||The Order of the Sanguines series ushers in a new era of vampires in the first collaboration between James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell. The Blood Gospel tells of an ancient cryptic order and the hunt for a miraculous and forbidden book— a book rumored to have been written by Christ’s own hand, in His own blood, a tome that is said to hold the secrets to Christ’s divinity and miracles, tied to a mysterious sect of the Catholic church.
Wowzie – What a change, what an adventure, what a story!!! James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have teamed up to collaborate on The Order of the Sanguines Series. The story deals specifically with the Roman Catholic Church and some beliefs that are held by its followers. Among many of the Church’s convictions, the belief in transubstantiation is at the core of this story. And it is simply a story – isn’t it? A disturbing find in a buried tomb after an earthquake in Masada, Israel, binds three people together in a search for answers. And an interesting group they are – a Vatican priest, an intrepid archaeologist and a military forensic expert. And away they go - off to adventure, danger and close calls. The group is after a sacred book that was supposed to be in the tomb they searched at the Masada site – a book that was written by Christ himself about the secrets of His divinity. Of course no story like this would be perfect without an ancient enemy who runs after them trying to keep the book out of their hands – an ancient enemy who wants to wipe the small group off the face of the earth. What the group does not know is that someone on their team is not who they think he is – or better yet, not who but what. The Blood Gospel is not a book you’ll soon forget. I certainly won’t and will be anxious to read the rest of this incredible series.
-Guest Reviewer Diane Bader
About the Authors
As a boy, James Rollins immersed himself in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps featuring The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger. From there sparked the desire to become a writer himself. Already an accomplished storyteller, spinning elaborate tales that often were at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters, Jim went on to hone his writing skills.
Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, however, Jim pursued a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary clinic in Sacramento, California. This hands-on knowledge of, and interest in, medicine and science help shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins' books apart.
When Jim is not writing, touring, giving seminars, or making presentations, he can be found spelunking, scuba diving, hiking, and/or traveling. Jim and his two- and four-legged family members live amid chew toys and paleontological treasures in Northern California.
A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer.She writes the Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s.
Fluent in German, she received her high school diploma from the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin and studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Georg August Universität in Göttingen before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.
As of this writing, she and her family just moved to Berlin.