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33 A.D. (Bachiyr #1)

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Jerusalem, 33 A.D. The vampires of the era have long sought to gain a foothold into Israel, but the faith of the local Jewish population has held them in check for centuries.

When one of their own betrays them to follow a young rabbi from Galilee, the elders of the vampire race send Theron, a nine hundred year old assassin, to kill them both.

The rabbi's name is Jesus. Kil
Paperback, 276 pages
Published March 29th 2010 by Coelacanth Press (first published March 2010)
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#1, Vampire conversion. No I don't mean humans converting into vamps after bloodsucking, I mean vamps seeing Jesus and converting to Christianity. Okay then.

#2, People with strong faith glow. Oh wait, it's only CHRISTIAN faith that glows. Presumably, if you only have pantheistic faith, or whatever, you don't get the glow. After the crucifixion of Jesus, the whole damn nation started glowing with faith in Jesus (completely ignoring the fact that Christianity remained a fringe group among the Jew
FINALLY, a vampire story that doesn’t wussyfoot around with easily vanquished opposition. Oh no, here we get...FANG-BANGERS vs JESUS…in a steel-caged death match for all the marbles.

Now put the brakes on before you go conclusion-jumping that this is either “Christian” fiction or “anti-Christian” mockery. I don’t think it's either which is one of the things I found so intriguing about McAfee's writing. While there are some (DUH?) religious elements + JC in a supporting role, I think the story is
Ellen Maze
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: vampire fans, thriller fans, YA and adult
Recommended to Ellen by: David McAfee
(In the interest of brevity, I’ll refrain from summarizing the book plot, please see the Item Description for synopsis.)

I have some advice for you if you’re about to read this book. Do not begin it if you only have a ‘few minutes’ to spare. You will get sucked in by the first paragraph, if not the first words and I’m not easy to please when it comes to contemporary vampire fiction. I first began to read this novel when I had five minutes before leaving the house. That was my mistake—once started
David Burton
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this with the following: I am not into vampire novels. The genre does absolutely nothing for me. This particular book caught my attention when I saw the cover and the title. The description sold it. Vampires trying to assassinate Jesus – brilliant idea!!

I was not disappointed.

It’s written by indie sensation, David McAfee. If you haven’t heard of his name, you will, because this man knows how to write a thrilling story and grab a reader’s attention.

I could NOT put this book down.

Robert Duperre
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If one were to take the story of the crucifixion and combine it with vampires, you would most likely get one of the most clichéd stories imaginable. I’ve read quite a few tales regarding this very setup – all in short story format, mind you – and they all were variations on a few different plots. Either Jesus himself is a vampire, hence his rising from the dead, or he becomes Jesus Christ Action Star, staking those pesky vamps left and right. These are unimaginative stories. They either don’t do ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, horror
I’m not a particularly fast reader so it takes me a while to finish a book, because of this I tend to not want to read anything more than once. However, as I sit here writing this review I just finished 33 A.D. for the third time.

33 A.D. is a dark and gritty story involving vampires, something the genre desperately needed at that time in my opinion. Theron is an assassin for the vampire governing body known as the Council of 13, he is sent on a mission to discover why one of their own has abando
Jess Haines
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. 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 on ...more
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lots of blood. And lots of vampires. And one legendary figure at the crux of his life. What's not to like?

Theron, the Lead Enforcer for the vampire head council loves his job. He gets to hunt and kill and feast as he pleases. What more could an undead hit-man want? Until one vampire breaks away from the pack to follow this upstart preacher named Jesus. Yes, that Jesus. But nobody annoys the vampire council and gets away with it, and Theron's sent to eliminate Jesus.

