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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Coontinuation of an epic series!, 19 Mar. 2013
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John Carter (Macon, Georgia) - See all my reviews
The Judas Kiss, Book Two of the Judas Curse series does not disappoint! Graff picks up right where she left off in Book One. The mix of religion, mythology, and skepticism makes for a very intriguing and interesting read. Character development is fluid and natural. The back story of Mark, Judas, and Jesus is well done and ties the past to the present nicely. Ben continues his battle, both internally and externally. It's his human experience that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I was pleasantly surprised to see him turn some corners and open his mind a little more in this book.

Graff's writing is engaging and I found it very easy to lose track of time reading her work. I kept thinking to myself, "just one more chapter." I strongly recommend giving this book, and the entire series, a look. I'm eagerly anticipating Book three. 5 well-deserved stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 10 Mar. 2013
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The Judas Kiss

I have finally finished this book! That isn't a bad thing, it was an easy book to read, perhaps now I can get some sleep at night, as it was very hard to put down.

In the first book; The Awakening; Angella created a story where mythical Gods are interwoven into modern religion. A very interesting and; in someways, brave; premise.

This the 2nd book in the series, starts where the 1st book left off, and immediately you are drawn back into this semi-mythical drama. As you are drawn back in, the feelings and sympathies you had for the characters re-surface and new ones are brought to light.

It is a very well written book, as I said drawing you into the story and not really letting you back out, even when I wasn't reading the book I did find myself thinking about the story. Even now having finished reading, I am curious, excited and baffled as to how the next book will pan out. Obviously the heroes will win the day eventually, but it is the journey more than the actual destination that is the key; although if the bad guys won wouldn't that be the most amazing twist ever ;-)

The bit I really liked was Mark/Markus/Makabi's story that was interwoven within the modern day story-line, an alternative version of Christ and his life.

The philosophy and knowledge behind the books premise are exemplary, with Angella drawing on her own passion for theology and creative writing, this is the book that Dan Brown can only wish The Da Vinci Code could have been, it is more 3D than The Da Vinci Code, you seem to care for the characters more.

This is an excellent read, captivating and exciting; and even though I love books, I have been gravitating towards the more philosophical non-fiction types in recent years, but this has re-awakened my interest in this genre, maybe because it also raises a few philosophical questions about religion but in a different and entertaining way.

I hope the next book is forthcoming very soon :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 28 Feb. 2013
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Angella Graff's The Judas Kiss is an interesting an novel read, with a theme and story line unlike any I've read before and kudos to the author for that feat alone. Where mortals and mythical Gods collide to make the story a fascinating fantasy the jobs of the characters and roles they play bring it down to earth to move the story along in what is a well crafted and believable read. I particularly liked the flash back to the background of Jude, the characters that the story revolves around which is intelligently and courageously written drawing on the authors background in religious studies. Graff weaves an interesting tale that is never offensive while diving into an alternative theory of how it may have actually existed some two thousand years ago. Credit is due for the author's brave and out of the box story telling which I enjoyed reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 22 Feb. 2013
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"The Judas Kiss" by Angella Graff is the second in her Judas Curse series. The first instalment, "The Awakening" introduces Ben, the detective who gets stuck with helping Jude and Mark, two Immortals chased for their powers by ancient Gods who `ride' in human bodies. For the fan of action packed thrillers and fantasy stories this book - like its predecessor - is great fun with a lot of suspense and enough unpredictability to make you turn those pages as quickly as you can read.
On a more serious note it is a very ambitious enterprise to mix and match genre's and bring together elements from different mythologies and religions and something I was curious to see how it would develop in this second book. While the first book might have suffered from being the first in the series which introduces the storyline, characters and themes, "The Judas Kiss" allows Graff to exploit her solid set up from before and be playful with the characters and the supernatural elements.
While one thread of the book continues in modern day San Diego where immortals fight over Jude, another thread tells the story of Jude [Jehuda] and his twin brother Jeshua [Jesus] two thousand years ago - through the eyes of their `adopted brother' Mark. In this part of the book Graff's background in theology and history comes out splendidly in that she paints an accurate picture of the times and characters, but she also introduces teachings, theories and alternative beliefs about Jesus and his story. Luckily not in the flat and fast way the Da Vinci Code used to exploit such themes but in a much more solid and founded way.
As this flashback - if you so will - continues so does the main action part of the story but as we meet one god after the other in human form Graff uses exemplary skill to give those gods and their mythologies credibility. In this model of `Gods' one and the same god can be part of various mythologies and every god is not all knowing and all seeing. There are things they too do not understand and this within the fantasy genre distinguishes her and makes her writing more than just mindless entertainment. There is real knowledge and philosophical thought behind this.
Last but not least the characters created for this book are very colourful, eccentric and interesting, often entertaining and totally captivating. This book is an amazing achievement, a great treat and a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Familar Yet Mystical World, 27 April 2013
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This is Book II of Ms Graff's series, but for those who haven't read 'The Awakening', the opening chapters bring you up to speed quickly.

The author envisions a modern world in which the Jesus story is not as represented traditionally in the Gospels, and moreover the gods of Norse and Greek myths are still very much around. Of the former deities, some fight on the side of humankind while the 'upstart' Greek gods are more inclined to world domination. Throw into the mix a skeptical detective and a life-weary Judas whose healing and other powers are much sought-after and you have the makings of an imaginative tale.

Ms Graff intertwines and 'modernises' these disparate threads, weaving what is essentially a pursuit thriller together with burgeoning love themes. The narrative moves between various points of view towards what is only a provisional resolution of some of the issues - the series continues with 'Cry, Nike!' which is being published shortly.

The author spends time in creating a world which is familiar yet beneath the surface mutable and mystical: I particularly enjoyed the opening sequences of the novel. Stylistically, the writing is modern so audiences will not find themselves alienated by obscure historical terminology and sentence structures.

Readers who enjoy fantasy and a new interpretation of mythological characters will be drawn to these books. Ms Graff is a writer who likes to play with different genres and in 'The Judas Curse' series there is plenty of food for thought and an interesting juxtaposition of ideas.
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