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A Roman soldier, frustrated after being rejected by Jesus, takes out his rage and frustration on the Jews and is forced into escaping punishment by becoming a vampire. Two thousand years later, he looks for a suitable "mate." Fun concept, but the delivery seems a bit muted; the sex lacked passion and I had zero sympathy for the narrator/main character. If it was a bit more campy, I'd have liked it better. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
OK, I wasn't expecting great literature, but it wasn't even good porn. This is another bookm like Dr. Mary's Monkey, that I picked up, read the back, and said to myself "this is too bad not to read!". Basically gay, christian vampire lit... ( )
  ScoutJ | Mar 31, 2013 |
I am not sure why I finished this book. Victor is one angry man/vampire. He is always angry and I was shocked that Michael had feelings for him. I presume, because I am trying to make sense of it all, that Victor's anger represents the repression felt by gay men, certainly gay men of faith, and represents anger toward strict Catholicism. Victor eats or rapes everyone he encounters. He is a pure predator without any redemptive qualities. Perhaps the author was indeed effective since I so loathe the main character. I simply cannot fathom that this is a trilogy. ( )
  GirlMisanthrope | Nov 11, 2009 |
Michael Schiefelbein, a Ph.D. in English who also studied 10 years for the priesthood, decides to write a book. It is about a Roman officer, Victor, who falls desperately in love with Joshu, now known as Jesus. After being rejected by Jesus as a lover, he is overcome by grief and madness and is ultimately guided by a mysterious woman into becoming a vampire, who would rage in the centuries to come against Joshu and his god.

This sparked my interest for various reasons. Foremost is because I was interested in how a man of the cloth ultimately wrote gay vampire erotica. The plot and themes are pretty clichéd; the immortal who never finds rest, substituting earthly "forbidden" pleasures for the tranquillity of death, or in this case: paradise. Victor turned out not to be the colourful character I had hoped he would be. He is not Milton's Satan, but rather a static, rejected monster with a human mask. I don't understand the significance of the investigation into Victor's victims for nourishment, which played a large part in the book. For a vampire who has lived more than 2000 years, why is this a significant event?

In conclusion, I would say that the book is a let-down. It's not actually boring, but it doesn't really amount to anything in the end either. The characters were dull, and the plot and themes clichéd. I had hoped for more. ( )
  Waldheri | Aug 27, 2009 |
While a lover of vampire gay erotica since "Interview," I really didn't enjoy this series at all. It's just a bit too violent and too over-the-top for me. Not a religious person here, but Schiefelbein's constant pounding upon Christianity was a bit much even for me. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
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Victor Decimus was once a ruthless officer in the Roman Legion—but all his power couldn’t make Jesus of Nazareth love him the way he wanted to be loved. Seeking solace and escape, he finds release with a seer who is something more than human.

Turned into a vampire, Victor is filled with rage and a lust for revenge. In two thousand years, he has honed these emotions to a razor-sharp edge, his thirst for vengeance matched only by his thirst for human blood. He takes pleasure in infiltrating monasteries and corrupting young monks, slowly undermining the Church of Christ.

Victor finally finds the perfect lover to replace him as a vampire and ultimately to join him in the Dark Kingdom, a young monk named Michael. Just as Michael’s initial resistance weakens, the local authorities begin investigating a ghoulish monster who has left a trail of bloodless victims. Victor must convince Michael before the investigation unravels his plans, depriving him once again of the man he loves.
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