Book Review: 33 A.D. by David McAfee

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 strange 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. Killing him should be easy.


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 vampire, and the Lead Enforcer working for the counsel, has been sent to stop the spread of rabbi’s sermons, and to dispose of a renegade vampire that has chosen to side with the proclaimed ‘son of god’. Failure is not an option if you are part of the Bachiyr race (the term used for vampire), and it is punishable by death or a fate worse yet. The Bachiyr that cannot stand the tests of the counsel are left wondering the world as a festering corpse that serves as slaves to the vampire race.

The vampires in this book are powerful and ruthless – exactly how I like them. They feed off of humans to survive, but there is only one small problem, people who have faith in god seem to have a strange glowing ward that surrounds them. The essence that shines from these people proves to be a problem for the vampires. The closer the vampire comes to a person that is protected by their faith in god, the weaker they become, and they are unable to feed from the faithful.

The human rabbi named Jesus of Nazareth would be an easy kill, if Theron could get close to him.

It was not unheard of, of course, for a human to possess such a strong faith as to ward off one of his kind, but it was rare. Theron had been surprised to see the strong glow around Jesus, who’d been only the third such person the vampire had encountered in his nine centuries.

In a strange twist of events, and a monumental amount of ‘what ifs’, the author wove a great web of lies, murder, deceit and conspiracy among the vampire race and Christ’s crucifixion.  I look forward to read the sequel 61 A.D. Well done David McAfee.

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