Doomsday Diary

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
A diary is handed in to the police as lost property. The pages are filled out ten days into the future, terminating with the prediction of Professor Maurice Masterson's death. As the days pass, and each day's account comes true, Chief Inspector Dobbs is forced to swallow his scepticism and prevent the inevitable.

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About James Field

I was born in Essex, England, in 1951.

My early days of work as an engineer led me to Norway where I met my future wife Kari. She moved to England where we married and raised our two daughters. We moved back to Norway in 1985.

My wife and I now live far in the north, well within the Arctic Circle, in the land of the midnight sun. Life here is slow and comfortable, blessed by unspoilt nature and its magnificent moods.

Being creative in the written form gives me vast pleasure. I hope, dear reader, you will take a break from your world and lose yourself in one of mine.

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Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on June 1, 2016 : (no rating)
The story is quite intelligent and intriguing and shows, als expected, the high professional skills of the author. I had fun reading it. Three stars, in my system.

Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of those authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
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Review by: James Jenkins on Feb. 1, 2016 :
Stands alone well, one of the better stories in the series in recent memory.
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Jan. 24, 2016 :
This is another excellent addition to the series, which is a creative and well-written story.
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Review by: James R. Womack on Dec. 3, 2015 :
Love the descriptions of the characters and environments. The author makes his main character a full person. You know what he believes, how he thinks, what his attitude and views are about people he interacts, police politics, and sports. I felt I was right at Dobbs' side every step of the way and in his mind watching events unfold.

I was beginning to wonder, "Where's the humor this story is supposed to embody?" Then immediately read Dobb's smug remarks to Professor Masterson's inspecting the diary and his fifty-six year old woman with dandruff statement. That had me all but choking as I laughed. Then there was Dobb's understanding of physics which is hilarious but sort of makes sense. In a roundabout way at least. All in all I found the story fun to read. I think it is just right for reading when forced to wait. Perhaps being stuck at the airport, a train station. Or you have a rainy day or boring night at home. Or maybe you just like a good story that won't take you days or more to read. This story is a perfect entertainment break.
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Review by: Michael on Nov. 15, 2015 :
What would you do if you found a diary that predicted the events of the next ten days, like the winning lottery numbers, or the death of someone you knew? This is the predicament facing Chief Inspector Dobbs, who is both a sceptic, and not partial to the man whose death has been predicted. When the diary proves accurate, he’s obliged to investigate.

James Field shows his trademark wit in this short story, which has a deceptively cunning plot that quietly twists and turns its way to a satisfying conclusion. Dobbs is a great character, an underachieving and bumbling policeman who you can’t help but like. Pitted against the curt and authoritative Professor Masterson, you’re bound to be delighted by this ‘odd couple’ science fiction short. Review over. I’m off to buy a lottery ticket…
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Review by: James Hold on Nov. 9, 2015 :
Nicely told. I could see this as a TV episode.
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