The Blood Gospel by James Rollins
The Order of the Sanguines Series

78%

11 Critic Reviews

Good escapist reading in the Dan Brown vein. And these writers can write.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell combine their talents in a gothic tale about anancient 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 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 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 opened--until now.
 

About James Rollins

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New York Times bestselling author James Rollins holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains. An avid spelunker and certified scuba enthusiast, he can often be found underground or underwater.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by William Morrow. 803 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Blood Gospel
All: 11 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Dec 03 2012

Good escapist reading in the Dan Brown vein. And these writers can write.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Nov 19 2012

...yet another religious thriller with a gimmick that fails to match that of The Da Vinci Code.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by NYJB Reviewer on Jan 08 2013

This is a thriller of dark subterranean complexity, rather like a rare, vintage red wine.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jan 10 2013

...a unique series that will be essential reading for fans of historical fiction, horror and thrillers.

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RT Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Roseann Marlett on Feb 18 2013

The highly original plot combines gripping world-could-end drama with characters who are complex, fascinating and personable.

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Denver Post

Good
Reviewed by Jeff Ayers on Jan 07 2013

The Blood Gospel is a combination of religious conspiracy and another popular genre, and to reveal more about the concept behind this engaging novel would be a crime.

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Open Book Society

Good
Reviewed by hmhibbit on Jan 30 2013

I recommend The Blood Gospel to all those who enjoy a marriage of history and religion combined with supernatural beings.

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The Big Story

Excellent
Reviewed by JEFF AYERS on Jan 07 2013

"The Blood Gospel" is a combination of religious conspiracy and another popular genre, and to reveal more about the concept behind this engaging novel would be a crime.

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Monsters and Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Sandy Amazeen on Feb 17 2013

While the overall storyline is strong, the appearance of Lazarus, Judas and Rasputin coupled with wine drinking sanguinists, evil blood drinking strogoi, a dove and others stretches believability almost to the breaking point...if you are ready to suspend reality, this is an enjoyable read.

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The American Book Center Blog

Below average
Reviewed by David Young on Feb 18 2013

...would make a long intercontinental flight pass quickly, and will leave absolutely no trace afterwards, I guarantee.

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Newstalk 1010

Excellent
Reviewed by Justine Lewkowicz on Feb 15 2013

There is an incredible level of complexity in this book, but the two authors, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell, make it work.

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