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City of Screams (The Order of the Sanguines 0.5)

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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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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror

City of Screams is the last story I've read this year. I am going to be generous because I enjoyed it and I am curious about the whole series now.

Sergeant Jordan Stone thought nothing could surprise him any more. He was wrong. Something in the ruins of Shahr-e-Gholghol, an archaeology site in Afghanistan, has killed a whole team of archaeologists and he and his team have to find out the truth.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it

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
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
John Beta
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
A short story to introduce co-writer Rebecca Cantrell no doubt. I read it because I'm a James Rollins fan, but this is not a James Rollins work. It's a short story so I didn't expect much substance, and it met my expectations.
Paula Howard
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Giovanni Gelati
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyed this quick read.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Want more!!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Beginning of the Order of the Sanguine Series. We are introduced to Jordan Stone. For me, the best part of this series is the mixture of history, archiology and great fiction. Ghengis Kahn figures into this one! An ancient tragic love story intertwined with folklore and dark forces! Fantastic!
Ingrid Stephens
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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G Jones
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short story

Rollins has never disappointed. This short story is a quick read but leaves you on the edge of your seat. Definitely wanting more.
Bryant Bigbee
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Was OK for a short story.... I found myself distracted by the awkward phrasing. It was quite poorly written ( English/grammar)
Kevin Driskill
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Very short easy read with good background on the team we are familiar with from "The Blood Gospel"
Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Duane E. Rodgers
This was a very good start into the series, Order of the Sanguines. Now I am ready for The Blood Gospel.
Michael Chesler
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always entertainment

Consistently interesting and filled with historical references. Places are also entertaining and exotic and filled with dangers at every turn.
Nancy Silk
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sergeant Jordan Stone works for the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility in Afghanistan, which is a crime scene investigation group for the military. He’s investigating a tape of an American archeological group that was attacked. The last phrase on the tape is in a language he doesn’t know – Bactrian. Bactrian is a lost language of Northern Afghanistan and hasn’t been spoken in centuries. It said “the girl is ours”.

This was a short little novella that sets up the Order of the Sanguines series b
Cat's Review
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This extremely short story was added to the back of my copy of The Blood Gospel.
It focuses on Sergeant Jordan Stone and his mission before he got orders to fly out to Masada. He experiences his first "paranormal event" at The City of Screams but isn't entirely sure if it was real or a trick of his mind.

I enjoyed the story but it seemed to be a chapter or two in length. I wish it could have been expanded into a novella length, giving the readers more than just a glimpse into the lives of the king
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
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Great "thriller" short story. I am a fan of James Rollins Sigma Force novels, and was curious about him coauthoring a book. Well, he and Rebecca Cantrell did a great job in incorporating mystery, history, and a bit of horror in a compact period of time (short story). This story does a great sell job on their novel The Blood Gospel, which is to be released this month. I am looking forward to reading this new novel which features an archaeologist, a Vatican priest, and the Army Ranger Jordan Stone ...more
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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
“And once Genghis Khan breached those walls, he did as he had promised. He killed everyone in the city, over a hundred thousand people. But he didn’t stop there. It is said he slaughtered every beast of the field, too. It was those dark acts that earned the city the name it bears today.” The professor shuddered. “Shahr-e-Gholghola. The City of Screams.” 0 likes
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