The Boétie Legacy, and a World in Peril, is political fiction set in a contemporary romance between Jo Novak and Luke Canton in Granada, Nicaragua, who are meeting the challenges of a mature sexual relationship while living abroad in one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. Legacy explores the popular myths in the United States fueling perpetual war and the rise of nonviolent conflict over the last century as the most powerful transformational force on earth. Kezer then argues that humanity can soon claim ultimate sovereignty over the planet, and he builds the case for launching the Project for a People’s Global Mandate (PPGM) to do so.
The Challenges of Love in The Tropics
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bob Kezer’s novel. What stands out is the intimacy of the two main characters. I really appreciated their vulnerability as they move through expat life on the edge of tropical culture, not to mention their sexual challenges. While their relationship caries the plot, it offers an interesting way of providing the reader the opportunity to become familiar with the author’s more scholarly perspectives on social change and the potential for a peaceful future. An interesting adaptation of more philosophical perspectives, the novel weaves story and theory in an accessible manner. Overall, the writing is engaging and the novel situation. Easy to read, with a strong narrative voice, I recommend this book as a refreshing read.”
Joel Kreisberg (4 stars)
this reads almost like a textbook (albeit a less contrived and sanitized textbook …
Edgy, current, and relevant. Relatable characters with regard to their inner worlds, set in a realistic yet foreign outer world that supports the thoughtful political narrative. The Boetie Legacy is on the pulse of current global events and simplifies the generally overlooked and ties of those events to recent history, offering clarity and motivation for social action to the reader. In the end, this reads almost like a textbook (albeit a less contrived and sanitized textbook than you find in institutions) couched in just enough plausible fiction to make it more accessible to those who rarely dabble in books with such depth and meaning. This challenges the reader’s notions of what it means to be a moral human in a privileged modern society and creates a framework for changing the scene without compromising personal convictions. Very thought provoking.
Beyond the social action scope of the book, which is where the bulk of its merit lies, I have to mention how refreshing it was to read a book that portrays a sexual relationship between more mature adults and the unique difficulties and complexities therein. Just as nothing was sanitized politically, neither was anything tidied up for the reader in terms of the complicated relationship between Luke and Jo and what it means to be sexual past the prime of youth.
Not a light summer read, but still a must read!
Sarah Christison (4 Stars)
Great Ideas, OK Novel–Read for the Thoughts Provoked
Wow, this is a difficult review to write. The ideas in the novel rate five stars for me. As a novel, I’d say it rates three stars.
I was expecting something quite different. This is more of an intellectual tour de force than a novel. The ideas deal with how people can potentially take back power from those who control them with non-violent conflict. If you’re familiar with Gene Sharp, much of this work is related to his methods. I love the examples of the unfair treatment of various groups and how they might “free themselves”.
As a novel, this is Mr. Kezer’s first novel, and it shows. The opening scene drew me in. Most of the rest of the novel was really a method to explore the ideas presented. So there was relatively little in the way of action, characterization, and plot to keep me wanting to read. There was, at the end, a sweet bit of life presented. Once I adjusted my mind to want to read this work for it’s ideas, I enjoyed it. But it is NOT a “beach read”. Mr. Kezer is planning a sequel, I’ll buy it.
Mountainhombre9 (4 Stars)
Bob Kezer’s fine novel deals with difficult moral issues in much the …
Bob Kezer’s fine novel deals with difficult moral issues in much the way that early Huxley dealt with such issues: by bringing together a variety of people who, in the process of coming together in normal life, voice their different points of view. One in particular, Lucas, is the center and presents a set of values that this book wants us to consider might actually make the world a better place to live in. As the book progresses, so does the complexity of the moral choices presented. Above all, it’s a book with hope for the future.
Robin Robertson (5 Stars)