Except there's this Roman of
D.A. Schneider
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting take on the crucifixion of Jesus. The author weaved a fascinating conspiracy story involving vampires and roman soldiers into a well known biblical tale. The characters were well developed and despite the actions of Taras, a Legionary assassin, I found myself pulling for him to have a happy ending. Great storytelling, supporting players, and settings, beautifully descriptive. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that occasionally the dialog slipped int ...more
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I had the extreme pleasure and privilege of reading an advanced copy of 33AD, and I can honestly say that this is one of the most intriguing and original novels I've read in years. McAfee manages to combine the distinct genres of paranormal, urban fantasy and historical thriller into one action-packed and thought-provoking read.

A must have for all fans of thrillers, fantasy and vampire fiction!
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good vampire read
Recommended to Izzy by: Quasi Official Book Game sem
David McAfee took the standard vampire idea and made it his own. It was a great book to read and didn't bore me at all. It was amazing to see how the characters all mixed together by the end. The history and bible references just made the story seem all the more real. I hope he releases a sequel to this book so we can see the characters again.
Overall it was an enthralling read and i would recommend it to anyone who likes the original Dracula and the not so sparkly vampires.
Review copy from author

There are times when I get my hands on a copy of a novel, and begin to wonder if I'm reading the same version everyone else is reading. You know, that one novel that was love at first sentence... that rocked your socks... that blew your mind... only to see that everyone else reviewed it with one or two stars? Where you are left staring at the computer screen at a loss for words, wondering what the heck is wrong with everyone, flabbergasted at how they didn't see what you s
C.V. Hunt
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
33 A.D. was one of the most creative and well researched books that I have read in a long time. The book is based in the timeline that the title states, with the back drop of Jerusalem, in the days leading up to Christ’s crucifixion.

The Counsel of Thirteen is a small underground government invented and ruled by vampires. They have long wanted a stake in Jerusalem, but there is a young rabbi that is teaching the Jewish population about love and forgiveness.

Theron, a nine-hundred year old vampir
Philip Walker
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a departure from my usual historical fiction fix. Being an atheist who doesn't doubt the existence of Jesus but does not follow the propaganda, it was hugely exciting to read a story containing some historical superstars.

The story itself is gripping and really pulls you in. McAfee gives you enough detail to paint a great picture that your imagination can work with. I found it easy to visualise the scene. Theron the vampire enforcer, a troubleshooter of the undead, on a mission to destroy
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise but the story itself just falls a bit flat. There is a lot of stuff going on in the plot, probably a bit too much actually. Every character in the book has some sort of "plan" (the word "plan" is actually in the book 60 some times; you know a word comes up too many times when you actually stop reading and use your search function on your nook to count the offending word or phrase!),eventually everyone's plans start getting mixed up and before you know it ***SPOILER ALERT *** ...more
Marty Shaw
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
When compared to other vampire stories out there, 33 A.D. carves its own niche. Mr. McAfee risked a dangerous road with a story that revolves around someone sent to kill Jesus. He handled this tricky endeavor well because the mission isn't the actual plot, which focuses on the assassin, Theron.

Even with vampires roaming around, the story has a very realistic feel to it and the characters have a depth to them that draws you in; You feel the emotions that motivate Ephraim, Taras, and Theron as the
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I never thought I'd get a chance to read a historical vampire fiction, but I'm glad I did. I couldn't put this book down!

Blending vampire lore and a piece of religious history, 33 A.D. is the story of a tightly-knit ancient band of vampires trying to get a foothold in the Jewish community of Jerusalem. The problem is that the Jews are so devout in their faith, the vampires can't make as much headway as they'd like.

