From Man to Man

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Every man has a past, none more so than Draven Reinhardt. Abandoning his old life to settle down as a villager, he struggles to fit in, let alone hold down a job. When opportunity offers the much needed coin, Draven is torn between a promise and a purpose.

But, what’s one last job if you’ve already got blood on your hands? More
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About D. E. M. Emrys

D. E. M. Emrys. Author. Soldier by day, Soldier by night - Writer in between. Knows war to write war.

David Emrys, known as D to his friends, is a serving soldier and author. He has clearance to know more than he should, but not the sense to know better. Leaving education with no more than a fifteen year olds understanding of English Literature, D’s storytelling craft is self-taught.

Growing up with the heroic tales written by authors such as David Gemmell and James Barclay, D was inspired to write stories of his own. After joining the army D used his free time to focus on his dream of sharing shelf-space with his idols.

D testifies to the fact that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword – but swords make for better letter-openers. He lives where the army send him, but home is in Chelmsford with his girlfriend. They say that behind every great man there is a woman pulling the strings, but she lets him dance to his own song whilst being the perfect partner in step. D claims that his books would not have been written without her.

David Emrys is not his real name.

Nor is D.

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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 7, 2013 :
A thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the medieval type character of Draven and his efforts to do an honest days 'Villager' type work instead of resorting to his previous profession as a Mercenary, thereby breaking his promise to his wife.

There is also a tasty preview of the next book 'It Began With Ashes'.
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Review by: Lucy Larson on Dec. 4, 2012 :
Well written and a quick read! I enjoyed all the action in the fight scene at the end...gory? A bit, but after watching The Walking Dead...this is tame. Enjoyed it.
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Review by: Christina Hambleton on Nov. 18, 2012 :
“Man to Man” is certainly an entertaining read, and a quick one at that. It centers around the well-worn tale of a man turned from an old life and seeking to forge a better one for the sake of his family—such a common theme that one can’t help but have their reservations about starting it. However, I was pleased to say that as I read the story it didn’t strike me as clichéd in the slightest. Emyrs deals with his character’s emotional conflict in a simple, straightforward manner—the protagonist never comes off as idealistic, or as a tragically jaded individual. Instead, he seems a man with understandable fact-of-life problems and a little trouble adjusting after the other life he led, and Emyrs portrays it in a down-to-earth, believable manner. Draven, the hero, creates as many of his own problems as life hands him, and it makes him easy to relate to. Of every element of the story, I found the authentic characters most enjoyable, and it was they who were the foundation of the story.

The setting was interesting in that it was used only as needed. Description of it was sparse to the point of forcing the imagination to fill in a gap or two, but I was hardly bothered. There were no “dumps” of exposition, and the clues that the author did provide were very effective. Particularly well done was the manner in which the phrases and terms the characters used provided the reader with everything they needed to know about their world. Titles like “villager”, “feller”, and etc. weren’t otherworldly, yet they were used such that the reader felt placed in a setting familiar and different at once. A pointed example of Emrys’s tact in writing, the “Guild” was perhaps the biggest organization referred to in the narrative, and it was referenced only vaguely enough for the reader to understand its significance—redolent of the fact that to the protagonist it is but a memory, an element of the past.

As far as other aspects of the story were concerned, the imagery wasn’t flowery or prevalent, but where used it was colorful enough to really get the point across. Draven’s stream of consciousness was equally as entertaining and useful, if a bit confusing in the persons or events it references at certain epochs. And the pacing was excellent-- quick, but suitable. Characterization shone as Draven shuffled through the problems of making ends meet and keeping from falling back into his old life, and everything was well developed with the small exception of his family, whom there perhaps could have been more of. Nevertheless, it was all very well written, and it’s the kind of read one makes all at once, sucked into the action of the tale. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable story.
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Review by: Penelope Plessas on Nov. 13, 2012 :
I was given a free review copy of this short story by the author in exchange for a review. (Thank you!)

D. E. M. Emrys has a great style of writing and it really comes through in this debut piece. It was very flowing and well-written.

