- Series: Startling Figures (Book 1)
- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1500250198
- ISBN-13: 978-1500250195
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,460,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Startling Figures (Volume 1) Paperback – December 11, 2014
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About the Author
Clare T. Walker writes from northern Illinois, where she is also a practicing veterinarian. The first story in Startling Figures, "Tooth and Nail," is based on her experiences as a small-town animal doctor...except for the scary parts...
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I think that the stories got progressively better. Clare's strength is in how she writes characters; they are very believable. She also d ones a very good job writing the scenes. As I told her when I read the book, I thought her weakness is in plot development. I am not sure in what order she actually wrote the three stories in this book, but the plot development seemed to get better with each story as they are included in he book.
The first story I thought was the weakest, in its ending. I just felt that the ending came too abruptly, and left too many questions, but not the kind of questions that a good story might leave a reader with. It was more "well, what really happened?" The plot twist was not as well developed, so I just felt dissatisfied with the ending.
The second story was more complete, plot wise. I was actually very intigued by the plot, and would have like to see it explored even more (I don't want to give it away what was the plot), but the way she brought the story to the end, did not leave me feeling dissatisfied as if the story was not completed, just that other aspects of the main plot twist would have also been interesting to see developed.
The final story was my favorite. Great, believable characters, and not hard to suspend disbelieve in the fantasy part of it. Very satisfying ending, which left me with the kind of questions I like being left with, the ones you talk with your friends, who have also read the story, about.
Walker has pulled together three short stories (or maybe they’re properly called novellas?) and even my most critical editorial eye couldn’t blink long. They’re engaging, and, while they’re Catholic, they’re not shoved-down-your-throat-Catholic. The plots are tight, and the writing’s good.
There’s the veterinarian who has to solve the mystery of the people and pets getting killed in the area.
And when a physicist figures out how to actually be in two (and, sometimes, three or four) places at once, he finds himself facing unexpected consequences.
I won’t even spoil the third story by explaining the concept, but it hooked me and kept me guessing and reading.
Mostly, I had fun reading these books. They’re curl-up-on-the-couch good, though they’re definitely for adults (or older teens, though I’d recommend you preview them first). My older daughter has aspirations toward veterinary medicine, and I think Walker’s characters will likely appeal to her … but at almost-12, I’m not sure if the nature of these stories (and what I’ve read so far of Keys) is quite appropriate.
Walker has taken on suspense/thriller fiction from a Catholic perspective, without watering down the “real” aspect of things.