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City of Screams (The Order of the Sanguines 0.5)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,015 ratings  ·  137 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author James Rollins and award-winning suspense novelist Rebecca Cantrell comes a disturbing story of vengeance, bloodshed, and creatures that prowl the night.

In the haunted, war-torn highlands of Afghanistan, amid the ruins of Shahr-e-Gholghol, an archaeology team is massacred in the night. Sergeant Jordan Stone and his crack forensic team
ebook, 100 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by William Morrow
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3.5 "exciting and promising" stars.

This is the prequel to James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell's, "The Order of the Sanguines" series and I decided to give it a whirl as I had Book 1 on my to read list.

The writing was extremely plot driven, fast paced and interesting to the max. I found myself wanting so much more as this little ditty was way too short and and could easily be expanded to a novella if not a novel.

The mountains of Afghanistan, archaeology, curses, leopards. What else could one want
Sammy Sutton
A riveting quick read jam packed with suspense. A story so full of ancient lore, it will leave you thinking for days. Sergeant Jordan Stone, a team leader for JEFF (Joint Expedition Forensic Facility), a CSI type group of investigators in Afghanistan, receives audio of a perplexing crime committed against a group of archaeologist, he and his team move to investigate scene in the “Cursed City.” Accompanied by a nervous archaeology professor, Thomas Atherton, Stone and his men find themselves in t ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
This is a wonderful teaser for a spooky novel coming later. It's just a brief glimpse, but it also has the first chapter for The Blood Gospel at the end.

It's well worth the $0.99. The writing is smooth (of course) and the characters interesting.

It's not your usual Rollins read, though there are plenty of things you'll recognize about his style from quirky supporting cast to a dynamic hero type with strong sense of courage.

Oh, yea, things do go boom here too.

It's just a teaser, but it's a good
A team of archaeologists had been slaughtered in the Afghan valley where the ruins of Shahr-e-Gholghol were being investigated. their screams and gunfire were heard over the radio, finally some strange dialect later identified as a language that had died out several hundred years before. Supposedly. Someone who knew it said the words meant "We have her!"

Sgt. Stone and his forensic team were sent in with Rangers to investigate. What they found strained the imagination.

Leopard prints in the snow,
I enjoy Rollins's Sigma books for plot-driven adventures that dive into globe-trotting--and, occasionally, absurd--conflicts. This short, which offers a peak into a collaborative effort between Rollins and another writer, heads towards supernatural territory. The setting is Afghanistan; the players are archeologists, U.S. soldiers, and local guides and peoples; and the conflict appears to be an awakening evil. This could be the makings of a contemporary Indiana-style adventure, and I'd be lying ...more
Paula Howard
City of Screams by Rollins and Cantrell is a teaser to introduce character found in Blood Gospel to be released on January 8. The story is set in and around Kabul, Afghanistan. Sg. Jonathan Stone and Specialist Paul McKay are members of an elite teams that is the military version of CSI. They are called investigate a strange transmission that carries fear and mystery. After the adventure in City of screams Stone is not at all sure that it was what is was or that his memory is accurate. The Blood ...more
Rhonda Pickens

I hadn't expected to like The Blood Gospel, then really did, so was excited to read this "novella." First of all, there's barely enough here to warrant calling it a short story. It is definitely not a novella. I think that shortness is probably the cause for most of the other problems. A short story can be one of the most difficult things to write well: how do you create a memorable plot & engaging characters with a strict economy of words? There is potential for a good plot and
Giovanni Gelati
Gripping short story, loved every word of it. James Rollins shows again why he is such a great author.The short story rocked from beginning to end.The characters were awesome, and the best part was he left me wanting more, much more of them.Personally I am hooked on them.I would not pass this up, to much fun, to much action,basically an intense read.
Another intersection of action, history, and horror. Nice introduction into the world of the Blood Gospels which will be out in January of 2013. Rollings is really on a roll.
Riju Ganguly
Lost amidst the pursuit of scholarly tomes, short stories of questionable variety, and other sundries, I seem to have lost the memories of good escapist entertainment. Fortunately, this short novella, which had hitherto remained confined to the e-realm, but has recently become accessible to luddites like us as part of 'The Blood Gospel', revived those memories. It's a clean and pacy read, but a little weak, due to its location being somewhat out of the comfort zone of James Rollins (and most Wes ...more
Quite enjoyed this quick read.

Want more!!
James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have teamed up for a brand spanking new and exciting thriller due out in Jan. It's called THE BLOOD GOSPEL, first in The Order of the Sanguine series. I am so looking forward to reading this one and was stoked that there's a brand new e-short prelude to the series available right now.

