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I was born in Lakenheath AFB in England. I wrote my first book at age 6 (no, it was never published!) and started my first novel at age 12. Of course, shortly afterward I discovered girls and that book remains unfinished to this day.
I currently live in Tennessee with my wife, daughter, and a horde of furry creatures.
on Aug. 10, 2010 :
With its blend of vampires, horror and religion, this book was so far out of my comfort zone, I thought I might never find my way back. Because of that, it took me a little while to become immersed in the story. If it had been a film I was watching, there would’ve been plenty of occasions I would’ve closed my eyes – that’s only because I’m a wimp.
I am no judge on what makes a good horror novel, but I do recognise excellent writing when I see it. McAfee’s writing is polished, the story well structured and there’s a strong sense of place and time. But more than all that, it’s compelling reading.
Impressive. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2010 :
I almost never give out 5 stars to authors who haven't established a large presence in my personal library. That said, I give top marks to David McAfee and expect him to wow me with his other books as well. He demonstrates a remarkable ability to draw the reader into the scene and keep turning pages. I read this entire book in just over 24 hours and blame David for my exhaustion due to lack of sleep. Fabulous story, well developed characters, and a story that follows real vampires. If you're looking for sparkly and cuddly, you should go elsewhere. Fantastic and thank you for the excellent read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on July 26, 2010 :
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.
The story is based in Jerusalem in 33 A.D., the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. It is an incredible ride, this story, as McAfee weaves an intricate tale of Bachiyr (vampire) secrecy with the events surrounding the crucifixion. The cast of characters are flawed, yet you love them anyway. They lift off the page and you cannot help but empathize with their respecitve plights, whether their intentions be diabolical or not.
In all this, McAfee handles the character of Jesus deftly. He places him in all the key areas and in the few scenes that include dialogue with him, he sticks to what would be very much in character – that of a simple man.
I’m not a religious person, and my first thoughts when I saw this title was that this might be Christian fiction. I tried it anyway, and I can’t tell you how thoroughly impressed I am, not only with the story (which is quite neutral around the Christian theme), but also McAfee’s writing. It is riveting material that makes you yearn for more.
If you read anything this summer, make sure it’s this book. I, for one, will be looking at McAfee’s other books – vampire or not.
He’s that good.
(reviewed long after purchase)