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A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the folds of the Sanguines, an immortal order founded on the blood of Christ and tasked with protecting the world from the beasts haunting its shadows and waiting to break free into the sunlight. Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel--a tome written by Christ and lost f ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by William Morrow
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Tim The Enchanter
The Vampires Bite...and Suck - 2.5 Stars

Before I say anything further, I think it is important to state that this review is for the Audiobook version narrated by Christian Baskous. I really did enjoy The Blood Gospel. I was expecting the second installment to begin where we left off and to be filled with the action and discovery of the first book. In fact, I listed to the audiobook version of the first installment which was narrated by the same person. I don't always advise when I am review
May 14, 2014 Kaora rated it it was ok
I spent the entire book going between one and two stars, finally settling on two because of the action packed ending.

The book has a great premise. It is Dan Brown with vampires strigoi mixed in. It has characters such as Lazarus, Countess Elizabeth Bathory and Judas Iscariot. Should be awesome right? Wrong.

First of all I found the characters cliched and completely illogical. There is no rhyme or reason to the characters' actions. For example Elizabeth Bathory killed hundreds of young girls in ho
Bob Milne
Nov 28, 2013 Bob Milne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
While The Blood Gospel was a problematic read for me, one with which I wasn't entirely comfortable, I enjoyed the adventure aspects of it enough to give the second volume a chance. All I asked was that the issue of faith be better explored, that Erin's character develop the way I felt it should, and that the villains come out of the shadows.

Unfortunately, Innocent Blood (The Order of the Sanguines #2) failed to deliver for me on all accounts. I hate to say it, but as much as I have enjoyed some
Dec 22, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Innocent Blood is a very dark mystery thriller with a huge paranormal twist. Think DaVinci Code with vampire priests (Saguines), fallen angels and other immortals. It even has a steampunk element with magical/bio/mechanical creations. Literally this story had it all.

This memorizing story takes place on the brink of an Apocalypse, orchestrated by Judas himself. There is also a historical element that pulls in infamous characters from history into the storyline. All are still playing at political
Rick Soper
Jan 10, 2014 Rick Soper rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I've enjoyed all of James Rollins' books, but when you add Rebecca Cantrell into the mix, you really get a different tone and texture to the storytelling. Like Clive Cussler does in most of his books Rollins is always mixing historical facts within his fiction to come out with a plausible and entertaining story. Rollins books are very action oriented, pulse pounding, and work very well for guys like me who enjoy that kind of stuff. I haven't read Rebecca Cantrell's ot ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, read-in-2015
Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
Published 2014, William Morrow
Review also posted at: Slapdash & Sundry

This was my second read of this book, having read it new last year when it came out, and again now in preparation for finally reading the final book of the trilogy, which has been out for a few months now. I've put it off, being too sad that it will be over to pick it up. But it's time...

Yet again, Rollins and Cantrell do not disappoint. Ripping some of their major
Dec 10, 2013 Lauri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from Goodreads.

James Rollins is on my list of favorite authors, so I read everything he writes. I love his Sigma series with the mix of history. That said, this series is different. I don't usually read vampire books, but since the series was by James Rollins I read Blood Gospel and enjoyed it. So of course I had to continue with the series which is a mix of history and supernatural. I just had to get past the vampire part, which is not at all like the Twilight Series.

Great book,
While vampires in the Vatican are not theologically sound, they are a heck of a lot of fun. I'm really enjoying this series, which blends a lot of elements into flaming Winnebago of action and thrills. One of the strengths of this book is the complexity of the characters, which neatly illustrates the way our beliefs can sometimes complicate our decision-making process. It's not deep, but it's a lot of fun.
Jul 26, 2016 Josen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-own
This is the second book in The Order of the Sanguines series. Once again I am more than happy with the Rollins/Cantrell collaboration. This was a vampire series that Rollins wanted to write and it's definitely done his way. In this series, "vampires" are referred to as strigoi and yes they drink blood but that's not what this story is about really. There are also sanguinists, who have been cursed as strigoi but have been recruited and have taken a vow to spend their lives as warriors of the Cath ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Fantasy, Thriller, Paranormal, Horror
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Innocent Blood is the second installment of The Order of the Sanguines. Seeing as I already have the final installment called Blood Infernal ready to go thanks to the publisher, I figured I might want to go back and read Innocent Blood first. Kind of silly skipping over books don't you think? That way I can jog my memory into remembering why I should care about these characters, or the different variations of vampires, or th
Jan 11, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this second installment in the Order of the Sanguines series. While some of the characters are familiar from the Bible, the premise is totally unreal, but it is fiction after all. The action picks up at heart pounding pace shortly after the conclusion of the first book, The Blood Gospel, and continues to another hint of what's next. Meanwhile, good battles evil, some wrongs are righted, some win and some lose, second chances are taken or lost, comeuppances are had, and the arc ...more
Julie Kellner
May 31, 2014 Julie Kellner rated it it was ok
A little drawn out with the action not happening mid way. Still enjoyable story I think the romance can be left out though
Dec 05, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received this book free from Firstreads. This is my honest review--

