Written by: James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell
Series: The Order of the Sanguines
Sequence in Series: 2
Print Length: 448 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Learn more at: James Rollins' Website
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In this riveting follow-up to The Blood Gospel, the first book in their thrilling and atmospheric Order of the Sanguine series, New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell deliver a riveting tale of international adventure, intrigue, suspense, and supernatural mystery involving a modern scientist, a highly secret eternal spiritual order, and a terrifying power who must join forces to bring down a ruthless and cunning enemy and prevent the Apocalypse
While exploring a tomb hidden for centuries in the depths of Masada, Israel, brilliant archaeologist Erin Granger began an incredible journey to recover a miraculous ancient artifact tied to Christ himself. The quest introduced her to a diabolical enemy determined to discover the book and use its powers for his own dark ends. It also led her to an ancient and highly secret Vatican order-known simply as the Saguines. Though she survived, the danger has only just begun . . .
An attack outside Stanford University thrusts Erin back into the fold of the Sanguines. As the threat of Armageddon looms, she must unite with an ancient evil to halt the plans of a man determined to see the world end, a man known only as Iscariot.
With The Blood Gospel, the first novel in the Order of the Sanguine series, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell breathtakingly combined science and religion and introduced a world where miracles hold new meaning and the fight for good over evil is far more complicated than we ever dreamed. In Innocent Blood, they again take us to the edge of destruction . . . and into the deepest reaches of imagination.
Innocent Blood by James Rollins
Innocent Blood is a very dark mystery thriller with a huge paranormal twist. Think DaVinci Code with vampire priests (Saguines), fallen angels and other immortals. It even has a steampunk element with magical/bio/mechanical creations. Literally this story had it all.
This memorizing story takes place on the brink of an Apocalypse, orchestrated by Judas himself. There is also a historical element that pulls in infamous characters from history into the storyline. All are still playing at political machinations to achieve their goals. What probably amazed me the most was how well Rollins and Cantrell took the purely evil and convoluted it into the gray. Good isn't always good, evil isn't always evil and there is a huge gray area in between. Character's interpretations of good and evil play a huge role in the outcome. There is an absolutely twisting of the Christian biblical belief system, hence the comparison to the DaVinci Code).
Every once in a while you hit a book that is so original its shocking, Innocent Blood definitely amps up the shock value.
Non-stop, pulse pounding action will keep you on the edge of your seat and riveted till the end.
I received this ARC copy of Innocent Blood from William Morrow in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on December 10, 2013.