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

Aiden James
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Book Description

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 banishmentfrom 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.

****This new edition of Plague of Coins comes to you after a thorough tightening of the story, following constructive feedback during the past year. I would like to thank Alisa Gus, of Curiosity Quills Press, for her invaluable editing assistance in preparing this book for re-release. Peace to all, Aiden James ~ April 16th, 2013*****

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, author of Moon and Dance and Vampire Moon

“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

Editorial Reviews


A variety of twists, surprises, and subplots keep the story moving forward at a good attention never wavered as I forced my eyes to stay open well into the night.  Aiden James is a Master Storyteller, whose career is on the rise!

Out-freaking-standing-excellent! ***** Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

So much adventure and suspense, so much inner turmoil, and plenty of venomous creatures and such evil bad guys who don't let up for a second. Don't miss this unfolding series. It's off to a page-turning start, with plenty of excitement and more good versus evil than can be packed into just one book.

Fantastic premise and execution! -- Eve Paludan

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: 1485 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aiden James Fiction (December 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z2JI6Q
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37 of 43 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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13 of 14 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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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In desperate need of an editor! July 11, 2012
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Writing is hard work, and I appreciate the fact that the author has managed to write at least 3 books. The premise of the book is great-it promised adventure, historical characters, redemption, and mythical places. The execution,unfortunately, is less than fantastic. Self-publishing is one of the great benefits of both the internet and e-readers, however, SOME sort of editing should be involved. In the space of two pages, the author used the phrase "As I mentioned before," more than three times, as if the reader was unable to keep the (sadly dull) details of William's history in mind. His characters are SO stereotypical and uninteresting, they come across as parody. I literally cringed at the stilted, ridiculous dialog. In addition, the author has a fondness for quotations within quotations that drove me absolutely batty. You're left with the impression that he speaks in air quotes often. My favorite sentence fragment describes one of the predictably evil Russians as "...(P)uffing his chest out like a Malaysian gorilla." Huh? What in the hell does that mean? There are no gorillas in Malaysia. The closest thing would be orangatans in Java. Did he mean guerrilla or is he implying that Malaysians are apes? What a weirdly racist statement. The author appears to have no concept of how CIA operatives or their handlers work either; he really wants his hero to be a new (bad) take on James Bond. He also seems to have based the character of Cedric on some bizarre blend of Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction" and every Richard Roundtree character ever played. However, in my opinion, the MOST egregious offense in this book is referring to DRC, one of the top Burgundies in the world as merlot several times. Dude, there's no merlot grown in Burgundy! Did you mean to reference Petrus or Le Pin? Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven stars, please! December 9, 2011
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Occasionally I give a book a 5 star review, but my average is 3 or less, and I give a lot of one stars. So why did I like this collection of improbable plot elements so much? And it has its share of stereotypes too.

It has character development. In fact, it shows the development of one character over 2000 years. It takes one of the greatest villains of all time, and makes me like him. It has reasonable outcomes. The discoveries (I'm an archeological mystery-thriller fan in general) are neither completely re-buried, nor is their exploitation overdone. It's subtle. Sure, stories about the fountain of youth have been done by the tons. But this hero is already immortal himself, and trying to die. So many paradoxes. It has a satisfactory conclusion, more than satisfactory, but also a hook into the next in the series, and I will be waiting with baited breath. Because I came to care about this strange anti-hero. I found things I can relate to my own life. Without losing any entertainment value. This is one of the three best novels I have read in my life.
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9 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 21 days 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 29 days 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 1 month ago by William Brassard
4.0 out of 5 stars Coins
This series is a little edgy but it is fun to read
Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by CarterFSU
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Just an annoying book
Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Dan Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read. Kept me on the edge of my ...
What a great read. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Can't wait for book 2.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Love this book. Actually loved everything about it. Did not like the Russians, they are evil and greedy. At least the characters in this book are. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skeeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original story and great read
A great romp through veiled history with fun characters. I love the sardonic humor and fantastic story line. Judas is intriguing and you want him to succeed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Brooks
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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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