Innocent Blood: The Order of the Sanguines Series

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A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the fold of the Sanguines. Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel, Erin must join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to discover and protect a boy believed to be an angel given flesh. But an enigmatic enemy of immense power and terrifying ambition seeks the same child?not to save the world, but to hasten its destruction. For any hope of victory, Erin must discover the truth behind ...

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A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the fold of the Sanguines. Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel, Erin must join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to discover and protect a boy believed to be an angel given flesh. But an enigmatic enemy of immense power and terrifying ambition seeks the same child—not to save the world, but to hasten its destruction. For any hope of victory, Erin must discover the truth behind Christ's early years and understand His first true miracle, an event wrapped in sin and destruction, an act that yet remains unfulfilled and holds the only hope for the world. The search for the truth will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, to the very gates of Hell itself, where their destiny—and the fate of mankind—awaits.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/25/2013
Biblical prophecies and vampires drive Rollins and Cantrell’s unwieldy second Sanguines thriller featuring archeologist Erin Granger and Sgt. Jordan Stone (after 2013’s The Blood Gospel). According to the long-lost Blood Gospel, Armageddon can only be averted if three figures—the Knight of Christ, the Warrior of Man, and the Woman of Learning—seek out another mysterious figure, the First Angel. Fr. Rhun Korza has been identified as the first, Jordan as the second, and Erin may be the third. Jordan and Erin are sent to Rome to help locate the vanished Korza and are drawn into a battle of wits and force with vampiric bloodsuckers known as strigoi and with Sanguinists, strigoi who serve the Catholic Church. The result is a less than convincing blend of fractured religion, history, and mythology. 5-city author tour. Agent: (for Rollins) Russ Galen and Danny Baror; (for Cantrell) Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-17
The religious-themed mayhem of the authors' jointly penned Blood Gospel (2013) continues in the second of a projected four volumes. There's a touch of genius, witting or no, in pairing a Dan Brown–ian hidden-codex mystery with a vampire tale. Let that suffice lest spoilers ruin the fun, except to say that the blood of the title is no accident. Intrepid scholar Erin Granger, fresh from the Holy Land, reunites with friend-with-benefits Jordan Stone, the tough soldier who's seen some weird times in Masada and elsewhere in the Holy Land, along with Father Rhun Korza, who always knows more than he lets on. Joining the fun this time is a childlike angel who's been around for a very, very long time—so long, in fact, that he (and/or she, angels being hard to pin down, genderwise) was there at the crucifixion and has a sidelong relationship with Judas, a figure who comes off as curiously sympathetic, playing a part in a very big passion play. Judas, natch, has been doing his bit ever since to bring Christ back to Earth: "He had spent centuries in service of this holy mission." But so have many others, each in his or her own way, from witches and vampires (with scrapbooks of human hearts, no less) to priests and earthly warriors and even Lucifer, the baddest of the bad guys, his bad self. The whole yarn is improbable in the extreme, and therein lies at least some of its draw; Rollins and Cantrell seem always on the verge of breaking out into laughter even in the most fraught of situations, of which there are many—among them an absurd scenario featuring a cougar, a sedan and one of those weird sort-of-Jesuits known as the Sanguinists. By the time the tale gets around to hieroglyphic depictions of Jesus, things have become more Indiana Jones than Robert Langdon. It's junk food, but it's pretty tasty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062310972
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/10/2013
  • Series: Order of the Sanguines Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 232,665
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of thrillers that have been translated into forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the "top crowd pleasers" (New York Times) and "hottest summer reads" (People magazine). Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets at breakneck speed.

New York Times bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series and the critically acclaimed YA novel, iDrakula, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. She, her husband, and son just left Hawaii's sunny shores for adventures in Berlin.

