wrote this one or not, but it's horrible. The plot has no purpose, no goal that is believable or strong enough to justify the action and events that happen. A level of suspense is non-existent and the book was easy to put down and could have been forgotten forever. I'm not wild about vampire books, I'll admit, but in the hands of a good author, I could be persuaded to enjoy them. This is not one that I enjoyed. Although I read 90% of it, I did not finish the book because I really didn't care and the ending was obvious. I am an avid reader and almost always finish just for the pleasure of reading. This book couldn't even sustain that. Use your credits to buy "Going Clear" instead. Fantastic book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Antonio Espinosa M Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 02-25-13
    Antonio Espinosa M Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great vampire story with a twist."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blood Gospel to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood Gospel?

    When the characters visit the bunker in Germany.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Baskous’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. But he is amazing, he adds effects to the different character voices which makes listening very enjoyable and differentiating.


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

    I wouldn't know.


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    Steven Roland, OK, United States 01-20-13
    Steven Roland, OK, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2005

    Drives a Semi-truck with my wife and we drive all over the country. We both listen to books while we drive. We like takes Cruises and visiting New York City.

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    "ultimate good vs evil"
    What did you love best about The Blood Gospel?

    the good isn"t always good and the bad can be very bad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blood Gospel?

    time in the motel after the snow melt filled lake.


    What three words best describe Christian Baskous’s voice?

    school master


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes the healing of a sick boy


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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