"The magical realism in this novel so resembles socialist Venezuela that it is hard not to attribute first and last names to the novel's protagonists.  Those who seek to better understand the reality of life in that country, or who simply seek to enjoy a riveting story should read 'The Lieutenant of San Porfirio'" 

-- Dr. Alejandro Toledo

President of Peru 2001 - 2006

- W. Somerset Maugham

"Character? I should have thought it needed a good deal of character to throw up a career after half an hour's meditation, because you saw in another way of living a more intense significance." 

“…a tragicomic satire about the Chavista revolution, in the tradition of Latin American magical realism; fun at times, but overall worrying and disquieting, particularly as it relates to the future.” El Universal

“Hirst strives to uncover the hidden roots of underdevelopment, amid the legacy of privilege, discrimination, and injustice. He also includes an analysis of why the history of Latin America is one of ongoing frustrations, with every so often the rise of a protector, savior, or leader of the poor, who eventually plunges those people into an abyss deeper and worse then what they had before the onset of these ‘vigilantes’.” PanAm Post

Joel D. Hirst

“…a passionate literary experience.” Carlos Alberto Montaner