this particular genre, Lee has managed to have made such a name for himself
that among the literal thousands of writers that share his walk down the
same road to get their works noticed and read and sold, it is nearly
impossible to avoid hearing about him. His ambition and devotion to his
craft is evident even in this fact alone.
Re-Entry of Evil centers primarily around the character of Peter
Clement, and upon his introduction in the book as the proprietor of a family
hand-me-down antiques shop, the last thing the reader would suspect about
him was just how devastatingly evil heíd turn out to be. A patron steps
into his shop, aptly calling himself the ĎMeph-man,í who introduces him to
the Devilís Wish Book, a book of pure badness which had been collecting dust
among the antiques unbeknownst to Peter. A short series of events involving
a little blood and ritualistic mayhem commit him to the dark apocalyptic
powers of the book which turn him into a sadistic killer, until he finds
himself entrapped within the same instrument of death he found himself using
to kill his victims: a magical dagger.
tale takes a leap in time to the twenty-third century, where Peter is
unleashed from the dagger to a future world where technology has advanced,
convenience is sweeter, drugs are deadlier, weíve had a hostile encounter
with aliens and the earth is governed by a single president. Not to
mention, the world is on the brink of war instigated by a regime known as
the German/Arabian Front. Whatís more, there is a subculture of devotees
who are aware of the dark Wish Book and of the coming of the Devil himself,
personified in Peter, as well as an array of protagonists bent on thwarting
evilís horrific plans.
is little doubt that Re-Entry was written with great vision and diligence by
a remarkable writer who will go far as long as he continues down this path.
At times, though take note times few and far between, I found a mild
mediocrity in Leeís narrative that deserved to have been polished and
perfected. But mind you, Iím talking about potential genius here; these
things are forgiven with the overall delivery of a fiendishly clever tale,
and I was particularly floored by the impressive literature that graced my
eyes when Lee lapsed into first person after a professor discovers Peterís
time, Iím certain we all will witness just what an amazing literary talent
Richard Lee (Lee Pletzers) is. Letís hope he keeps it up.
looking forward to more.n