Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime fiction and fantasy. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writers' requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, twilight laborer (of the fang-less variety), security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.
He is a happily married man with two cats and a dogs martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.
on July 18, 2013 :
This short story was published with a lead-in to the Authors mystery thriller included.
Short stories are a great way to fill a few minutes of time when you don’t have enough time to get into something deeper, and this one filled that expectation to its full. At 21 pages in length, it is truly a short story, but a lot is packed into those pages.
The characters are all African American, and crew a B-17 during World War II. In the few pages allotted, the Author manages to transport the reader into their world, and actually make them care for his characters. The language the crewmen use is genuine, and if you are averse to swearing in your reads you may want to give this little book a miss, as there has been no sanitizing for the sensitive soul. The author, through his characters, did a wonderful job of conveying the emotions, from cowardice to heroism, that are felt by all those (My Husband included) who have been in the thick of combat.
The reader is made to feel as if they are on the B-17 through the Authors description of the scene; the smell of smoke and spent rounds, the fear that hangs in the air and the feel of the wind as it tears through the damage in the fuselage, it is very chilling and very real, giving an insight into the world of the Bomber crew.
Unfortunately though, there were quite a few typos and grammatical errors which should have been picked up in the proofreading and editing stages and, although they don’t detract from the story as a whole, it left me thinking that the Author didn’t care for his crew as much as he wanted his readers to. I also felt that this could have been published as a stand-alone short, and found the sample at the end a little misleading; instead of it being a segue into a follow on novel with the same characters; it introduces you to a whole new book that is completely unrelated.
Readers who like a good war story would probably enjoy this one, and I would also recommend it to any reader who is looking for a quick dip into something different.
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(review of free book)
David H. Keith
on Nov. 22, 2012 :
I like this story. The language is genuine and not sanitized for polite conversation. I like that, both as a veteran and a writer. Although I've never been in a B-17, I can smell the lingering cordite and smoke - and fear of the crew - and feel the wind roaring through the tears in the fuselage. Clark has done a marvelous job of conveying the heroism - and the cowardice - in all of us who go to war.
Unfortunately, like most books I read on Smashwords, Clark has left some typos and grammatical errors, but they really didn't detract all that much from his narrative. I do rather wish he'd published it as a stand-alone instead of a lead-in to a mystery thriller, but that's just me. This is one good war story, and I recommend it highly.
David H. Keith
(review of free book)