Just when you think you had seen and heard enough of vampires, along comes an intelligent work of fiction that at its core tells the story of an age-old battle between two vamphyrric sects --- the Sanguines and the Strigoi.
The best way to approach any James Rollins novel is to open it up and let the cleverly plotted and well-researched tale wash over you. Couple that with the gothic and atmospheric writing of Rebecca Cantrell, and you have the potential for a true blockbuster of a story.
THE BLOOD GOSPEL, the first in a proposed series of The Order of the Sanguines books, is a winner from start to finish. It poses and answers many questions about religion and the nature of priests: Why do Catholic priests wear pectoral crosses? Why are they sworn to celibacy? Why does Catholicism insist that the consecration of wine during Mass results in the transformation to Christ’s own blood? The answers provided by Rollins and Cantrell are sure to astound you.
"Breathtaking battles collide with history in stunning fashion as the pursuit of the book that should not be found drives everyone involved to levels of violence that will shock and amaze."
An earthquake in Masada kills hundreds of people, but in its wake reveals a tomb hidden for centuries. A trio of individuals is joined together --- perhaps by fate --- to investigate: military forensics specialist Jordan Stone; Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and archaeologist Dr. Erin Granger. Together they find the mummified body of a young girl who has been crucified with silver.
When the trio are brutally attacked by a strange and inhumanly powerful band of outsiders, they realize how close they are to discovering the long-lost Blood Gospel. Allegedly,