Unholy Night

Unholy Night

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Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith, Peter Berkrot

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, comes UNHOLY NIGHT, the next evolution in dark historical revisionism.

They're an iconic part of history's most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.

In Grahame-Smith's telling, the so-called "Three Wise Men" are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod's prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod's men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.

It's the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.

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ISBN-13: 9781619692961
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Seth Grahame-Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In addition to adapting the screenplay for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth also wrote Tim Burton's latest film, Dark Shadows. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Unholy Night 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not going to be one of those reviewers that gives 5 star ratings away to books that don't deserve it. To get 5 stars from me, the book is going to have to astonish me in every aspect. I am also not going to be a long winded review writer. I read some of these reviews and they go on and on... all the time traveling deeper into topics that don't even belong in the same universe as the review. I will list Pros, Cons, and a Bottom Line. Hoping that the reader of my reviews will get my opinion on the work quickly. QUICK, ACCURATE, INFORMATIVE. After all a review is... an opinion. I am also not a professional writer in any aspect, just a normal guy with the hope that my review will help you find your next great read! PROS Strong work of historical fiction. Uses common Biblical stories and expands on them... taking the reader to a whole new level. The book is easily followed, without sounding uneducated. Very quick and fast-passed action sequences that leave the reader wanting to read on. It ties itself up well in the end, very satisfying. CONS Most of the book requires historical/religious knowledge. If you are not familiar with the stories surrounding this tale (Birth of Christ, Christ's Life, The Rise of Rome etc.) You will have a hard time grasping the over all quality of the story. Grahame-Smith does a wonderful job foreshadowing coming Biblical events... but if you are not familiar with these upcoming events, the book can fall short. Also this book is not for those with weak stomaches. It can be VERY violent at times, and VERY descriptive in its violence. BOTTOM LINE If you are looking for a fun read, have a strong stomach for violence, and some basic religious knowledge Seth Grahame-Smith's Unholy Night is the book for you. Fun and quick, this fictional tale fills in the blanks that the Bible missed. FAVORITE QUOTE "'Hug your children,' He said. 'Kiss your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters. Tell them how much you love them, every day. Because every day is the last day. Every light casts a shadow. And only the gods know when the darkness will finds us'" QUICK, ACCURATE, INFORMATIVE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really, really good twist on a very old story. The redeeming qualities of the "hero", make this a believable and honest story. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, Seth Grahame-Smith did it again. He wrote a book where the pages practically turn themselves and the next thing I knew I was done in 2 days time. Now I have to wait another year or so for his next book to come out!
Suvorov More than 1 year ago
This book has made its way into my top 10 favorite books of all time, possibly my top 5. The book retells the story of the three wise men. However, in this telling, Balthazar, Gaspar and Melchyor are fugitives who escaped Herod's prison and a death sentence. Balthazar lived his life as a thief and murderer, winning notoriety as the Antioch Ghost. Gaspar and Melchyor, the latter a master swordsman, had the fortune of being held in the same cell as Balthazar and benefitted from his plan to escape. After a chance encounter with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, and then subsequently witnessing Herod's solution to the problem of the prophesied Messiah, Balthazar decided to assist the family. The story is filled with graphic violence. Besides murder, there are scenes of grave robbing, pedophilia, necrophilia and torture. Many murder scenes are described in detail. And if you know anything about Herod's solution, you will know that children and babies are also murdered. So why did this book have such an impact? The book opens: "The magic of the Old Testament is coming to an end. Great floods, mystical beasts, and parting seas have given way to the empires of man. Many believe that God has abandoned the world..." What a great way to begin a book! All the characters are multi-faceted and well developed. Balthazar's life is a struggle with atheism, hatred toward God and divine inspiration. Gaspar and Melchyor's amazement at Balthazar's skills becomes unsteady and their true character and ultimate fate are intriguing. Joseph's struggle with Mary's immaculate conception is addressed and makes him more relatable- "It's okay if I call him my son, isn't it? Surely God will forgive me for that, for I cannot bear to think of him as anything else." Herod is a monster that disgusts even after you think he could not be any more disgusting. And of course the other characters do not disappoint. But one of my favorite characters in this book was, surprisingly, Pilate. I can't even begin to describe his character. I looked forward to his appearances and sometimes read those sections more than once. Bottom line, there are so many people who have at least a basic knowledge of the story of Christ, but it always seems to be almost other-worldly. This book tells the story in a more human way, which I actually found quite moving. If you have a strong stomach and are not offended by revisionism, I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me this is the book were Smith proved he was not a Shymalan in the book world (ie Some hook that canr sustain a whole form for your entertainment.) Pride,Zombies, was a nice idea that wasca slog to read in some parts abe Lincoln was again a cool idea that had cool parts, but a dry toast main character as written, and eventualky just an OK read. Then