This short story is a prequel to "It Began with Ashes." I found that it started out, perhaps, a bit too slow and just a tad confusing but as it got going, it got alot better! I was introduced to more characters that really pulled the story together and made it enjoyable.

There's an entertaining fight scene at the end - a couple gory bits but hey! What good fight scene doesn't have some gore?

Overall this was a very quick, enjoyable read and it definitely introduces the reader to what promises to be an exciting hero and an even more exciting novel. I'm interested to find out what Emrys plans to do with this...
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Review by: Diane Strong on Nov. 9, 2012 :
I was asked to read Man to Man in exchange for a review of one of my own short stories. When you offer to do this, you end up reading things that are not your typical read.
I will say that D.E.M. Emrys is an excellent writer. He set up the story with rich characters that pulled you into the tale. There was a sense of mystery that made you want to read more. He painted a world that was both satisfying and colorful.
I was let down by the ending. I felt like I should have learned more about the character and his mysterious past. Either way, it was a nice read and not at all a waste of time.
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Review by: Alexis Steinhauer on Oct. 24, 2012 :
I was given a free copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.

So, beginning with all honesty? I absolutely loved it.

The prose is smooth and fluid, very clean despite a large number of short sentences, which usually bothers me but didn't at all here. I found Draven's thoughts to be very well placed and very well worded--he's cynical and doubtful, but very intelligent and not without humor. He's pretty much perfect to me, and he carries this short story on his own with barely twenty words spoken aloud. I call that an amazing accomplishment.

Draven and Shrike are both incredible, despite the tiny amount of time they have to themselves--usually it takes me a long time to really warm up to a character, but not these two. I love them both already.

The battle scene at the end is perfectly done, bloody and brief and realistic. It doesn't drag in any way, and it doesn't cut off so quickly that I'm left dizzy from it. It does nothing but bring the little book to a perfect, tense climax that would have been ruined had it been pulled any other way.

There were a few VERY minor things that bothered me--the lack of names was one. There aren't many characters in this book, but most of them are addressed by title or status and not given names at all. Also, a couple of words were used more than once right next to each other--"meagre" springs to mind--which was slightly jarring. But other than that, this little book was just fantastic.

I highly recommend it to all fans of short, sweet fantasy without too many characters or politics muddling everything up--and, well, I recommend it to pretty much everybody else, too. I'll definitely be looking forward to D.E.M. Emrys' next piece of writing.
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Review by: Jennifer C on Oct. 18, 2012 :
"From Man to Man" is a well written short story with exceptional detail. Emrys has done a fantastic job not only telling a thrilling story, but gives us a glimpse into the mind of his formidable main character, Draven.
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Review by: Cremated Man on Oct. 16, 2012 :
A skilfully written short story, that makes use of a refreshingly unique perspective. Draven Reinhardt hasn't got an easy life, FM2M takes the reader on a high-stakes, suspenseful journey, with masterfully drawn characters, and leading to an extremely satisfying conclusion.

From Man to Man is a fascinating narrative with absorbing characters, engaging to the last page. Well worth the time of reading.
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Review by: Andy Lee on Oct. 15, 2012 :
You know you've found a good book when the words paint a picture in your head.
You know you've found a great book when those words come alive and physically carve that picture into your brain with a blood encrusted dagger!

Draven has tried his hand at almost every job in the village but the only one that comes easily to him is that of the log splitter, he hacks apart his wooden foes and pockets his meagre pay... but when the opportunity of some work comes his way; work that comes to him as easily as breathing, old memories surface and the shadow of his old life threatens to engulf him once again, as reluctant as he is; he needs the money and 'any coin's a coin'.

Emrys writes with the sort of momentum that keeps you devouring the pages and demanding more,
a thoroughly impressive début boasting a level of quality and a truly visceral talent for telling stories that will doubtless see his work flying from the shelves in years to come.
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Review by: Richard Toms on Oct. 15, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book! The description of Draven chopping the tree was so well done that I was hooked from start to finish. I would so recommend reading this book, I promise you will not be disappointed
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