A vicious attack at a ranch in California thrusts archaeologist Erin Granger back into the folds of the Sanguines, an immortal order founded on the blood of Christ and tasked with protecting the world from the beasts haunting its shadows and waiting to break free into the sunlight. Following the prophetic words found in the Blood Gospel–a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries–Erin must join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and the dark mystery that is Father Rhun Korza to discover and protect a boy believed to be an angel given flesh.
But an enigmatic enemy of immense power and terrifying ambition seeks the same child–not to save the world, but to hasten its destruction. For any hope of victory, Erin must discover the truth behind Christ’s early years and understand His first true miracle, an event wrapped in sin and destruction, an act that yet remains unfulfilled and holds the only hope for the world.
The search for the truth will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty plains of the Holy Land to the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, from the catacombs of Rome to an iron fortress in the Mediterranean Sea, and at last to the very gates of Hell itself, where their destiny–and the fate of mankind–awaits.
With The Blood Gospel, the first novel in the Order of the Sanguines series, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell breathtakingly combined science, myth, 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.
“There’s a touch of genius…in pairing a Dan Brown-ian hidden codex mystery with a vampire tale.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Rollins and Cantrell follow up their best-selling The Blood Gospel with this intense and shocking thriller…The authors have written a fast-paced and compelling adventure filled with history, espionage, love, revenge, and the power of forgiveness.” — Library Journal
“”Rollins and Cantrell ramp up the tension in their latest Order of the Sanguines novel. Once again they treat readers to fast-paced action, a gripping plot and a great blend of modern events forever altered by historical intrigue and otherworldly phenomena. The result is a suspenseful and entertaining read.” — Romantic Times
“Mr. Rollins and Ms. Cantrell blend myth, legend, Christian theology, fiction, science, and history together to create a well-written paranormal series that captures the imagination and leaves the reader panting in anticipation for the next adventure.” — New York Journal of Books
“James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell are back with another darkly hypnotic hybrid, and supremely effective, horror-thriller, “Innocent Blood”… A harrowing tale that’s truly epic in scope, its classical horror structure wondrously enhanced by action writing of the highest order. Not to be missed.” — Providence Journal
“In Innocent Blood, Collins and Cantrell fulfill the promise of the first Sanguine book, The Blood Gospel, once again taking readers to the edge of destruction . . . and into the deepest reached of imagination, making their twilight zone a nice place to visit.” — Diana Stokes (examiner.com)
“Using a combination of historical fact, myth and science, Rollins and Cantrell have succeeded in bringing the tale of the vampire into the modern age, while still maintaining its ties to the past. From the holy land to the underground world of the Vatican to the frozen artic sea, the story is full of fascinating characters, incredible situations and never ending excitement. The novel engages the reader from the first page and never let’s goes. A truly fun read and great addition to the genre.” — Noah Cancel (examiner.com)
“The sequel to The Blood Gospel, Innocent Blood, by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has all the elements of an exciting novel: adventure, intrigue, suspense, and history, with a little of the supernatural…interesting and powerful characters that are neither all good nor all evil…a great mystery.” — Black Five
“In Innocent Blood, James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have achieved the remarkable. They have created a sequel worthy of one of my favourite novels of the year, The Blood Gospel.” — For Winter Nights
“I loved Innocent Blood! The combined strengths of James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell have blended into a synergistic masterpiece. Indiana Jones style action, exotic locations, vampires (good&bad)…what more could you want?” — Popcorn Reads
“”Excellent! It is like reading Anne Rice and Dan Brown without all the minutia!” — Grand Experiment
“A fully fledged wonderful thriller, a book that could stand alone and do so as one of the best of its genre this year…A truly splendid and terrifying world hidden in plain sight, believable while at the same time fantastical imagining. Very highly recommended” — Parmenion Books
“INNOCENT BLOOD moves at breakneck speed and involves enough history and symbology to keep the readers engaged and happily along for the ride. Fictional characters mix with historical figures to create an imagined new reality that Rollins and Cantrell have breathed life into and one in which their fans will not be able to get enough of.” — 20 Something Reads
“All I know is that these two authors were a match made in freaking heaven. Think Sigma novels with a paranormal twist. Think The Da Vinci Code with vampire priests (Sanguines), infamous villains and other immortals…The twists and revelations were so insane that I had to scream…If my review isn’t already an indicator of why you should read this book, I am going to strongly urge you to read this fantastic novel.” — For the Love of Books
“I’m not sure what more a reader could ask for. Innocent Blood, like The Blood Gospel was such fun to read from start to finish. Highly recommend.” —A Book Geek
“The second Order of the Sanguines Christian horror thriller once again grips the audience beginning with the California attack and never slows down as the plot goes deeper into the paradox of faith and redemption. Fast-paced, series fans will relish this exciting entry.” — Genre Go Round Reviews
“Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell has to be the most engrossing, thrilling, fast paced book I have read this year. It is action packed and so, so interesting…a paranormal version of a Dan Brown novel, with vampires, angels and prophecies.” — Tabula Rasa
“Every once in a while you hit a book that is so original its shocking, Innocent Blood definitely amps up the shock value.” —Tome Tender
“Innocent Blood gives the reader intrigue, bringing Catholicism, Vampiric literature and mystery all together and then wrapping it all up in a beautiful bow.” — Luxury Reading
“This author duo will knock you off your feet with this series! We are introduced into a world where the fight for good and evil is far more complicated, far more fragile that anyone could have imagined! Highly recommend this book to everyone who is ready for a real adventure!” —Simple Taste for Reading
“I LOVE a book that makes me THINK and wonder, and research myself. If an author can stimulate my brain like that, I am more likely to come back and read ALL of their books!If you’re looking for the PERFECT book to read by the fire, this Order of the Sanguines series is the one to pick up!” —Bless Their Hearts Mom
“Every turn of the book revealed something new, something menacing, something awesome. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, mystery, and fantasy.” —Drew Avera
“This book doesn’t stop from page one…I really enjoy their take on religious gospels and Christian history. It’s one of those things that can interpreted in so many ways and not always well. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.” — The Speed of Write
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