3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine a president without a recognizable face. Imagine seeing a different face every time you turn on the news. The only sure thing is that Benny Leck is the people's president. But there is more to him than meets the eye. Len J. Beck helps us to unravel the mystery surrounding Benny Leck.
Benjamin J. Leck seems to have everything figured out. His love for humanity shines through in every encounter he has with the people he meets. These encounters not only change their lives but leave unique impressions on them because they get to meet different versions of Benjamin Leck. He lives a life of fulfilled dreams and perfect coincidences. How long will this luck last? In the shadows lurk those who feel threatened by his New Age ideas and drive for change. The twists and turns of events are guaranteed to keep the reader on edge.
From the title of this book, I expected it to be a mystery. However, it surprised me with the way it flowed without much conflict. It drew me in with the most straightforward illustrations of events and made me eager to know who Benny Leck really was. The characters, as they tell their engaging stories, were real and relatable. This was a plus to the author, whose ability to create images with words made the story vivid and unforgettable.
I especially loved the perfect blend of facts and fiction. The late-night show scene was as realistic as it could be. The president's speeches had me nodding in agreement at the logic, and his charisma shined through the pages. The arrangement of the chapters and the flow between the present and the past were seamless. It was a beautiful eulogy that ended in a climax. The last two pages were used for the music reference, which gave credit to all the composers of the songs mentioned in the book. All these made the book both factual and fictional — an unconventional combination.
Throughout the book, I noticed that certain words were in bold prints, and some were underlined. This seemed like a technique by the author to emphasize those words. Although this wasn't a major distraction, it just jumped out at me during the read.
The only issue I had with this book was the plethora of typographical errors I found in it. I reckoned the editors didn't do a thorough job. Hence, I would recommend another round of professional editing to take care of these errors.
Who the Heck is Benny Leck? is a joy to read; it is the kind of book that doesn't bore the reader out. It educates and gives hope. I recommend this book to readers who love realistic fiction that does not stray from the ordinary but yet has enough to keep you guessing. I rate it a 3 out of 4. It's a shame that I'm not giving this book a perfect rating due to the number of errors.
Who the Heck is Benny Leck?
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