The Blood Gospel

The Blood Gospel

Paperback - 2013
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New York Times bestselling authorsJames Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell combinetheir talents in a gothic tale about anancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as . . . The Blood Gospel.

Some books should never be found, never opened--until now.

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, reveals a tomb buriedin the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators--Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensics expert;Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist--are sent toexplore the macabre discovery, a subterranean templeholding 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. But the enemy who hounds them is a force of ancient evil directed by a leader of impossible ambitions and incalculable cunning.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2013
ISBN: 9780061991059
0061991058
Additional Contributors: Cantrell, Rebecca

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KAWeist Jul 18, 2019

I can appreciate the gore and some of the suspense in the novel. Unfortunately, the writing lacks subtlety. There is a romantic subplot that is particularly painful to read, with a female character who acts as the epitome of the "Horny Hypocrite" in literature (The writers go out of their way to discuss how the character isn't swayed by men, but the minute the "hot" army guy comes in, her character turns into a pile of goo and spends way too much time obsessing over him). I also feel that the discussion related to religion and Christianity is forced. It reminded me of the "Transformers: The Last Knight" film. In that film, it states that the Transformers were involved in the Legends of King Arthur, and in freeing the slaves in America, to name a few ridiculous examples. In this book, both the good guys and the bad guys are thrust into history in far-fetched scenarios.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 14, 2019

A promising and exciting beginning, then at about page 75 or so, you find out the nature of the forces aligned against our heroes and it's downhill from there. I should have shut the book for good right then but I didn't. This combined third-rate DaVinci Code elements with the worst Twilight-type sappy mooniness. And it committed the sin that the best book series never do - no conclusion to the story, no resolution to some of the plotlines; it just stops and you're supposed to pick up everything in the next installment. Such a disappointment because I'm a very big fan of Rollins' SIGMA novels.

I have so little time to read right now and I wasted it on this stupid book...

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kutweety
Sep 25, 2017

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

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Kagamusha
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.

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ghyslaine
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.

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intelligentguy
Jul 17, 2014

Normally a fan of James Rollins but not this book.

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mz4bibliofile
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 http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/9d1abd28-fe56-4c29-b409-8b56b44bb8d0?postId=0cd57d31-6760-4fa5-bcc9-d2d17c5ffb41

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beerbasket
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.

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