From the author of the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2012 Seth Grahame-Smith (P)2012 Hachette Audio
I was excited to get a new work from Smith because I loved Lincoln when it first came out and I kept up with his interviews and blurbs to see when his next release would be available. Well, now that I have it, I don't think I can finish it. The items that made Lincoln so good seem to be missing here, i.e. historical facts that can be followed online as you read, a main character with depth, sci-fi, etc. And the environment also seems to have some constricting element do to being biblical history. I think the concept is neat and it did interest me, but I hate to say that I don't feel Smith pulled this one off.
In the top 5. I started listening to Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter on a road trip with my wife. We took it in to the room with us and continued the story. It was the same with Unholy Night.
I liked the whole thing.
Battling with corpses in the valley.
I laughed and wowed at the connections between the original Bible story and Seth's reinvention/reconstruction of same.
Yes. I like to hear different points on history even if they are face or fiction.
I liked that it was a play on the bible stoy but thought it was a little cheeky in the ending.
He was good.
No I believe it was a good one off. They could take on other bible story's but with different actors.
Supernatural Historical Adventure
In some ways it has much in common with Ben Hur or The Robe. The book certainly has a christian viewpoint. It reminds me of the Indiana Jones movies too. It has the adventurous feel of Indiana Jones, but is set during the Biblical time frame.
I was intrigued by the young Pilite; there is another story there.
I would not call my reaction extreme. It was often humerous and had a nice flow.
This was not as good as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but was still a good book and the narrator does a good job.
I LOVED Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter so much!! I guess I expected more supernatural or zombies or something crazy in the book. I was bummed it wasn't more like Seth's other books. But I did appreciate how he was able to weave all through the story of Jesus and his family's flight to Egypt and there wasn't a trace of ireverenace! That took some skill and was masterfully done.
i want to give it 5 stars but when you compare it to Zombies and Vampire Hunter, I just can't do it.
I'm a big fan of the author anyway, so it should come as no surprise that I considered the story to be fantastic. Though a work of fiction, it was very well researched and based in factual biblical and canonical stories and references - a neat touch. You learned to love the unlovable character who was stuck in circumstances beyond his control. I'd recommend it to anyone, but keep an eye out for the younger readers - it's rather gory at times.
I liked the new take on the Nativity story although it did get very gory at times, which is not really my thing, so I would've been happy to skip most of the fight scenes with all the blood spurting details.
I liked how everything was interconnected and wrapped itself up without leaving loose ends.
I enjoyed his narration, he did a great job on Herod's voice.
I might; but as it would most likely be an action movie with bloody battle scenes I would probably wait for the DVD to be available.
I enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer more, but this was still a decent listen, I'll keep an eye out for any more books he writes.
Gory, Bible, Retelling
Yet again, Seth Grahame-Smith takes a story we all know and mashes it up with another genre. This one takes on the bible, so instead of going with the addition of the supernatural elements (already present throughout the bible), he takes 3 characters - the three wise men and tells their story in a whole different light. Well, at least one of the wise men gets his story told. These are the aspects of the story I really liked.I loved the point of view of the ibex from the beginning, middle, and end.I liked the flashbacks to Balthazar's life - his back story gave his character more depth, and I bought his questioning whether the baby with his teenaged mother was the real deal. His struggle with faith through out the story was compelling. King Herod was also well developed and pretty disgusting to think about - a great bad guy.Seth Grahame -Smith also did an excellent job setting the tone for how it must have felt living back then under the Roman Empire - the tension and the hot desert climate were like a powder keg ready to blow at any time.
The narrator did a great job with Herod - I loved his whiny wicked voice. The rest fell a little flat though, but I liked Sela's accent.
Again, Balthazar's struggle with faith and his connection to the baby. You could see the connection a mile away - but all the chase scenes. gory fighting, and internal dialogue remind you that this is a book written to entertain you.
I love the way Seth Grahame-Smith makes sure his story and its elements come full circle. I like that in reading/listening to stories. We usually think of life as road from point A to point B and away from where we started. But I think life is much more a circle, because eventually we have to acknowledge where we have come from and the journey it takes to come back around.
After listening to Grahame-Smith's previous work 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter' and reading the intro blurb for this book, I was expecting something a lot more over-the-top than what we got. It was basically a revisionist version of the first two weeks of the life of baby Jesus. I was expecting a lot more magical/supernatural mayhem than what we actually got. For what it was, it was well written and it certainly was good enough to listen to the whole thing once I got started, but I think the intro blurb over-emphasized certain aspects which were really minor, short parts of the overall book.
Probably not. It is a little too far from the historical biblical story for mainline fans, but not far enough from the historical version for the hardcore sci-fi/supernatural crowd of listeners.
The narrator was excellent. I particularly loved his voice work for Herod the Great. The characters all had clearly distinct voices and you never had any problem knowing who was who from just his voice. He also did a good job with the women's voices - enough different from the men, but not stretched so far as to be annoyingly fake.
I'd probably go see the movie. But then I probably average seeing one movie a week, so I see a lot of movies and seeing a movie doesn't qualify as a special 'event' to me.
I just finished Abe:Vampire Hunter and it was one of the best books I have read/listened to in the last couple years. So I picked this up. Seth is a great story teller and historian.
The story starts very strong then starts to unravel. I was very interested in Balthazar's childhood and loved how he thought of himself as a ladies man. Some parts were very funny, some somber, but they made me feel good listening. Very good story line here. Herod was funny as expected; he was a sniveling weakling with a little man complex and Leprosy. I really liked the narrator’s voice for Harod!
I think the issue for me is the topic, I wanted supernatural and I got biblical. While both are stories, I was expecting better.
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