- File Size: 3952 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: Foundation FS (May 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072FNCNVV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Victims: A Sam Williams Novella Kindle Edition
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Hames is such a good writer. I just love his style, first person and intimate storytelling. It makes you feel as if the two of you- the reader and the author- are sitting on a couch as friends having drinks, while he’s telling you what happened to him, and you’re in awe listening.
I’ll definitely be getting the next Sam Williams’ adventure.
Victims introduces us to Sam Williams a young lawyer. Williams is out for a few drinks with works colleagues, waiting on his new girlfriend to arrive. Before he knows it a hush descends on the pub, some lads have arrived, and one of whom puts a blade to Sam’s throat and issues him a clear warning – “Sam Williams. You don’t want to get involved.”
We spend most of the rest of the book, assuming we know what the warning is about. His girlfriend, Mel’s abusive ex-partner doesn’t want to let go and isn’t afraid to use a bit of threatening behaviour to ram home the message. That may not be the truth of the matter.
I really liked the narrative style of the piece. Williams is an engaging character. We spend a bit of time with him in his working environment and witness the jostling for position and the rivalries that exist among the junior lawyers. Each keen to catch the eye of the boss and scale another rung on the career ladder. We see Sam’s decency and shaky bravery as he gets pro-active in helping Mel finally free herself from the vindictive ex. Sam’s more a cerebral guy than a physical presence.
Interesting, enjoyable, pacey with a decent pay-off.
The download includes a couple of chapters from the full length Williams novel – The Art of Staying Dead. Enjoyable as well, and another one on to the wish list. I need more books like a hole in the head, but hey.
4 from 5
Joel Hames has a few novels to his name – The Art of Staying Dead, Bankers Town and another shortish one Brexecution.
Read in October, 2017
Published - 2017
Page count - 77
Source - author - a freebie copy after signing up to author's news feed
Format - Kindle
Victims is a novella to introduce Sam Williams, the lawyer star of The Art of Staying Dead, which I read eighteen months or so back, and thoroughly enjoyed. In this story, Sam becomes involved with a woman he shouldn't, and a dangerous gang who are after one of his clients...
I loved this, I was absolutely glued to the pages. It knocks the spots off many other you'll-never-guess-what's-going-to-happen-next type thrillers that I've read in the last couple of years, and Joel Hames's writing is first class. So witty, and sharp, and intelligent, and realistic... and I liked that he totally gets the 'impromptu pub sesh' syndrome. The atmosphere of young professionals in London is perfectly portrayed, and this book is just so well written.
It ends at 70%, after which there are the first couple of chapters of the novel mentioned above, and if you haven't read that, you're in for a treat. Go on, fork out 99p or download it on Kindle Unlimited. You'll be glad you did.
This makes an excellent ‘amuse bouche’ for the longer and more complex story, The Art of Staying Dead, which takes place ten years later. The style is slick and clever and the characters feel well-rounded, not easy to do in a short work. Be aware that the last 30% is the first chapters in The Art of Staying Dead. I prefer a link, myself, as I never read teaser chapters out of context. Nevertheless, in its own right, Victims is a small but beautifully proportioned gem of a story.
I loved The Art of Staying Dead, this slick novella is set ten years earlier and is a great introduction for it's hero Sam Williams, a very ordinary man who has to deal with extraordinary situations.
Cannot wait for the next full length novel featuring Sam - it's been too long a wait!