This is a well crafted short story that speaks with the voices of it's period. It is rare that a reader can get invested in multiple characters so quickly and Ms. Stoddard draws you into the circumstances of each person's life with an ease that that keeps the pages turning until, sadly there are no pages left.
As a brief fictional glimpse into the life of an infamous figure of true history, her Blackbeard loses none of the terror associated with his name. It is the humanity of the people around him that lend this story it's charm. Still, it takes many good souls to counter-balance all the evil in one.
Well done and well worth reading slowly.
Ms. Stoddard's understanding of the short story form reminds me of an old favorite by Shirley Jackson.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, perhaps even ironic, I recommend downloading this book, along with Smashwords Style Guide and Smashwords Book Marketing Guide in PDF format and then printing all three books and putting them in a three ring binder. This creates the definitive Ebook publishing bible.
That they are all made available at no cost is a testament to Mr. Coker's commitment to aspiring authors everywhere. The new dawn in publishing is not coming ... it has arrived!
Thia was the first of Michael Hicks' books that I have read. I have not yet purchased any books here on Smashwords because what is available for free has kept me more than occupied. That is all about to change. I will certainly be buying some, and quite likely all, of the books in this series. Beyond the 'U.S.-centric' theme that humanity is presented in, the unending plight of man to seperate themselves by race, religion and nationality has finally brought about their downfall as they get their xenophobic wish and find seperate worlds to live on. The threat of extinction as a species comes from the age-old enemy of alien civilization however one cannot call them evil nor find absolute fault with their absolute solution. How is man any different or better than this enemy? This question is neither asked nor answered in this story, but what is clear is that honor is a universal constant ... at least in the universe created here.
Well written and impossible to put down!
Wow! What a great story. Well crafted, intelligent, sensitive and thought provoking. It manages to induce a bit of Stockholm Syndrome also, as humanity's flaws are exposed - yet again - in a future that shows how little has been learned from the past (our present).
Do we really only pay lip service to the ideal of Honor?