- File Size: 4042 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Champagne Books (April 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: April 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UP5UYI8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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- #4990 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- #19009 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > Two hours or more (65-100 pages) > Literature & Fiction
- #22568 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
The Lesson Kindle Edition
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A metal door clanks shut, the floor gives way and she falls about twenty-five feet. Kevin isn’t with her, and she panics when she tastes dirty sand and can’t see in the dark. A voice moans her name, Pam. Kevin, with her in the pit, uses a lighter to see a tunnel but also the beady eyes of rats. Her ankle and his shoulder are injured, but they make their way toward a green light. A giant of a man accuses them of trespassing on the railroad tracks. A sound as deafening as an earthquake warned them to dodge the train. At least Kevin was strong enough to help her. The train reappears with a mysterious stranger beckoning them to board. Who is he? Where will they go, and can they return home?
I recommend reading this spooky tale with other people around. It’s well written with all the images (nightmarish mortuary, ramps, passageways, and the stranger in the brown suit) necessary to ground the reader in horror. I don’t want to spoil the intensity, but Pamela and Kevin destination holds promise of a lesson.
Including basic backstories for the two main characters was a smart decision. Early on in this tale they make a decision that I would have otherwise found hard to believe. Knowing what kind of people they were made it easy to understand how their minds work and why they would consider this kind of choice to be a good one.
There was one plot hole that I would have liked to see addressed in this tale. It was something that I definitely would have expected at least one of the characters to notice right away, so figuring out why it wasn’t being mentioned was distracting. Had this not been the case, I would have selected a much higher rating for this story as I really enjoyed everything else about it.
Horror doesn’t always have to include blood. There are plenty of ways to frighten an audience without getting gory, and Ms. Ward spooked me with quite a few of them. I was so interesting in discovering what would happen to Kevin and Pamela next that I read the whole thing in one sitting, and I made sure to keep the lights on for a few hours after I finished it. Some images really shouldn’t be rattling around in my mind in the dark!
The Lesson made me shudder. It’s something I’d recommend to both longterm and brand new fans of the scary side of science fiction.
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