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Vampire Vow (Vampires #1)

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A savage and sensuous chronicle of a contemporary vampire seeking vengeance against God.

For centuries Victor Decimus, former Roman officer under Pontius Pilate, has fed his rage with blood. Desperately in love with but ultimately rejected by the young Jesus, Victor turns on the citizens of Jerusalem in a frenzy of rape and violence, leaving him no escape but through entry
Paperback, 203 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Alyson Books
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Amanda Meuwissen
Jul 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is possibly the only book I've ever read that I hated. It was like a bad movie, where I just kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't. The premise is really interesting, but the characters and actual plot are not. It's passionless and quite boring at times, and I never really cared about the characters or what happened to them. The ending was totally lackluster, and I actually threw the book across the room, I was so angry that I had wasted my time reading this. I got rid of it immedi ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another gay vampire story but this one is a lot of fun and makes great, easy summer reading! Imagine a Roman Soldier who falls in love with Jesus of Nazareth but who is made into a vampire and who comes back as a monk in a cloistered monastery in modern Tennessee. Excuse the blasphemies and whoever said vampires were afraid of crosses didn't know this one...sorry Bram Stoker!
Steve Emmett
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect when I ordered this. All I can say is - Vampire WOW! I read it in one sitting and almost cried when it was finished. Schiefelbein is a master and should be doing better in the ratings. It is a gay vampire story but I really wouldn't let that put you off if you're not into gay fiction - it works on every level.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Vampire "Twilight Loathing" Junkies
This is not for the religiously squeamish christian, but as Vampire stories go a very good read. It's the type of book that gets you towards the middle bit and insists that you to push through to the end. Anyone reading this can't help but root for the bad guy!! All in all a satisfying read!

Christy Stewart
"Jesus + Slash + Romance" is on my auto buy.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
This is a salutary example of a great idea being hamstrung by ineffectual execution. Schiefelbein tries gamely to be provocative: a Roman soldier falls in love with the young Jesus.

When his advances are rebuffed, he gives in to his darker impulses, and rapes and kills an innocent Jewish boy. Before Pontius Pilate can have him jailed for his unnatural crimes, Victor flees to a mysterious woman called Tiresius, who promises him the keys to the Dark Kingdom.

We then shift a couple of centuries later
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: va_bookclub, vampires
The books starts off with Victor meeting and lusting after Jesus. I have to admit I found the descriptions of Jesus' tanned and sinewy physique to be unintentionally funny. (I'm going to hell now for giggling about Jesus’ nubile body. Thanks A LOT, Mr. Shiefelbein.)

Oddly enough, the scenes which capture Victor yearning for Jesus (or Joshu, as Victor has nicknamed him) show Victor at his most humane and sympathetic. I could almost feel sorry for Victor, and understand his anger with Joshu/Jesus’
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael Schiefelbein writes one of the best and one of my favorite gay vampire books ever. I’ve read them multiple times, and continue to read them again and again, especially with the anticipated new book, The Vampire Maker now out!
Victor is a Roman soldier who is sent to serve in Judaea. It does not live up to his luxurious Roman expectations. His temper and rage escalates to a point were he seeks an elixir from an old hag. She offers him so much more.
Victor has never gotten over his only fail
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperback
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I enjoyed this book because its protagonist (or antagonist, depending on how you view him) is a departure from all the other vampires I've been reading about in M/M lately. He is a fiend. A true monster. He murders people and drinks them dry. He is selfish and cruel. Love doesn't save him, he isn't magically made good by touch of a beautiful boy. That was so refreshing. I've become a little tired of the poor misunderstood, repentant vampire so popular in the genre. Victor is awful. He's a Roman ...more
Joe Cole
I found this book randomly in the library. Going into the book I had no idea what was in store for me. It was a really interesting read. If you thought that the Anita Blake novels by Laurell K. Hamilton were vampire porn then you are in for a shocker with this book. Michael Schiefelbein begins going into graphic details very early on. The word choices that he uses to describe Victor are very descriptive. He really is able to make you believe that you are actually there.
Don Bradshaw
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
Not your everyday vampire book. Victor,a roman soldier falls madly in love with Jesus, pre Christ. Jesus rejected any relationship but not for reasons you may think. To get even, Victor became a vampire in order to seduce and corrupt young men and thereby destroy the church. The book leaps ahead to the present where a monk, Brother Victor,enters a small monestary in rural Tenn. Here Victor begins his quest with lust, hate and Victor's twisted version of love.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, erotica, vampires, horror
I never thought I'd say this, but Jesus slash makes my mouth water. I soo wish there was more of it in here....

This is basically a vampire story, where Jesus of Nazareth has a hawt cameo and largely defines Viktor's fate, for a long long time.

Very interesting and entertaining read, I totes recommend and approve :)
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: intriguing-read
Not for the devoutly religious or those squeamish about sexual variation, I found this to be an intriguing take on the vampire. Victor, the narrator, while almost repulsive at times, had me rooting for him in the end.
Aug 01, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: glbt
Awful. Dreadful. Calamitous!
Robbie Flaherty
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sacrilegious and sensual, erotic and entertaining. I'm hooked on the whole series.
Jul 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ok, so I only skimmed the first 50 pages or so before I gave up. This book is laughable (but not in a gay pirates kind of way, sadly).

