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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  237 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
An ancient evil has darkened the halls of Saint Gregory's Abbey in the Italian Alps. The monastery becomes a murderous battleground as a group of monks and tourists are forced to combat an unstoppable force. Cut off from rescue by a snowstorm, the defenders must fight for survival and their very souls.But from among the defenders arises an ageless holy warrior who alone wi ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published September 29th 2004 by Whitaker Distribution (first published September 2004)
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T.J. Webb
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
OK, I will preface this by saying that I did not want to read this in the first place. I've read a few of his other books and was thoroughly unimpressed. However, a friend of mine wanted to include nephilim in a game we are playing, so he wanted me to read it.

I realize as a christian author there is not a whole lot of competition, but that does not excuse a writer from finding a good editor, or self editing better. I have to admit I lay a lot of the blame on the editor, or lack thereof. There ar
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
My guilty pleasure. When I first read this, I wasn't even aware of the Christian/Biblical undertones (just became aware of them when trying to find a copy to read again and read some reviews). And it honestly doesn't matter either way to me, all I saw then was a badass book about a badass hero fighting badass villains. EXTREMELY BADASS. The story of how the hero came to be only made it more authentic and believable and the depictions of the fights were more visceral than I have seen in any other ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Nephilim, the Spear of Destiny, Longinus, this book was more than your typical Haunted Keep genre book like The Keep or The Howling IV. This book took that genre, ate it for breakfast, spit out the mangled bones, and used them to pick its' teeth! Basic plotline, ancient Nephilim killer Gias Cassius Longinus--the Roman Centurian who pierced the side of Christ with his spear has one more battle ahead of him. This book will keep you going until the last page.

I became a HUGE Huggins fan after
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I became interested in reading another book by author James Byron Huggins after I finished his novel, “Rora". I hunkered down with this adventure in the winter and prepared to be entertained.

This was an easier read than Rora. The latter dealt with the hard historical account of the Calvinist martyrs in Italy, while Nightbringer was more in the fantasy/supernatural genre. Although this isn’t the first or the last Christian novel to deal with the subject of the Nephilim, it was the first I’ve read
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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I was ecstatic the day Nightbringer arrived at my doorstep. All the way from the US of A. My James Byron Huggins library is now complete.

Nightbringer is classic Huggins but somewhat stripped down to just 300 pages. I really, really wanted to love this book, but alas, it fell short of Huggins greatness.

I've read raving reviews of Nightbringer, many declaring Nightbringer Huggins' best work. To that statement I say a resounding "meh". In a nutshell...

The Negatives:
- Nightbringer is a short read a
Daniel Rudge
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was initially reluctant to read Huggins' Nightbringer because so many reviewers wrote that this was not Huggins best work. If this isn't his best then his other books must all be five stars! A part horror part action adventure novel with strong Christian themes, Nightbringer has the perfect balance of well-written action sequences with biblical "history". Some call it edgy Christian fiction, I'll just call it an excellent read. Huggins does a nice job of strong character development, provides ...more
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Maybe this just wasn't my kind of book because it left me with more questions than answers. The setting was good and the story could have been excellent; I don't know what went wrong, except that I really didn't get to know the characters very well. A group of tourists stop at an ancient Abbey in the northern Italian Alps. The secluded Abbey has not been open to visitors since World War two. A terrible and abnormal snowstorm strands visitors and monks alike inside the abbey where something evil ...more
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I had read Huggins' book, The Reckoning and had some problems. The passages in which someone (good guy or bad guy) philosophized were long to the point of pain.

I was hoping Nightbringer would be different. It was.

The action is only punctuated by brief spaces that allow the reader to breathe. Huggins has taken the Biblical story of the nephilim and brought it into the present world. The soldier who comes to save the travelers trapped in the abbey... is a major revelation in the story.

Mr. Baad
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of horror and/or Christian fiction
A group of tourists are trapped in a monastery with the resident monks while a trio of Biblical monsters stalk them. One of the tourists is not as he appears, however, and his confrontation with the monsters provides the majority of the plot. I was pretty surprised, during all the fighting and killing, that this book is targeted to a Christian audience, with several references to Christ as the savior, etc. Overall, a lot of action, but not very well written.
David Dalton
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: action lovers!
First off, the author is James Byron Huggins, NOT Jas Byron Huggings.

Ohh, this would make a great action movie. An isolated location, a seemingly unstoppable killing creature, captive audience, and tons of action. And oh yeah, the main hero has been around since Jesus lived. In fact, he has taken a vow to defeat these creatures.

Die Hard with Demons? Maybe, but a fun action tale!
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This guy writes very elegantly. I really enjoy his way with words and the story was great. I don't know that I would call this horror, but definitely suspenseful.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maximillian by: my parents
I think this is one of my favorite books.
I plan to go back and read it again so I can give a an accurate review.
Joshua Leroy
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites! Great book.
I really wanted to like this book. But I had to skip about a third in the middle, because it was just more and more of the same thing. So, meh. Read the end.
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites. Christian book that works in the legend of Gaius Cassius Longius (rumored to be the centurian who stabbed Christ's side) and the Nephilium
Sherry L.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A powerful story about living with the choices we make. Full of fascinating characters, brutal battles, courage and triumph.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Seemed like it was pitched to a young adult audience.
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