Lex was born in San Marcos, Texas and raised in the cities of Corpus Christi and Austin. At 17, he began an extensive military career with the U.S. Army that took him to Germany. There, he met his wife, raised a family, and remained after redirecting his career into a civil service position with the U.S Department of Defense.
During these same years, he performed as a semi-professional musician across much of Europe. In 1996, he wrote and recorded fourteen songs with MCP Records in Austria that led to accolades from the European Country Music Association as "Best Band and Best Album.". He still performs classic rock, oldies, country and pop cover tunes with an acoustic trio in small clubs and at private parties.
In 2012, Lex left his civil service career to pursue his life-long passion for writing fiction. He writes novels and short stories that are pseudo-metaphysical, science fiction, and fantasy, horror and/or paranormal (non-romance) thrillers. Publication of the three books that comprise the Imagine Trilogy culminated a five-year long labor of love, frustration, and success that are really only the beginning of what he hopes will be a long writing career. In days gone by, when Dan Brown was king, these types of novels were labeled "religious conspiracy." The term is 'out' as they say, but the books are still 'in' and as popular as ever.
Lex's life motto is Carpe Diem (Seize the Day), as well as Carpe Somnium (Catch Your Dream).
on Nov. 24, 2013 :
This book was engrossing, and as I read, I fully realized the immense amount of research needed to bring this book to the level Mr. Allen did.
Strong character development gave me a great sense of the actors, and I easily identified with them because I felt like I knew them. Sweeping locations were also vividly described, and I easily got a sense of where the scenes where taking place.
Being a Christian, I don't suscribe to many of the ideas put forth here, but, as a reader, I certainly recognize a very well written book when I see one.
Mr. Allen has already conceded to taking liberal artistic license with some things, and, in doing so, has put out a very cleverly woven yarn where all things are possible. And he did a very good job of showing WHY they were.
I wont go into a blow by blow account of the action as much has already been written in all the other reviews. Suffice to say, if you're looking for a really good, engrossing read- and your beliefs aren't easily offended, you'll love this book. It has all the action, adventure, and suspense you could probably stand in one book, and even a bit of long lost love- and I mean a really long lost love- hehehe.
I will be reading the next one, No Hell. Doing a trilogy of such intensity would be tough, I think, and I'm interested to see if that intensity will carry through in the next book.
Mr. Allen's talents as a writer have really shined in this book, and if it burns as bright in the next, it is sure to be an equally great read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)