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Graham Downs is a South African author of short stories, flash fiction, and novelettes, in a variety of genres. Memoirs of a Guardian Angel is his longest work to date.
He currently lives in Alberton, Gauteng, with his wife and their dog, Becky. He spends a good portion of his free time reading and, as with his writing, he reads books in a huge range of genres and lengths. He’s also passionate about South African authors—particularly independently published ones.
Graham's publishing journey began in 2012, with his first book, A Petition to Magic, which is a fantasy short story about a wizard who refuses to perform magic, and a queen who insists that he do just that. He freely admits that back then, just like John Snow, he knew nothing (now, he knows perhaps a trifle more than nothing).
Since those fateful first steps, he's never looked back, publishing five more books in almost as many genres, as well as getting a story included in the charity anthology, I Am Not Frazzle! (And Other Stories For Grown-ups).
His latest work, Memoirs of a Guardian Angel, was launched on 6 April 2018.
Sharon C. Williams
on May 23, 2014 :
The short story for today is “Heritage of Deceit” by Graham Downs.
Our main character is Lloyd. While checking online while at work, he believes he has found a treasure from the past, a ring with an evil past. One that could be worth a lot of money. But it is not just about the money but the fact it would give people closure on a past that has haunted them.
Why is he so interested? One of his coworkers has a ring, one that looks very much like the one from the picture he has found. The problem is she never takes off the ring. According to her it is an heirloom so it is very near and dear to her. The trick now is to somehow get the ring from her.
This was a delightful short read. It was quick but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I kept on reading, wanting to know what happened, how the story was going to end. My only ding to this story is that I wish it had been longer so the story could have shined more.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2014 :
Heritage of Deceit is a wonderful combination of love, lies, geed, and consequence. With simple characters and a thought out concept, "Heritage of Deceit" is a wonderful short read. The triangle of feeling between Lloyd, Carla , and Robert, is interesting to say the least. Robert and Lloyd are coworkers/acquaintances until Lloyd approaches Robert with a offer he can't refuse pertaining to Carla, a coworker who has a serious thing for Robert, and the secret they think she is hiding. Robert decides to get closer to Carla to see if in fact what Lloyd says is true , and in doing so creates a bond with Carla. Later on, as a another character who is tied to Robert some how, enters the story, all hell breaks lose, turning this short story from harmless deceit to a violent greed with the worse consequences ever.
I really enjoyed how Graham Downs incorporated the element of surprise in this short story, giving the plot extra depth and even provides a little shock factor for the reader. This is definitely a story that sticks in someone's head for a while. Even as I write this review I think back to the book and remember little details that I didn't tie into certain events in the book, giving me the notion that this might be one of those books that deserve a second read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Dec. 15, 2013 :
Interesting premise for a short story. Contained properly in a short time, entertaining and a believable setting. I can picture this story happening in real life. Pacing is quick, no fluff conversations, swiftly moving you through the story until you are finished.
Characters are developed well in a short time. The main characters are able to be understood, their motives, even their naivety. Can you see the ending coming? Maybe you can, I did not, I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. After all of the books I have read of late, I have become fairly jaded to endings. This one got me a bit.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 12, 2013 :
Loved it what a good read !!! Had me completely hooked.
Very Very impressed Graham.Well done :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)