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James Rollins , Rebecca Cantrell

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27 août 2013 Order of the Sanguines Series (Livre 1)
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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JAMES ROLLINS is the New York Times bestseller of thrillers translated into forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the 'top crowd pleasers' (New York Times) and one of the 'hottest summer reads' (People Magazine).

REBECCA CANTRELL'S Hannah Vogel mystery novels have won the Bruce Alexander and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Barry and RT Reviewers Choice awards; her critically-acclaimed novel, iDrakula, was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A soldier, an archaeologist, and a priest walk into a tomb... 17 novembre 2012
Par Vickie T. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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First, I think the book description here does this book a disservice. Because James Rollins is a well known author of action-adventure thriller novels, many potential readers are going to assume that this book is more of the same. The book description tosses out hints, makes implications, and beats around the bush, but never makes it plain that this book has one big difference from Rollins' other books - it's not just an action-adventure novel, it's a supernatural action-adventure novel, complete with vampires, grimwolves, and other supernatural beings. It also offers a completely new interpretation of some aspects of the bible. I think potential readers need to know this in order to make an informed decision about buying this book.

I am a James Rollins fan who had absolutely no idea what I was in for when I selected this book to review. Fortunately, I am also a fan of urban fantasy and the supernatural, so I was pleasantly surprised at what I got. I really enjoyed this book. The action is non-stop and the main characters were all interesting and well-developed. Even the bad guys were interesting and surprisingly sympathetic - yeah, they were evil, but you could kind of see how they ended up that way and feel a little sorry for them.

This book does require you to suspend disbelief at many points, but no more so than many other books of this genre - as long as you're willing to fully accept the fundamental premises upon which the book is based. I rarely found myself falling out of the story to question whether or not anything made sense. The pace of the story pulled me along quickly enough that I generally didn't have any trouble just accepting things and moving on.

I recommend this book to any fans of James Rollins who aren't put off by the idea of a novel populated by supernatural beings of all kinds. Also, fans of urban fantasy and the supernatural will likely enjoy it. I was not bothered or offended by the alternate interpretations of the bible, but then, I'm not particularly religious so I'm probably not the best qualified to speak to that aspect. I'm looking forward to additional books in this series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 New series, new collaborator, new genre for the New Year! 20 décembre 2012
Par Susan Tunis - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's no secret to readers of my reviews that I'm a huge fan of James Rollins' novels, and have been ever since Subterranean was first published. In the years since, in addition to penning the wildly popular Sigma Force series and several excellent stand alone thrillers, he has written seven fantasy novels under the name James Clemens as well as two young adult adventures. I love that he isn't content to write the same type of story over and over. Not only has he expanded his own literary horizons, he's very much expanded my own.

The Blood Gospel is yet another new direction for Mr. Rollins. Well, two new directions, actually. For the first time, he's sharing authoring responsibilities with Rebecca Cantrell, a writer well-respected for her own historic mystery series. And while The Blood Gospel is as much a fast-paced thriller as anything Mr. Rollins has written to date, it also falls firmly in the territory of a new genre: horror.

The novel opens with a brief prologue set in the past--AD 73 in Masada, Israel--where readers are witness to events leading to the tragedy for which the historic site is known. However, we are also witness to a far more inexplicable drama... After just a few pages, the action shifts to present-day Israel, at the dig of American archaeologist Erin Granger. Her own promising work is interrupted by an earthquake--and is further interrupted when Israeli and American soldiers arrive to escort her to Masada. The quake has unearthed something and her expertise is required. Along on the journey is a mysterious figure. "He was no soldier. He was a priest. He wore black pants, overhung by an ankle-length hooded cassock, along with black leather gloves, dark sunglasses, and the familiar white collar of the Roman Catholic clergy." You've just been introduced to Father Rhun Korza. He's not the first priest to appear in Rollins' fiction, but I'm telling you right now that he's the most interesting.

At Masada, this is what Erin finds:

"A macabre sculpture hung on the wall, like a blasphemous crucifixion. She moved past the corner of the sarcophagus. With each step, a growing horror rose in her.

It wasn't a sculpture.

