- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion (27 February 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409116379
- ISBN-13: 978-1409116370
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.9 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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About the Author
James Rollins is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the 'top crowd pleasers' (NEW YORK TIMES) and one of the 'hottest summer reads' (PEOPLE MAGAZINE). Acclaimed for his originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets at breakneck speed.
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling thriller author Rebecca Cantrell's novels include the award-winning Hannah Vogel mystery series and the critically acclaimed YA novel, iDRACULA, which was nominated for the APPY award and listed on Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. She, her husband and son just left Hawaii's sunny shores for adventures in Berlin.
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I love most of James Rollins books, but I quickly grew tired of his Sigma series stories using the same characters etc. Mr. Rollins' earlier material was SO much better than ANY of the Sigma series books. So when Rollins finally came out with a story line that was something new, I grabbed up the paperback and found The Blood Gospel to be a story written with the imagination, wit and suspense that harkens back to his earlier material.
So, when Innocent Blood came out, I couldn't wait to read it.
Although it was good, it was a real let down as compared with The Blood Gospel. Although it continued the story line and characters and was somewhat just as suspenseful, half the time it read like a romance novel.
I'm not sure what Rebecca Cantrell's contributions are to these books but Rollins has never had so much lovey dovey romance and love story in any of his books. It just went on and on and on sometimes obscuring the story line and taking away from the action.
I enjoy James Rollins suspense and imagination, and romance is all good and well if it's a short part of the story, but this half romance novel was just too much. Since Mr. Rollins' books have never been filled with romance or a love story... I can only assume that this was the work of co-author Rebecca Cantrell.
And as the ending here leads one to believe there will be another sequel, I'll be less inclined or excited to getting it as soon as it comes out.
The primary conceit of the Sanguines series is that there is an order of vampires, dating back to Lazarus, who serve the Church and protect the world from all manner of supernatural evil. If Rollins wasn't attached to that premise, I'd probably laugh it off, but he and Cantrell manage to spin a pretty good yarn about these characters and the humans who assist them in the epic battle between good and evil. Naturally, there is a prophecy to be fulfilled, and you never know which Biblical personalities are lurking around in the present day. All of James Rollins's books stretch the limits of the reader's imagination. You either go with it or you don't. If you suspend disbelief, you're in for a great ride.
Innocent Blood seemed to wrap up many of the loose ends from The Blood Gospel, which leads me to believe that this may be only a trilogy rather than an entire series, but at this point, I'm certainly on board for the journey.