The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty

ABOUT Steve LeBel

Steve LeBel
Businessmen are serious people, right?  Not always.  Steve LeBel — hospital president, technology entrepreneur, algorithmic trader — is definitely not serious.   Not when he writes.   Whimsy overcomes him at the word processor. Whimsy is at the core of his novel, The Universe B More...



We’ve all heard of the fabled perfect being, the Greek God.

Well, how about a geek god? Named Bernie, yet.

Fresh with his diploma from God School, determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie faces the challenge of building his own universe. If only it were that easy...

An old school rival will do whatever it takes to ensure Bernie's failure, even if it means destroying his world.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his evil foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

Praise for The Universe Builders

“…had me hooked from start to finish. I must say I have had a lack of sleep as I couldn’t put it down, and when I did, I still thought about it.”
~ Miriam Davison, author of Sand, Sea and Meadow Muffins

“This book was fantastic! I was riveted, wanting to know what was going to happen to Bernie. The story has humor, a well thought out world of gods and their creations, and subplots interwoven in a way that makes this book difficult to put down. … a fascinating tale of good vs. evil and of a young hero on a journey of self-discovery.”
~ S. M. Lowry, The Fringes of Reality

“Wow… I gobbled it up! Unusual and intriguing plot…a mind-bending journey…and a great start for a series.”
~ Ardis Schaaf

“This book totally took me by surprise! The author does a great job of building empathy for his main character. It definitely kept me turning pages to find out what poor Bernie would have to go through next. There are some twists and turns that keep you guessing, and it ends wonderfully, leaving the door open for many possibilities. This story will undoubtedly capture your heart, as well as make you wonder if WE have our own Bernie.”
~ Felicia Madura, author of Crimson Cloak, Born of Blood

“This book was just wonderful! The story was captivating, and the characters were interesting and fun. I absolutely loved the storyline, and the story was quite original. I loved the story, and thought it was brilliant. It’s a wonderful new twist on how worlds and such are created. The ending … was just what I wanted it to be.”
~ Hayley Guertin, Hayley’s Reviews

“Everybody loves an underdog story, and I’m no different…but this is the first time I’ve read one where the underdog was a god. Mr. LeBel’s creative genius shines throughout the entire book, and I can only hope that this is the first in a series of Universe Builder novels. I would love to see this made into a movie…”
~ Chris Snead

“…a fascinating world populated by weird, crazy characters that will tickle your funny bone and, at times, tug at your heartstrings.”
~ Linda Watkins, author of Mateguas Island

“I expected to enjoy it, after all, every review I read was very positive, but I did not expect to be drawn in so quickly. The story had me captivated until the end and an overwhelming desire to see Bernie victorious kept me hooked.”
~ Lynne Fellows, Just 4 My Books

“Hands-down the best indie novel I have ever read. Best book, period, that I have read in at least a year. The writing is so descriptive you forget where you are. I could picture every moment, every scene, every person, as vividly as if I were watching a movie. Comparable to some of C.S. Lewis’ work.”
~ Rachael Snead, author of Long Tail, Short Tail

“There are times when the technical jargon flows so smoothly that you would swear Mr. LeBel was an Astrophysicist. Then at times he wraps the story like a mixture of Pratchett (they wear the same kind of hats) and Hans Christian Andersen. A story that can be enjoyed by any age. The possibilities for future adventures are limitless.”
~ H. William Ruback, author of the SHORT of it…

Many years ago, someone joked that God must have received a C- in Universe Building 101. It got me thinking... What if there was a world of gods and goddesses in the business of creating universes? Perhaps they went to school for it and ended up with jobs creating universes. What would they be like? Wouldn't they have their share of misfits and incompetents? How would all of this affect the universes they built? And how would it affect the creatures who lived in these universes? And, of course, the ultimate question: What would the god's world be like? Oh, the creative juices just flow... How can they not when your main characters are gods with the power to create universes?