Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Post Where I Finally Review: The Blood Gospel by James Rollins

 My tale of The Blood Gospel started well over a year ago (and maybe two!) at the Whatcha Reading Book Club we have at my B&N once a month.  If you long to be part of a book club, but dread reading stuff you just don't want to read, try forming a book club like this one.  It's genius!  We meet once a month and take turns talking about what each of us have read the previous month.  You can talk as much or as little as you want.  NO PRESSURE.  YOU GET TO READ WHAT YOU WANT.  AWESOME.  It's probably the most enjoyable book group I've ever been a part of, and we have such a good time.  The only problem is we all leave with a bigger "to read" list. 

The Blood Gospel  by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is one book that made the rounds of our book club.  So far four other members have read this first in the trilogy, and actually all three books.  I've been under the gun to read it for what seems like ages, so I finally did and it was a heck of a ride.  

The Blood Gospel is a mix of archaeology, supernatural, the divine, end-of-the-world threats, and pretty cool ancient history set on its ear.  Also toss in a group of vampiric priests who work to rid the world of a horrible threat--super bad vampires working with powerful humans bent on controlling all of mankind.  Three main characters:  archaeologist Dr. Erin Granger, military man Sergeant Jordan Stone, and Father Rhun Korza come together at Masada--heck yes, I said Masada--after a horrific earthquake reveals a tomb hidden deep in the mountain.  This tomb is very old, very ancient, and within it is the power to create chaos or reveal the ultimate power of Jesus Christ.  Yep--it's a gospel written in Christ's own blood by the Son of God himself.  And the desire to possess it brings out every horrible creature between heaven and hell.  

But the gospel is missing.  And those pesky Nazis seem to have had a hand in its disappearance during World War 2.  Who has it and where is it?

This is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The biblical references, the archaeology, the downright nasty vampires and creatures that race after Erin, Rhun, and Jordan are the stuff of nightmares.  No one is safe.  Pretty much everything is thrown into this first novel--it clocks in at almost 700 pages.  Well worth it.  I've already got the second in the trilogy here at home, ready to pick it up and read it within the next few weeks.  And yes, I will read that third and epic conclusion to this trilogy.  If you're curious, the first two are in paperback, and the third is still in hardcover.  I'm guessing it will be out in paperback around Christmas.  This, my friends, is your beach read, your front porch read, your stuck in the back seat of the car on a family vacation read.  It's also your get creeped out all alone at night read.  Dive right in!  A winning combination of history, action, thrills, and chills.  

Here are the next two titles in this trilogy:

 Rating:  7/10 for action that is non-stop, a clever mix of biblical history and archaeology, and some of the nastiest vampires I've ever come across--in a book, that is :)

Available in paperback, ebook, and audio.

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