The Priest and the Nazi in the Press
Meet the Author!
July 31, 2006 at 7:00 PM
Come join John LeConte at the Barnes and Noble in Thousand Oaks. Here is your chance to meet the author and get your book signed!
Barnes and Noble is located at:
160 S. Westlake Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 446-2820.
Midwest Book Review
The Priest And The Nazi by John LeConte is a well crafted novel depicting the story of a highly ranked Nazi SS Officer and his encounter with a Bavarian Priest upon fleeing a defeated Germany. Engaging its readers in an original authorship and unique style, The Priest And The Nazi carries reader's full and complete attention through an intricate and unique tale in which fate and honor, human nature and truth are all interwoven elements. With its outstanding plot and artful storytelling, The Priest And The Nazi is a very highly recommended and entertaining read.
Buzzine Music and Entertainment Interviews
by Emmanuel Itier, April 2006
“The priest, hearing heavy footsteps, looked up from his garden chores, then rose to an erect position and focused on the sturdy man, carrying a canvas bag and wearing dark clothes coming toward him. His walk, his very being, emitted authority, but there was something else. He was looking about as if someone or something was following him; he had the guarded look of a hunted animal, a wounded animal.” These are the first words of a new literature master: John LeConte. Words echoing in our soul just to remind us of the duality of human behavior, lost between its divine inspiration and tempted by the mayhem of its "animality". We are all guilty and innocent, for we do choose our destiny and after that a fate was randomly chosen for us. Mr. LeConte is a man of many intellectual and spiritual lairs, and it would be silly to even try to attempt the dissection of his soul. Better, we give you a glimpse at John’s visions and gospel with this interview.
As you read The Priest and the Nazi, you will conclude that indeed: “Father, forgive them…for they do know…what they do,” and that the thin balance between peace and chaos resides in our hands. This story might have taken place at a time in history too often forgotten, but when we dare to look around us, whether at home or abroad, we can only understand how relevant the themes, the fears and hopes are still an urgency. There is work to be done to make our planet a better place. With this book, Mr. LeConte is just putting down the cornerstone of a new architecture for a better life.
...more of the interview at Buzzine Music and Entertainment.
Lighthouse Literary Reviews
by Romona, March 2006
We find ourselves at the end of World War II in the company of a priest and a Nazi soldier. The priest aids the Nazi in his escape from Europe and in doing so accepts a bribe. It is the story of two fallible men, who are both good and bad, guilty and innocent, proud and shamed. It is also the story of power, corruption and duty gone astray.
From beginning to end, this book captured me. The historical detail was interesting and enlightening. The dialogue was realistic and the characters continued to grow and develop throughout. I loved the way the author wove so many issues (religion, politics, social…) into the story. It added layer upon layer of meaning to the tale.
This book tells a very human story, yet does so from a uniquely historical perspective. It is rare to find a book so perfectly knitted together and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to read it. Days after finishing, it is still playing at the corners of my mind as only the best stories can do. Mr. LeConte, I’m definitely a fan!
by Tami Brady, March 2006
The Priest and the Nazi is the raw tale of two characters who represent two of the most controversial issues in our recent past. The Nazi demands asylum from the church and a priest feels obligated to grant his request. Despite this, the priest feels a need to find out if this man can actually be saved. His underlying fear is that the Nazi killed Jews not because of pressure from the SS but because he actually enjoyed the feeling of killing. While uncovering the horrid truth, the priest's own demons also surface.
The Priest and the Nazi is captivatingly dark. I really wanted to see some aspect of hope and light in these two characters so I kept on reading. Instead, I found the similarities in between what typically should have been two extreme character types to be very refreshing and not at all what I had expected. That the book also touches upon some very important questions about the role of the Catholic Church during the atrocities of World War II is also quite brave.