The Old Sergeant Kindle Edition
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I'am a reader just beginning to explore the trends and tendencies of this relatively new independent-publishing boom we are in the midst of. I have found both long and short ebooks, good and bad writing, free, cheap and overpriced products. And Mat's short stories fall right within that comfortable range -- you get good storytelling at a decent price.
Mr. Nastos's descriptive prose is lovely and he does some nice world-building, especially considering that this is a short story. The characters are well-developed and the old sergeant himself is quite endearing. I highly recommend this story, along with Mr. Nastos's other story "Cora and the Clockwork Men."
The Old Sergeant is an exploration into the character of a gruff, no-nonsense war veteran, and the thing that finally makes his stony facade crack.
The pace was great, and Nastos' steampunk fantasy world is saturated with detail and a flavor reminiscent both of modern sniper war movies and emerald isle old world fantasy.
I really hope he continues to turn out these pleasurable, quick reads!