- File Size: 84 KB
- Print Length: 12 pages
- Publisher: Vox Populi (September 2, 2011)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005L2O9WC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,526 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Death Clock - a short story Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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's a satisfyingly terrible feeling of doom to the story. 3.5*
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.Read more ›
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.
Andie is seeing numbers above everyone head and doesnt know what they mean until a shooting victim dies.
This book is kind of deep and doesnt linger a lot on unnecessary details. It just gets straight to the point and keeps you engulfed from start to finish.
Theres no character development or real background and not real sure if theres even a solid plot, but it's definitely still a must-read. Should take less than an hour to read with a great ending twist.
There were few thing that annoyed me - like the main character. I get it that she's simply not perfect, but I didn't like her much. And at the end she showed she really has no imagination, just like she keeps on repeating.
But I still enjoyed the story. It reminded me of Death Note manga a bit.
It's entertaining enough, but I think the author is still trying to figure out what works within the short story form and what doesn't. An idea this familiar should have some, anything, to distinguish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on May 14, 2014 by McKeon Webster
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. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by Ollie
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
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
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... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Jill Greene
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. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by Patricia J. Mills
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 morePublished on June 26, 2012 by Derek C. Odom
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 morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Jessica A. Weiss