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Joseph Lewis Heil, author of the award winning novel, The War Less Civil, welcomes you to his website.

In 2012, the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition named The War Less Civil a finalist in the novel category.

The novel's main, overarching theme is anti-war, told through multiple generations of an American family struggling to survive and prosper in a divided and changing nation.

Mr. Heil’s second novel, Judas In Jerusalem, imagines the stunning and tragic fall and degeneration of Judas Iscariot, the so-called betrayer of Jesus.

Mr. Heil’s novels are available for sale in paperback editions on this website. Both books are available as e-books at Amazon.


In the June 1, 2016, edition of the KIRKUS REVIEWS, the reviewer commented about The War Less Civil:

A sprawling debut historical novel about a family that grapples with war and political tumult.

. . . this is a powerful, moving tale, reminiscent of John Steinbeck's East of Eden in its scope and artistic aspiration. 

. . . a stirring homage to, and critique of, an ever changing United States.

You can read the complete review at:

KIRKUS REVIEWS - The War Less Civil

 
Judas In Jerusalem
By Joseph Lewis Heil

Mr. Heil’s second novel was released in October, 2018.

An early review by Mr. John Greenya. a Washington D.C. based reviewer for national publications and author of twenty-four books wrote …

“In THE WAR LESS CIVIL, his debut novel, Joseph Lewis Heil proved he can tell a story; in JUDAS IN JERUSALEM, his second novel, he proves he can tell any story. This oh-so-different history, is an excellent second effort -- no, make that second accomplishment.”