The Blood Gospel (The Order of the Sanguines, #1)
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The Blood Gospel (The Order of the Sanguines #1)

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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 o...more
Hardcover, 1st, 479 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by William-Morrow
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Shane O'Neill
This is a book I had wanted to read for so long. Every ingredient in the synopsis whetted my taste buds - it is so my kind of book. Unfortunately, I spend the majority of my time in Norway and ordered it at my UK address. Okay, I accept I do stupid things on occasion. My embarrassment was compounded when one of the authors asked me if I had read it after I had told him/her (I won't say which one) that I couldn't wait. It was well worth waiting for anyway. I could read this book a dozen times.

I w...more
WOW!! James Rollins really stepped outside of his comfort zone with 'Blood Gospel'! I didn't get caught up in the wave of 'Twilight' readers or movies. So, haven't really read many "vampire" books. Though.. one does NOT walk away thinking vampires when finished with 'Blood Gospel'!!

I really like the terminology he introduced in the story. It separates out Rollins works.. into a genre of it's own! I truly TRULY enjoyed the read! Now, the HISTORY!! That's where he get me every time! From the siege...more
J.F. Penn
This is James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell on the edge of blasphemy and I loved the book, devouring it in two sittings. Opening with a glimpse into the heart of Masada, Israel, a dark tomb is revealed. As it is destroyed in an earthquake, three survivors escape to face a demonic creature, before a priesthood come to spirit them away on a mission to save mankind. Packed full of fast-paced action, vampires and corrupted creatures, religious themes and emotional resonance, Blood Gospel will delig...more
I love archaeology, relics, religious conspiracies and vampires so I was hoping for a good ride, but The Blood Gospel just didn't work for me. I felt like it was riding the success of a bunch of bestsellers without adding anything original or even that interesting to the mix.

The book was clearly trying to create a sinister atmosphere with the constant underground tunnels and caverns and torches, and scary beasts like wolves and bats and bears. Oh come on! Why can't there be a bad bunny for a cha...more
Crystal Falconer
Anyone who loves archaeology, combined with religious conspiracy, combined with vampire legend, will LOVE this novel...Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
Blood Gospel – overall 4 stars.

I have seen mixed reviews on Blood Gospel and, I’ll be honest, I don’t understand all of the negative comments. I have some idea of what may be affecting those readers and I’ll mention it through this review. Having said that, I thought it was good. I liked it and I’ll be looking for the second book of this series.
4-4 1/4 stars.

Overview(not synopsis).

Because there may be some spoilers involved, I’m going to shy away from giving a “Synopsis.” I’ll protect some inf...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I am not rating this book as I didn't finish it...a lot. I didn't get that far into it and I've had people get upset when I rated books I'd not finished and had what I thought were valid reasons for giving a rating.

I won't comment here on the writing or the story telling. Maybe the characters are some of the best ever to grace the pages of literature. I don't know. I couldn't get passed the vileness of the book itself.

Look, if you aren't offended by the book I'm not criticizing you or judging y...more
I really feel bad to give one star to a book, so I think that I need to explain myself.
Since the book is all about suspence, I have to alert that, from this point, all this review is going to be a HUGE spoiler.
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Rick F.
There is a reason James Rollins is regarded as one of the very top writers on the scene today. Heralded worldwide for his superb Sigma Force novels, Mr.Rollins has produced a most stunningly amazing new novel, so very original in concept and execution, that one cannot simply pigeon-hole THE BLODD GOSPEL, co-written with the very talented Rebecca Cantrell, into any single genre. This is a very complex and involving novel, one which is extraordinary in it's reach and concept.

The novel begins in th...more
This is the most incredible mash up of current popular memes in popular literature. It hit every irritable nerve in my body.

First, we have yet another take on vampires. Give it a rest people, that genre is so worn out at this point. In fact I think Ann Rice and Charlene Harris have pretty much written the definitive vampire stories for the next century.

Second, this is combined with Nazis and archeology for about the 10 billionth time. Another overdone genre.

