“SNAFU” by Glen C. Allison / Reviewed by Clay Stafford

Discover why I’m a new fan of Glen C. Allison’s messed-up protagonist in SNAFU.

SNAFU by Glen C. Allison

For years I have been a friend of Glen C. Allison; now, I’m a fan.

Glen has created an incredible series with New Orleans bodyguard Al Forte, a former Navy SEAL.  The action continues in SNAFU, the third installment in the series.

I’m a little mousey, mousey, mousey.

How can you not like a man who rescues children?  In this case, Forte is asked to find the child of the man who murdered his wife and what he finds is a plot so thick that it goes all the way back to tying the hands of the governor of Louisiana.

Everyone loves New Orleans – ghost stories, old history, gothic architecture, unusual people, water, darkness, smoky rooms – and “Forte” creates a sense of this place.  A few times I felt smothered and thought I might need to step outside on the back porch to get some fresh air.

Following the first two novels in the series, SNAFU delves deeper into Forte’s troubled past and bruised psyche.  Forte is messed up, but he tries hard to make it right.  He’s a hero, but I think there is more.  Forte is not cowardly, but jumps into situations, even to the point of making me think he is sometimes on a suicide mission, which – considering his past – could very well be the case.  But he doesn’t act alone.  Forte works with a great team.  I love the characters.  The cast is there because what they are doing is important to them, not because they are working a job or filling an author’s function.  What they are hoping to achieve is worth dying for.

I’m a little mousey, mousey, mousey.
Running through the housey, housey, housey.

SNAFU is anything but predictable including a most unexpected ending; yet, there was no other way to end it.  Some of it reminds me of a Western with the troubled hero riding off into the sunset at the end.  Only, in this case, the man has yellow eyes.  No doubt, he’ll be back.

Until next time, read like someone is burning the books!

Clay Stafford
– Clay Stafford is a husband, father, author / filmmaker (www.ClayStafford.com), business owner (www.AmericanBlackguard.com), and founder of Killer Nashville (www.KillerNashville.com) with over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages.  Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” (www.OneOfTheMiracles.com) and the music CD “XO” (www.JefferyDeaverXOMusic.com). Publishers Weekly has named Stafford one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.”  (PW 6/10/13)

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