Jerusalem, 33 A.D. The vampires of the era have long sought to gain a foothold into Israel, but the faith of the local Jewish population has held them in check for centuries.
When one of their own betrays them to follow a young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race send Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.
The rabbi’s name is Jesus. Killing him should be easy. – Goodreads.com
As soon as I came across this one, I knew I would have to read it; the concept just sounded really good. I don’t think this book was trying to preach anything at all, nor condone one religion over any other, which is what I liked about it. The story was self-contained, with the conflict between the vampires and their mission to get rid of Jesus who was quickly spreading his faith within Jerusalem. Although the pages with Jesus and the vampire(s) are few and far between from what I had hoped or expected, they were quite enjoyable, and the author did a good job at describing each scenario and interaction between Jesus and the vampires really well. The idea that this conflict between the vampires was a large catalyst leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, made it interesting, and fresh to read. I wasn’t expecting it to be a WWE battle royal between Jesus and the Vampires, but because the scenes in which Jesus interacts with them were so enjoyable, I was just hoping there would have been a lot more.
I did enjoy this read, and the story is unlike any other I have personally read, however, there was not enough of a feeling of dread throughout, or anything really frightening about the vampires involved. It felt more like an action/adventure than it did a horror story, but that alone was not enough to take away from my enjoyment of reading the book. It is well-paced and not very long, even though if the author had really wanted to, he could have turned this into a massive book, and certainly would have had plenty of ideas and material to draw from, considering the era in which this story took place.
The main characters were well written, especially the vampire Theron, who is described as a powerful, evil, assassin vampire, but who also has a lot of flaws which get him into a whole heap of trouble in this story. This also made him quite like-able and interesting to read. The author did a good job handling Jesus in this story, but most of the other characters were just passable, although the “Council of 13” ruling body of all vampires was a very cool idea.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something very different from what’s out there in vampire fiction.
– J.P. Thorn