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Innocent Blood (Order of the Sanguines) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

James Rollins , Rebecca Cantrell , Christian Baskous
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10 Dec 2013 Order of the Sanguines (Book 2)

A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the fold of the Sanguines, an immortal order founded on the blood of Christ and tasked with protecting the world from the beasts haunting its shadows. Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel - a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries - Erin must join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to discover and protect a boy believed to be an angel given flesh.

But an enigmatic enemy of immense power and terrifying ambition seeks the same child - not to save the world, but to hasten its destruction. For any hope of victory, Erin must discover the truth behind Christ's early years and understand His first true miracle, an event wrapped in sin and destruction that holds the only hope for the world.

The search for the truth will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty plains of the Holy Land to the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, from the catacombs of Rome to an iron fortress in the Mediterranean Sea, and at last to the very gates of Hell itself, where their destiny - and the fate of mankind - awaits.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD: 13 pages
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (10 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062310976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062310972
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.2 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,145,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Rollins and award-winning author Rebecca Cantrell comes the second gothic thriller in the BLOOD GOSPEL series - perfect for fans of THE DA VINCI CODE. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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James Rollins is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the 'top crowd pleasers' (NEW YORK TIMES) and one of the 'hottest summer reads' (PEOPLE MAGAZINE). Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets at breakneck speed.

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series and the critically acclaimed YA novel, iDRACULA, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. She, her husband and son just left Hawaii's sunny shores for adventures in Berlin.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 3 Jan 2014

A second book is always a concern, was the first a flash in the pan? or will book two be w bridge to book three and the finale of the trilogy? The fact of Innocent blood is its neither, its a fully fledged wonderful thriller, a book that could stand alone and do so as one of the best of its genre this year (personally i would read Blood Gospel first though).

As in book one we follow the perils of The Warrior of Man (Jordan) the Woman of Learning (Erin) and the Knight of Christ Father Rhun, the trio of prophecy confused by the death of the last of the line of Bathory? The first angel needs to be found to fulfill the prophecy, the Damnatus has his own agenda and wants to bring about the ruin of all, Rasputin is back and up to his old tricks, and Cardinal Bernard still thinks he can control destiny/ prophecy.

This book see's the culmination of centuries of prophecy, and manipulation, history guided by two hands but with separate goals, The Order of the Sanguines are not the only immortals in the world.

The thing i love about James Rollins books is the flight of fancy, the dazzling and fantastic journey all his books take you on, occasionally that can be bordering on the edge of the imagination. What i love about this series is that despite the vampires, and the angels, the miracles and the secret world, it all feels so much more grounded, so real. I have to put that down to the influence of Rebecca Cantrell. Its like a perfect confluence of writing style and skill. It happened once before for me in a fantasy series with Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts, both splendid writers, but paired for a trilogy they produced one of the most remarkable fantasy series i have ever read. For the vampire Genre this is turning into something similar.

A truly splendid and terrifying world hidden in plain sight, believable while at the same time fantastical imagining.

very highly recommended

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to The Blood Gospel 2 Jan 2014
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In Innocent Blood, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have achieved the remarkable. They have created a sequel worthy of one of my favourite thrillers of the year, The Blood Gospel (Order of the Sanguines). And in short order, too, for which I'm especially grateful. This is not a type of world in which I'm normally comfortable - vampires, monsters, angels, warrior priests, immortals walk through these pages but while this would normally put me off, Rollins and Cantrell have the ability to ground them in reality. Jordan and Erin, our entirely human heroes, albeit touched by something else, are completely believable characters and their struggle to comprehend this alternative world that they have been pulled into helps the reader to do just the same. Equally important is the way that the characters, whether good or evil, have been given complex motivations and inspirations.

Innocent Blood is a supernatural, mystical thriller that sends shivers down the spine while keeping you hanging on to every word. The action pounds along from start to finish, racing through countries, all wonderfully described. It is beautifully and carefully written, both authors working together perfectly. Its twists are powerful and the atmosphere is extraordinarily rich and consuming. This is storytelling at its best and now one of my very favorite thriller series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jun 2014
Another good read and good price very happy with my purchase
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I'll be honest, I purposely didn't read the first book in this series. I was put off by two things: Vampires and the Dreaded Collaboration.

I love James Rollins, but most collaboration these days seem to be in name only, with the 'celebrity author' writing little or none of the actual book. And vampires these days tend to…sparkle.

But, I was intrigued enough that I decided to give the 2nd one a chance. First, this book absolutely works as a standalone. I didn't feel at a disadvantage by not reading the first book. As for the collaboration, this reads very much like a James Rollins adventure. I'm not sure how much was Cantrell and how much was Rollins, and for me that's a sign of a pretty good collaboration.

Now…the vampires. They definitely don't sparkle. I loved the fact that there are two different kinds of vampires. They are edgy, violent, compelling, and tragic. Very well done!

The only thing that kept this from being a five star read for me was that I felt like there were just a few too many historical characters brought into it. What started as clever for me, soon got a little tiring.

Other than that, I enjoyed this read and am considering buying the first book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blood, Adrenaline, and a Crazy Clever Slant on History 17 Dec 2013
By Judith Heath - Published on Amazon.com
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Innocent Blood follows the popular thriller, Blood Gospel, in the Order of the Sanguines Series. Cantrell and Rollin's collaboration in this daring tale explodes the boundaries of genre, taking their fans and new readers on a 4 dimensional odyssey in which the past and the present collide for the ultimate battle of good and evil.

Monsters of myth, and figures from scripture, confront credible contemporary characters with a deadly puzzle and enlist them to fulfill a world-changing prophesy. Intriguing science, a secret Vatican sect, gothic undead, historical villains --this book is full of mysteries! The storytellers bring alive both the present and the ancient past in their telling, with the sounds, smells, textures, and temperatures of pivotal historical places.

