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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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  • Michal
  • Scotsdale, AZ, United States
  • 02-19-13

I should have known better!

Would you try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and/or Christian Baskous?

I read the reviews about the reader before I purchased this, but I didn't believe them! I should have. He was horrible. He read so slow that I often found my mind had just wandered off and I couldn't even remember where I was in the story. Unfortunately, I can't even comment on the book because after listening to both Part 1 and Part 2, I decided to just quit.

Has The Blood Gospel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Most likely. However, not with this reader, and I'll pay attention to previous reviews before I purchase. Unfortunately, the topic fascinated me, so I guess I'll never know.

What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

Too slow.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Major disappointment because I was really looking forward to this particular book.

Any additional comments?

No, looking forward to my next book and won't finish this one.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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jDon't read this bok.

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I have read and enjoyed James Rollins books in the past. Not greqt literature, but a good read. I never thought I'd say this, but after sixty years of reading this is the only book I would call blasphemous. Christian vampiers drinking the blood of Jesus (communtion wine) to stay alive. A gospel written by Christ in His own blood. St. Peter participating in the sacrifice of a vampire child. It's appalling, gratutiously nasty, and poorly written. Please don't read it.

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  • Barbara
  • CENTREVILLE, VA, United States
  • 04-13-14

I like it

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.

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  • Carolyn
  • Oshkosh, WI, United States
  • 01-17-13

Just can not listen to this one after the 1st chap

Would you try another book from James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and/or Christian Baskous?

I have read most of James Rollins books and that is why I got this one but after listening to the first chapter of the protracted killing of a child, in light of the sadness I feel over last months mass murder of children I just knew I could not listen to any more of this book.

What could James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Wrong book at wrong time I guess

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and Sadness at it's start so the rest of the book might be just fine but I will never know.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really Really Good

I like James Rollins sigma books - but the constant world is going to end in 10 seconds gets old. This story never got boring.

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Narration is just awesome.

Just can't wait to continue the story-line...this series has really peaked my interest. A great series coupled with a wealth of information.

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Doesn't Pass the Aw C'mon Test

Despite great narration and authors who usually deliver, this novel failed for me because of departures from well settled history. Sure it's science fiction/fantasy and suspension of disbelief is necessary but this work lacked verisimilitude. I prefer fiction that "could" be true . . . I never got there while listening.

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action from start to finish. characters u can root

action from start to finish. characters u can root for. will read the remaining books in series

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Not Sigma Force...

What did you like best about The Blood Gospel? What did you like least?

The story itself is very interesting, it just didn't draw me in like the Sigma Force novels did, I found myself spacing out and not really paying attention to the story at time. I think the whole premise of the series is good, and I may come back and listen to the next one at a later time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maybe one of the reasons I wasn't drawn into the story was I felt a disconnect with the characters. I don't really have a favorite character to be honest.

What didn’t you like about Christian Baskous’s performance?

The narration was good, I don't think it added or took away from the story.

Was The Blood Gospel worth the listening time?

Eh... I won't be reading the second in the series, at least not for a while.

Any additional comments?

Overall not a bad book, maybe the second one will get me more interested!

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Not my favorite

Started out very nicely but for bogged down at the end and lost its believability, even for the story line. maybe just a little to obscure for me. love other series by Rollins