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33 A.D. (Bachiyr Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David McAfee
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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 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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Reviews/Blurbs:

“David McAfee’s 33 AD is a bloody thrill-ride through biblical Jerusalem that pits Jesus Christ against vampire assassins. What’s not to like? 33 AD is a kick-ass, violent and highly-imaginative tale that you should be downloading to your Kindle *right now*.”
Lee Goldberg, author of MY GUN HAS BULLETS, The JURY series, and the MONK series.

"33 A.D. by David McAfee is a wildly original, non-stop pulse pounder that tells the story of a vampire assassin whose mission is to kill Jesus of Nazareth. In a genre mired by cliché stories, this stands out as something bold and new."
Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse and Instinct

"David McAfee's 33 A.D. is a truly compelling and unique perspective on the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. With all the skill of a seasoned novelist, McAfee's thriller brings a melange of riveting characters, otherworld mythology, and political intrigue together in one fascinating read - a tautly paced winner on all levels."
Jon F. Merz, author of the Lawson Vampire novels & Parallax

"This story is an action-packed thriller, filled with mystery, intrigue, betrayal and murder. The attention to detail and careful plotting are masterfully done. You'd never guess this was David McAfee's first novel."
Jess Haines, author of Hunted by the Others

"One of the most original and imaginative books in this popular genre, 33 A.D. is sure to please even the most ardent vampire lovers."
Donnie Light, author of Dark Justice

"David McAfee spins a vampire yarn that obliterates all predecessors."
Ellen C. Maze, author of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

"When compared to other vampire stories out there, 33 A.D. carves its own niche."
Dark Wyrm Reads

"...a fun, bloody addition to vampire lore...these vampires are brutish, bloody, murderous monsters. Look for sex and sparkles elsewhere."
David Dalglish, author of the Half-Orc series

About The Author:

David McAfee is the author of the vampire novels 33 A.D. and Saying Goodbye to the Sun as well as the horror novel, GRUBS. His next horror novel, The Gallows Tree, is scheduled to be released in October 2011.

David lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, daughter, and a small army of loyal but dysfunctional pets. As of this writing, he and his wife are expecting their first child together, who will no doubt grow to be just as deranged as the rest of the McAfee clan.

God help us all.

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  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Coelacanth Press (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BIGNRW
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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This book was purchased on a multiple-Kindle account and reviewed by Jonathan King (not Alice, his lovely Mother-In-Law):

The passion and death of Jesus Christ is one of the best known stories in human history, but even a casual read of the Gospels reveals just how...spare the story is. The final week of Jesus' life is maybe the most dynamic period of time in the New Testament, and yet the story arc of that short time in Jerusalem is presented as a series of staccato events from the focused point of view of a few disciples. David McAfee sets his novel "33 A.D." in the gray areas between these events, and in the process builds a genre-crossing world that while initially shocking, hooks the reader almost immediately, and allows for greater expansion of the story and characters.

The initial story concept of a vampire with a mission to assassinate Jesus is, on its face, not an easy one for some to immediately accept, myself included. But from the first pages McAfee establishes a tense, quickly-paced story that viscerally grabs the reader's attention. The story follows the exploits of Theron, 900-year old Bachyir (a Hebrew word translated roughly as "chosen one" and here used interchangeably with "vampire"), and Lead Enforcer of the Council of Thirteen. In response to the growing threat to the vampires' influence represented by Jesus of Nazareth and his revolutionary teachings, the Council has decreed that Jesus must die, and in as painful and public a way as possible. Theron's effort to complete this task forms the foundation of the primary plot, but the mission is of course not nearly as straightforward as Theron anticipates, which becomes apparent to him the moment he lays eyes on the Nazarene.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful September 28, 2010
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For the second night in a row I sat in bed reading this book while a slight smile played on my lips. Once agian the clock read 2:30, but I still had a chapter to go. When I read the final words of the book (and the epiloge hungry for more) I did something i have never done before. I flipped open the book to page one and began reading it all over again til I fell asleep in it's pages.