Woven into this fast-paced, surprising, adrenaline-juiced thriller are provocative postulations about sin, redemption, and the true price of penitence, as well as the realization (at least for me) that most of us find it easier to believe in demons than in angels.

I recommend that you read Blood Gospel first if you can. Have fun!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel with Even More Intrigue and Action 9 Dec 2013
By Benjamin Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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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 second book, just like a movie sequel, falls flat.

Not so with this series as everything is turned up a notch or two. The action is practically non-stop with another crisis around every corner. And yet, somehow, the authors manage to expose the reader to their characters’ true natures and we really get to know them and care what happens to them. That, for me, is one of the key elements for a good novel, no matter what the genre. This series is a combination of known history, supernatural myth, religious fervor, and Indiana Jones style action plotting. It’s like watching a really good action-packed, intrigue-filled movie. Apocalyptic prophecy…supernatural intrigue…a religious political power struggle of the highest order…and even a bit of romance? What’s not to love?

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. And we have a new role to determine…the First Angel. We also get to experience several intriguing new characters that are woven into the mix. Two of history’s most intriguing characters, Rasputin and Judas Iscariot, make their debuts. At stake is the potential for the launch of the no-kidding Armageddon. And while this book’s story has a satisfying conclusion, the final segment does a great job in setting up a third book in the series.

One more mark of a really good thriller novel that appeals to me: I love it when the good guys aren’t always good and the bad guys aren’t always bad. Having gray characters that don’t always make the right choices or the wrong ones, is just good story telling. The conflict and tension that builds is worth the price of admission all by itself.

Travel from California to Italy to Egypt and hold on for the ride on this one. You’ll be glad you did.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic sequel which stands above most similarly themed novels available today 16 Dec 2013
By Jeff Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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A fantastic follow-up to Blood Gospel, the first in a series of books co-authored by James Rollins (one of my fav's) and Rebecca Cantrell (whom I was unfamiliar with before reading the first book). Innocent Blood picks up shortly after the end of book one, and never for a moment lets the tension slow. Too often a second novel in a series tends to suffer from "Middle Book Syndrome" which may not be an actual syndrome, but if you've ever read series before, you know what I'm talking about.

Many didn't like the first book because it was a serious departure from Rollins previous works--but shouldn't ANY author be given the opportunity to spread their wings and explore outside their typical realm if they wish? Any more, its difficult for publishers to be willing to allow established writers to break away from what they typically do and attempt anything new for fear that it won't sell. I am happy that as Rollins decided to co-author his first book, he chose to take a different path and give me something I simply was NOT expecting. With that being said, I was less surprised by Innocent Blood having finished the first book last year. While I could guess at several plot lines first established in book 1, I definitely didn't see where this book ended up going. Kudos to both authors for keeping the tension taught and always at the surface of what is happening.

Taking us to secret societies within the Vatican certainly isn't anything new, but it was in the way these authors tell it. Conspiracies within bigger conspiracies and adding the Indiana Jones style entertainment along with James Rollins trademark action gives this story not only a great deal of depth, but it was literally LOADED with fun. I say for those who were a bit turned off by book one give this one a try and see if they don't win you back. Just remember that the Order of the Sanguines is a series unlike anything you may THINK Rollins has produced before. Keep that in mind and I believe you are well on your way to not only really enjoying these books, but becoming entirely obsessed. With all the interest these days switching from one series being turned into films to another, its a shame that film producers didn't give this one a look-see. So much more depth than the typical fare being thrust on us every week or so.

All I can say is I am eagerly awaiting book 3.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whom amongst us.. has innocent blood?? 11 Dec 2013
By Mamabear Cherei - Published on Amazon.com
'Innocent Blood' takes you on a journey of self discovery. This novel wasn't so much about going to places.. and finding relics from the past... it was more about finding one's purpose in life.. regardless of who you are or are not.

A masterful tale filled with great adventure and intrigue.. The story very much remains in the present. Literally over the course of a few short days in December. From the Sanguines to other "Immortals".. you will find yourself cheering for the Good guys.. and then.. figuring out.. you really aren't sure who the good guys are!

Again, a book that does not make you think you're reading about vampires.. Instead.. you are reading about a secret sect that hides behind the walls of the Vatican.. and there's just a little part of you.. that will have you watching the Midnight Christmas Mass.. and wondering.. just WHAT is going on beneath the floor of the Pope!

No spoilers from me! You'll just have to read it yourself! ENJOY!! I know, I certainly did!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Non-spoiler - Good enough, but not as good as the first one 13 Dec 2013
By scot16897 - Published on Amazon.com
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"Innocent Blood" is the follow up novel to "Blood Gospel," which introduces readers to the Order of the Sanguines, a supernatural group within the Catholic Church. This is a novel that should definitely be read only after the first book in the series.

In "Innocent Blood," we rejoin archaeologist Erin Granger and soldier Jordan Stone as they are once again drawn into assisting the Order of the Sanguines, who are trying to unravel an ages-old prophecy and save all of mankind in the process.

The authors do a nice job of creating a new opponent, one with an interesting history and distinct abilities compared with the enemies in the first book. It's always good to see a different kind of foe, rather than the same ones, but bigger or more of them. It definitely shows that the authors had a plan for the series, rather than a single book they are tweaking and repackaging with an appropriately greater (but similar) scope.

Having said that, some of the spookiness from the first book was lacking here. There aren't really enough creative new dangers to capture the same sense of mystery and danger of the first novel. The authors try to create depth to some characters, but it doesn't really work, and they should really stick more to the adventure and plot aspects of their tale.

Bottom line -- It's a good follow-up, but not as good as the first novel.
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