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 B
Benjamin Thomas
Book two of the “Order of the Sanguines” Series follows shortly after the thrilling events of the first book, The Blood Gospel, and it continues the rich context of that first novel. Any time I read a second novel in a series it is always with a little trepidation because I worry, especially when the first novel is so filled with original concepts. How does an author(s) bottle that lightning a second time and ensure it continues for a third book and so on? So many times it just doesn’t and a sec ...more
Jan 16, 2014 James rated it really liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. When I entered the giveaway, I really had no idea of what the book was about but because James Rollins is one of my favorite authors, I could not resist entering to win a copy. I have enjoyed the Sigma Series and have come to appreciate the writing talent of Mr. Rollins.

Innocent Blood is the second book in a new series. This series has been co-authored by Rebecca Cantrell. I did not read the first book, Blood Gospel, so I was unfamiliar with the stor
Dec 25, 2013 Vjones3 rated it really liked it
I picked up the first book at the airport during an unexpected and long delay. I am so glad I did. The first book was pretty suspenseful and fun. I couldnt put it down and was excited that the second book was recently released. "Innocent Blood" proved to be just as much of a page turner.
This series is a bit like Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code in mixing religion and mythology into an action packed thriller but adds quite a bit of the supernatural.
I like the way the authors fleshed out the characters
Shay West
Aug 07, 2014 Shay West rated it it was amazing
This sequel to Blood Gospel didn't disappoint! Full of action and the characters we'd grown to love (and maybe loathe??) are off again on an adventure to save the world, according to the prophecy contained in the Blood Gospel. I stayed up WAY past my bedtime because I just *had* to find out what happened next. The tension was so thick I was chewing my nails. Can't wait to read the next book! Innocent Blood ended on the most perfect cliffhanger and those are my favorite endings. To keep myself fr ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
What we think we know from the first book, like the identities of the Knight of Christ as well as the Warrior of Man and the Woman of Learning may not be accurate and a large part of the plot hinges on the quest to determine who has what role. Plus we have a new role to determine…the First Angel. We also get to experience several intriguing new characters that are woven into the story line... Rasputin and Judas Iscariot. With the assembled group we now have the potential for the launch of Armage ...more
Ms. Nikki
Mar 13, 2016 Ms. Nikki rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire, audiobook
Rune, I dislike your voice. Yes, I'm listening to the audio, but I mean in the book and the sound of it portrayed by the narrator . Your sadness does not sway me or make me feel for you and the deeds you have done while caught up in a web of lust with the killer Bathory. Your insane, stalker kind of love has soured my love for vampires.

She may love you, but she hates you more. She will seek to be free of you. You try to possess her as if she is a keepsake, changing her against her will, impriso
Mar 25, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
Too much fighting, too much religion (funny how they often go hand in hand) and too many characters with less than defined roles to make this novel more than a fair read at best. 4 of 10 stars
Dave Moore
Aug 26, 2015 Dave Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this second in the "Order of the Sanguines" series better than the first. The way in which Rollins and Cantrell incorporate actual historical characters, iconic Christian characters, history, and speculative history, and the supernatural into a compelling story combining action, history, and religion makes for an excellent read. No doubt, there will be criticism directed toward the Christian theme of the series as this seems fashionable nowadays, but to those critics I would respond that ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
These two authors Rebecca Cantrell James Rollinsare getting to be one of my favorite authors. Both of these authors take the concept of religious history, vampres, angels and biblical history and make the topic very important within the modern world. They take all of these topics and weave them into a story that is exciting, interesting and scary. The battle between good and evil is really at the center of this book, the good and bad are mixed into a wonderful story telling that questions everyt ...more
Sonia Cristina
Jun 28, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2015
É mais 3.5 estrelas mas pela originalidade e emoção que me despertou em várias ocasiões, aí vão as 4 estrelas.

