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on May 13, 2011 :
Loose Ends was an exciting novella beautifully written and full of suspense! I'm quite an avid reader, but picky with what I enjoy. By the end of story, I felt tense and nervous for Eric (the main character), and anxious to see what would happen! The story draws you into the life of the character, wanting what he wants, feeling his anger, and following his mind where it goes. Exactly what a story needs to be great! I can't wait for the sequal and I highly recommend this novella to any of those that love to be drawn in to the world of the characters they read about!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 17, 2011 :
Cleaning up loose ends may have unintended consequences...
A hired hit man who previously worked for the mafia. An innocent friend by his side. A corrupt corporation with leak. A gruff CEO with a mysterious and beautiful security agent. A target with questionable morals and a shady lifestyle. This is the cast of characters put together in Loose Ends, a thriller novella from debut author AJ Powers.
It's a short novella, borderline long short story (sorry for the oxymoron), but a very entertaining read. A hitman is sent to clean up a loose end, but finds he gets closer to the job than he expected. Good story flow, page-turning, and realistic dialogue and settings. Powers has extensive knowledge of weapons, but doesn't overwhelm the reader with technical details. Good character development, getting inside the main character's head in first person point of view, something I've seen many debut authors fail miserably at (first person isn't as easy as one might think). And of course, a nice twist at the end, leaving the reader wanting more of the story (sequel, perhaps?)
This is an absolute no-brainer priced at $.99; I'd certainly recommend Loose Ends for a quick, entertaining thriller. Oh, and Powers designed and created the cover art from scratch - an enviable talent to have.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)