Leonard P Valentine

A House Divided Cannot Stand

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
247 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2018
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Author Biography

Paul G Buckner is a Native American author, musician, an amateur photographer and an avid outdoorsman. The oral tradition of his Cherokee family drove him to collect folktales and stories of those he met in his travels across the U.S. Many of these stories have been passed down through several generations. It is these stories that provide inspiration for his writing.

Paul grew up in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and as a young boy spent many summers in the woods or on the lakes, creeks and rivers hunting, fishing and camping. Those experiences led to a deep respect for the outdoors, traditional ways and the natural environment. You will see this respect reflected in his writing.

He attended Northeastern State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration. Paul spent several years developing curriculum and teaching business management principles to Native American non-profit groups as well as volunteering countless hours in community services.

He now resides in Claremore, Oklahoma with his wife, Jody and son, Chase where they enjoy evenings and weekends riding their Harley across rural Oklahoma photographing the beautiful scenery.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Leonard P Valentine: A House Divided Cannot Stand by Paul G Buckner is crime and investigation at its best, beautifully written and hugely entertaining. The narrative is in the first person, a voice laced with humor; a quirkiness that will grab readers right off the bat. We meet Leonard, both protagonist and narrator, at the beginning of the story and we immediately understand that his work involves stress, plus he doesn’t seem to like his boss’s domineering and condescending tone. He is a short-order cook at “Greely’s Slop Shop.” Insights into his personality are quickly offered to the reader. He has a photogenic memory and, as he says, he can see something once and then just pull it up in his mind later. But he confesses that remembering something doesn’t mean understanding it. He is an introvert who likes being around people, but he is also a master at the art of self-effacement, and can actually go unnoticed in a crowd. Now, imagine what it feels like when someone, an orphan who has learned to keep to himself, becomes the only witness in a gruesome murder?

Leonard becomes the center of focus after witnessing the murder of the County Commissioner, William Wood, by a mob. But things change when a young and beautiful reporter gets involved in the investigation. Aside from her beauty, Leonard is thrilled by Lexi Osborne’s intelligence. Can there ever be any hope of him winning her, given that they come from two different worlds? This tale of murder, intrigue, and love features memorable characters. It’s interesting to follow the investigation and see how Leonard evolves throughout the story. He is a sophisticated character and the narrative has a fluidity about it that quickly engages the reader. The humor is at times grim and poignant. Paul G Buckner has what it takes to keep a story balanced and gripping. Leonard P Valentine: A House Divided Cannot Stand will keep you awake the entire night. I couldn’t put it down.