February 2, 2013

The Blood Gospel by James Collins and Rebecca Cantrell

The Blood Gospel by James Collins and Rebecca Cantrell is a supernatural action novel that is unlike many books I have read. It features vampires, Catholicism, history, and makes for a vampire series like no other out there.

Book Description
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.” – The Blood Gospel

My Thoughts
The Blood Gospel is a vampire story that is unlike many out there today. It doesn’t have glittery vampires falling in love with humans, and focuses instead on a psychological, supernatural theory that vampires are actually in the Catholic Church. How very intriguing, huh?

In this story, there is a cryptic order is in search for a forbidden book that was rumored to have been written by Christ’s hand, in his own blood, which holds the secrets to his miracles as described in the Bible. Three investigators uncovering an ancient tomb find more than they bargained for, and realize that some things should never be found. (No spoilers here!)

I love vampire stories, and this one is seriously a series I am very happy to be reading. It is a mixture of the vampire lore I love, and the creepy historical accuracies that make portions of this story very real. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, and can’t wait to read the future books in the series. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Blood Gospel, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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