Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
When you have jumps in time and place, and even the protagonist isn't sure where he is and whether he is dreaming or not, only one thing can save the story. That one thing is good writing. Guy’s Odyssey by Seth Bleuer is a very good novel. That’s because the writing is not only good, but great. It lifts a story that otherwise might be a good action tale or war adventure into the level of great literature. If the writing wasn't great, the tale might be hard to follow. But with a master’s touch, Seth Bleuer creates a book that everyone who enjoys good writing and appreciates the complex subjects of war and the aftermath of combat and what comes after the battle can love and understand.
Rich in imagery and the surreal experience of modern war, Guy’s Odyssey is one of the best novels I have read about the experience of American soldiers in Iraq. I don’t know Seth Bleuer, but I believe he was there in Iraq. If he wasn't, then I am even more impressed with his ability as a writer. The plot, characters, and details are depicted in an authentic manner, free of overkill, or the ineptitude of language use that you find in so many books about war. The focus is on the writing, but the fact that the experience is based on something that American soldiers go through in arenas all over the globe makes Guy’s Odyssey an instant classic in my book. American veterans from all eras will love it. Thoughtful readers everywhere will appreciate it.