Biography

James Rollins is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of Black Order, Map of Bones and other adventure thrillers. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Ontario, Canada, and St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a degree in veterinary medicine. And like most veterinarians, he presently shares his home with a Golden Retriever, a Dachshund, and a sixty-five year old parrot named Igor. Rollins currently practices in Northern California, and when not writing or working in his veterinary practice, he can often be found underground or underwater as an amateur spelunker and scuba diver. These hobbies have helped in the creation of his earlier books Subterranean, Deep Fathom, Amazonia, and Sandstorm. His thriller, Black Order, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists across the country, winning the author countless new fans, and was proclaimed by People magazine as one of last summer's "hottest reads." Map of Bones was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the most likely to win over Dan Brown's faithful audience, and the New York Times rated the book as one the summer's top crowd pleasers.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Rollins:

"I often get asked if I still practice veterinary medicine. While I don't practice full-time, I still do volunteer. I work with a group that traps stray cats, brings them to the shelter, where I spend a day spaying and neutering them. It's basically eight hours of removing genitalia. It's a hobby."

"I am a TV junkie. I have two Tivos and they are constantly full."

"My first job was to flip pizzas. I once got a pie spinning that was ten feet across. I had to spin it on my back to keep it going. Yet, I still love pizza."

"Two hobbies I love -- caving and scuba diving -- are also essential research for my novels. Case in point:

I've always been an avid cave explorer, from the vast systems in Missouri to the lava tubes of Hawaii to the tighter squeezes of the California foothills. But one of my most frightening episodes also allowed me to better describe claustrophobia in my novels. While climbing out of the fairly technical wild cavern, involving lots of rope work, I managed to jam myself midway up a narrow vertical chute. Hung up on my ascending gear midway up the chute, I found myself unable to move up or down. My chest was squeezed between two walls, my left knee turned the wrong way. I could not maneuver, and there was not enough room to get a rescue climber to me. I was trapped. I remember the team leader, leaning down from above, shining his helmet lamp at me. ‘You either find a way to un-jam yourself, or you stay there forever.'

So over the course of a long hour -- wriggling, sweating, cursing, and clawing -- I managed to creep a millimeter at a time out of the jam. After this event, I had a better understanding for panic and the determination born of pure desperation, essential ingredients for to writing thrilling fiction.

But spelunking through caves was not my only ‘research' lesson. Two decades ago, I also took up scuba diving and went on dive trips all around the world: Monterey Bay, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia. I particularly remember one trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I was informed by the dive master to beware of the many hazards found in the region. ‘On land, Australia has seven of the ten deadliest snakes. The seas are worse. Box jellyfish can kill in minutes. Local sea snakes are some of the most toxic. But worst of all is the stone fish. It looks like a stone, but its spines are loaded with paralytic poison. So be careful what you touch.'

And down we all went, buddied up in pairs, enthusiastic and excited. I dropped toward the reef and adjust my buoyancy until I'm floating just above the reef. All around spread amazing sights: giant clams, a flurry of colored fish, an astounding variety of coral. But I miscalculated my buoyancy, my weight shifted, and I planted a hand into the sand to stabilize my tumble, careful of the razor-sharp coral. Inches from my thumb, a jagged rock suddenly sprouted fins and swam away. I met the gaze of my buddy diver. His wide eyes firmed up the identification. The deadly stone fish. And I had almost slapped my hand on its back. As the fish scurried away, I understood at that exact moment how little Nature cared about the life of a scuba-diving novelist. Down here, Nature ruled. We were only visitors.

