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Hard Creek Bridge: a short story [Kindle Edition]

Isaac Sweeney
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Friendless and shy, Slim Jackson gets off the bus for his second semester at Abe Lincoln University. Strangely lost and tired, he has a supernatural experience at Hard Creek Bridge, and he has to face the challenge of his lifetime.

If you enjoy this story, make sure you check out Evolvement, Isaac Sweeney's chapbook-length collection of nine short stories.


Product Details

  • File Size: 96 KB
  • Print Length: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Isaac Sweeney (December 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HKIH3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,916 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. January 21, 2011
By Pheobe
Format:Kindle Edition
This story really keeps you interested. It isn't just a bunch of background information and details about things that don't really matter. A very powerful story is stuffed into a couple short pages, so there are really no dull parts about it. It's a great read for someone who doesn't have the time to sit down and read a novel but still wants a meaningful plot-line. I would reccommend this story to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry. November 23, 2011
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Well intentioned I'm sure, but the story really didn't speak to me. Sure, I get the symbolism but this wasn't well presented.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice symbolic narrative August 8, 2011
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Used to the simple routine of country life, a shy young man is trying to find his own way in a new place, a college setting that is very different for him. On the way back to his dorm one evening, he gets lost, somehow ending up on a path that leads him to Hard Creek. It turns out to be a round-about and not very easy way to get where he needed to go, but this uncanny detour leads him to an unexpected realization about himself and his own fortitude. There is a lot for the reader to see in this tale, as there is always a bridge to cross, a path that is hard or uneven, or an unexpected test of will and inner strength, no matter what age we are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very thought provoking and enjoyable tale August 15, 2011
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This is a surreal tale that readers will enjoy. They will especially enjoy deciphering the ending, what Slim saw in the water below Hard Creek Bridge and what he did with his grandfather's hat. Slim had finished his first semester at college and was returning from home after the mid-semester vacation. He was lonely, missed home, and found it difficult to relate to the other college students. His bus let him off at an unusual place. He walked and walked toward his college but could not find it. Then he saw Hard Creek Bridge with his college dorm just beyond it. Will he be able to cross the bridge despite the heavy wind that blows whenever he tries to cross the bridge? Why is his grandfather's hat, which means so much to him, constantly blown off by the wind? What is the meaning of this tale of struggle?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It Was Just "There" February 1, 2012
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If you're looking for a good and quick read during your lunch or smoke break at work, you probably want to give this one a pass: I wish I did. I kept wondering where this story was heading and when the ending came I was fairly disappointed I mentally asked "this is it?" I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it, either: it was just kind of there. I wish I wouldn't have wasted the 10 minutes it took to read it.

I fortunately got this during a free Kindle promotion - if they ever start charging for it save your money!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming ourselves August 10, 2011
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Slim is a college student who is going into his second semester. When he goes back to school, he is on his way back to his dormitory when he somehow gets lost and can't find his dorm. Slim misses the comforts of home and his Mom and Dad, and thinks about them often, as he does as he walks on this strange path to his dorm. After two hours of walking, Slim comes to the sound of water, and it is Hard Creek, and he sees his dorm on the other side of the creek.

As Slim begins to cross Hard Creek on the bridge, some strange and frightening things begin to happen, but by the end of the story, Slim has changed. This is a real test for Slim and whether he passes or not is up to him. The tests are not easy ones for him.

This is an engaging story that I liked. The author isn't Ambrose Bierce, but it is still a good story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well told story June 25, 2011
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Like everyone, I get too busy at times. So I'm always looking for a great short story that I can read during a lunch hour.

Hard Creek Bridge filled the bill perfectly.

Beautifully written and vividly told, I felt like I was on that bridge along with the main character.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I have my own theory of what took place on that bridge, but I'm not telling. :)
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Story! January 14, 2011
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Hard Creek Bridge is a well-written, entertaining short story. The author keeps you wondering what exactly is happening, but delivers a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended!
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More About the Author

Isaac Sweeney has been a writer for as long as he can remember. He was born and raised in Virginia, where he still lives today. He has spent the better part of his life honing his craft and trying to share the gift of words with others.

Isaac is an assistant professor of English at Richard Bland College in Petersburg, Va.

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