His first book, A Grunt Speaks: A Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Terms, reflects his experience as an infantryman and ranger for the three combat tours he served in Vietnam. Gleason became an advocate for the Vietnam-era generation in his novel, The Violent Season.
The first novel of the Gaius Marius Chronicle, The Gabinian Affair, was released by Morgan James Fiction in October, 2015. Book two, The Helvetian Affair, is scheduled for release in May, 2016.
Gleason received an MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University where teaches Medieval Literature. Gleason also teaches writing at Purdue.
Gleason swaps his time between Chicago and northern Indiana with his wife, Jan Peyser, an award-winning silversmith jeweler and the author of The Opera Cat.