The Blood Gospel by James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

The Blood Gospel

By James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

  • Publication Date: 2013-01-08
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 404 Ratings)

Book Summary

In his first-ever collaboration, New York Times bestselling author James Rollins combines his skill for cutting-edge science and historical mystery with award-winning novelist Rebecca Cantrell's talent for haunting suspense and sensual atmosphere in a gothic tale about an ancient order and the hunt for a miraculous book known only as . . . The Blood Gospel

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and 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 but disillusioned 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 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. 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? Why do the monks hide their countenances under hoods? And why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in its transformation to Christ's own blood? The answers to all go back to 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.

In the end, be warned: some books should never be found, never opened—until now.

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Book Opinions

  • Intriguing but ultimately disappointing

    By Rani1123
    I'm a huge fan of James Rollins and have enjoyed several of his books but I was wary of reading a book that had a co-author. The Blood Gospel had many obvious influences from both Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. But I didn't feel like Cantrell's contributions added much to Rollins' usual action packed historically influenced stories. She added more adjectives and the strange non-romance between two characters. But the lack of romance between Rollins characters in his other books is something I appreciated. He never fell into that Hollywood attitude that anytime a man and a woman are near each other a romance must ensue. The story itself is fast paced and intriguing but the end disappointed me. It feels dishonest when a book concludes so open-ended that the reader must buy the next book in order to get the whole story. Characters and subplots were introduced and never followed up on to the point of providing answers. And after all the strife and violence the main characters went through to only be told they hadn't actually achieved their goal felt like an ABC Family tv show for teenagers that never solves a problem so we will keep coming back. I think I will stick to James Rollins books where he is the sole author from now on.
  • I love it!

    By Vickles22
    I was so tired of Sigma Force that I stopped reading James Rollins for awhile. I really enjoyed this new book and can't wait to read Innicent Blood. Keep them coming!
  • Great read

    By LaborRN211
    Was not what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised!
  • Blood gospel

    By Rob6600J
    Great, suspenseful book, kept me interested and guessing till the end.
  • The Blood Gospel

    By RiqueNFL
    I have been a big fan of James Rollins. That was the main reason I read this book. I am not a fan of vampire stories, at least not in novels. I am always very frugal about books I buy... I always read the entire book. This was a challenge. I was disappointed that the vampires dominated the story and threw in the element of unbelievable nonsense. I was reared a Roman Catholic and found the numerous references to that church interesting. However, the vampire stuff is just ridiculous. The doctrine of "transubstantiation" is, in my opinion, a silly way the church used to control its followers. To use it in the context of vampirism is a sad perversion of what the early church did by creating this silliness. I hate to say this, but I will take extreme care in reviewing any other books by James Rollins before I am fooled into another purchase. My hope is that the partnership in authorship is the reason for this crazy story. If you like James Rollins' previous books, don't be fooled into assuming this is another... it's a major digression. I would not have bought this if I had realized the nature of the story.
  • The Blood Gospel

    By Aiisuri
    I have never read one of Rollins book until I bought it one day, it was the unexpected that caught my attention and the suspense kept me reading until the very end. It's a book that I recommend to my friends if they want a good suspense book.
  • Blood Gospel

    By Joe Woods
    No paperback is worth that price.. If there were 3 co-authors would the price be $8 more. Get real.
  • Blood Gospel

    By ctkohler
    Good book. Entertaining. And predictably James Rollins.
  • Pretty Dissappointing

    By Judson74
    I'm typically very fond of the Sigma Force novels, especially since they weave in history and science along with fast paced story telling. Blood Gospel just goes too far off the reality track for me and the ending is rather anticlimactic. Trying to tie in what is currently popular on the CW as a core component of Christianity edges on insult despite being a fictitious escape. And I could have totally gone without the romance angle entirely. James Rollins has done far better work.
  • What is there to expect???

    By Black_Wolf_5
    It was a typical James Rollins thriller. What more could you ask for. Great read, not too wordy and not lacking in depth. Great read!