33 A.D. [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 strange young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race dispatch Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.


The rabbi's name is Jesus. Killing him should be easy.

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33 A.D.

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Overview

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 strange young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race dispatch Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.


The rabbi's name is Jesus. Killing him should be easy.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000836293
  • Publisher: David McAfee
  • Publication date: 3/20/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 306,595
  • File size: 779 KB

Meet the Author

I was born in Lakenheath AFB in England. I wrote my first book at age 6 (no, it was never published!) and started my first novel at age 12. Of course, shortly afterward I discovered girls and that book remains unfinished to this day.


I currently live in Tennessee with my wife, daughter, and a horde of furry creatures.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Compelling reading

    With its blend of vampires, horror and religion, this book was so far out of my comfort zone, I thought I might never find my way back. Because of that, it took me a little while to become immersed in the story. If it had been a film I was watching, there would've been plenty of occasions I would've closed my eyes - that's only because I'm a wimp.

    I am no judge on what makes a good horror novel, but I do recognise excellent writing when I see it. McAfee's writing is polished, the story well structured and there's a strong sense of place and time. But more than all that, it's compelling reading.

    Impressive. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    Welcome back to the real vampires!

    I almost never give out 5 stars to authors who haven't established a large presence in my personal library. That said, I give top marks to David McAfee and expect him to wow me with his other books as well. He demonstrates a remarkable ability to draw the reader into the scene and keep turning pages. I read this entire book in just over 24 hours and blame David for my exhaustion due to lack of sleep. Fabulous story, well developed characters, and a story that follows real vampires. If you're looking for sparkly and cuddly, you should go elsewhere. Fantastic and thank you for the excellent read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    No Religious Agenda Here - Just a great thriller!

    Have you ever wondered why the crowd urged Pilate to crucify Jesus instead of Barabbas?

    Did you enjoy the backstory behind Jesus Christ Superstar?

    Ever wonder what would happen if a vampire race faced-off against Jesus?

    OK, you might think that last one a little too far-fetched. I did too, but having been raised in a Southern Baptist family, I was intrigued, and the eBook for Nook was free (now a low, low $2.99), so I took a chance and ordered it. And I'm really glad I did.

    Aside from a published short story, this appears to be McAfee's first published novel. His characters in this book are well-developed, the historical context feels just right, the plot is provocative, and the story moves along very quickly. There are several plot twists, and the vampires don't seem one dimensional.

    There's no preaching or religious agenda here, though. In fact, one wonders if the vampires and the son of God, or a god/prophet depending on how you view Jesus, were cut of the same cloth. The fact that vampires in this tale have had a tough time taking hold in Israel because of the Jews' strong faith, is not a judgment by the author (imho, at least) that there's only 1 true faith that prevails (that has been suggested as a major criticism in at least one review). No, I think it's a clever device by the author establishing a parallel between the Bachiyr race (literal compliance with every law overseen by a council of 13 original vampires) and the Jewish faith (governed by literal compliance with a set of laws handed down through Moses and other prophets).

    Regardless, this is a thriller worth your time and the paltry price on BN. I can't wait for the prequel/sequel, should there be one. At any rate, I'm a new fan of McAfee.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    A whole new/old spin on Vamps

    Welcome back to BAD Vampires. What if vampire politics were behind major events of human history? What if they actually plotted to kill Jesus, and orchestrated the events leading up to the crucifiction?

    Mr. McAfee explores those possibilities and their horrifying ramifications. This was a well written story that kept me reading avidly until the end. I can't wait to see more books in this series, I would love to know what other major events Vampires might have affected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

    What a great book! Can't wait for the next installment.

    I have read this book from cover to cover and was totally impressed. I have not read any vampire books before this one. I am glad to say that I will now read all of them from this author.

    I would highly recommend this book for all who enjoy vampire books and anyone who has not had a previous experience like myself. You will not regret it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This was a fascinating look at how vampires might have influence

    This was a fascinating look at how vampires might have influenced the crucifixion of Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Gripping, really well written. Twists and turns all the time and

    Gripping, really well written. Twists and turns all the time and a story you have NOT heard before. Fallen in love with the 2.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    I admit I went into this book with a serious level of skepticism

    I admit I went into this book with a serious level of skepticism and trepidation--the premise was quite original, but the potential for missteps was high. Well, McAfee pulled it off. What a read! Taking the greatest story every told and working vampires into it took astonishing guts, skill, and something akin to literary genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    A Must Read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book offers a whole different spin on vampires and the time of Jesus. A very interesting story and one which grabs your attention from the start and never lets go. The characters are very well defined and interesting. No shallow characters here. I've started to read the second book and so far it is as good as the first. Mr. McAfee I hope there will be many more books in this very interesting saga. I have already purchased the book you have released on the two main characters. Keep them coming and we will keep buying. Thank you for your wonderful imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    So-so

    Somewhat entertaining. Gets too stretched out at halfway mark. A lot of characters actions and motivations are ridiculously unbelievable.

