- File Size: 326 KB
- Print Length: 26 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 26, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Q0IGFU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,667,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Spoon A Prescott Carmichael Jaunt (Short Story #1) Kindle Edition
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A the start of the story, I began to worry that this short story would be centered around the world of financial investing. Let's face it - it's not the most interesting subject matter. But, the story takes an interesting turn when the hero "Jacob Gibb" is hired by the mysterious Prescott Carmichael. From there the story takes on a Edgar Allan Poe "The Purloined Letter" slant. With Jacob Gibb being The Purloined Letter's unnamed narrator and Prescott Carmichael being the amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin. And though Howard McEwen (the author) doesn't seem to build the tension and mystery as well as Poe (let's face it... who could?), McEwen does a good job of revealing Carmichael's gifts little by little so there is plenty left over for the future short stories in the series. The dialog is short and to the point. Very similar to the voice over narratives you find in old film noir crime movies. The only short story I could compare the dialog to would be "The Killers" by Hemingway. Very sparse and minimal. In the end, it was a quick read and quite entertaining.
McEwen comes up a little short when it comes to writing women. And while I can appreciate that Jacob Gibb may see women as objects or one dimensional characters, it sometimes comes off as though McEwen might as well. Molly (the bartender) is the only character in this particular story that had the possibility of being more than just a woman that keeps shoving drinks in Jacob's face. But, she is reduced to a faceless supplier of booze. I hope we get to see more dimensions of her as the series continues.
I personally LOVE short stories. They are what really turned me on to writing. And McEwen does a solid job in the format.
Spoon's villain and his motives will strike most readers as bizarre, because you just don't see anything like them in film or fiction. Bravo, sez I. But they also seem bizarre because they are presented in such pithy fashion. This is a fast, engaging read...but that description contains my only complaint about this short story: It's TOO fast. TOO short. (There were some typos, punctuation mistakes, etc., but not enough to complain about, especially relative to other ebooks.)
I would have enjoyed some more lengthy development. Even so, I enjoyed it so much that I've already bought the next Prescott Carmichael Jaunt, Love on the Rocks .
Henry (Hank) Brown is the Two Fisted Blogger.
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