On the wall hung the desiccated corpse of a small girl, maybe eight years old, dressed in a tattered, stained robe. A handful of blackened arrows pinned her in place, a good yard off the floor. They pierced her chest, neck, shoulder, and thigh."

What can I say? These authors can paint a tableau, and sometimes the details are haunting. I don't know if it was Mr. Rollins or Ms. Cantrell who supplied the detail of the doll, but that is the beauty of collaboration. It's hard to say who did what (I couldn't tell), but hopefully the work is stronger when two talents bring their a-game.

I'm not going into any detail about the plot of this novel. What I can tell you is that the third primary character is an American soldier named Jordan Stone. The novel is the first of the new "Order of the Sanguines" series. These three diverse characters find themselves on an urgent quest for an artifact called the Blood Gospel. "It is the Gospel. Written by Christ's own hand. In his own blood."

So, let's talk about religion. You may have heard, it's a hot-button topic for some. I'll be VERY curious to see the popular response to this novel. Me, I'm a secular Jew. I'm not going to lie. This got kind of New Testament for me. BUT this is not--emphatically-- Christian fiction. I wouldn't call it excessive, but there's foul language within the text. Even more noteworthy, there's some fairly steamy erotic content. (Well done, too!) So, this is NOT Christian fiction, but it has a fair amount of religion, some of which might be considered blasphemous by certain segments. Rollins tries to look at faith from different angles. At one point, Erin asks, "Why me?" and is told:

"I have followed your work, Dr. Granger. You are skeptical of religion, but steeped in biblical knowledge. As a result, you see things that nonreligious scholars could miss. Likewise, you question things that religious scholars might not. It was that rare combination that made you perfectly suited to bring the Gospel back to the world."

Suffice it to say, there is significant opposition to our heroes' quest. Some of it is worldly and some of it is otherworldly. There's a big word that I'm not saying, but it won't take you long to discover the supernatural elements to the tale. Readers have seen a lot of this in recent years, but James Rollins is putting his own twist on the familiar.

Mr. Rollins and Ms. Cantrell are off to a strong start with this series. This book introduces some truly intriguing characters with complex backgrounds and motivations. And it features a plot that surprised me at every turn. More importantly, there's a complete story arc to Book One, with a conclusion. That's not to say that there aren't bigger picture questions left unanswered for future books--and one flat-out jaw-dropper in the final chapter. (Seriously, DO NOT PEEK.) You've gotta love the jaw-dropper! Um, when is Book Two out?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Non-spoiler - Something Completely Different from Rollins 29 octobre 2012
Par scot16897 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fans of James Rollins have come to know him for action and adventure, a blend of military action, fancy technology, and historical events motivating adventures. You will find much of this in his newest novel, but the author tackles a different genre from his usual fare. I really enjoyed it.

Dr. Erin Granger, an architect on a dig in Israel, is pulled away from the students she is overseeing after a strange earthquake affects Masada, the rocky fortress where the Romans laid siege to Hebrews almost two thousand years ago. She is teamed up with a small force of U.S. military, including Sgt. Jordan Stone, and this group is accompanied by Father Rhun Korza, a mysterious monk. At Masada, this group finds a mystery and comes under attack from strange and supernatural forces. The survivors, Granger, Stone, and Korza, are caught up in a centuries old hunt for the "Blood Gospel," a legendary Christian artifact. But they must race against their supernatural foes, who don't play by any of the same rules........

This was a fun ride, and anyone who liked Rollins' early pre-Sigma Force books will not only enjoy the action, but a return of Rollins' creative monster side, as mutant critters and odd evolution have been an early staple for the author. (I always particularly enjoyed the strangely evolved piranha from Amazonia, but that's for another review....)

To be honest, it's a challenge to write this spoiler-free, because the people who don't like this book apparently don't like it for the supernatural aspect, or the role the Catholic church plays in the adventure. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I've never read a James Rollins novel because I thought any part of it was real.... I read them for the high-speed adventure. And that is in this book, start to finish.

