The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series

The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series

by James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
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The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062235756
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Series: Order of the Sanguines Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 15,880
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

James Rollins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People magazine). In each acclaimed novel, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets—and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

New York Times bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series, the critically acclaimed YA novel iDrakula, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth, and The World Beneath, the first book in an exciting new series and the winner of an International Thriller Writer award. She, her husband, and son currently live in Berlin.


Sacramento, California

Date of Birth:

August 20, 1961

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

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The Blood Gospel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 239 reviews.
Staci_HM More than 1 year ago
Must Read for 2013 – An instant favorite! James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have created an exceptional tale that delivers an explosive combination of history, theology, and mystery mixed with a delightful dose of passion and the paranormal in the recently released, The Blood Gospel. This novel introduces a team of warrior, academic, and priest – an unlikely triad who forge a bond that ultimately could save the world. A modern day warrior who has loved and lost and might love again, a brilliant archeologist with deep emotional scars from a troubled religious upbringing, and a priest who is unlike any priest our world has ever known - they are bound together perchance by prophecy to locate the original gospel penned by Christ’s own hand. Revealing any details from this thriller would be a sin. It is a must read and has earned a prominent spot on my bookshelf of all time favorites. The collaboration of Rollins and Cantrell is a success and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment of the The Order of the Sanguines series. 5 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone else wrote this in their review -- "While the writing is excellent, the history/fantasy is combined well I didn't really enjoy the book. After being a die-hard Rollins fan this is really a departure. I hope this is not a reflection of where his writing in going for the future. Sigma Rules!" I could not agree more. This is a very different style for Rollins and I am very disappointed. I agree it was well written, but I really hope he is not going in this direction. I am not big on this vampire/werewolves story line. Plus, I can definitely tell a woman had a hand in this book. Way too much touchy, feel-y harlequin romance junk. UGH And I am a woman. I have always been an action/adventure/espionage lover. And I always will be. Rollins, please.....we need more Sigma Force novels!! No more of this Cantrell crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the writing is excellent, the history/fantasy is combined well I didn't really enjoy the book. After being a die-hard Rollins fan this is really a departure. I hope this is not a reflection of where his writing in going for the future. Sigma Rules!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw that there was a new James Rollins book out, I couldn't wait to read it. Had I known one of the main characters was a vampire, I would never have wasted $12 on it. I have enjoyed everything he has written before, but this book was awful. The premise could have made an enjoyable read, but the finished project seems to be the authors' attempt to cash in on the vampire craze. I was also mystified by the prose, considering Dr. Rollins' previous works have never been forced or "flowery". I'm guessing Ms. Cantrell usually writes books in the "bodice-ripper" genre. I do hope Dr. Rollins hasn't been keeping that "talent" hidden! I also hope he gives up on this particular partnership and direction so he can get back to writing his Sigma Force series and other mystery/susense novels - alone! (Or at least with a more talented partner!) I couldn't post this without rating at least one star, but that is more than this particular book deserves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book, as I'm finding the whole vampire et al thing to be tiresome, but I was pleasantly surprised when reading this novel. Some have said it's a slap in the face to Chrisrianity; I disagree. Nothing can slap down true faith, and one must remember, this is a work of FICTION. That said, I found the book interesting, suspenseful, and I finished it in a day and a half. Dedinitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was pure junk: Vampires, wearwolves, priests who are vampires, and historical people who are corrupted into things that go bump in the night -- even the Bible is rewritten to fit the storyline. The best thing that could happen is to drive a stake through the heart of this thing and bury in consecrated ground so that it never sees the light of day ever again.
IslandGirlLC More than 1 year ago
Not my usual genre so wasn't sure I'd like it, but well written, fast paced, intriguing story & characters. Will definitely read the sequel - hope it doesn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off fast and never slowed down. Can't wait for the next one!
denggoy More than 1 year ago
Never been a fan of vampire novels but still decided to give this one a try and it turned out to be better than I expected. I still prefer the Sigma series though. I just hope he finishes this in 2 novels and get back to writing about Gray, Seichan, painter, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of James Rollins books and this was the worst one. You can tell he has stopped writing with his old adventurous swagger and has settled on a profile of audience he is shooting for. Mainly women between 18 and 40. So sad he use to be a great story teller.
DMDLibraryDirector More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book from start to finish. One of those books you want to keep plowing through to see what happens but at the same time want to slow down and enjoy the ride. My love affair with Rhun Korza, Erin Granger, and Jordan Stone has begun. I can only hope that James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have started to write book #2.
velcron More than 1 year ago
SO much female feelings in this book, makes me wonder how much involvement Rollins really had in it's creation. Vampires ... really in a Rollins novel? Not as good a story as in previous novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Lots of surprising twists and turns! Hope there is a sequel!!
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book with intriguing story line. Kept me entertained all the way.
saramc1 More than 1 year ago
Excelent! More twists & turns than a roller coaster. Cannot wait for the next in the series.
KODIDAK68 More than 1 year ago
Sorry as much as I admire James Rollins writings this one is just too far fetched. As always the writing is excellent, it is the characters that I cannot handle. I will not be reading the rest of the series but will read the other James Rollins books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Rollins fan and this book did not disappoint. I would definitely reccomend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy a James Rollins book. I read to the wee hours of the morning finding out what was going to happen next. Can't wait until the next book. This is a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Werewolves, bears, bats, and vampires how could you. I'm all for stoping in the mayhem and smelling someones shampoo, I've even done it myself. I'll not be reading another of her books with his mame on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line for this one is one of Rollins' best. Having said that, I found that the romance part of this book for the first 250 pages grew very tiresome. Continue on, though, and it's fast paced and worth the endurance at the end! Would definitely recommend for Rollins fans.
ModerateIsNotFourLetters More than 1 year ago
This thriller will bring you along for the ride, but it is so canned and formulaic that you can't help looking over your shoulder the whole way wondering if the author is having a good laugh at how gullible american readers are. Throw in a little DaVinci code, a little Twilight, mix it up and you've got a book.... I read it straight through but then felt kind of duped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly entertaining - fast read, will definitely follow the next in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at thevlibrary and really enjoyed ir. I can't wait for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. Have been a huge Rollins fan for years. I cannot believe the author of the Sigma Force series wrote this pop culture vampire dreck. Really, the fundamentals of christianity and the Russian revolution are based on vampires? I will not be buying or reading any other books in this series, if there are any more. I look forward to seeing Mr. Rollins OTHER endeavors, however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally Rollins never disappoints. He did disappoint with this utterly idiotic storyline and poorly developed characters. It was a waste of my precious personal reading time andI regret spending time and money on this "novel".