Enemy of the People

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A lone man contemplates his role in the world. He thinks on the choices that are available to him, and comes to a definitive conclusion about how he should proceed into the future.
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About Scott LeMaster

Scott LeMaster was born in March of the year 1982. He has always had a love of fantasy and the medieval time period since his youngest days. He grew up reading Tolkien, Salvatore, and Weiss/Hickman, falling in love with the characters and settings. The unique setting of the Dragonlance Series inspired him to work on creating his own fantasy setting.

His passion for all things medieval lead him to take up Modern Olympic Fencing and even do medieval reenactment in his teenage years. If it involved swords, Scott would give it a try. He had moderate success as a fencer, winning medals at tournaments all across the state of Florida and qualifying for the Junior Olympics two years in a row.

Scott studied creative writing and literature in college, graduating with a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in English from the University of Central Florida. After achieving the goal of becoming of fencing coach, Scott now focuses on writing. He writes mainly medieval fantasy, especially in his own world of Vera'Gon, and dabbles a little in science fiction.

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Review by: David Blake on June 8, 2013 :
I think the reviewer below has hit the nail on the head as to why this story doesn't quite work. There's rather too much thought and backstory from Leon as he is just sitting there waiting to carry out his job, and as it's the type of job he's used to doing, the reader has to question why there's so much thinking going on. The end is good, certainly, but that doesn't really justify the means.
It might have helped if the thoughts had been broken up more by action, maybe start the story with Leon first getting ready to set out to do the job, and each stage as he gets closer to his target and doing the dirty deed triggers increasingly doubtful thoughts. Maybe even follow it through until the banker is killed, and have Leon then question why a banker has to die as he looks down on the lifeless corpse, and then question his own future. Tying the thoughts up with the actual actions might have made them more relevant and powerful, in my own humble opinion.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on May 29, 2013 :
This was O.K for short flash fiction as a man contemplates his unusual life.

The one thing I did not like was the way the writer used the hitmans own thoughts to describe the world and situation that he found himself in. It all seemed a little strange as he pondered his own past, and I was left thinking that it was too abrupt and artificial the way his past and story were introduced to the reader.

I think it would have worked better if this was instead described by the writer as he himself described the characters past, our he could have even mixed it up a bit between the two writing points to make it more believable.
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