However, when I found out that the narrator, William, was actually Judas Iscariot immortal, but not a vampire , my interest was piqued and I decided to continue reading. Therefore, I felt that the title and blurb were misleading since the bulk of the story was around the search for the Garden.
I many parts of the book, I felt that I was being lectured by the author on his particular views of the world or events, and that was a turn off for me. There were also too many convenient events for me. Also during this scene, keys just so happened to be left in the ignition of the particular vehicle they chose to use for their escape. It would have been more believable had they had to hotwire the car.
With said stolen vehicle, it was mentioned in one scene that there was no GPS tracker, only for one to be found in the next scene when the characters were hoping to find such a device. How convenient. More backstory on William as Judas would have been helpful. And for being an immortal with a damned existence on earth, William sure leads a charmed life. Toward the end of the story, the plot turns back to the original mission to find a missing coin.
How is that any sort of repentance? For being such a wise man, William was pretty dense in this scene. All in all, I loved the concept, but in my opinion, it failed to deliver. Many of the plot elements needed to be better fleshed out, more backstory was warranted and more character development for both the major and minor characters is needed.
View all 5 comments. Then, it was as if another author took over and hijacked the really cool premise of an immortal Judas Iscariot doomed to search for his 30 pieces of silver to try to "repent" for his sins. Suddenly, the book took a horrible turn to a trashy spy novel. Once "Amy Golden Eagle" yes, that was her name joined the cast, all of the women in the book were talked about in terms of their looks including the nurses for an injured CIA agent who were described as looking like s music video girls Maybe the CIA flew them over in another plane just in case someone got hurt and they need a slutty nurse?
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The other really annoying component of the second half of the novel was the repetition of the story lines. There were at least five times where the characters argued about the fact that they "needed to leave right now. View 2 comments. The Plague of Coins was an interesting twist to the story of Judas Iscariot.
It created a sympathetic aura around this infamous character, providing him with dangerous, surprising adventures in faraway lands, both for the sake of his soul and for the United States government. It created an interesting perspective on his participation in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and a fascinating spin on much of the traditional mythos of Christianity.
It was, overall, an interesting plot that moved smoothl The Plague of Coins was an interesting twist to the story of Judas Iscariot. It was, overall, an interesting plot that moved smoothly and provided plenty of action to propel the story forward. I wanted to keep reading and the end left me craving more and anxiously anticipating the release of the second in the series.
As a person who has a fascination with the story of the notorious betrayer, I thought it was a great story that anybody would enjoy reading, no matter what religious path. Giving this four stars for creativity and inventiveness. Would say why, but that would spoil the surprise and the fun. The main character is someone I might not have normally sympathized with, but that's exactly what happened. After all, how many books have I read about Judas as the main character?
Just this one. Alternately grumpy, smart and funny after all, he is more than years old William Barrow, aka Judas Iscariot, will have you rooting for him from the get-go. I love how he can describe a place so well I can see it in my mind and not feel like he is overselling it to me. I loved this story! I really liked the characters and I loved Willam and Alister.
Aiden has done a great job of giving William a sense of humor while be a tough son of a gun and being someone I wish I could know in real life. I enjoyed this book and I am very much looking forward to the next installment! Interesting concept of an immortal Judas trying to find and retrieve the internationally scattered 30 pieces of silver as a protagonist. In execution it is just another handsome scoundrel, beautiful intellectual female researcher, breathless full speed ahead adventure you've seen dozens of times before.
Very fast read; moved right along and kept my interest. What a disappointment! When I saw the plot of this book I thought 'What a great idea'. Even I, as a non writer could see the potential of this theme. Judas now knows that he was wrong and the only way to gain his own redemption is to complete the task of collecting the 30 pieces of silver, paid to him for his act of betrayal. These coins are distributed not just all over the world but also through the entire yea What a disappointment!
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These coins are distributed not just all over the world but also through the entire years of time since his betrayal of Christ. Judas must keep living different lives, but he is always around thirty years of age. Although Judas can be killed he can only die if he receives a mortal wound to one of his essential organs; otherwise though he can recover from dreadful injuries in just moments. This all sounds like a very good setting for one would think around thirty stories or even more as it can take several lifetimes to find a coin.
However the first book in the Judas Chronicles focuses on the search for coin number twenty two. Judas, alias William Barrow, by whom the book is narrated, is an egotistical, gung ho, man. One would think that in his situation, hoping to gain salvation for a heinous deed and having lived through and died in some of the most awful times in history, Judas would show a little humility. He is however constantly commenting upon his 'devilish grin', 'impish' or 'Puckish' behaviour and saying how difficult it is not to 'chuckle' at almost everything.
I am not sure if it is the character or the author that I find irritating. I hoped to read a book of well imagined history, there was such potential.
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The description of the garden, the flowers, creatures and the tree of life are good and if the entire book had been an historical fantasy I would have enjoyed it. I read, 'Plague of Coins' in a night! The story flows so rapidly and well.. The story is about Judas.. Judas is surprised to find.. They too.. In this story..
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Judas is accompanied by his son.. As Judas is perpetually stuck looking in his thirties. Judas believes he's located another coin.. He travels with his son.. Who is caught up in their parent's archeological work to help a wealthy Russian find the "Garden of Eden"! I don't want to give any spoilers. Just know..
