The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines Series (Hardcover)

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An unlikely trio consisting of a soldier, archeologist, and a priest have been formed by unexplained forces to protect the Book of Blood which is hidden within the Jewish mountain Holyland. This book has become the focus of an age old holy battle between the Sanguines and the Strigoi. The Sanguines are a form of vampire that are capable of walking the earth at daylight, and are an order of priests who draw their strengths from the blood of Christ. These priests have dedicated themselves to protect good from the animalistic Strigoi, whose sole purpose is to reign evil and fill nights with terror and blood. With the possession of the book, the Strigoi will have valuable information which include not having the torch of the sun kill. With the drawing of the three heroes, the race to finding the book has become a reachable goal. However, with an army of vampire bats and a devil incarnate named Bathory, their path to success has now become a death trap.
James Rollins has teamed up with Rebecca Cantrell on his latest heart pounding adventure. Taking the reader from terrifying archeological digs located in the Holyland to dreadful underground caverns filled with horror, Rollins & Cantrell have written historical facts and religious stories that are often tangled with fiction. Their characters reveal that spiritual interpretations of historical events are made to suit people's religious ideology. Finding tangible evidence of these past events are the key to unlocking the truth. Rollins & Cantrell form a great team capable of weaving fact and fiction into an entertaining novel.

— Mike, Albuquerque


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.

About the Author

James Rollins is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Sigma Force series. Blending science and history his action-adventure novels have been praised as "enormously engrossing" (NPR) and "smart, entertaining adventure fiction" ("New York Journal of Books"). Before pursuing a writing career he obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful practice in California. He currently resides in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

New York Times bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series, the critically acclaimed YA novel iDrakula, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth, and The World Beneath, the first book in an exciting new series and the winner of an International Thriller Writer award. She, her husband, and son currently live in Berlin.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061991042
ISBN-10: 006199104X
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Pages: 479
Language: English