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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, as an angel comes to him for help finding the Mona Lisa―the real Mona Lisa that inspired the painting. Cross’s quest takes him into a secret world within our own, populated by characters just as strange and wondrous as he is: gorgons and dead gods hidden away in museums; faeries that live in countryside pubs, trapping and enslaving unwary travellers; and super-rich collectors who trade magical artifacts among themselves. He’s haunted by memories of Penelope, the only woman he truly loved, and he wants to avenge her death at the hands of his ancient enemy, Judas, a forgotten god from an ancient time. The angel promises to deliver Judas to Cross, but nothing is ever what it seems when Judas is involved, and when a group of renegade angels looking for a new holy war show up, things truly go to hell.
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Peter Roman is the alter ego of Peter Darbyshire, the award-winning author of the books Please and The Warhol Gang, as well as numerous short stories. Darbyshire lives in Vancouver, Canada. Follow him at peterdarbyshire.com or on Facebook and Twitter.Review:
"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" - National Post
"Never lets the reader pause for breath . . . fans of the genre will find one of its ultimate expressions here" - Publishers Weekly
"Sweeps you up with its gallows humour, whether you're revelling in the pleasures of two-fisted, angel-punching action or the cleverly rendered language" - Quill & Quire
"Takes urban fantasy to a different level." - Library Journal
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Book Description Chizine Pubns, 2013. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition edition. 320 pages. 9.00x6.20x1.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1771481455