There is an author out there that is gaining some popularity. His name is Seth Grahame-Smith. He has given us great novels like,”Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, “How to survive a Horror Movie”, and several other classics.
He has now come out with a work that is getting RAVE reviews. The title of this one is, “Unholy Night”, and when I saw it in the book store the other day, my stomach turned.
Here is what the book is about:
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, comes UNHOLY NIGHT, the next evolution in dark historical revisionism.
They’re an iconic part of history’s most celebrated birth. But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity, besides the fact that they followed a star to Bethlehem bearing strange gifts? The Bible has little to say about this enigmatic trio. But leave it to Seth Grahame-Smith, the brilliant and twisted mind behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to take a little mystery, bend a little history, and weave an epic tale.
In Grahame-Smith’s telling, the so-called “Three Wise Men” are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod’s prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod’s men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.
It’s the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.
I have to admit, it is good to live in a country where books like this can be published. BUT, it saddens me that books like this make millions of dollars for the authors. I personally will not be spending money on anything this author produces. I don’t want to support this, even if it is in good fun.
I find it funny, and a little sadding, that you can find people reviewing it and using the following two lines in their review…. “If you’re gonna go a-messin’ with one of the holiest stories ever told, you’d better be respectful, or the wrath of the religious right will rain down upon thee like a plague of locusts… …The faint of heart should take care – this is a taut, action thriller with loads of violence, though from what I’ve heard, it’s not quite as gory as The Holy Bible.” Nothing like mixing a story of healing and salvation with loads of violence. Hey, but you should not care, because The Holy Bible is just as gory, or so the reviewer has heard.
This book will not be on my wish list for Christmas.