March 18, 2009

ABNA Review of 'The Gospel According to the Roman Occupation'

My novel about Jesus from the point of view of the Roman occupation of Palestine made it to the Quarterfinals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) competition.

In ABNA, the first 18 pages of the book had two professional reviews, both excellent. Here is one:

"This is exceptionally erudite, flawless, and subversively delicious. The author blends an almost vicious comedy to some serious history for a compelling historical fiction. The characters are richly drawn, the narrative fierce, muscular, compelling. The author has mastery of prose and story and knows how to mold the English language into an empire of a story. The action and dialogue move the story forward as well as develop the characters. The setting is atmospheric with the era pitch perfect. This is a story I would like to read in full."

Oh well. I'll try again in 2010...