“…God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Go in peace.” – Words of absolution during the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) of the Latin rite of the Church
About The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot
Of all the people who ever lived, surely Judas Iscariot, history’s most notorious betrayer, must be in hell. Or maybe not.
After watching the crucifixion of Jesus, Judas despairs over what he has done and fumes that the Messiah he put his trust in has turned out to be just another pretender like all the rest. The toxic mix of emotions is too much for him to bear and Judas commits suicide by hanging himself.
He is restored to life by the Devil and made into a vampire apostle. The Devil teaches Judas to manipulate men and history. He becomes a king, a general, a teacher and a blacksmith, whatever is needed to effect the outcome of history and move it towards the goal of his new master.
Each time he is ready to move on to his next incarnation he must drink the blood of an innocent victim to be restored to his youthful vigor. But despite his many powers and abilities Judas knows there is one thing he desires and cannot have. Finally Judas meets a laicized priest, Raymond Breviary, and tries to steal from him what he was denied two thousand years before.
· File Size: 604 KB
· Print Length: 154 pages
· Publisher: Koehler Books (April 15, 2014)
· Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
· Language: English
· ASIN: B00J4GISH8
Chapter One Review
In his debut novel The Last Confession of the Vampire Judas Iscariot, author David Vermont returns to the old familiar role of the vampires, the evil ones and brings it to light again. Brought back from the dead after he hanged himself, maybe over guilt for his role in betraying Jesus, the devil turns Judas into a vampire apostle destined to live for all eternity on earth. But living forever isn’t exactly fun for Judas.
Vermont gets right to the action in the first chapter and uses his religious background and writing expertise in the field to set up a story that introduces us to the lone priest Father Vianney in Ars, France 1830. Tormented night after night by the devil, Vianney survives and the town thrives in its peacefulness and worship of God. The devil is unable to entice followers and he moves on to the next unsuspecting victim, might it be Judas? There are no humanized vampires in this novel, just reminders that evil is in it’s purest form is still alive and well.
Chapter One, is an exciting twist on an old tale of the vampire. There is plenty of theology in the story, but Vermont gives it to the reader slowly, and let’s the reader come along for the ride. Whether you believe in Catholicism, evil, or vampires one thing is for sure, Vermont’s skill in weaving a tale of suspense will keep you turning the page.
I highly recommend to all those readers that want a thrill a minute story, filled with suspense, intrigue and a little religious theology thrown into the mix.
Born and raised in New York City, David B. Vermont now lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and four kids.
An attorney and accomplished litigator at one of Washington D.C.’s top law firms, he began writing about religion when he was asked to author a series of articles explaining the Catholic faith on the popular blog 52 Prayers. He now writes regularly about his faith as the leader of an online Bible study group.
The Last Confession of The Vampire Judas Iscariot is his first foray into fiction.