In CITY OF SCREAMS, Sergeant Jordan Stone of the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility in Kabul, and his team are sent out in response to a mysterious SOS call from an archaeology

Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: City Of Screams is the prequel short story to the horror-thriller saga that will begin in 2013, the Blood Gospel series. It is a collaboration between James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell and I had previously blogged about it here in regards to its origins and build-up. The collaboration is a first time effort for both authors involved and so it will be very interesting to see how they align their strengths to bring forth this monster. C
Nancy Silk
"Scary Prequel To Make Shivers Travel Up Your Spine"

This short story is a prequel to the full length novel, "The Blood Gospel." This story takes place in Afghanistan where Sergeant Jordan Stone works for the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility (JEFF). He is a crime investigator for the military. If there was a mystery, it was his team's responsibility to solve it. And ... the mystery is a SOS call received at 4:32 a.m. of an apparent firefight with sounds of screams and then words, "They're co
If you’re a James Rollins fan like I am, I jumped at the change to review an exclusive short story called City of Screams. Things are happening right and left in the 60 pages that comprise this introduction to the full-length novel, Blood Gospel which you’ve got to find!
Jordan Stone hears the screams coming from a small town in Afghanistan. He sees the girl lying terrified on the bed in the hut. He also sees her taken away by creatures that speak a language so old that virtually no one can trans
Lon Bixby
A very quick read that is full of suspense and ancient mystery. I love the fact that the story ends not in a nice little wrapped up package, but one that leave the reader wondering and wanting more. I've always been a fan of Rollins' writing, but I love what he and Cantrell have come up with in this introduction to a new character and hopefully a long line of books to follow.
susan scheffler
Great read

Great read

from the get go it kept me interested. as a lover of the supernatural, I thought this was very well written. when I came to the end I was like what the heck. I wanted more. so I will look for more of these. Great, great, great.
I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars. In true Rollins fashion, it moved quickly and was an interesting storyline...I just don't think it was built for a story this short. I found myself oddly disconnected to the whole thing - especially the last section.
Rita McDowell

This short story introduces a key figure in the novels that follow. Gives the reader an excellent opportunity to get to know a character that will play a key role in the breathtaking stories to follow.
After reading several of Rollins' earlier work, I expected to also like this one but it was not the case.
The story wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be and the characters were bland and uninteresting.
Nice little introduction to one of the characters in a forthcoming book (in January) by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell entitled The Blood Gospel. This short story has the feel of Sigma Force coupled with a little of the unknown....A archeological dig sight is ransacked and all members at the site are killed in a most gruesome manner. the deaths ultimately get blamed on snow leopards but the locals are not so sure, they think the region is cursed from a betrayal of Romeo/Juliet proportions ma ...more
Joseph Perkins Jr.
LOVED IT! City of Screams: A Short Story Exclusive by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell was awesome. Being a huge fan James Rollins I couldn't wait to read this short story. I was not disappointed. This story is packed with action, adventure, thrills, and chills, and is a captivating page-turning read. Having read almost all James Rollins's novels I highly anticipated this short story as well as the next novel The Blood Gospel. City of Screams also includes a short excerpt from The Blood Gospel ...more
Bill Donhiser
Great Short Story

Read this on my iPhone while waiting for patients. Action packed, I have read many James Rollins books, this is the first from this series looking forward to more.
I didn't care so much for the plot in the end, but I think it is remarkable that in such a few pages the author was able to create the great tension and suspense one usually gets in entire novels. Bravo!
Kim Hammen
Fun read, wished it was longer

Good short story, interesting idea, liked the ties to Genghis Khan, would have liked a longer story, but of course this is short story genre!
Too Short

I love Rollins and I liked this short story. Only one ironic complaint - it was too short. plot did seem familiar, not always a bad thing. Overall, not a story to roar about.
Since I've read The Blood Gospel, I was a bit miffed at the way this short left me hanging, wishing for more. Even though it precedes The Blood Gospel, it didn't offer anything that added to the first book. I'm not sure what the point of this story was - other than to introduce Jordan. It was really interesting, but nothing happened. Was the little girl supposed to point to the little girl in The Blood Gospel? Because they don't seem related in any way other than gender. Certainly, the time fram ...more
A new story and characters to fall in love with at the end...but before...

The story is a stand alone short story well worth every little penny! Fresh life has been breathed into James with his classic ability to scare the crap out of you with whispered ancient mysteries spat forth & swallowed up again by the desert.

This collaborative with Rebecca Cantell who adds a gentle curve to his raw scientific edge SIGMA's tale has taken him with the last couple of tales. It promises to be the genius s
For a short story and a prequel to Blood Gospel, I felt like it gave me a quick but insightful introduction to the character of Jordan Stone.
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“If this valley is indeed cursed,” Atherton continued, “there’s the source. The Muslims named this set of ruins Mao Balegh, which means Cursed City.” 0 likes
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