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Last Pursuit (The Janus Group) Kindle Edition
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Desh is brave and driven. He's got a lot of killings done in his life, but this last one was the most important to him because it meant liberty. This book is a measly 18-page story but it is actually packed with action, suspense and thrilling scenes. The ending of Desh's Last Pursuit was quite a bombshell, it actually shook my world. On the last couple of pages in the book, I was left wondering and worrying about Desh's final destination but there's this also the completeness that I felt at the end. Like a smorgasbord of emotions. Piers Platt definitely delivered a one-of-a-kind story!
An interesting short story. The only real problem is that the story is just too short. Don't get me wrong, the story is complete but I just didn't want it to end.
Suddenly he has competition, and in a short space of time, the assassin has to pull the trigger and high tail it out of the place before someone find out.
Although short, nothing is left to chance, and it leaves me wishing that this is a proper book with a background, but for a short story it is gripping and entertaining, worth putting this author on your watch list.
by Piers Platt
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
This short has superb flow to it. The brief plot is seamless and the style oozes confidence.
The dialogue, although very restricted, is nicely weighted and does provide a very nice realism to the central character.
Character Development – 3.0/5.0 (Okay)
To be honest, there’s not much you can do with such a limited story length, but there is a little bit in here which connects you sufficiently with Desh, as he works his final contract.
The secondary characters were very plain, through necessity, but still held a presence within the plot to be counted.
Greater length and content would have given more opportunity for some better development, but for these purposes, it was what it was.
Descriptive – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
Again, content limited by length has had a slightly curtailing effect on the descriptive, but what is there is superb.
The environments and events are beautifully choreographed and, but for the length, I am sure the atmospheric descriptive would have been raised that little bit higher to match the rest.
As it is, despite the great background work, this does have a tendency to feel a little ‘flat’. More like going through the motions of reading the story than being involved in it.
That doesn’t take anything away from the quality. I just thought it lacked a little ‘oomph!’
Language & Grammar – 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
Very few issues. Editing is excellent, as is word selection and usage.
Perhaps a couple of missing commas, but more as an advisory note than a criticism.
Plot – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good) – VERY MINOR SPOILERS
This is a very good plot which really does demand about a dozen more pages to let it shine.
From a purist viewpoint, this is a frustrating read, as you mentally fill in a number of missing blanks as you read.
From a genre-fan viewpoint, this is a snappy, good read which fills in a nice half hour and gives you a story, rather than a cobbled together outline.
For me, reads this short should be put together in small groups to make them worthy of the effort. In this case I feel torn, because it should be longer to gain its full potential.
General – 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
Having advance-read the whole ‘Rath’ trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was delighted to find this short.
Another nice, functional cover led me into a very good story with an equally good character, but that seemed to be where the highest standards ended.
Although this is more than deserving of the 4 stars it will get from this review, I genuinely felt like there were huge amounts of substance and depth missing from this read.
It didn’t need anything more for the plot, or the character. It just needed to be more… well… more!
Please… it’s great! Have a read, you’ll like it.
Just don’t expect it to be the equal of its bigger brothers. It is more akin to a second cousin, once removed.
Four Stars. Recommended Short.
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