Who, or what, is the Minstrel? Before the night is over, two street criminals will discover the shocking truth behind the man with the strange, eight-stringed guitar, More
Eddie and Skids are small-time criminals who make their living through shake-downs and petty larceny. Drawn together by circumstance and their mutual addictions, they wander through the streets of the city, searching for potential victims in order to appease their habits. Luckier than most, they have managed to avoid the law during their latest round of illegal activities. Tonight, however, their luck will take a turn for the worse, when their potential victim turns out to be something much different than what he appears. Armed with nothing but an odd, antique-looking eight-stringed guitar, this man will show these two desperate criminals that music can have the power to entertain, to entrance, and even to kill.
on Aug. 11, 2013 :
When you read this, you loose yourself in the story. As with all great writers, you are able to be in the story, become part of the scene. I love reading a story and being not able to put it down. Definitely need to read more from Michael Vain!
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
on July 20, 2013 :
This short novella is worth the read ,a dark fast paced story which develops and reveals the characters like a textual painting . There are similarities of style to classic short story/novella writers such as Ray Bradbury,Oscar Wilde etc, and the plot uses the vehicle of a musical instrument in the hands of a mystery man to reveal the inner intentions of 2 robbers to themselves and the reader (who is like a 4th witness to the drama). Just as it seemed there was hope, the ancient reality too many have denied in a post modern world of cyber-analgesia slams down like a ...well,will let you read it yourself . This novella will definitely qualify as food for thought .