For me, this book was very hard to put down, and I look forward to Rollins' future efforts!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 James Rollins, Vampire Slayer 2 février 2013
Par Casey Wheeler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a very poor attempt by Rollins to start a new series. If you are a fan of the plethora of vampire romance novels that are all the rage (and hopefully becoming passe)you may find this series of interest. It is easy to tell which sections Rollins wrote and which sections his coauthor wrote. It is very sluggish in parts and only builds up to a medium pace - very unlike his Sigma series. I kept hoping that the book would pick up to no avail. As this is a series, the ending was written to entice the reader to move on to the next one when it comes out. I will not be one of those people.

Bottom line - if you are a fan of the Sigma series and like the pace of those books, save yourself the time of purchasing and/or reading this book.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 OMG - this one's bad! 2 novembre 2012
Par kacunnin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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James Rollins is best known for his military adventure "Sigma Force" novels, full of testosterone and big guns. Rebecca Cantrell is best known for her Hannah Vogel novels set in 1930's Berlin. The two have teamed up to write BLOOD GOSPEL, billed as a "bold new adventure." It's certainly an adventure - I'm just not convinced it's either "bold" or "new."

The story centers on three primary characters, who set off on a Middle Eastern quest to find a sacred book, supposedly a gospel written in Christ's own hand. Dr. Erin Granger is a gorgeous archeologist - think Indiana Jones without the whip and hat. Sgt. Jordan Stone is a chiseled Adonis with plenty of firepower and an eye for lovely Erin. And mysterious Father Rhun Korza is sort of a "super-priest" - he's super strong, super fast, and super attracted to and repulsed by Erin, all at the same time. So what we've got here is a mash-up between DaVINCI CODE and the Indiana Jones movies. So far, so good. I wouldn't call it original, but it could certainly sell.

But there's a problem . . . because Rollins and Cantrell have decided to throw in a third element, hoping to solidify their hoped-for best seller status. I hesitated a bit before plunging ahead and revealing this third element. In a way, it could be considered a spoiler (since there's no mention of this aspect of the novel in the promotional materials). But I decided it's important for readers to know what they're buying before they buy it. If you are dead-set against any form of spoiler in your review, please skip to the concluding paragraph.

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OK, if you're still with me, here goes: at its core, this is a vampire novel. We're talking about good old down-to-earth vampires, complete with dripping fangs, sensitivity to both sunlight and silver, and an unquenchable lust for blood. Rollins & Cantrell first use the word "vampire" about  of the way through the novel, but there are plenty of hints before that. Father Korza is called a "Sanguinist," from the Latin word "sanguineus," meaning blood. He's also strangely cloaked to avoid contact with sunlight, and he seems able to lift massive sarcophagus lids without undo exertion. He's also able to jump down into a deep crevasse without rappelling gear. That's because he's a vampire - but he's a special kind of vampire, blessed by the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, that's right - Rhun Korza is one of an army of vampires in the service of Jesus Christ. He has pledged not to drink human blood, and in return he is blessed with a continuing supply of sanctified wine, which he explains becomes the literal blood of Christ through transubstantiation. And his purpose in life is to track down the bad vampires who are wreaking havoc on the world and trying to steal the blessed Blood Gospel before the Church can get its hands on it.

I'll admit, I've had enough of vampires. Had I known this was a vampire novel before I agreed to read and review it, I would have chosen another book. I found myself groaning every few pages, as more and more ridiculous things happened (which I won't reveal here). The whole idea that the Catholic Church is in league with "good" vampires - and that many of the historical and biblical tragedies in the world were really the work of "evil" vampires - requires more suspension of disbelief than I possess. I have no particular fondness for the Catholic Church, but my guess is great sections of this novel will be offensive to Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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END OF SPOILERS: Bottom line, BLOOD GOSPEL is a ridiculous novel that tries to be all things to all people. It's nothing at all like Rollins's earlier books; I've never read a Rebecca Cantrell novel, so I can't comment on whether it's representative of hers. There's plenty of Indiana Jones-style action, lots of DaVINCI CODE biblical hogwash, a healthy dose of rather tame romantic silliness (the "melting into each other" type), and . . . well, it's ultimately a really lame horror novel. Enough said.
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