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For incidence, the author’s first short story, “Heal Thyself”, reminded me of episodes of the television program One Step Beyond. According to the description on IMDB this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"
In selecting the rest of the stories contained in his book, the author, Don Massenzio in choosing not to include ones which belong to the same genre added to the enjoyment the book’s reading enjoyment. Despite the book having few errors, I find it still deserves the 5 STARS I’m giving it.
Tale #1 is "Heal Thyself" about a motorcycle rider who discovers his body is abnormally different after an accident.
Tale #2 "August 1963" is about a young white boy, lonely and feeling a misfit amongst his peers, befriends 3 black children in the racial troubles of the 1960's in the South.
Tale #3 "Play It Again Des" is about a jazz pianist who "takes a shortcut" and gets more than he bargained for.
Tale #4 "Lucy's Christmas Miracle" is about Detective Frank Rozzano and a missing 3 year old child scenario.
I normally don't care for short stories because they are, well, short and my preference is for a book I can sink my teeth into. This collection of superb stories held my interest to the point where I had to stop after each tale and think about each one in detail. I never did like any one story over another, as each one was good in its own right. I recommend this book for anyone who loves short stories and for those, like me, who enjoys longer novels. You just might have a change of heart and become a "short story enthusiast.
Massenzio has written a book filled with exciting, believable characters I had little trouble sympathizing with. His writing is clear and transparent - in the sense that it doesn't get in the way of his stories - allowing me to immerse myself in the tales right away.
This was my first book by him that I've read. Bases on it, I'll now move on to his detective series.