The Blood Gospel
In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the... show more
In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as . . . The Blood Gospel 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. From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her two companions must confront a past that traces back thousands of years, to a time when ungodly beasts hunted the dark spaces of the world, to a moment in history when Christ made a miraculous offer, a pact of salvation for those who were damned for eternity. Here is a novel that is explosive in its revelation of a secret history. Why do Catholic priests wear pectoral crosses? Why are they sworn to celibacy? Why do the monks hide their countenances under hoods? And why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in its transformation to Christ's own blood? The answers to all go back to a secret sect within the Vatican, one whispered as rumor but whose very existence was painted for all to see by Rembrandt himself, a shadowy order known simply as the Sanguines. In the end, be warned: some books should never be found, never opened—until now.
Publish date: January 8th 2013
Pages no: 479
Edition language: English
Series: The Order of the Sanguines (#1)
Great story....not so great writing. My suspicions are that Rollins provided the story and Cantrell did 98% of the writing, so what could have been a great book merely was something to pass the time. What worked: a quest to find a book written by Christ himself, the antagonists being a sect around f...
The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is the first book in The Order of Sanguines series. The book was received through Goodreads First Reads, this one to be specific. This do not affect my review by any means. Read my full and more in depth review at my blog, V for Vilde.The Blood ...
Thoroughly enjoyed this story and I can't wait for the next installment. I don't like vampire stories, until now it seems.
I should have known better coming from James Rollins, but I did not this book was the first of a series. My mind obviously chose to ignore the subtitle that reads “The Order of the Sanguines Series”. So I blindly dove right in, expecting an action packed conspiracy-theory thriller, which was just ...