Unholy Night

Unholy Night

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It's one of the most iconic vignettes in history: three men on camels, arriving at a manger, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. An impossibly bright star is suspended in the vast desert sky above. It's a moment of serenity and grace. A holy night...But what do we really know about the Three Kings of the Nativity? The Bible says little about this enigmatic trio. Not even their names are mentioned. The historical record is vague at best. How do we know that they were three kings from the East? What if they were petty, murderous thieves - led by a mercurial individual called Balthazar - on the run, escaping through Judea under cover of night who stumble upon the famous manger, its newborn child and his earthly parents? Here, the brilliant and slightly warped mind behind "Pride and Prejudice" and "Zombies" takes a little mystery, plays fast and loose with a bit of history to weave an epic tale. It's an adventure that will see these thieves fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament, cross paths with historical figures such as Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist, and deliver the family - as the Bible tells us - to the safety of Egypt. Indeed, this may just be the greatest story never told...

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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 26mm | 291g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • B & w map
  • 085750150X
  • 9780857501509
  • 516,557

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"Akin to fusing Game of Thrones with the Gospel of St Luke" Entertainment Weekly "Grahame-Smith has forsaken neither graphic gore nor gleeful historical and religious revisionism ... Great fun " -- Elizabeth Hand Washington Post

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About Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith is an American film and televison writer and producer, and a bestselling novelist. His first novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has now sold over 1 million copies worldwide and his second, Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter, was also a bestseller. As well as writing the screenplay for the film of Abraham Lincoln which opens this summer, he has also written the script for Tim Burton's new film, Dark Shadows. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles.

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