Innocent Blood by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell is a great follow-up to the first book in the Order of the Sanguines series, The Blood Gospel.
One of the things I like best about this series is the way they pluck characters out of history, biblical and otherwise, and smoothly integrate them into the story. The main characters, Erin Granger, Jordan Stone and Father Ruhn are once again thrust into a quest to save the world, this time from Armageddon and the end of days. They are joined by several characters we’ve met before as well as some new and interesting ones, particular the sanguinist Christian.
The Sanguine series is not short on action and Innocent Blood takes the action from California to the Vatican, to Sweden and back to the Mediterranean. Any action junkie will enjoy the battles which involve guns, blades, explosions, beasts and other supernatural creatures as well as chases in cars, trains, boats and helicopters. The plot moves steadily along as both sides try to unravel the clues necessary to either fulfill or thwart prophecy.
A strength of this book is that the adversaries motives for their actions and goals are reasoned. The lengths to which both sides will resort and what they are willing to sacrifice in order to achieve their respective goals highlight that none of the choices are clear cut and internal moral wrestling leaves the ultimate outcome in doubt until the very end.
Fans of the first book will not be disappointed in Innocent Blood. Anyone who loves thrillers, particularly with a historical component to them, will enjoy this book. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book. Highly recommended.
I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book.