Third we bring in the "Da Vinci" cod...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Genre* Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal
Rating* 3.5-4.0


James Rollins, author of the Sigma Force series as well as Subterranean, collaborates with author Rebecca Cantrell on The Blood Gospel the first book in the Order of the Sanguines series. As with other Rollins books, this story takes readers on a thrill ride that doesn’t stop until the very end.

The main characters journey starts out in Israel where they uncover a starting find, to Germany where the Nazi’s tried to hide away their loot,...more
I was disappointed in this book. I have loved all of Rollins books, which is saying a lot since some of them can get pretty weird! This one was so different from his others that it made me sad. Where was all his science? I love the scientific discoveries he makes and the adventures that go along with them.
This book had his adventures but lacked so much. He chose to focus on the Catholic religion and.... get this... Vampires. Uh huh. Weird. How he connected vampires and the church was really.......more
Aug 23, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of fast-paced thrillers, treasure-hunts, history/fantasy mixes
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Historical fiction/Supernatural Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Folks who enjoy treasure-hunt type stories, stories that intertwine history with fantasy, fast-paced thrillers
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture, child abuse (implied), child murder (historical)

My Thoughts: Come on, who can resist a book that combines ancient religious conspiracies with vampires? I know I can't!

The story is fast-paced and that helps prevent the reader worrying too much about details. Ho...more
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Susan Tunis
New series, new collaborator, new genre for the New Year!

It’s no secret to readers of my reviews that I’m a huge fan of James Rollins’ novels, and have been ever since Subterranean was first published. In the years since, in addition to penning the wildly popular Sigma Force series and several excellent stand alone thrillers, he has written seven fantasy novels under the name James Clemens as well as two young adult adventures. I love that he isn’t content to write the same type of story over an...more
Chris Bauer
Let me start by saying I've read everything Rollins has published and have read none by Rebecca Cantrell. After reading "Blood Gospel" I will have to remedy that oversight.

But first things first. If you're expecting a Sigma Force novel, stop right now. This ain't it. Completely different in just about every way. Very much supernatural elements and rife with foreign matter to that excellent series.

I think I was able to determine which portions were handled by the authors based on familiarity of s...more
Wow! What can I say about The Blood Gospel except, "HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK?!?!"

The Blood Gospel was an incredible adventure reminiscent of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons & The Da Vinci Code with one main difference: the incorporation of the preternatural.

James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell weave a tale that grabbed a firm hold and would not let go. The relationship between the trio charged with saving the world from an enemy that no one knew existed is interesting and...more
Authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have joined forces to create a thriller infused with the unrelenting action he's known for and the horror that's her base. Rollins is a long time favorite and Cantrell is new to me. But based on THE BLOOD GOSPEL, she looks to become another writer I don't miss.

The Blood Gospel of the title is the prize in the first book of The Order of The Sanguine series. The Sanguinists are a sect of Catholic priests that are a bit different. They are vampires, called...more
Benjamin Thomas
I've read quite a few James Rollins novels so far, and while I've enjoyed them, they have always seemed to fall just a little short of a top-tier read. It's like they were missing something that was always hard to put my finger on. But now that he's teamed up with Rebecca Cantrell for this first book in the "Order of the Sanguines" series, the result is, indeed, top-notch.