Along comes a man called Jesus, to the Romans just another zealot preaching on th
Donnie Light
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes readers on a dark and thrilling ride through the world-changing events surrounding Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. Set in a time where political and religious beliefs clash in a profound way, McAfee does an outstanding job of spinning this tale while being respectful to the accepted history and characters of the period.
While the Romans occupy Jerusalem, various factions struggle for power and control of the people, including the Vampire Council of Thirteen, who send a formidable a
Lee Goldberg
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
You haven't heard of David McAfee, but let me assure you, he's the real deal. 33 AD is terrific. It's well-written, fast-moving, escapist fun. (I particularly liked his characters known as The Lost Ones, an inspired and haunting creation, that I won't ruin for you by describing them here). I've over-dosed on vampire tales and all the cliches that come with them, but McAfree manages to come up with an entirely fresh and creative take on the genre. There are some narrative problems, most notably a ...more
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of great vampire fiction
Have you ever read a book that was so GENIUS that you wished you could go back in time to the exact minute the author finished the manuscript and kidnap said author and imprison him in a dimly lit basement where you would have his memory of life before imprisonment erased all so you could pass the manuscript off as your own?! That's how I felt after reading 33 A.D.!!! Such a great read by author David McAfee. I can't begin to describe how I felt reading this book! The way he combined the story o ...more
Linda Welch
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
With his writing style and talent for background, McAfee immerses the reader in ancient Jerusalem and the tale of how a clan of vampires brought about the fall and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. This is an engrossing read. With minimal description, the author makes you see, hear, smell and feel that old city and its inhabitants. Good or evil, each player has personality, and their individual stories draw you into their world. A great read I recommend to anyone who wants a vampire tale with a ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
33 A.D. is a story about vampires. Real evil, violent and unfeeling vampires from back when Dracula was the real deal. It follows the lives of Threon, who is the lead enforcer of "Bachiyr". He is sent on a mission to kill a traitor in their mist, who has allied himself with a rabbi. This rabbi is not just any rabbi, though, this rabbi is Jesus. Yeah, this was the part that really intrigued me! I was pulled into this story and didn't let go until the final page.

But be warned, this story is viole
I'm a little disappointed with this book as it was a part of a best of horror list and my expectations were high. Definitely a decent read, story was very interesting, and I did enjoy, but would not be part of a best of horror list for me. Just my opinion.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed learning more about the times. The whole vampire concept in Biblical era is fascinating. Characters were great, the plot just clipped along, could not put it down!
Terry Parrish
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story. Never thought of vampires in this way. The best part is...........their not sparkly. Will be reading Book #2 to see what happens.
Robert Duperre
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If one were to take the story of the crucifixion and combine it with vampires, you would most likely get one of the most clichéd stories imaginable. I’ve read quite a few tales regarding this very setup – all in short story format, mind you – and they all were variations on a few different plots. Either Jesus himself is a vampire, hence his rising from the dead, or he becomes Jesus Christ Action Star, staking those pesky vamps left and right. These are unimaginative stories. They either don’t do ...more
Really enjoyed this. Romans, Jews, and Vampires all trying to live together in Jerusalem, all pissed off with each other and the "Zealot" Jesus. A lot of blood, betrayal, and some very interesting characters made for an entertaining read, looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.
Tiffany Cole
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When former Enforcer Ephraim breaks the laws of his people to follow another, the Council sends Theron after him - not only to kill Ephraim, since the Bachyir don't believe in mercy when it comes to betrayals, but to figure out who could have made an
Heather Faville
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Back when I was younger, vampires were my thing. I loved the mysteriousness, the immortality, the knowledge that these creatures have been around for centuries and have lived through so many historical events. I reveled in the horror and the brutality of what they were and the plight of their victims in their deaths or possibly their introduction to the world of vampirism. And, yes, I even loved the occasional romanticism that comes with the vampire genre when done well and in a "believable" fas ...more
Ginger Nuts
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
33 A.d. the debit novel from David Mcafee, posses the question, who was really behind the freeing of Barabbas over that of Jesus. However don't expect A Dan brown clone here, what you get is a blood soaked tale tale of Vampires, Roman assassins, and with a bit of political intrigue thrown in. This hugely enjoyable book, set in the final days of Jesus life, introduces a new breed of vampires more akin to a Mafia clan, than the puny watered down vampires we are sadly becoming accustomed to.

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