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Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Aug 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mmm-2012
Read in August, 2012

Not precisely a mash-up like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (which I have not read)--more along the lines of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter in that it takes a historical/mythological event and gives you the back story.

The premise is what do we really know about the Three Wise Men who showed up at that stable on that particular night in Bethlehem? There's no record of their names, where they came from, etc. And, what if they weren't really wise men, but thieves and cutthroats? And, prison escapees who just happen to have a moral compass when the mad king goes even madder and orders the killing of children?

Balthazar, thief extraordinaire, the fabled "Antioch Ghost," has been captured and thrown into Herod's dungeon with 2 other thieves. They make a daring escape, and while on the run, stumble into a small stable that houses a young family with a newborn baby. As the three men prepare to take their leave and go their separate ways, all hell breaks loose when Herod decrees the killing of babies to thwart a prophecy. The 3 men and a baby (plus Mary and Joseph) go on the run for their lives to Egypt and safety.

This book has it all: action, mystery, horror, good versus evil, a quest, some history, and a little revenge all rolled into one satisfying bundle.

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