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Immortal Plague (The Judas Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Aiden James
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Book Description

***Formerly PLAGUE OF COINS***

William Barrow carries a dark secret. A very dark secret.

An archivist for the Smithsonian Institute and also a part-time operative for the CIA, no one would ever suspect the handsome ‘thirty-ish’ William is in fact the most reviled human being to ever walk the earth. His infectious warmth and sense of humor make such an assertion especially hard to believe.

But long ago, William Barrow had another name…one that is synonymous with shame and betrayal: Judas Iscariot.

Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, William/Judas is on a quest to reclaim the thirty silver shekels paid to him in exchange for Jesus Christ. Twenty-one coins have now been recovered—thanks in large part to the help from his latest son, the esteemed Georgetown University history professor, Alistair Barrow.

Ever hopeful the complete coin collection will buy him a full pardon from God and end his banishment from heaven, William plans a visit to a remote village deep within Iran’s Alborz Mountains to retrieve ‘silver coin number twenty-two’. But the CIA has a different objective for this trip, one that pits both father and son against an unscrupulous Russian billionaire searching for something else that’s just as precious within the ancient mountains of Iran… something that threatens peace in the modern world if William and Alistair fail to reach it first.

Acclaim for the novels of Aiden James:

"The intense writing style of Aiden James kept my eyes glued to the story and the pages seemed to fly by at warp speed. ...Twists, turns, and surprises pop up at random times to keep the reader off balance. It all blends together to create one of the best stories I have read all year."
--Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews for "The Devil's Paradise"

"Aiden James has written a deeply psychological, gripping tale that keeps the readers hooked from page one."
--Bookfinds review for "The Forgotten Eden"

"Aiden James writing style flows very easily and I found that "Cades Cove" snowballed into a very gripping tale. Clearly the strengths in the piece were as the spirit's interaction became prevalent with the family... The Indian lore and ceremonies and the flashbacks to Allie Mae's (earthly) demise were very powerful. I think those aspects separated the work from what we've seen before in horror and ghost tales."
--Evelyn Klebert, author of "A Ghost of a Chance" and "Dragonflies"

"Aiden James has a keen eye for detail and an uncanny knack for scaring the hell out of me. We are watching a master at work. "The Raven Mocker" is a nearly perfect thriller. Ghost stories don't get any better than this."
--J.R. Rain, Bestselling author of the "Vampire for Hire" series

"As with the previous titles I have read by this author, I found the author's writing style to be silky smooth and the main plot line to be extremely creative. The fertile imagination of Aiden James definitely knows what today's readers want to see in their stories."
--Detra Fitch, Huntress Reviews for "The Vampires' Last Lover"

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About the Author

Aiden James is the bestselling author of Cades Cove, The Judas Chronicles, and the Nick Caine Adventures (with J.R. Rain). Aiden resides in Tennessee with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Christopher and Tyler.

To learn more about Aiden James and his latest books, please visit his website: You can also follow him on Facebook (Aiden James, Paranormal Author) and Twitter (@AidenJames3).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1520 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Manor House Books (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z2JI6Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
William Barrow is a Smithsonian archivist. Anyone looking at him would assume his age to be around thirty years. In truth, William is two thousand and thirteen years, two months, and some days. His name is not the one he was born with either. Long ago his name was Judas Iscariot. For the price of thirty silver shekel (coins), Judas had betrayed his good friend Jesus. It is NOT something William is proud of and he seeks reconciliation with the Lord. William is a cursed immortal. He is on a quest to reclaim the thirty silver coins in hope they will prove his sincerity and allow him a full pardon.

Over the course of his lifetime, William has retrieved twenty-one shekel pieces. Several of these finds are due to his son, Dr. Alistair "Ali" Barrow, a noted historian and professor at Georgetown. Though William is Ali's father, the world believes the reverse to be true. (Ali is old enough to retire in a few years, should he choose to do so.)

As the story opens, William/Judas has found coin number twenty-two. It sits in a place called Al-haroun. William and Ali immediately plan a "vacation" to Iran. But William also does an occasional bit of espionage for the CIA. Before they can leave America, the CIA liaison, Mike, makes contact. Mike wants William and Ali to do a little surveillance. Russian billionaire, Petr Stanislav, is in the Alborz Mountains with some very high-tech machinery. He is searching for the Garden of Eden - literally. Petr is surrounded by an army that is led by Viktor Kaslow, ex Lieutenant Colonel in the Soviet Union's army from twenty-five years ago, and captain for one of Moscow's most feared KGB death squads even after the Cold War ended. Mike claims that only surveillance is needed. Scout around. Take a few photos.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, nice surprise. November 22, 2011
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I enjoyed the idea of this book and found that it actually kept up being interesting throughout. I would definitely read #2,when it comes out. And...#3-#8!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRING ON THE SEQUEL....AND PREQUEL!!! May 15, 2011
By Shari
Format:Kindle Edition
Aiden James never disappoints! 'Plague of Coins' is by far his most riveting and entertaining work yet. Thanks also to J. R. Rain for creating the perfect collaborative vehicle for my two favorite authors. I am feeling nearly desperate for a sequel...and a prequel! Oh, and my favorite line in the book comes at the beginning as we learn why William/Judas is immortal and earth-bound: "I realize my assertion will certainly ruffle some feathers among the evangelical Christian zealots in the western world, but I'm talking about actual faithful followers and not the occasional church-goers who make up the majority of Christendom". Bravo, gentlemen!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves the reader wanting MORE! March 22, 2012
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I read, 'Plague of Coins' in a night! The story flows so rapidly and well.. that you just glide from one excitement to another.. and before you know it.. the book has reached the end.

