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The Blood Gospel

The Blood Gospel [Kindle Edition]

James Rollins , Rebecca Cantrell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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A modern gothic thriller, perfect for fans of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

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When a devastating earthquake in Masada, Israel, 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 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 in to a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumoured to have been written by Christ's own hand, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to His divinity. But 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? And why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in its transformation to Christ's own blood? The answers go back to a secret sect within the Vatican, one whispered as rumour but whose very existence was painted for all to see by Rembrandt himself, a shadowy order known simply as the Sanguines.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1873 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1TJFZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,031 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Great characters and fantastic story 14 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of James Rollins thrillers. I literally cannot wait for them and so as soon as I heard about The Blood Gospel I ordered in the American edition. What turned up was a huge paperback for the visually-impaired. As a result, I could certainly see it but I could barely lift it. A small price to pay.

The first thing to note is that The Blood Gospel is not part of the excellent Sigma series. It is completely different. Co-written with Rebecca Cantrell, whose work I am not familiar with, it is a mystery thriller with a supernatural twist. Normally, this would be enough to put me off, especially when I learned that this was a novel about vampires. But, and this is a huge but, wipe from your mind images of the sparkly and painfully tragic undead. This is nothing like that at all. In fact, The Blood Gospel is my favourite thriller of 2013 so far and it will take a lot to knock it off that pedestal.

From the very beginning it is clear that the reader is going to have to hang on tight. The novel opens at Masada, the desert fortress in Israel which was the site of a mass suicide by the last of the Jewish rebels to hold out against the might of Rome in the 1st century AD. An earthquake devastates the ruins, revealing a hidden temple containing the crucified remains of a mummified girl and unleashing something else into the air. The remains are investigated by military forensic expert Jordan Stone, archaeologist Erin Granger and Vatican priest Father Rhun Korza. It's not long before the three are on the run, propelled on a chase to discover what was once in the girl's sarcophagus and is now lost - a gospel believed to contain the words of Christ himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood Gospel 20 Jun 2013
By Nicko
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The personal stuff of the players was kept back at a " just in time" presentation
The story was well researched and historically correct which did relate to factual occurances
Felt totallty absorbed in the whole plot

Well Done All
Nick F

PS: I need to start my first book !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action, Action, Action 14 May 2013
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James Rollins books keep up a steady fast pace, are exciting (if nonsensical), pretty well written and generally a good read. He could write a more intellectual book if he wanted - but for a jolly roller coaster, gore and guts with a bit of history thrown in for interest he is one of the best. Much better than his Sigma Force books which are, for me, rather trite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad and a great page turner 11 April 2013
By Demos
Format:Kindle Edition
An interesting mix of religious mystery, modern thriller and all the usual things James Rollins likes to mix.
As usual I couldn't stop reading but I probably won't ever read it again.

To misquote "The world according to Garp" 'you read some books because they are good and want to read them again, others you read because you've got to know what happens'.

Mr Rollins writes the latter but in his defence the roller coaster he takes you on is first class.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires from James Rollins...not his thing? 29 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Firstly,I do like James rollins books,he is in my top 7 of authors which include David golemon,David Gibbons,Matthew Reilly and especially Andy McDermott and Chris Kuzneski,so it gives you an idea of the style of reading I like

This one,(although James books either revolve around the excellent Sigma force novels or totally different adventure with ferocious creatures ) doesn't seem to work as well

It is co written with Rebecca Cantrell a vampire type writer,and the the book is somewhat different from other vampire type books,but I can't help feeling it's been written to get on the "band wagon" with the modern theme of vampires being the "in thing " to read and watch

It is well written,and is basically a story between good ...ish religious vampires and very bad ones with human intervention,Nazis,Russians,Israel and Rasputin thrown in for good measure. To be fair it is quite a good read,but,if it hadn't had James Rollins's would I have bought it?.....probably not,if it had just been Rebecca cantrells name on it I probably wouldn't even have picked it up to read the small print...sorry

Saying that,I probably will buy the others in the series,just because they have input from James Rollins,but I won't rush to buy them before my other favourite authors.

One other thing,American authors always make their heros tall,well built handsome Hollywood types,the British and Aussie heros are more normal....Andy mcdermotts is short ,balding getting older and putting a little weight on despite being ex-sas,but far more believable and Matthew reilly's characters have scars and issues,I do think the American writers should install a bit more of normality into the characters..they can still be strong etc,but most Americans I see certainly aren't like the books?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed fun read 23 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to starting the next book in the series. I must admit vampires was not what I expected. But I very quickly got hooked and found it hard to put down. I doubt it is a book the authors intended the reader to take too seriously. Yes it is farfetched but I found it to be an action packed fun read. Definitely recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As always excellent book by Rollins.
Published 1 month ago by g carcone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cant believe the deal i got for this book holiday read me thinks.
Published 1 month ago by tattygirl15
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Quit a change from James Rollins usual books and I have read them all. I loved this book as didn't expect the story to develop the way it did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Deakin
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down !
I chose this book as I have read others by James Rollins - I enjoyed it so much I'm now purchasing the sequel ...
Published 2 months ago by kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is a book I had wanted to read for so long. Every ingredient in the synopsis whetted my taste buds - it is so my kind of book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shane KP O'Neill (Writer of the Dracula Chronicles)
5.0 out of 5 stars ... so quick couldn't believe it first in the series fantastic read
Arrived so quick couldn't believe it first in the series fantastic read
Published 2 months ago by sandra wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
It is a book I probably wouldn't have chosen if I didn't know the writings of James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell but I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat wakeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Another enthralling & thrilling read from a favourite author. Didn't want to put down. Look forward to reading Part II.
Published 3 months ago by A J Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Captured my imagination for three days! couldn't put it down!
Loved James Rollins,"Sigma Force" novels. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rose anne cottingham
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing new series discovered
Rollins influence ever present and looking forward to the next book. A little to much love story and romance for me, but still an amazing read.
Published 4 months ago by Warren Freeman
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