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Length: 20 pages

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Product Details

  • File Size: 190 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (February 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LX0FA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167,481 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prior to hitting the fiction scene in 2009, Kevin was a freelance writer for several years, covering everything from finance to sports. His debut work, World of Ash, was released by MuseItUp Publishing in the fall of 2010. Kevin has released several other books through MuseItUp since then, and he has also been published in various magazines and anthology books. Kevin's writing covers many genres, including dark fiction and horror, science fiction and fantasy, and crime fiction. His blog can be found at http://kevin-hopson.blogspot.com.

Kevin's upcoming releases include a pair of novelettes titled Delivering Jacob (crime, romance, mystery, thriller) and Vargrom: Modrad's Exile (fantasy). Both will be released by MuseItUp Publishing. Delivering Jacob is due out in Fall of 2015, while Vargrom: Modrad's Exile (a spin-off from The Fire King) is due out in Winter of 2015/2016.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 21, 2012
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I recently reviewed a previous short story from this author and was interested to see if he'd progressed as a writer. I'm happy to say yes!

This story is tighter with his dialogue, although there is work needed to be done, if I'm being honest. The two characters are unique and I could tell them apart, although I think there is still too much 'stating the facts' about their lives instead of showing the reader. Case in point: one character has friendship bracelets from his kids. Instead of the other guy asking him simply 'are those from your kids?' he could be fidgeting with them when nervous and worried about his girls, then slipping them in instead of a simple info dump. Obviously just my opinion.

As for the story itself... after reading two stories from the author I am getting a very old school "Twilight Zone" vibe to his writing, and I like that. So many writers today are relying on the shock, profanity and blood and guts to tell a story, and whenever I find something like this as a reader i enjoy it. He also keeps it wide open, allowing the reader to fill in the gaps with your own imagination, which doesn't always work. But in the case of this story it did.

Armand
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on April 26, 2012
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This story starts off with something not being right and just gets better from there. This is a well written story with just enough detail to let you get to know the characters enough to care about them.
Ken and Jimmie just want to make sure their friend is okay so ashore they go. What they find and what happens next is much more than they expect.

This is a must read story!!! I loved every word.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Knightmst on April 19, 2012
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This short story tells the tale of two men who go and see what has happened to their friend on an island. Upon arriving on the island weird events to happen such as the men hearing their own voice come across the radio sometime after the message was sent.

The story's setting is well written and adds and air of mystery to the story. Kevin's story involving the two friends is believable in the way there are written. This allows the reader to relate to the men and understand their concern for their missing friend.

The short story is one that grabbed my attention and had me read through it from start to end in the same siting. There was no way I wanted to put the story down till I completed. The only real draw back to the story is how you are left wondering what exactly was happening on the island. You may be able to estimate from your own interpretations but would have liked to see a bit more when it came to the cause of the problems.

Overall with the elements involved from the story and it's setting this is easily worth a read. The ending does a good job of tying up the story, even with the omission of what was truly going on. It's enough to capture the imagination and hope for those involved to overcome what is happening. It's a story I enjoyed reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By littlevoice on April 19, 2012
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This type of story can polarize readers' opinions; some readers like a story that leaves room for the readers' imaginations to fill in the gaps, and some readers get frustrated if all the loose ends are not gathered up by the end. If, like me, you're one of the former, then you'll probably enjoy this story. About the only mystery that I did not appreciate was the identity of "Mark" (you'll have to read to the very last word in this story to see what I'm talking about).
Leaning heavily on tropes such as in the TV show "Lost", Hopkins does a good job of gradually increasing the tension and the sense of menace. Not knowing the how or the why of what happened on the island contributes to that sense of menace.
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