The Blood Gospel

The Blood Gospel

Book - 2013
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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 investigatorsâe"Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologistâe"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 openedâe"until now.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
ISBN: 9780061991042
Characteristics: 479 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cantrell, Rebecca


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Sep 25, 2017

I started, but lost interest about half way. Too slow moving for my tastes.

Nov 07, 2016

Enjoyed it. Fun, quick read. I thought it would make an interesting movie. One caveat, this is only part one of the whole story.

Sep 15, 2015

I did not expect the kind of book it was. Im not into fantazy books or vampires but as I had started it I kept on going and was hooked and really wanted to find out the end. Its a little too much for me but It was Ok. Also gave me to think about my spirituality etc.

Jul 17, 2014

Normally a fan of James Rollins but not this book.

Mar 06, 2014

Ok...This is Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire series) meet Dan Brown's, The Da Vinci Code. While the book is well-written and imaginative it is so over-the -top ridiculous as to not be taken seriously. Read it for pure entertainment value, if you can...

patriciali Mar 06, 2014

It almost seemed real & I'm a huge fan of Vatican fiction...I've definitely enjoyed it. This is my first Rollins book so can't make a comparison to his other works. However if I were to compare it with Vatican fiction books, definitely encompasses a lot of Church history and archaeology and almost believable.

ChristchurchLib Jan 13, 2014

"In this supernaturally tinged religious thriller, the forces of good and evil race to recover a book said to be written by Christ himself, in his own blood. On the side of good are the Sanguines, an order of priests, while the evil is represented by the striogi, ghoulish vampire-like creatures with deadly ambitions. Caught in the middle are archaeologist Erin Granger, Sergeant Jordan Stone, and Father Rhun Korza. Comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are unavoidable, but The Blood Gospel stands quite well on its own; Booklist says "the pacing is heart-pounding and the conceit irresistible." And if you enjoy it, the second in the series, Innocent Blood, was published recently." Thrillers and Suspense January 2014 newsletter

May 27, 2013

Terrible book unless you are into vampire sects in the Catholic church and a gospel written in Christ's blood. And this is not the end apparently there will be more books in this series. Rollins is wasting his time writing such drivel.

Apr 06, 2013

Ok. So I love James Rollins. This is not his best work. The characters are not all that relatable. And it's a vampire story. I thought that fad had finally run its course. That said, I'll still read the next one.

grace_ellisent Apr 04, 2013

Great premise and set-up for a good story, the ending was disappointing. Seems like this is only part 1 of a long series.

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Jun 01, 2013

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