we come to Holy Night. It tells a story we all know. It also tells that story in a story we really know (the anti hero that finds redemption.) Hell, only two of the characters have any type of substance toonthem (Balthasar and Herrod.) Yet with all of that this was the most enjoyable book Ive read in some time. The setting and Balthasars journey, along with the short amount of pages, lead to quick story telling that leads to one swashbuckling adventure , plus a great main characters personal growth and journey. Dont check out Smith's other works. Start here because this is the book that justifies his stardom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great twist on old tales from the Bible. Someone said you have to be familiar with the biblical stories in order to understand and appreciate the novel but that is not true. In fact, Smith's novel uses only the characters (and their purposes) from the Bible and creates an entirely different adventure. While I love the work of Smith, I gave this story 4 stars because at one (very small) point I felt like I was reading the actual Bible and that, sad to say, kind of bored me. Also, you DO need to have strong stomach to read some of the violence in the book. At times, I had to stop reading, sigh, and remind myself that I was only reading a story. The violence is very vivid, gorey, and all that bloody horror you expect in action movies! That actually proves how good a writer Smith is, but it was just a little too much for me. Despite those two cons, the story was thought through very well and delivered great work.
Dukewife More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. What a new take on the magi...what if they weren't wise men at all... why would they help the couple with their new born baby get to Egypt? Loved how God triumphed, but not in the expected way. I read Pride Prejudice and Zombies so I was expecting something completely different and I'm so happy I read this book. It's by far the better story. Highly recommend this book.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Wow...Seth Grahame-Smith can pretzel-bend history like nobody's business. The well-known nativity scene gets an epic reboot. I won't spoil any details but this book is full of action, suspense, blood, but also faith and redemption. This was definitely a fun book to read as long as you can see it for entertainment and not take the distorted Bible story too personal (depending on your religious preference). Check it out! My favorite quote: “Hug your children...Kiss your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters. Tell them how much you love them, every day. Because every day is the last day. Every light casts a shadow. And only the gods know when the darkness will find us.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though not as great as 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' or 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', I still found this novel to be entertaining. Grahame-Smith clearly knows how to mix genres w/history and classic literature, so this is no exception. I'm currently reading 'The Last American Vampire', the sequel to 'AL:VH', and it is awesome!!! Cannot wait to see what other ideas Grahame-Smith has inside that twisted brain of his. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, so I decide to check out this other book by the same author. This book made me fall in love with Seth Grahame-Smith. This book is enjoyable to read, and switching between the characters made me read it faster because I wanted to get back to the other characters to see what was happening next.
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TakomaGeezer More than 1 year ago
A terrific and unexpected surprise. After reading the reviews, I thought this was going to be a much different book than it really was. What was it? A fun adventure story with a terrific main character who continually found a way out of disaster. Prior reviews talked about the gory nature of the novel, but hey!, as someone who likes John Ringo, this is pretty tame stuff. I read this book practically in one sitting and regretted when it was finished because it was such a fun ride. An insightful historical fiction novel that presents another side of the Jesus fable in a way that, for someone like me who has done extensive study of that time period, is a credible alternative explanation for what might have happened in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Herod in all his splendid debauchery! The mystics in all of their confused maunderings! Romans as Gods! Gotta love it. A mix of magic, myth and skeptical cynicism that enlightens. The main character is deeply skeptical and agnostic, but eventually finds himself in situations that cannot be explained except through divine intervention of some sort. His experiences also highlight the dichotomies between some eternal truths, such as myth and reality, hope and despair, love and hate, revenge and forgiveness. The complexity of most of these themes came together in the scene when the Roman legionnaire realized who he was dealing with in the basement torture chamber. Yowza...from going to sadness, to terror, to despair...all within a few paragraphs was masterful. I do admit to having wondered how the author was going to tie it all together and end the book, but was pleasantly surprised at how it was done. Very clever and true to the main themes of the book and the hopes/aspirations of the main characters. Very well done, Seth.
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A GREAT book!! A true redemption story that makes you think about Mary and Joseph ,Pontious Pilate and Balthazar in a totally new and human way.Instead of a biblical charracter you can think of them as being just like the rest of us..human with thoughts and emotions.. especially the very real emotions of being entrusted with GOD'S son.This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to everyone!Seth Grahame -Smith has such a great writing style that is easy to read and to visualize the story.GREAT book!!!!!
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My second book by Seth, I was instantly sucked into the story. A fantastic blend of the Biblical stories with his personal twists. I loved the main characters and enjoyed his take on Joseph and Mary. He is not afraid to protray these two as real humans and the overall tale was a fantastic adventure. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great story.
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