I can not stress how much I adore this book. I never review ANYTHING but this is book is the first that allowed me to answer the famous "what's your favorite book" question. Simple, 33 A.D.

The characters are easy to relate to and the scenes are gorey in the best way, i'm only sad that the next book picks up with a new character for i have indeed fallen in love with the twisted lead in the book. Theron. I can't wait to read more of David's work. 33 A.D is a marvalous novel which I absolutely did forget my own world in while reading.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampire story with a historical thriller twist! March 15, 2010
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It's been a long time since I read a book this original and thought-provoking. What if vampire's were working in the background of the events surrounding Jesus being crucified? I'd never imagined the two , vampires and Jesus Christ, being able to fit together in a cohesive and believable way, but David McAfee manages to do just that. The author combines several distinct genres into one satisfying and compelling story.

The action in this novel starts from page 1, continuing to the very end. The plot is full of shadowy, mysterious characters, historical places and circumstances, and even a love story. If you're looking for something new, and a story that cannot be forgotten, then 33 A.D. is what you need.

I highly recommend this novel and look forward to more works by this exciting new author.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great - possible spoiler October 18, 2010
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I liked the premise (Vanpires/Jesus) because it was interesting enough to get me reading, and made me curious enough to keep me reading. I'm not much for horror, but I always like to keep the intended audience in mind, which I'll try to do here. I do think the writing was quite good, overall. The pacing moved along and kept me in it. Although, I did find the overall story to be a bit lacking. The feel of the story was rather like a silly comedy, where all the characters are running around trying to get things done, but with all the misinformation never quite meeting the intended goal. There really wasn't any character arch or evolution. The human assassin just became a better inhuman killer. The part that really turned me off was when the Roman assassin, with all his knowledge of danger, has his beloved wait for him on an empty street in the dark. Her father was out of town, so why not just meet her at home? If you wanted her to die, I understand, but this was a silly way to do it. Again, I did enjoy the overall story, but I think it could have been greatly enhanced with some character evolution and a more believable (consistent with the character) ending.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea, So-so Delivery April 22, 2011
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I really wanted to like this book. I thought the premise behind it is just completely genius. But unfortunately the author's writing style didn't jive with me. It's hard to put my finger on it but the word that comes to mind is "unpolished."

There are a few specific things that really irked me but some are spoilers so I'll only mention one thing: the way the author depicted Roman soldiers and their dialogue. I'm not saying I'm an expert in the field but it just didn't seem authentic. There were phrases that they would use that seemed anachronistic.

I don't want to write more for fear of sounding too harsh. Like I said before the premise behind this story is great and I really wanted to enjoy this book. I just... didn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 10 days ago by Doreen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea
Interesting and unusual premise, but not all that well executed. Could use editing as it is lumbersome and the plot drags.
Published 3 months ago by Sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars read this
Jesus and vampires... not two things that you would think would work together, but it does! A really good take on the vampire legend!
Published 4 months ago by Ed Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written
I enjoyed every suspense filled page....the story line was wonderfully put together and shocking at the same time. Thank you.
Published 4 months ago by abbster
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD BUT DIFFERENT KIND OF VAMPIRE STORY.
Hello, this is a neat story. I liked it. Very original thinking. Very much worth reading. I am on to the next one. Thanks.
Published 5 months ago by John Dailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Get's off to a bit of a slow start, but then gets good and carries you all the way to the end.
Published 5 months ago by Zombie Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice reading
Excellent reading. It had some presents surprises as the book progressed and I thoroughly enjoyed the twist of have the setting during the time of Christ.
Published 6 months ago by Frederick Singer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this book!
I never read books that have religious subject matter because it usually bores me to death, but for some reason this book looked interesting and I'm glad I gave it a shot! Read more
Published 6 months ago by BARBARA G STRONG
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, original, and very clever!
This was a fascinating look at how vampires might have influenced the crucifixion of Christ. Interesting, original, and very clever!
Published 6 months ago by Terri Manke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one of the Bachiyr series
I got hooked on David McAfee and the Bachiyr series as well as his other works. Great Author, Great Story, nicely done!
Published 6 months ago by WW
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