This week’s candidate is Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Seth Grahame-Smith is known as a writer, film producer and cinematographer. His publisher, Hatchette Book Group, gives us a brief summary of Unholy Nights, which was just published in April, 2012:
In Grahame-Smith’s telling, the so-called “Three Wise Men” are infamous thieves, led by the dark, murderous Balthazar. After a daring escape from Herod’s prison, they stumble upon the famous manger and its newborn king. The last thing Balthazar needs is to be slowed down by young Joseph, Mary and their infant. But when Herod’s men begin to slaughter the first born in Judea, he has no choice but to help them escape to Egypt.
It’s the beginning of an adventure that will see them fight the last magical creatures of the Old Testament; cross paths with biblical figures like Pontius Pilate and John the Baptist; and finally deliver them to Egypt. It may just be the greatest story never told.
Grahame-Smith talked about Unholy Night as part of the Author@Google series. Here’s what he had to say:
The critics had a few things to say about Unholy Night as well.
From USA Today: O, ‘Unholy Night,’ fights are brightly shining
From The Washington Post: In this retelling of the Nativity, the Three Wise Men are bandits
From The L.A. Times: ‘Unholy Night’ by Seth Grahame-Smith is action-packed
Susan Rife of The Herald Tribune reviews the audio edition: ‘Unholy Night’ a literary-biblical mashup
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