Jordan e Erin, dois humanos, são mais uma vez envolvidos no mundo dos Strigoi para ajudarem a evitar que o Armagedão seja despoletado por um inimigo agora revelado (aliás, já tinha sido revelado, apenas aos leitores, mesmo no final do livro anterior, O Evangelho de Sangue). Para tal terão de encontrar o Primeiro Anjo, que tudo aponta seja um personagem já conhecido também no livro anteri
Nov 07, 2014 Nancy rated it it was ok
Book one Blood Gospel had said there where a prophesied trio, the knight of Christ, the warrior of man and the woman of learning. The knight of Christ is to be the first and the warrior of man and the woman of Learning the second and third. Well all I got to ask is what the heck happened to the voice of the knight of Christ. (shaking my head) so upset on the result of the book. I got to chapter 39 and told myself before if turned the lights out to go to bed I was going to read one more chapter i ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
The blood gospel was so much better. It caught me as something unusual, even if sometimes parts obliviously written by Cantrell were making me cringe. But this, well I can't say the story wasn't captivating, as with all of Rollins' books it keeps your mind busy to the end, but putting such a major point on romance...The part I avoid in books and outright hate really unless its done outstandingly good. Here it isn't. Oh, the main heroine falls in love with the soldier but her heart still flutters ...more
John Hanscom
Jun 09, 2014 John Hanscom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe even more. I have read very few vampire novels, which seem omnipresent after Twilight [which I read, as the kids I was working with at the time were reading them.] I do not like what they portray. I am DEFINITELY the wrong gender and age]. A person, usually a man, stalks another, usually a woman, either captures her or finds her unaware, overpowers her, sticks a long, thin part of himself into her body, draws blood, and forever changes her to something unworthy. It is a not too subtle alle ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Shandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After sleeping on this one, thinking I would have more words to describe my thoughts and feelings and better provide a review, I was mistaken. Ever have those books that are just so fucking amazing on an intellectual and entertainment level, that they literally rob you of your words? I usually have a mountain full of words to say about a fuckfest of a book, but when books are so amazing (like this one), I struggle to find the words to do it justice.

This book...just wow!!! I thoroughly enjoyed t
Innocent Blood is Book #2 in the Order of the Sanguines series by bestselling authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. If you haven’t read my review of Book #1, Blood Gospel, there’s a link at the bottom of this review. Saying this series is The DaVinci Code meets vampires is too much of a simplification, although it is a jumping off point for discussion. Rollins and Cantrell have each used their strengths as authors to blend together a story that left me gasping with its intensity, thoroughn ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"She knew all too well the prophecy concerning that mythic figure. She pictured the words inscribed on the first page of the Blood Gospel, words written by Christ, a prediction for a coming war - and a way to avert it.

A great War of the Heavens looms. For the forces of goodness to prevail, a Weapon must be forged of this Gospel written in my own blood. The trio of prophecy must bring the book to the First Angel for his blessing. Only thus may they secure salvation for the world.

The prophecy sa
Brenda H
May 30, 2016 Brenda H rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Order of the Sanguines series and continued on from where the first left off. The prophesied trio - the Knight of Christ, the Warrior of Man and the Woman of Learning - continue their quest to discover the secrets of the Blood Gospel.

The story was fast-paced and intriguing. You learned more backstory of the Sanguinists and Elisabeta Bathory. Can't wait to get to book three in the trilogy. Rating 4.25-4.5
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“December 19, 2:02 A.M. CET Crypts below Vatican City   Rhun lurched up and away. His head smashed against smooth stone. The blow opened a wound on his temple and knocked him back into the scalding bath of wine with a splash. He had awakened like this many times, trapped inside a stone sarcophagus,” 0 likes
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