But thanks anyway, Karen!
Oct 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, fiction
Vampires, gay porn, tragic doomed love-hate relationships with Jesus, and lots of fucking with the clergy (in both senses)... you'd think this would be right up my alley. And yet, I'm bored.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I actually read "Vampire Thrall" - the second book in this series - first, and in retrospect I'm glad I did. While "Vampire Vow" isn't bad, it's just not nearly as compelling and well-written of a book. The story moves quickly - too quickly, really - and could have benefitted from more fleshing out of the characters, setting and storyline.

That said, I appreciated learning more of the details of Victor's backstory here and why he's such an unrepentant killer and vampire. I won't say he's a sympa
Micha Meinderts
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked the idea (even though I read another book with a similar premisse, only the vampire was Judas) and I sorta liked the execution, but this novel really needed MORE WORDS. I felt like I was reading an extensive summary. It hardly ever got deeper than the surface and there was a lot of describing what happened, but almost no emotions that I could feel. Sure, Victor told me, the reader, that he loved Joshu, and Michael, but that was about as credible as him saying he liked taking long strolls ...more
Phillip Goodman
tbh i only read this because i happen to be an Anne Rice fan, this isn't as good as her work but it does have something of her creative spark in it, and definitely some of her sense of the novel without exploring it enough, having said that i remember it being a good read and i didn't find the lead character to be a bad guy or to be hard to like, i felt his hatred and his need for vengance, for him jesus is not a god, just a man who stoked his love and then spurned him.............then again i r ...more
Theda Black
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was all right. Interesting premise and setting. The vampire is a true killer, dangerous and powerful, but he's also arrogant, cold, brutal and completely unsympathetic. The story wastes no words. There are some interesting events, but I couldn't care that much in the end, because Victor is a monster, and if anything bad happens to him, he deserves it.

The sex is here and then swiftly gone, with some purple prose. Narrator voice reflects Victor as a character very well - that's one of the poin
Zoe Rider
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-2008
This thin novel is the first in a series about Victor, a man who became a vampire shortly after Jesus' resurrection and who has now, 2000 years later, found someone who might take Jesus's place in his fevered brain.

The main character is unlikable. He's learned nothing in 2000 years--nor has he by the end of this book. Also, some of Schiefelbein's vampire myth makes no sense. But it's a fairly quick read, and if you're in the mood for blood and violence and non-consensual gay sex, this might hit
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vampire Vow is a very well written novel about the Vampire Victor who falls in love with Jesus. While the idea is definitely taboo, which makes it an interesting read; this book is not for the reader who wants to be wooed by vampire eroticism whether it is gay or otherwise. If you like a good read with a definite underlying taboo tone then this is the book for you, however if you want lust then I suggest you read Poppy Brite, Anne Rice, or Laurell Hamilton.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Over time, I have read quite a few vampire novels. I found that this one had some unique aspects, which made it worth the read even if I wasn't in love with the storyline.

The premise that Victor had been a friend of Jesus, or Joshu as he calls him, was fairly unique. Despite Victor's more evil moments, like his brutal killings and the destruction of monasteries, I found that I felt for the character.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a very unusual novel. I wasn't sure about whether I wanted to read it due to the subject matter. Glad I did read it. I found the characters to be quite interesting. You never know where the author is going to take the vampire Victor. Kept me reading and anxious to see what happened next.
Shawn Evans
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
simply amazing...well-written with enough passion to make me fully believe the relationships between all the characters...I could feel their passion and their love, their sorrow and their it!
William Freeman
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Bad silly plotted book waste of paper Thinking back this is one of those books that are so bad it's nearly good role around the floor laughter when it's supposed to be serious may even have to upgrade the rating
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, raunch, vampires, m-m
Ooo this book is naughty! It has a roman soldier/vampire in love (lust really, heavy lust, with heavy breathing and heavy hands) with Jesus Christ. And then he kills like everyone, blah blah blah. But I still didn't think it was all the good, to be honest, despite sounds OMG so awesome.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
OK, I wasn't expecting great literature, but it wasn't even good porn. This is another bookm like Dr. Mary's Monkey, that I picked up, read the back, and said to myself "this is too bad not to read!". Basically gay, christian vampire lit...
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Michael Schiefelbein, after spending ten years studying for the priesthood, graduated from the University of Maryland with a doctorate in English. He is a professor of writing and literature in Memphis, TN.
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“Nature had given me a square jaw, a cleft chin, a dark mane, eyes that could bring a vestal virgin to her knees and a cock that could keep her there.” 3 likes
“Right there, the Jew temple of Jerusalem beneath us, I swore to myself that I would finally enter him - the boy prophet, the ultimate challenge, my obsession. I would enter him the way I entered the Emperor's gates after a campaign: invincible, majestic. But hailed by his groans rather than by the cries of banner-waving masses.” 2 likes
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