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  • Posted February 9, 2012

    Great Book!!!

    I found this book very intersting as it deals with a topic most people are familar with but takes a whole new spin on it. I think the author did a fantastic job of weaving his fantasy ideas into real history. Thank you for sharing this with us. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Who really killed Jesus?

    This is an awesome book. The author did an excellent job of intertwining a fictional (I hope it is fictional!) story around an event that has affected millions. the development of the characters was strongly done and the author was articulate. He didn't rehash the death of Christ or push any religious views. I haven't checked yet but plan to - I hope there are more books by this author.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Highly recommended-a true page turner.

    This book has joined my short list of old friends that I revisit yearly. A must read.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Sequel: 61 A.D.

    Too bad the sequel, 61 A.D., isnt free. But hell, it's dirt cheap! Only $2.99 folks! Read this book then go get the next!

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Okay

    It was certainly a different take on Jesus' crusifiction. Thought it was overly long, but an okay read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    Very good book. Also well written!

    I am very impressed with this free book. Usually when attempting to read one of the free books they are innendated with horrible punctuation and mispelling this was a breath of fresh air. The story was quite fascinating and I couldn't put it down. I am a Christian and was not offended with the story line you knew what was fact from fiction unlike alot of New York Times bestsellers that blur the lines so much it confuses the average reader. If the author writes a sequel I would definately try it out!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Excellent

    Great read kept me up all night! Hope he makes a sequel! Cant believe its self published

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Loved+it

    This+book+was+a+great+read.+I+remained+interested+in+the+subject+matter+as+well+as+the+characters.+I+did%27nt+want+the+story+to+end.+I+hope+that+there+will+be+a+second+book.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Enjoyed This Book

    This book was a very interesting read. The author did a great job taking a biblical account and entwining it with his fantasy world of vampires out to destroy Jesus. It's a touchy subject matter, but the book didn't offend me, and I'm religious. I did find myself getting sucked into the story. It is a little gory, but not so much that I had to put the book down. I might have flinched a few times at the gory parts. Be warned, the book does leave you hanging, wanting more. Hopefully the author will get the next one done soon.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    33AD Obliterates the Competition in Vampire Fiction!

    (In the interest of brevity, I'll refrain from summarizing the book plot, please see the Item Description for synopsis.)

    I have some advice for you if you're about to read this book. Do not begin it if you only have a 'few minutes' to spare. You will get sucked in by the first paragraph, if not the first words and I'm not easy to please when it comes to contemporary vampire fiction. I first began to read this novel when I had five minutes before leaving the house. That was my mistake-once started, I was blown away and made myself late trying to put it down. It's that intriguing!

    Also helpful, do not pick up this book for some 'light reading.' Author David McAfee spins a vampire yarn that obliterates all predecessors. He will touch on issues as deep as religion and as terrifying as an ancient race of vampires known by their Hebrew name Bachyir. The bloody attacks are not for the weak-kneed reader and the appearance of the greatest Man to walk the earth creates a dichotomy that thrills and enthralls.

    You know by now that this Man we speak of is none other than Jesus Christ. In fact the only constant you can count on is the parallel account of the activities of the famous Jewish Rabbi. McAfee does not trample the faith but weaves a tale around the events during Passion Week, fitting his vampire plans seamlessly into the historical record. You will know Jesus' fate because of history-the rest is up for grabs: who will live, who will die, and who will be tortured by the bad guys...

    McAfee's novel refuses to be pigeon-holed into a genre as it shatters a number of industry norms by melding the vampire tale with the biblical account of the crucifixion. This is not a 'Christian' tale but neither is it offensive to those who hold that faith. The thematic elements of Good/Light versus Evil/Darkness are guaranteed to occupy your mind long after you've read the book.

    Technical Data: I love the cover of this book and it reflects the mood of the story very well. The interior format is flawless and professional, making the read not only easy but fun, with a hand-drawn graphic by McAfee himself at the top of each new chapter. Taking into account the author's expertise with prose and suspense, it is hard to believe this is his first novel. I predict a long and illustrious career for him and I look forward to his next book. Bravo, Mr. McAfee! Bravo!

    Ellen C Maze

    Author of Paranormal and Vampire Fiction for the Discerning Reader
    Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

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