There is something here for almost every reader. Whether you like conspiracy books, or ancient mystery books, or action-adven...more
I'm a fan of James Rollins' Sigma Force books (scientists with guns), so I jumped on this book as soon as it was published. This story goes a long way beyond the science of the Sigma Force books and into the realm of vampires, werewolves, and the living dead. The action starts when an earthquake breaks open the mountain of Masada in Israel, releasing a mysterious gas that kills everyone but one teenaged boy. An archaeologist on a dig in Cesearea, and American ranger squad, and a Roman Catholic p...more
Tom Tischler
A terrible earthquake in Masada, Israel kills hundreds and
reveals a tomb buried in the mountain. Sgt. Jordan Stone a
military forensic expert, Father Rhun Korza a Vatican priest and
Dr Erin Granger a disillusioned archaeologist are sent to
investigate. They discover the crucified body of a mummified girl.
A brutal attack at the site sets the three of them on the run
in a race to discover a book that was once preserved in the
tombs sarcophagus. A book rumored to have been writted by Christ
in his own b...more
Casey Wheeler
This is a very poor attempt by Rollins to start a new series. If you are a fan of the plethora of vampire romance novels that are all the rage (and hopefully becoming passe)you may find this series of interest. It is easy to tell which sections Rollins wrote and which sections his coauthor wrote. It is very sluggish in parts and only builds up to a medium pace - very unlike his Sigma series. I kept hoping that the book would pick up to no avail. As this is a series, the ending was written to ent...more
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*

** I won this book as an ARC giveaway**

Blood Gospel was not what I expected. The beginning did grab me into the storyline. However by halfway through the book I was losing interest really fast. I didn't care for any of the characters and although I like vampires, I just didn't like that element in this particular story. I did not dislike the whole book, as these author's do know how to write well. I just wasn't that impressed as I would have hoped.

If you liked books such as "The...more
4.75 Stars. This was a really great kick off to an awesome new series. I have read everything of JR and nothing of RC, so we will see. There is already a ton of wonderful reviews by my what they say. :-) I also loved the strong thread of romance that we were provided between Jordan and Erin. .25 stars was subtracted by the romantic in me because we didn't get the big reveal love scene. Awesome read though and I look forward to the next one in the series. Now bring me on some Painter...more
The last book I read in 2013 and I'm glad of this choice because it didn't disappoint. This is what I love James Rollins' for, the fast-paced, vivid imagination, likeable characters. I had been missing something like this from him for a while.

Can't wait to read book 2.
Paranormal Haven
Erin is an archaeologist working on a dig in Israel when an earthquake opens a tomb in Masada. The government sends her to Masada with no explanation. There she is meets Sergeant Jordan and Priest Rhun. The priest is there for a holy artifact, and the three of them together make up a prophesy surrounding the holy artifact. When they are attacked it launches them into a supernatural thrill ride.

The Blood Gospel tricked me. It ended up in my stack because of the nod it gave to Anne Rice, and how i...more
All righty, so here's the deal. I read this book from cover to cover in three days. That's pretty damn fast considering I go to school from 6AM to 7PM every night and only read at nights. I really enjoyed the suspense and the fast paced nature of the book because I am the girl who browses the action section of the dvds in search of the car chases, political thrillers and spontaneous gunfights. This book was a neat twist on vampire literature, which I generally stay away from because of the ridic...more
Bob Milne
An exceptionally fast-paced thriller (the entire novel takes place over a matter of days) The Blood Gospel merges the revisionist vampire sensibilities of Anne Rice with the pseudo-mystical adventurism of Dan Brown. It's an interesting mash-up of genres and themes, and one that takes definite liberties with history - sometimes a bit too obvious, but at other times truly inspired. The central mystery worked well to blend it all together, and the characters were surprisingly complex, keeping me en...more
I can't say much about the Order of the Sanguines without giving a huge spoiler, but suffice it to say they are a unique and secret order within the Catholic church, at least in this fictional world. If you have a good imagination and think fantasy, you might be able to figure out ahead of time what kind of people populate this order.

This book is a wonderful addition to both fantasy literature and the genre of archaeological adventure. Think DaVinci Code without the nauseating Gnostic agenda. T...more
I will admit to being an action book junky. Authors like Clive Cussler, Steve Berry, Matthew Reilly, Andy McDermott, and James Rollins are always on my reading list from the Blockbuster genre. Best described as a sub genre of escapism fiction, books in this genre are a little bit history, a little bit romance, a little bit science fiction, and a lot of action, much like popular summer movies. In James Rollin's collaboration with Rebecca Cantrell the science fiction is heavier than normal (spoile...more
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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, Rollins' knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality has been hailed by critics and embraced by scores of millions of readers around the world.
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