Thursday, December 4, 2014


The Universe Builders: Bernie And The Putty, by Steve LeBel, is a must read! This book is loaded with humor and action, but there is a message contained within that will make you think. Okay: many messages. I find it most interesting that Steve interweaves his good versus evil theme within so many hilarious side trips. I'm not the only one to appreciate the genius within Steve's words. The review below is only one of 85 Five Star Reviews. Unbelievable.

Don't take my word for it. Buy and read this wonderful story. This is a great Holiday book. You know you want it!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

June 1, 2014

What if God got a C- in Universe Building 101?

(Well, not our God, of course. One of those other guys...)

Dive into a humorous fantasy world unlike anything you have imagined - a world of gods and goddesses who build universes for a living. Are they all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, not exactly...

As Bernie graduates from God School, he is thrilled to land his dream job as a builder of universes. His first assignment is to build his own universe. Determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie forges ahead, only to find problems everywhere. Mysterious asteroids, unexplained volcanoes, shifting continents and more lead him to suspect sabotage. But who could sabotage his universe? Only another god could do that...

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his vicious foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

>>>Visit the world of the gods

Discover answers to questions you never knew existed:
-- What are the gods really like?
-- Why does their economy depend on the universes they build?
-- How do the gods actually create something?
-- Why do they study Creation Science and Creation Ethics?
-- And, most importantly, why are the gods so afraid of the woods?

˃˃˃ Praise for The Universe Builders

Listen to what our reviewers and readers have said:

“...a top pick for teens and adults interested in ... unique stories filled with unpredictable action!”
~ D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“...had me hooked from start to finish. I must say I have had a lack of sleep as I couldn't put it down, and when I did, I still thought about it.”
~ Miriam Davison, author of Sand, Sea and Meadow Muffins

“This book was fantastic! I was riveted, wanting to know what was going to happen to Bernie. The story has humor, a well thought out world of gods and their creations, and subplots interwoven in a way that makes this book difficult to put down. ... a fascinating tale of good vs. evil and of a young hero on a journey of self-discovery.”
~ S. M. Lowry, The Fringes of Reality

“Wow... I gobbled it up! Unusual and intriguing plot...a mind-bending journey...and a great start for a series.”
~ Ardis Schaaf

“This book totally took me by surprise! The author does a great job of building empathy for his main character. It definitely kept me turning pages to find out what poor Bernie would have to go through next. There are some twists and turns that keep you guessing, and it ends wonderfully, leaving the door open for many possibilities. This story will undoubtedly capture your heart, as well as make you wonder if WE have our own Bernie.”
~ Felicia Madura, author of Crimson Cloak, Born of Blood

“This book was just wonderful! The story was captivating, and the characters were interesting and fun. I absolutely loved the storyline, and the story was quite original. I loved the story, and thought it was brilliant. It’s a wonderful new twist on how worlds and such are created. The ending ... was just what I wanted it to be.”
~ Hayley Guertin, Hayley’s Reviews

“Everybody loves an underdog story, and I’m no different...but this is the first time I’ve read one where the underdog was a god. Mr. LeBel’s creative genius shines throughout the entire book, and I can only hope that this is the first in a series of Universe Builder novels. I would love to see this made into a movie...”
~ Chris Snead

“...a fascinating world populated by weird, crazy characters that will tickle your funny bone and, at times, tug at your heartstrings.”
~ Linda Watkins, author of Mateguas Island

5.0 out of 5 stars Original and witty - a pleasure to read May 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is fantasy at its best. Perfect escapism in the world of gods. I've always wondered how our solar system was created, and now I suspect Bernie my have had something to do with it.

Bernie's predicament is simple: freshly off the benches of God School's building program, he gets a job, but in order to pass his probation he must impress his very strict boss. It wouldn't be an easy task on a good day. When Bernie's work is being sabotaged, it becomes impossible.

This is just one of the layers of this story - the surface one - but dig deeper and you'll find there is so much more to Bernie as a person. Multiple factors influence his personality and convictions, and growing up fast isn't easy. Popular teenage themes wind around the main plot - self-confidence, social mingling, incipient attraction, a need to prove oneself, the youngster's place within his community - and all are treated with finesse and understanding. I wish I had a book like this to read when I was that age. But even now, I have enjoyed Bernie's story far more than originally anticipated.

The narrator's voice is so smooth, I picture him as a wise old storyteller that may have seen the passage of many millennia, sitting in a rocking chair with a thick tome on his knees. Observations and dialogue are peppered with humor, and the whole blends together into this really satisfying package. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.

This book works on so many levels - it's suitable for youngsters and mature readers alike. If you like fantasy with a good dose of wit and originality, then this book is for you. Five shiny stars for Bernie. I'm certainly looking forward to a sequel. Will there be one? 
Steve LeBel
How do you describe an author who writes humorous fantasy?

Do we tell of bookshelves full of fantasy, scifi, and paranormal, his love of mythology, or the years he spent as dungeon master? Perhaps it's more important to know his favorite player-character was a chaotic-good elven fighter/mage? And what about that stack of old comic books he never seems to get rid of?

But there's a serious side, too. The other half of his bookshelf bulges with titles on management, marketing, computer programming, and financial analysis. What about his years as a hospital president, the many businesses he created, or the time he spent in board rooms? What about his early years counseling drug addicts, or his years as a stock trader?

What is he seeking in his travels around the world? Why choose places like King Arthur's Camelot, the Temple of Delphi, Buddha's Tree of Enlightenment, China's Forbidden City, or the Great Pyramids of Egypt? What is he after?

What does this have to do with writing good fantasy?

Perhaps it's that dichotomy within Steve that makes The Universe Builders such a powerful story.


  1. Wow. Thank you so much for your kind words, Blaze. I appreciate it very much.


    1. My pleasure, Steve! Great books deserve great shout outs. Yours is a great one.