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The Death Clock - a short story [Kindle Edition]

J. Rock
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Andie didn’t know what to make of the numbers. She started seeing them when she got on the bus that morning.

She didn't know what they meant...until she saw them run out...

Product Details

  • File Size: 83 KB
  • Print Length: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Vox Populi (September 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L2O9WC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,201 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Countdown September 13, 2011
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What would you do if you suddenly were able to see a person's life actually tick away in bright red numbers clicking overhead, a number only you seemed to be able to see? What would you do with this knowledge of a person's exact minute of expiration? Would you circumvent Death and keep him from calling up someone's number? This is Andie's dilemma. The real question: Can you really outsmart and cheat Death?

This very short story starts off well, if a bit slow, then picks up the pace and tension mid-way, but the last part of the tale was the real kicker. That ending made the whole story worth it. Even if it was slightly expected in some way, I still really enjoyed it. There was this satisfyingly terrible feeling of doom to the story; almost poetic in the idea of an avoidable fate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very short story of the sort that one would have read in the old mystery/SiFi/mysterious anthologies which were quite common and available up through the 1970s. Alas those days are gone but the ability to publish these stories is now available and at a reasonable price we readers have easy access to them.

It is rather difficult to fully review a story this short as you want to avoid spoilers at all cost. The least said the better but the story opens and with a young lady riding on a bus. She has had an emotional trauma the night before and is on her way to work. She begins to notice red letters; a countdown clock hovering above every person's head she sees. This young lady is not the brightest thing in the world but she soon figures out that these red numbers are actually counting down the time until each individual's death.

Overall I found this a rather pleasing read. I have read similar stories in the past so I cannot say that the concept there is all that original but that does not really matter. To find something truly original in this day and age is really asking a bit much. No, while the plot may have seen a bit of use from time to time, this author has finished his story with a very nice twist, which while is sort of expected, is never the less well done. Originality was well sacrificed for the nice twist in my opinion.

Overall we have a pretty nice bit of writing here. Yes, the story does have a few problems that could be smoothed out. A good example is the young ladies relationship with her boss. This bit was filler as far as I was concerned and the space could have been put to better use in giving us a bit more detail concerning the lady in question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen this before September 19, 2011
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I'm thinking this must have been an episode of The Twilight Zone or The Dark Side, because I've seen it before. Maybe someone took the story and made a screenplay of it.

At any rate, it was fairly good as short stories go. The relationship between Andie and Jack was unnecessary to the story--it didn't add anything or explain anything, and her behavior was inconsistent in that incident.

On the other hand, I like that the author gave no reason for the ending--that would not have been necessary either, and it's good to leave the reader wondering.

All in all, it was an interesting concept.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Typographical/grammatical errors and poor pacing March 24, 2014
By Ollie
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There were enough comma errors for me to notice, which always bugs me. For example, when one character speaks to another and says his or her name, a comma is requisite.

Stylistically, the use of caps lock and excess exclamation points is a cop out in conveying anger/excitement, in my mind at least.

As for the story itself, it moved so quickly in the most interesting parts, and so slowly in the parts where Andie's in her own head. The pacing just got to me; it didn't make for a smooth story.

And I truly detest the font on the cover. Why would anyone use Harrington for a book about death? And while I acknowledge that this is not related to the content of the story itself, this is a product review, and the cover is a part of the product. I thought the font highlighted the home-made nature of the story and made it seem less professional.

Ultimately, I ended up skimming most of it once I trudged through the first few paragraphs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay January 13, 2013
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This story was okay. It was a little awkward; some of the plot elements just seemed to be dropped in there without much development, and the characters behaved abnormally without a compelling reason to do so. They seemed to act the way they did just so they could move the plot along, rather than acting and reacting to the phenomena around them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deja vu!! August 26, 2012
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Where, oh where, have I read this before? I can't seem to place it but it is oh, so, familiar. In any case, it is a really entertaining idea and worth expanding upon. Good little story!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Time on Clock a Bit Long for Ending to Work March 26, 2012
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This isn't an original idea, a woman can suddenly see the time counting down in digital stop watch format, indicating how long everyone has to live. Of course she starts freaking out a little. But it is a nice simple ten minute long story, only let down a little by an unnecessary office scene in the middle, that added nothing to the story and definitely didn't make you like the main character any more. She is already not the brightest woman in the world why make her morally questionable too? The time on the clock at the end was a bit long for the ending to work, but if The Death Clock is free or still cheap give it a go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars #Sci Fi Short story - A neat Sci Fi short story that reminded me of an...
If you love stories about people who have special abilities but are conflicted about how to use those powers then this book is for you. Read more
Published 9 months ago by McKeon Webster
3.0 out of 5 stars Familiar idea
This premise of this story is achingly familiar, to the point that it makes you doubt the main character's intelligence when she takes so long to figure out what is happening. Read more
Published 9 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a well written short-story.
This was a well written short-story.

Mr Rock does a great job of catching your attention early and keeping up until the end. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ken
2.0 out of 5 stars Rock's "The Death Clock"
**Mild spoilers**

Really more of a 2.5, but half stars aren't currently an option.

Very interesting concept, probably interesting enough to sustain a full... Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by Gretchen Stull
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I read this and would recommend it. Too bad that movie came out recently, with the numbers on the wrists; I wonder if this was written before or after? Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Derek C. Odom
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Knock your socks off.
Though the premise of this story is good, it's been done to death. (No pun intended.) The ending was a bit unique but not enough to keep my mind from straying to other... Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Jessica A. Weiss
3.0 out of 5 stars Death Clock
This book is quite a short read but still packs a pretty good punch.

Andie is seeing numbers above everyone head and doesnt know what they mean until a shooting victim... Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Meori Gaditris
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome short
Awesome for a short story. Fast paced, interesting, nicely twisted, and it's free. If you're looking for a short read, this is good.
Published on February 9, 2012 by Lisa R
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WHAT WOULD
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J. Rock lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, and works in the Parks & Recreation department. Other than writing and reading, J. enjoys camping, fishing, mountain biking, and plays bass guitar in a local alternative band. He is currently at work on a new one-shot fantasy novel tentatively titled: The Progenitor

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