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Innocent Blood Unabridged CD (Order of the Sanguines) Audio CD – Audiobook, December 10, 2013
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In this sequel to The Blood Gospel (2013), archaeologist Erin Granger receives a message from Cardinal Bernard, leader of the Order of Sanguines, a group of vampires operating within the Vatican, whose thirst for human blood is kept in check by the blood of Christ. The message leads Erin back into the ancient war between the Sanguines and the Strigoi, a rival group of vampires whose interests lie in a more evil direction than the Sanguines’. Now a new villain has surfaced, a man who calls himself Judas Iscariot—and who may indeed be the biblical Judas. To save the world from Armageddon, Erin reluctantly joins forces with another entity whose evil nature is not to be trifled with. This collaboration between Rollins, the well-known author of the Sigma Force thrillers (contemporary stories with ties to ancient riddles), and Cantrell, author of the atmospheric Hannah Vogel mysteries (set in Berlin in the 1930s), should appeal to their fans, but also to readers who like an action-packed, epic-size story portraying the battle between Good and Evil. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A thriller of dark subterranean complexity, rather like a rare, vintage red wine." (NY Journal of Books)
"A combination of religious conspiracy and another popular genre, and to reveal more about the concept behind this engaging novel would be a crime." (Washington Post on THE BLOOD GOSPEL)
"There's a touch of genius... in pairing a Dan Brown-ian hidden-codex mystery with a vampire tale. Let that suffice lest spoilers ruin the fun, except to say that the blood of the title is no accident." (Kirkus on INNOCENT BLOOD)
"[A]nother darkly hypnotic hybrid, and supremely effective, horror-thriller... A harrowing tale that's truly epic in scope. Not to be missed." (Providence Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD)
"[C]aptures the imagination and leaves the reader panting in anticipation for the next adventure." (New York Journal of Books on INNOCENT BLOOD)
"[An] intense and shocking thriller...filled with history, espionage, love, revenge, and the power of forgiveness." (Library Journal on INNOCENT BLOOD)
"There's a touch of genius...in pairing a Dan Brown-ian hidden codex mystery with a vampire tale." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
Monsters of myth, and figures from scripture, confront credible contemporary characters with a deadly puzzle and enlist them to fulfill a world-changing prophesy. Intriguing science, a secret Vatican sect, gothic undead, historical villains --this book is full of mysteries! The storytellers bring alive both the present and the ancient past in their telling, with the sounds, smells, textures, and temperatures of pivotal historical places.
Woven into this fast-paced, surprising, adrenaline-juiced thriller are provocative postulations about sin, redemption, and the true price of penitence, as well as the realization (at least for me) that most of us find it easier to believe in demons than in angels.
I recommend that you read Blood Gospel first if you can. Have fun!
Time is racing towards Armageddon and with a traitor in their midst it's going to be even more difficult to figure out how to stop the clock. Angels, immortals, strigoi, demonic beasts and a couple of humans make for one irresistible read.
One of the most enjoyable things about this story, for me anyway, is the lack of a definite clear cut delineation between good and evil. Every faction believes in their own rhetoric and some of the arguments are credible. When I can see certain aspects of differing opinions have merit, it makes me pay closer attention to the story as a whole. Although in the end there is evil and no arguments for extenuating circumstances are going to be enough to overcome that fact.
My only real irritation with the series is Rhun's continual guilt over Elisabeth, taking responsibility for every single evil action ever performed by her. It would seem that hundreds of years of reflection, repentance and fighting evil have still left him with the emotional maturity of a young boy. If he had any tattoos I'm sure the largest would be "mea culpa" in appropriately ornate script. And now, after all the angst and breast beating, he has made in essence the SAME mistake- irrevocably changing her existence without bothering to consult her first. I suppose the next tattoo should read "bonehead".
In the end, this is why I read. As much as I loved HBO's "Carnivale" and as much as I still love "Supernatural", they will never be able to compete with books that carry me away. Books like this one.
Character-wise [Bit spoiler for relationships if you care about that sort of thing]: A bit disinterested with how certain relationships progressed, and also annoyed at character portrayals at certain points. I'll be frank, as endearing and wonderfully in-tune Jordan and Erin are as a couple, it was the interaction/chemistry between Rhun and Erin that had my rapt attention.
Overall Impression: A good light read and my curiosity is piqued for the next installment. I'll probably have to reread this seeing as I literally devoured it the first time around.