Won this particular book in a contest. Wouldn't have picked it up on my own (I'm more a SFF gal), but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
I...moreWon this particular book in a contest. Wouldn't have picked it up on my own (I'm more a SFF gal), but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
It's a very moving tale. It blends the stories of two families in old and new Poland, and shows how their lives are intertwined. I won't go into much detail, but this book evokes some very powerful emotional responses. The failures and triumphs of the cast of characters are so real and impactful, you can't help but be drawn in to see where fate leads them.
The story of Pigeon and Anielica will at times make you laugh, and at others, cry. Pasulka had an extraordinarily clear vision of both a Poland wracked by poverty and war, and a newer Poland that never quite rid itself of the dark cloud of a World War.
This story introduced me to a culture and a nation, making it more than a place on the map. The writing itself was what truly drew me in. Strongly recommended, no matter your taste in genre.(less)
Theron, an elder vampire who works for the leaders of his kind as an assassin, is sent on a mission to find out why one of their own has betrayed them...moreTheron, an elder vampire who works for the leaders of his kind as an assassin, is sent on a mission to find out why one of their own has betrayed them. It’s been said that Ephraim has turned from his vampire brethren to seek salvation. Theron investigates and discovers that a human was behind Ephraim’s abandonment of his vampiric nature. Upon reporting back to the vampire leaders, Theron is charged with the mission of destroying – as painfully and brutally as possible – the man who could turn one of their own against them.
Matters are complicated when Theron discovers that Jesus of Nazareth is protected by a strong shield of faith. He can’t approach the human without becoming terribly weak. To ensure the mandate by his leaders is followed out, Theron instigates a plot against Jesus that involves the Roman forces occupying Jerusalem carrying out the execution for him. And that’s just the beginning…
33 A.D. is a new and original take on both vampires and the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had all the elements you’d expect of a gripping, tightly plotted thriller. Best of all, nothing is held back – the gritty realism of what it meant to live in Jerusalem during the occupation of the Romans is captured beautifully. The arrogance and casual cruelty of Theron and the other vampires was so perfectly done, you have no trouble seeing them as the monsters they truly are. If you’re tired of the usual Victorian-esque genteel vampires flooding the bookshelves and want something darker and more to the tune of SALEM’S LOT, McAfee’s 33 A.D. is for you!(less)