Picks and Pans Review: American Savior

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Roland Merullo

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Think Sarah Palin's got charisma? Imagine if Jesus himself were on the ticket. Told in the voice of an initially skeptical TV journalist, this novel by the author of Golfing with God uses a blend of playfulness and genuine emotion to present a presidential contest like nothing seen before. Who will get the Christian vote? Will Jesus be the first Jewish President? By the time his story has unfolded, Merullo has made it seem quite believable that "based on hard returns and exit polling from the state of California ... Jesus Christ has been elected President of the United States." Artfully mixing recognizable characters and real-life situations with fantasy, Savior takes the reader on an enthralling wild ride.

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