Innocent Blood (Blood Gospel Book II) Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014
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"A thriller of dark subterranean complexity, rather like a rare, vintage red wine."--NY Journal of Books
"A combination of religious conspiracy and another popular genre, and to reveal more about the concept behind this engaging novel would be a crime."--Washington Post on THE BLOOD GOSPEL
"There's a touch of genius... in pairing a Dan Brown-ian hidden-codex mystery with a vampire tale. Let that suffice lest spoilers ruin the fun, except to say that the blood of the title is no accident."--Kirkus on INNOCENT BLOOD
"[A]nother darkly hypnotic hybrid, and supremely effective, horror-thriller... A harrowing tale that's truly epic in scope. Not to be missed."--Providence Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD
"[C]aptures the imagination and leaves the reader panting in anticipation for the next adventure."--New York Journal of Books on INNOCENT BLOOD
"[An] intense and shocking thriller...filled with history, espionage, love, revenge, and the power of forgiveness."--Library Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD
A thriller of dark subterranean complexity, rather like a rare, vintage red wine. --NY Journal of Books"
A combination of religious conspiracy and another popular genre, and to reveal more about the concept behind this engaging novel would be a crime. --Washington Post on THE BLOOD GOSPEL"
There s a touch of genius... in pairing a Dan Brown ian hidden-codex mystery with a vampire tale. Let that suffice lest spoilers ruin the fun, except to say that the blood of the title is no accident. --Kirkus on INNOCENT BLOOD"
[A]nother darkly hypnotic hybrid, and supremely effective, horror-thriller A harrowing tale that s truly epic in scope. Not to be missed. --Providence Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD"
[C]aptures the imagination and leaves the reader panting in anticipation for the next adventure. --New York Journal of Books on INNOCENT BLOOD"
[An] intense and shocking thriller filled with history, espionage, love, revenge, and the power of forgiveness. --Library Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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.See all Product description
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I read the first one,mainly as it had James rollins's name on the front and was very disappointed,but,begrudgingly,bought the second.I found it very hard to finish,it didn't really make you want to read it or leave you on the edge of your seat etc etc.
I know Rollins's has done books with weird creatures,that are really good,and his Sigma series is excellent.....but,and I will stick by my review as per first book....Has he written this to jump on the vampire bandwagon? or has he gone into partnership with Rebecca Cantrill (who I'd never heard of and would never buy a book from her alone) to help her sales? The book doesn't even flow like a normal James Rollins series.
If you like James Rollins,you will be extremely disappointed,he should stick to what he's good at.I will not buy any more in this series unless i see them for 40p in a charity shop.
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.
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
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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