The Mona Lisa Sacrifice: Book One of The Book of Cross

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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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About the author

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.

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ChiZine
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Published on
Jun 15, 2013
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Pages
225
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ISBN
9781771481465
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Language
English
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Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
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Cross is a killer, a thief, a soldier and a drunk. He’s also an immortal soul with the powers of an angel, even though he’s fallen as hell.

And he may be the only one who can save the world.

This collection brings together the first three books of the Cross series. In The Mona Lisa Sacrifice, Cross has wandered the world for centuries, until he is drawn into a modern-day war between the angels over the fate of humanity. The Dead Hamlets finds Cross in a race against time to solve the mystery of why a strange and deadly ghost is haunting plays put on by the faerie court, before his eerie, undead daughter becomes the next victim. And The Apocalypse Ark sees Cross trying to make up for past sins by chasing down Noah, who has gone mad and sails the seas in search of the Sunken City, which he plans to raise in order to unleash the end of the world.

Cross is accompanied by a cast of characters as strange and fantastic as he is: the faerie queen Morgana; the quirky and unpredictable Alice, escapee of Wonderland; Captain Nemo and his crew of Atlanteans; a legion of angels who all have their own reasons to want Cross dead; and the ancient trickster god Judas, who is waging his own secret wars through the ages.

This collection includes two new stories never before published: “A Different Kind of Wolf,” and “The World Will Drown in Tears,” finding Cross caught up again in ancient struggles that only he seems destined to mitigate.

Read the Cross series today and find out why people are calling it “one of the strongest, and strangest, literary creations,” “deliriously unhinged” and “two-fisted, angel-punching action.”

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