May my review.. I need the rest of the story. I was intrigued by the blurb when I originally saw this book on Amazon. A book about Judas Iscariot Jesus Christ's betrayer. The most hated person on Earth. So, I got the book and I wasn't let down. The premise of the book was great.
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Judas aka William Barrows is looking for the 36 shekels that was paid to him to betray Jesus. Because of that betrayal Nothing can kill him. Nothing at all. So far, he has collected 21 coins and he is on the search for the 22nd. Aroun I was intrigued by the blurb when I originally saw this book on Amazon. Around the same time he figures out where the 22nd coin is, he is approached by the CIA and asked to do a covert mission. He agrees, since it was going to be in the same area and talks his son, Alistair, into going with him.
Here's the thing Alistair is old enough to be his father and they often play it off to their advantage. Once they touch down in Iran I gave the book 5 stars of Shelfari and Goodreads. This book was a great read and I loved the twists and turns in the plot. When the 2nd book come out for the Kindle if it hasn't already , I will be getting it.
Will I reccomend this book to friends and family. Yes, definitely. Once the adventure had started I felt the pace pick up as did the writing. However, as interested as I am to read what happens next whether I read the second in the series I am assuming it will be a series will depend largely on the price. I started reading this as a sample on my Kindle. I found the story line intriguing. However, I immediately disliked the style of writing and found the narrator almost despisable.
That said, the situations were not well-explained, and at times made little sense. But, something kept me coming back for more. I was excited about picking this book up, and when I started reading this as a sample on my Kindle. I was excited about picking this book up, and when I reached the end was bummed that the next book in the series is not out yet. Go figure :. Surprisingly good! It was like reading something I had written if I had any talent for it.
I have always found the character of Judas to be a bastard, just like everyone else, but here he was just another guy. An immortal guy looking for his lost 40 pieces of silver, but still just a guy. The story was fast paced and exciting and the characters all felt real Surprisingly good!
The story was fast paced and exciting and the characters all felt real and were also very funny. Definitely worth the 30 seconds it took to download from Amazon. Jul 14, Denise rated it it was amazing Shelves: goal. The storyline was great. I love how Aiden James writes in such a descriptive nature that transports you to another place.
The way the story played out was interesting. The characters were a great cast of personalities. William has a great sense of humor. He makes an intriguing lead. The story as a whole was well written. I look forward to reading more of this series. This was such a great, easy and creative book. The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. Judas Iscariot is immortal and has to find all 30 shekels that he was paid.
This story tells a part of one of his many "lives". Curse of Stigmata Judas Reflections Book 2. Praise for Aiden James: "Aiden James is a master storyteller Categories: Action and Adventure; All Fantasy. Hoping to save it for last Murder in Whitechapel Judas Reflections Book 1. Praise for Aiden James:"Aiden James is a master storyteller Curse of the Druids Nick Caine Book 4. Long ago, before the myth of Merlin the Magician took root in the annals of time, a sacred amulet named after King Aurelius Ambrosius was said to bridge the mystical chasm between mankind and a race of gods and goddesses residing in the very heart of Britain According to legend, the Ambrosius Amulet lays hidden amid the ruins of a Free of the threat of Viktor Kaslow, William Barrow aka Judas Iscariot is tantalizingly close to finally having the life he has dreamed of with Beatrice and Alistair.
A life blessed with youthful optimism and renewed companionship—things he once feared were forever lost. But such optimism is short lived. An ancient menace far worse Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable nineteen-year-old girl alive. Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does… until the vampires show up. Time is quickly running out for them and the rest of the world to prevent seven mysterious, but deadly, objects from reaching the United States.
The objects resemble enormous golden Maid of Heaven Judas Reflections Book 3. The year is Islam controls most of the civilized world, including all that exists of the former United States. Climate change has made fresh drinking water a scarce, and valuable Hurakan's Chalice Talisman Chronicles Book 3. Three years into their exile, Jeremy ventures across South America in search of A Birthright. It should be something no one can ever take away. Especially when that birthright involves a unique type of blood necessary for an elitist vampire society to remain young and beautiful.
Welcome to the continued misadventure of nineteen-year-old Txema Ybarra pronounced William Barrow aka Judas Iscariot has moved on to the afterlife…. When Country singer Candi Starr is found brutally murdered, along with two close associates in Nashville's esteemed West End, it proves to be just the beginning of a killing spree involving anyone close to the music superstar.
This includes her ghost hunter friend and personal psychic, Fiona Alea.
Along with her headstrong rock n' roll Krontos Lazarevic may be the vilest sorcerer to ever live. He stands in the way of William Barrow aka Judas Iscaritot finishing his quest to reclaiming thirty pieces of silver paid to him to betray Jesus Christ.
Forced to flee an underground fortress in Abingdon, Virginia, William and his companions end up in the quirky spiritual town William Barrow aka Judas Iscariot is faced with one of the most important decisions of his two thousand year stay on Earth…. Should he leave well enough alone and seek a quiet retirement, having retrieved the first twenty-eight of the original thirty coins of silver paid to him for betraying Jesus Christ?
Or should he press on to