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Darren Bailey
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30 Aug 2009
For every faith and fear there is a beginning;behind every truth and legend there is a story. Ancient Jewish tradition teaches that all the evils of the world are focussed on Jerusalem so begins the prologue to the tale of the birth of vampirism. As a new cult spreads across the empire a former soldier finds himself drawn into the mystery that lies behind the disappearances from local farms. As he fights for both his family and his sanity, he is forced to confront the true nature of evil and its ultimate demands. VAMPIRE A.D. 70 tells the start of the legend that lies at the deepest place of the human heart. Written by an ex-priest the book is theologically rich but unfolds at an astonishing pace. The legend begins.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Austin & Macauley Publishers (30 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905609833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905609833
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,403,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darren Bailey (Spyridon by ordination) is a Greek Orthodox priest who serves in Herefordshire and Shropshire, England. He was previously an Anglican minister but converted to Orthodoxy in 2002.

To date he has written eight books of poetry and two novels: VAMPIRE AD 70 and LOST VOICES.
Much of his writing is concerned with the struggles of human existence. His work is theologically rich while remaining extremely accessible. The End Crowns The Struggle brings together in one volume the best of his poetry.

His latest book, Journey To Mount Athos explores the life of the monks on the Holy Mountain as Bailey visits different monasteries. There he encounters the wisdom and spirituality of Orthodox Christianity. This book appears under his ordained name Father Spyridon Bailey and is available on Amazon as a paperback and on Kindle.

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About the Author

Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1965, Bailey is married and has two sons. Previously he worked as a priest in the Church of England but resigned in order to join the Greek Orthodox Church in 2003. He has degrees in Humanities (Wales) and Theology (Nottingham) and is currently a secondary school teacher.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just the beginning 24 Sep 2009
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This book gripped me with moments of real suspense and tension.
Left me afterwards with a lot to think about.
I get the feeling we haven't seen the last of Cornutus, completely evil and yet full of self pity and justification for his deeds....shudder
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel 20 Oct 2009
By Dave
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Bailey hooks the reader quickly and the pages keep turning. I read this book in a single day. However, I have to say that I still felt a lot of things were unresolved in the end. The story itself has closure and is very satisfying, but I'm left with lots of questions about vampires and I'm hoping the answers will be revealed in a least one sequel, if not a series.

It is refreshing to see this topic dealt with in a realistic historical context and without glamourising or romanticising evil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 5 Oct 2009
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this book was fantastic, i could not put it down
well written, gripping and just enough gore
well done darren
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible book!! 13 Sep 2009
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This is one of my favourite books, I couldn't put it down, it answers the question of how vampires started and places the beginning of it all at the start of Christianity. I felt a real connection with the characters, they were so real, the ending is incredible.
It says the author was a priest, I wondered if he had had to deal with anything strange, he writes about it as though he had been through something like this.
The vampires in this book are not like Twilight, they're not beautiful teenagers but nasty, horrible creatures that would be terrifying to meet. Having said that, there is a deep spirituality explored in this story, the meeting with Ignatius of Antioch is wonderful, I felt like I was there in the room with him.
I just loved this book, you have to read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of vampirism 12 Sep 2009
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The story follows a Roman soldier returning from the Jewish wars, traumatised from his experiences, and desperate to get back to family life. When children and slaves begin to go missing he becomes involved in the search which leads him to a terrible realisation.
Vampires are really the face of evil in this book, but there is also the parallel story of the persection of the Christians. The main character is a pagan, and we get to understand why a Roman would be anti-Christian, why he would be so opposed to them.
The book explores a number of themes while maintaining a good pace, the characters are utterly believable,and the vampires are chilling. I will definately be giving this book to friends, it left me feeling like it could all be true, I know it's a novel, but it is written in a very realistic way. I can't stop thinking about it since I read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fantastic read 14 Jun 2012
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This book was astonishing! I personally think this book is amazing! It deserves an award. This book is just one of those books that you can't stop reading. I wasn't able to put it down! The fact that this book is about vampires put me off a little bit before i read it, but i now know i was feeling completely the wrong thing. Darren is a born star, who has done an excellent job of writing this book. In the furture i will definitely read his other books.Well done Darren!
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