The story is about Judas.. who despite being "killed" many times over the past few eons.. always manages to awake.. with his body renewed.. and his quest to retrieve EVERY coin that he took to betray Christ continues on. Judas is surprised to find.. that he's not the only immortal on the planet.. as he occasionally runs into others from time to time. They too.. have their own quests to fulfill, I'm sure.

In this story.. Judas is accompanied by his son.. who appears to be the father. As Judas is perpetually stuck looking in his thirties. Judas believes he's located another coin.. and his journey is interrupted by the American CIA who task him with a small "job" while he's in Iran. He travels with his son.. and is joined by a beautiful young lady.. who is desperately seeking her brother. Who is caught up in their parent's archeological work to help a wealthy Russian find the "Garden of Eden"!

I don't want to give any spoilers. Just know.. that the book is very well written, very well researched.. and a very fast read! Then.. you can be just as disappointed as me.. when you return to Amazon.. to find the second book to the series.. and find it's NOT here yet. ARghhhhhhh.

May my review.. encourage the author and his publisher.. to HURRY UP.. my appetite has been whetted.. and now.. I need the rest of the story.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm unimpressed but my fiance enjoys the book January 1, 2012
By Tac-P
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I received a Kindle for Christmas so I've spent the bulk of my holiday finding great deals on books to download to the device. "Plague of Coins" was listed as one of Amazon's $1.99 downloads and the blurb sounded intriguing - Judas Iscariot has been banished to a life of immortality for his betrayal of Jesus. Judas, currently going by the name William Barrow some two-thousand-plus years later, hopes that retrieving all of the original silver coins that he was paid for handing over his friend will bring him back into God's good graces.

My fiance and I ended up driving a great deal over the holidays to visit various family members around the East Coast and Midwest and, since he was interested in the story as well, I thought it would be fun to read aloud while he drove.

He likes the book. He has no complaints and enjoys the story and writing style. In fact, he purchased a copy for himself this evening so he can continue to read it even though our road trip is over.

I, on the other hand, have been severely disappointed. The premise is great! I love the *idea* of this story, but I'm not a fan of James' writing style unfortunately. I've only read through Chapter Nine, so I won't make assumptions about the rest of the book - you can read other reviews for more specifics beyond what I cover.

The first thing that got me was that William is incredibly conceited and sexist. Every woman he's met so far is beautiful and immediately falls for his honed-over-the-last-two-millennia flirting skills. However, his flirtation comes off as skeevy, arrogant and completely unattractive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept, good adventure
Indiana Jones like. Violence moderate, including base two sexual incidents I would have liked left off.
Not as biblically education as I would have preferred. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Published 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and enjoying read.
I do not say the following lightly: This book blew me away! I have several favorite authors and now, Aiden James is now one of them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian P. Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars If Judas can find redemption, we all can.
This was a pretty good book. Interesting. Different. I found it a bit ... I don't know how to say it ... boyish? Immature? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Synzeeza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and neat central theme
Very well done and who cares if it is pure fantasy. Or is it? Would love to believe Judas is getting a chance to have eternity again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darren Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story that kept me interested to the point I ...
I have had this on my Kindle for some time and never got around to reading it until two days ago. My loss!! I couldn't stop reading! Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Brassard
4.0 out of 5 stars Coins
This series is a little edgy but it is fun to read
Published 2 months ago by Bernardine Estanich
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Look at Judas!
I really enjoyed the whole concept of an immortal Judas trying to earn his way into heaven as presented in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CarterFSU
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just an annoying book
Published 2 months ago by Juan C Alvarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story. Not sure if I will order additional books in this series.
Published 3 months ago by Dan Crawford
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Aiden James is the bestselling author of Cades Cove, The Judas Chronicles, and the Nick Caine Adventures (with J.R. Rain). Aiden resides in Tennessee with his wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Christopher and Tyler.

To learn more about Aiden James and his latest books, please visit his website: You can also follow him on Facebook (Aiden James, Paranormal Author) and Twitter (@AidenJames3).

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