Gerald M. Weinberg
on Feb. 3, 2011 :
For me, one trouble with short stories is they're either too long or too short. If they're not very good stories, they're too long, but if they are good, they're too short. I want a novel, at least. Maybe a trilogy, or a never-ending series.
After reading Mr. DeLee's "Kickin' It South of the Border," I decided it was one of the too short variety. I simply hadn't had enough of bounty hunter, Grace deHaviland, so I bought "First Impressions." My only problem with that decision was that the two stories together are too short. I want more of Grace.
So get busy, Mr. DeLee. Let's make a collection of Grace Notes—even a novel probably wouldn't satisfy me. In the meantime, you readers can at least have two fine reads, then maybe we'll both pester DeLee for a third. A fourth. A ...
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 4, 2010 :
I was lucky enough to discover a few digital short series this week. First Impressions is the Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter series. I like the fact that I can count on the next read if I enjoy the characters and the stories. What is the story on the story, well, check it out: ”When you're a bounty hunter, making snap judgments about people will often save your life. But what if those first impressions are wrong? When Grace deHaviland chases a bail jumper to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, a long way from her home turf of Columbus, Ohio, she may discover the answer -- with deadly consequences.”
David DeLee really packs a lot of action, humor, and twists and turns into this digital short. Grace the bounty hunter is a very nice character and I am glad that this is not a one-time deal, I enjoyed her moxie and spunk and look forward to reading about her further exploits.
I almost forgot to share the author info with you: ”David DeLee was born and raised in New York, lived for eight years in Columbus, Ohio, but currently resides in New Hampshire.
He holds a master's degree in Criminal Justice and is a former licensed private investigator. His previous short fiction has appeared in DAW's Cosmic Cocktails anthology and consecutive volumes of Strange New Worlds, published by Pocket Books.
His short story Bling, Bling, also featuring bounty hunter, Grace deHaviland, will appear in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, The Rich and the Dead, edited by Nelson DeMille and published by Grand Central Publishing, in the spring 2011.”
Have you tried the digital shorts yet? With me, as you can see they have become a regular part of my reading week. I read them at different times in different places: my laptop at home or my smartphone when I am picking up the kids at school. They are convenient and come in the right size, they fit all needs and the price is right. Why not give this author and his hard work a shot, click the Amazon button and download this bad boy, the cost is little , the return great.
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(reviewed 3 days after purchase)