This mix of respect and terror is brought to life in my latest novel, The Judas Strain."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sacramento, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 20, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois

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Innocent Blood


By Rebecca Cantrell, James Rollins

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Rebecca Cantrell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-199106-6


December 18, 9:58 A.M. PST
Palo Alto, California
An edge of panic kept her tense.
As Dr. Erin Granger entered the lecture hall on the Stanford
campus, she glanced across its breadth to make sure she was alone.
She even crouched and searched under the empty seats, making cer-
tain no one was hiding there. She kept one hand on the Glock 19 in
her ankle holster.
It was a beautiful winter morning, the sun hanging in a crisp,
cloud- studded blue sky. With bright light streaming through the tall
windows, she had little to fear from the dark creatures that haunted
her nightmares.
Still, after all that had befallen her, she knew that her fellow man
was just as capable of evil.
Straightening again, she reached the lectern in front of the class-
room and let out a quiet sigh of relief. She knew her fears were illog-
ical, but that didn't stop her from checking that the hall was safe
before her students trooped in. As annoying as college kids could
be, she would fight to the death to keep each one of them from harm.
She wouldn't fail a student again.
Erin's fingers tightened on the scuffed leather satchel in her hand.
She had to force her fingers to open and place her bag next to the lec-
tern. With her gaze still roaming the room, she unbuckled the satchel
and pulled out her notes for the lecture. Usually she memorized her

16 | James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
presentations, but she had taken over this class for a professor on
maternity leave. It was an interesting topic, and it kept her from
dwelling on the events that had upended her life, starting with the
loss of her two graduate students in Israel a couple of months before.
Heinrich and Amy.
The German student had died from injuries sustained following
an earthquake. Amy's death had come later, murdered because Erin
had unwittingly sent forbidden information to her student, knowl-
edge that had gotten the young woman killed.
She rubbed her palms, as if trying to wipe away that blood, that
responsibility. The room seemed suddenly colder. It couldn't have
been more than fifty degrees outside and not much warmer in the
classroom. Still, the shivers that swept through her as she prepared
her papers had nothing to do with the room's poor heating system.
Returned again to Stanford, she should have felt good to be
home, wrapped in the familiar, in the daily routines of a semester
winding toward Christmas break.
But she didn't.
Because nothing was the same.
As she straightened and prepared this morning's lecture notes,
her students arrived in ones and twos, a few climbing down the stairs
to the seats in front, but most hanging back and folding down the
seats in the uppermost rows.
“Professor Granger?”
Erin glanced to her left and discovered a young man with five
silver hoops along one eyebrow approaching her. The student wore
a determined expression on his face as he stepped in front of her.
He carried a camera with a long lens over one shoulder.
“Yes?” She didn't bother to mask the irritation in her voice.
He placed a folded slip of paper atop the wooden lectern and slid
it toward her.
Behind him, the other students in the room looked on, noncha-
lant, but they were unconvincing actors. She could tell they watched
her, wondering what she would do. She didn't need to open that slip
of paper to know that it contained the young man's phone number.
“I'm from the Stanford Daily.” He played with a hoop in his
eyebrow. “I was hoping for one quick interview for the school
newspaper?”

INNOCENT BLOOD | 17
She pushed the slip of paper back toward him. “No, thank you.”
She had refused all interview requests since returning from
Rome. She wouldn't break her silence now, especially as everything
she was allowed to say was a lie.
To hide the truth of the tragic events that had left her two stu-
dents dead, a story had been put out that she had been trapped three
days in the Israeli desert, entombed amid the rubble following an
earthquake at Masada. According to that false account, she was dis-
covered alive, along with an army sergeant named Jordan Stone and
her sole surviving graduate student, Nate Highsmith.
She understood the necessity of a cover story to explain the time
she had spent working for the Vatican, a subterfuge that was further
supported by an elite few in the government who also knew the truth.
The public wasn't ready for stories of monsters in the night, of the
dark underpinnings that supported the world at large.
Still, necessity or not, she had no intention of elaborating on
those lies.
The student with the line of eyebrow rings persisted. “I'd let
you review the story before I post it. If you don't like every single
bit, we can work with it until you do.”
“I respect your persistence and diligence, but it does not
change my answer.” She gestured to the half- full auditorium. “Please,
take your seat.”
He hesitated and seemed about to speak again.
She pulled herself up to her full height and fixed him with her
sternest glare. She stood only five foot eight, and with her blond hair
tied back in a casual ponytail, she didn't strike as the most intimidat-
ing figure.
Still, it was all about the attitude.
Whatever he saw in her eyes drove him back to the gathering
students, where he sank quickly into his seat, keeping his face down.
With the matter settled, she tapped her sheaf of notes into a neat
pile and drew the class to order. “Thank you all for coming to the
final session of History 104: Stripping the Divine from Biblical His-
tory. Today we will discuss common misconceptions about a reli-
gious holiday that is almost upon us, namely Christmas.”
(Continues...)

