The Blood Gospel (Order of the Sanguines, Bk 1)
The Blood Gospel - Order of the Sanguines, Bk 1 Author:James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell An earthquake in Israel kills hundreds and reveals a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist are sent in to explore and find themselves in a race against an enemy li... more »ke no other, to recover a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand.
From crumbling tombs to splendorous churches, Erin and her companions must confront a past that traces back 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 -- creating 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.« less
I am not a thriller reader, I read urban fantasy for the most part. I have never read a book by James Rollins or Rebecca Cantrell until this one. And it worked for me. The world building was interesting and complete. The characters are sympathetic, the story was well plotted and it all made sense. I really liked it! I will be looking for another book in the series and I may very well try other books from these authors as they clearly know their stuff.
I have only read one James Rollins book before but I have read all of Rebecca Cantrell's Hannah Vogel series. It seems to me that their writing collaboration is really working well. This first book in The Order of The Sanguines series is a real page-turner. There is something for everyone in this book; historical fiction, mystery, thriller, archaeological digs, romance, vampires, religion and much more. At first, I was a little taken back by the vampire segments but it really works well with the religious aspect and I soon found myself engrossed and fascinated by the story. The characters are well developed and as you approach the end of the book, you are left with a feeling of wanting to follow them around for a little longer. I will definitely continue with this series and I anxiously await the second installment.
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I average reading about 1 book a week. I have never not finished a book. This was my first. It was just ridiculous and I couldn't keep reading it. I have read other James Rollins novels in the past, but probably will not read any more in the future, particularly this series.