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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Give PEACE A Chance

I received another 5 star review for my novel PEACE from a very unlikely source. A self proclaimed liberal decided to read my admittedly conservative toned military novel of nearly 700 pages, got caught up in the story, and liked it well enough to give me a terrific review. PEACE has been taking off lately, and showing no signs of fading. This review will certainly help. I loved the way the review ended as you will see.
Maybe the funniest huge body count Spec Ops/Black Ops novel ever, April 20, 2013
Akamai Okole (Santa Monica, CA, USA)

Let me start by saying I had a bad feeling about this book after the first few pages. I thought the author was some right wing nut with a limited imagination who gave lame names to his characters. Was I ever wrong. Well, at least in part.

Sure, he takes some digs at liberals, and spins some conservative views into the book. But Mr. DeLeo is crafty. Where he injects those issues, he does so in a context where they actually make sense, even to a leftie like me. Yes, I confess to that, and to the fact I loved this book. Why? Because as a Navy brat, I lived in San Diego and he gets the locale right, and the feel. His characters are well-developed, even if his main character is a super soldier of nearly unbelievable skills, whose parents are stereotypical hippies with views so weird they are clearly brain-damaged. It matters not.

What really makes this book unique in its genre, and I have read dozens of books in the genre, is the banter. The glibness, sarcasm, humor, and genuine camaraderie here are compelling, and truly entertaining. So try out a guilty pleasure, fellow libs, and of course you conservatives who are Mr. DeLeo's natural audience anyway.

I guess all I am saying, is give "Peace" a chance.


Vesper said...

Wow, a really great review! Congratulations, Bernard!

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

Thanks, V. The ending to the review was very funny. I wish I had thought of it. :)

raine said...

Great review, Bernard!
And fortunate you, to find not only a reader capable of setting personal bias aside, but writing a kick-ass review afterward!

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

It shocked the heck out of me - not so much someone could like a story from a different perspective, but that I would get an ace review out of it. I'm grateful because PEACE has been doing very well in the rankings, and improving. I loved writing that book.