Excerpted from Innocent Blood by Rebecca Cantrell, James Rollins. Copyright © 2013 Rebecca Cantrell. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be t

    Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting. The book is the second part in a series titled The Order of the Sanguines, but offers enough background info, detailing on the events of Book #1 (The Blood Gospel), to work as a standalone. It is like a paranormal version of a Dan Brown novel, with vampires, angels and prophecies.
    People judge vampire fiction far too quickly these days. This book is neither young adult, nor paranormal romance nor anything that would make you roll your eyes and go all skeptic. In a word, Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is awesome, so don't dismiss it as just-another-vampire-related-book.

    What I liked: The standouts were: the uniquely sinister take on vampires; the characters picked out of history and mythology, I specially liked the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory; the character development despite the swift pace; the adventure spanning over the world and the ages; the attention to detail. The story was horrific, thrilling, tragic and (here's a rarity in this genre) quite insightful. And the touch of science fiction, with those ingenious mechanical insects capable of fatally poisoning vampires: wow. The book has left me in complete awe. That it is part of a series and there's more to come is the icing on the cake.

    What I didn't like: Nothing. The book was as close to perfect as can be! I give it a four star rating, because, not having read the first book, it took me a while to get into context. Some terms were unfamiliar; like the strigoi - the vampires, the Sanguines - the reformed (sort of) vampires priests or the blasphemare - these animals turned into nightmarishly strong monsters after being infected by the blood of the strigoi. I also had to read up on a lot of the Christian elements and the Biblical references, though they were pretty basic and the extra reading was just for me. I don't know if the themes could be construed as offensive by religious readers, but they were very intriguing and as far as I'm concerned, amazingly unique...  What I'm trying to say is, READ IT. 

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    INNOCENT BLOOD takes off where BLOOD ORDER ended in the Order of

    INNOCENT BLOOD takes off where BLOOD ORDER ended in the Order of the Sanguine series. These authors have created a world of good and evil mixing science, history, religion and myth. The Sanguines are a vampire-like order who have repented from drinking victims blood, by drinking the sanctified blood of Christ. They fight against evil forces led by the unrepentant vampire creatures and immortal beings trying to end the world. In BLOOD ORDER, the mythical book written by Christ that can supposedly stay the end of the world, has been found. Now the "First Angel" must be found .




    Prophesies say the a Woman of Knowledge, a Knight of Christ and a Warrior of Man must continue this quest together. These characters came together in the first book and survived assaults and tribulations to find the Book, but it has only blank pages until they can get the "First Angel". Including real historical characters and Catholic Biblical writings and myth, adds real interest and intrigue to the fast passed story of evil and repentance. Even though I'm not much into vampires and such normally, the fanciful characters mixing with real humans allows for a level of suspense and intrigue that adds immensely to quality of the book.




    Though it is not really necessary to read the first book in this series, I highly recommend reading BLOOD ORDER before reading INNOCENT BLOOD. That way, you not only get the back story, but you can really get involved in the mystery and adventure of this whole series, which is telling of the fighting of man and myth to end the world for good or evil!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Great book!

    I don' t normally post reviews, and that's probably going to be pretty obvious. This is a great novel, and the only thing that was bad about it was that it ended. I enjoyed this even more than the first book in the series, and I'm looking forward to the next novel!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful read. Great series.

