Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
This book, I think, is absolutely fascinating. The Bible doesn't tell us much about Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt from the Roman soldiers. What if - just perhaps - the three kings helped them escape to Egypt.
The Bible only glances over Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus fleeing to Egypt. We know they were there quite a few years before they found it safe to return to Nazareth. We know that three kings followed the star to the stable in Bethlehem - but what if - just suppose - that the three kings weren't kings after all. Perhaps they were thieves who happened to have gold, frankincence and myrrh. Balthazar, Gasper and Melchyor were their names. Was one of them The Ghost of Antioch? The thief who was so good and known to everyone? When Herod orders the killing of the first born son of every family, The Ghost of Antioch has no choice but to help them flee from the area and get to Egypt.
This author weaves a tell so compelling that you just may think it is true. How the three kings - ok, thieves, helped Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus for two weeks and the perils they went through. Everything from inprisonment, torture, invastion of locust, running from Roman soldiers, and breaking out of prison several times by devious means. They had to cross several deserts and endured hardships on the way to Egypt. Along the way The Ghost of Antioch meets up with a former girlfriend who decides to leave her home (she told fortunes) and follow them to Egypt.
Seth Grahame-Smith is a wonderful writer with a vivid imagination. This book is a must read for everyone. You will not be able to put it down. Happy reading.