The Mona Lisa Sacrifice by Peter Roman
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Darbyshire is entirely correct in his assessment: The Mona Lisa Sacrifice is a deliriously unhinged roller coaster of a novel, blending fantasy, history, horror and humour with the aplomb of an overfull blender, but all of it smarter than it, truly, has any right — or need — to be.
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For thousands of years, Cross has wandered the earth, a mortal soul trapped in the undying body left behind by Christ. He’s been a thief, a con man, a soldier and a drunkard. He’s fought as a slave in the Colosseum and as a knight at King Arthur’s side. But now he must play the part of reluctant hero.
 

About Peter Roman

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PETER ROMAN is the alter ego of Peter Darbyshire, a well known Canadian writer. He is the author of the novels The Warhol Gang and Please, which won Canada’s ReLit Award for best alternative novel. He’s also published stories in numerous journals and anthologies, including Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Abyss & Apex and On Spec. He currently lives in Vancouver, where there are no angels.
 
Published June 15, 2013 by ChiZine Publications. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 22 2013

Fans of the genre will find one of its ultimate expressions here, but the casual conflation of Christ, sasquatches, Greek myth, and the TV show Supernatural may be a bit much for others.

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National Post arts

Good
Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Jul 19 2013

Darbyshire is entirely correct in his assessment: The Mona Lisa Sacrifice is a deliriously unhinged roller coaster of a novel, blending fantasy, history, horror and humour with the aplomb of an overfull blender, but all of it smarter than it, truly, has any right — or need — to be.

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Good
Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Jul 19 2013

...there’s nothing dumb about The Mona Lisa Sacrifice: Darbyshire — I mean Roman — has created a pulp novel with genuine depth and wisdom, insight and consummate skill. It’s not capital-l Literary, but it cannily bridges both worlds.

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