    James and Rebecca have done it again. A match made in Heaven or Hell, depending on which side your on. Weaving science, myth, lore and religion into one.Fast pace, edge of your seat reading. The Order of the Sanguines series just keeps getting better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Great second book

    Riviting What a great follow up

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    What an awesome 2nd novel to a new series.  Normally, I find the

    What an awesome 2nd novel to a new series.  Normally, I find the mystery & intrigue, life of the novel as I say, highly lack luster in comparison to the first in the series.  Yet, I found this tome surpassing the first in mystery & blowing it out of the park in intrigue.  So much so, it left me clamoring at the end for the next.




    My only disappointment? 




    It isn't out yet....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I found the book interesting because it deal with interesting facts, was fast paced, not a boring moment. Great Read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    im just champing at the bit to go looking for that damned chalic

    im just champing at the bit to go looking for that damned chalice! cant wait. leopole, erin and Jordan, and of course, our favorite sanguine too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    A diamond. This is a piece of cake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Deimos

    Under pressure is the only way I work, and by myself i the only way I'm hurt. What am I?<p>
    Figure this out and you're almost finished. &Delta

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    Love it. To the critics claiming it differs from Rollins usual w

    Love it. To the critics claiming it differs from Rollins usual work, its supposed to. That's what collaboration is. He's not abandoning sigma.  Request. I would lov to see more books featuring Rhun. He is awesome. I can do without Erin and especially  Jordan. Ther was nothing special about him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    I finished your latest book on my cruise innocent blood it was g

    I finished your latest book on my cruise innocent blood it was great it was easy to get into hard to put down and I did not figure it out until you chose to reveal it to me and it was awesome also seemed some what plauseable in some aspects I can not wait for your next book it was way better then blood gospel
    your fan Kelsey Grace

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Fun Read

    This is a fun and exciting read. Recommend that you read the 1st in the series prior to this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Rollins is like potato chips!

    You can't possible read just one! He becomes an obsession, read them all! Go in order though, that makes all the difference! He never fails to deliver!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Highly recommend

    I love James Rollins and really enjoy this series. The characters are interesting and I love how he mixes religion, history and current issues into a suspenseful thriller.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    Really good reading

    I am not really into vampires, but I really enjoyed this book. It is fast pace and tells a good story. I enjoyed both books in the series and looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    GRIPPING

    I had a hard time putting it down! Very enjoyable reading and I can't wait for a follow up to this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    annonymous

    was different and very good. could not stop reading

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Innocent Blood (The Order of the Sanguines Series) by James Roll

    Innocent Blood (The Order of the Sanguines Series) by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell—4 stars

    In this second book of “The Order of the Sanguines,” James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell again join together to take the reader into a spellbinding world of intrigue. “Innocent Blood” continues the tale begun by “The Blood Gospel,” picking up two months later with the same characters and also a few new ones. Dr. Erin Granger again finds herself caught up in the shadowy world of the Sanguinists as she and Sergeant Jordan Stone are called back to fulfill ancient prophesy in an attempt to prevent the end of the world. Facing inimitable foes and battles, shocking alliances and betrayals pave the way forward as they seek their destiny and that of mankind itself.

    As a sequel, “Innocent Blood” offers enough summary woven into the continuing story to recap the main points from “The Blood Gospel.” Steady action makes this an exciting read, although the concepts and background often requires deep thought and can be quite murky, particularly for anyone not familiar with Rollins’ historically and scientifically profound—and at times irreverent—writing style. The characters established in the first book become more developed in this story, and some are not as they appeared. History, religion, and fantasy blend freely in these pages, which are also infused with some seductive passion and heartbreak. While there is a natural—or perhaps preternatural—conclusion, the stage is also set for the next book, leaving the reader with remaining questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Great book

    Perfect mix of history, mystery, thriller and action. If you liked James Rollins's other books you'll enjoy this

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