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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469974509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469974507
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,962,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kudos to author Ellen C. Maze for a rich, fully developed, and uniquely delivered storyline, prompting one's mind to pause and consider important aspects of life." --Teric Darken, Bestselling author of K-I-L-L FM 100 Music to Die For

"...It's a story as old as time, but as fresh as the sunrise. "The Judging" takes us on a journey of a man once betrothed to God, who like us all, wrestles with demons" --Kevin R. Maze, Author/Screen Writer

The Judging is dark...novel. With deep character development...its haunting prologue...perfectly befits the main character's medieval origins and the book's terrifying premise. --Krisi Keley, Bestselling Author of "On the Soul of a Vampire" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Judging and Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider Connection:

In Ellen C. Maze's Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, a bestselling novelist finds herself on the run from a bloodthirsty race of beings whose leaders despise the effect her novel, The Judging, has on their people. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Addicting and delicious, Ellen's brand of story-telling is rife with deep character study and honest emotion. Building characters that she loves deeply, that sentiment carries to the reader as well. Many readers feel that her writing reads 'like a movie in their heads'.

Ellen graduated cum laude from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.

Ellen says, "I love to write. I love to create stories that thrill me. The best thing is that they also thrill others, which allows me to continue in this terrific career. I have so many more tales to tell... Please keep your eye on me. I want to share with you again and again!"

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Policastro on March 17, 2011
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In Ellen C. Maze's novel, The Judging: The Corescu Chronicles Book One, the author provides her readers with a well-written narrative that is not only compelling, but also extraordinary. What I found to be of particular interest was how Maze broke through the confines of the Dracula myth, which was defined, established, and popularized in a novel by Bram Stoker and published as a hardcover in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co.

The story heats up when Hope Brannen, a young widower, get romantically involved with Dr. Mark Corescu, a former priest from Hungary, dating back to 1640, and who now lives in present-day Atlanta, George, where he judges and executes evildoers, or those who have sinned against God. He believes he is an agent of God, administering justice. Nevertheless, Anthony Agricola, a part-time seminarian, calls him a vigilante. Of course, Dr. Corescu doesn't just execute his victims - administering justice, as he perceives it - he also drinks their blood. In the course of time - over four hundred years - he has murdered over one hundred thousand victims or one each and every night, since his inauguration.

You will be delighted with the way Maze superbly conflates the past history of the priest - how he was attached by a demon, the Other, the Master, and became a vampire - with his present story, involving not only the beautiful Hope Brannen, and Anthony Agricola, but also Connie Nixon, a blackmailing reporter, Glorie Brannen, Hope's sister and a murderer, Fran Booker, Dr. Corescu's secretary, Reuben Stuckey, Dr. Corescu's driver, and Paul Black, the doctor's manservant. The human emotion of jealousy that arises between the characters and how it affects their actions and relationships is more than a little interesting and intriguing, despite the bloodlust of Dr.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Krisi Keley on January 25, 2011
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In Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider, a novelist is targeted by an ancient race, known as the Rakum, for unknowingly writing some truths about vampires and, more dangerous still, for suggesting that they, too, can be saved. The Judging is the first of "Beth Rider's" vampire-provoking novels. It is also the first written, though subsequently released, of author Ellen C. Maze's equally provocative novels. In this case, however, what's provoked is not reflection and a sense of hope for vampires, so much as self-reflection and a sense of hope within the reader, and a call to re-examine the way one views the judging of others and what God really asks us to do in the face of evil in the world.

While I loved Rabbit for its parable-like style, where a simpler, more down-to-earth story on the surface offered many layers of meaning underneath, I loved The Judging for completely different reasons.

This novel begins the story of Dr. Mark (Markus) Corescu, a 17th century village priest made vampire, who has all but fully repressed memories of his human lifetime and has remade himself as a type of angel of wrath, lethally judging those human beings whose heinous crimes - murder, abuse, rape - call to him with ghastly images. But, when he meets Hope Brannen, the woman he believes God has destined to be his partner in immortality, those repressed memories begin to surface and Mark is forced to question his assumed calling as judge - whether it is truly a fulfillment of God's will or only a way he has been able to justify his bloodlust and find some degree of peace with what he's become.

Unlike Rabbit, The Judging is a dark and much less simple, even on the surface, novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Olsen on December 28, 2010
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I enjoyed Ellen Maze's The Judging more than any book I've read in a long time. The character development was excellent and there was plenty of action as well. I became engrossed in the story and finished it in 2 sittings! I highly recommend it and I look forward to the next book in this series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbra Ann on February 3, 2013
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Excellent book, I couldn't put it down! Went on to read Damascus Road and can not wait for Tree of Life! Great work Ellen! Keep the books coming!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teric Darken on January 23, 2011
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Scripted previously, though subsequently released, The Judging, by Ellen C. Maze, is the prequel to the Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider series. This is the very book, penned from fictitious author, Beth Rider, which prompts the nefarious Rakum to begin a blood-thirsty search for her, as it unleashes a ravaging, spiritual maelstrom within their species. And though the book ties in with the Rabbit/Beth Rider series, The Judging stands on its own merit... stands, and stands tall.

In this author's opinion, The Judging serves as a poignant reminder: The more humanity plays "God"- attempting to spiritually condemn others for eternity, by hanging them in our biased measuring scales, the more monstrous one becomes- as but blood-thirsty vampires, hell-bent on sucking the life right out of our fellow man. Much as the characters in The Judging: as humanity continues down that mentally-murderous path, we wind up being hung from our personal scales, measured by our very measures. Which side will outweigh the other: The nurture, grace, and love portion that every human was meant to know? Or the murderous monster aspect- as but roaming creatures of the night filled with bloodlust for our fellow man? Or do we choose to ride the fence? A "vampire" must be careful not to slip and fall- or that fence's stake may just pierce through one's heart. Our very lives hang in the balance.

Kudos to author Ellen C. Maze for a rich, fully developed, and uniquely delivered storyline, prompting one's mind to pause and consider important aspects of life.

Teric Darken
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