Rated 4.63/5 based on 19 reviews
I’m dying, well that’s what I’ve been told. How has my life come to this: death, betrayal, friendship, love? Yes, love. I know it’s there somewhere, but I’m struggling to make sense of things. How can I, Oliver Beaton-Court, be here in this cabin, looking at my dead wife and holding an axe… Maybe Tom can give me the answers I need, or maybe there are no answers…
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About David Sartof

I was born in a small caravan in a field in the north of Scotland. After such an inauspicious yet somehow romantic introduction to life, I have gone on to do many things. I have served in the merchant marine, been a professional engineer, a military officer and an entrepreneur. I also have a PhD in management philosophy and can research the backside off most things! I now live, in North Yorkshire, England, with my wife and young son. Throughout my eclectic career, I have always written, believing fervently in the power of the written word, and I have previously published a non-fiction work with Palgrave Macmillan. I now bring together a set of rich experiences, a creative research-based outlook to plot construction, and a dash of essential seasoning, to bring you fiction such as River of Judgement, Gloria and now, Sarah! The latter two short stories being inspired by the writings of Anton Chekhov.

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Review by: sourav kothari on Oct. 16, 2015 :
nice but confusing
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Review by: Robert Shroud on Nov. 20, 2013 :
Liked this a lot.
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Review by: Stanley Willow on Nov. 09, 2013 :
Too much description not enough story.
May have been visualised very well in the authors mind but didn't come off to the reader.
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Review by: Faith Sumners on Oct. 02, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this short story
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Review by: Nicole Thornton on May 28, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this short story. Nice twist, story development and writing. Keep writing David. We always need good authors.
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Review by: j Go on April 30, 2012 :
The best short story I've read in a long time. Was also quite impressed with good grammar and language, something sorely lacking in many authors today.

Good character development and plot.

Early on I was fairly certain I understood Tom and his role in the story, and I wasn't disappointed. But I was still surprised at the ending and loved it!
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Review by: Larry Berkman on April 26, 2012 :
This was a great short story, with clever verse and tons of suspense. I loved the character of Oliver and the dilemma he found himself in. My only comment/constructive critique is that I feel the author spent so much time setting up the twist that, when it finally came, it was somewhat of a let-down. I guess I just expected a bigger bang. And I'm still not sure I quite understand the character of Tom. Regardless, this was a well-written story, worthy of reading, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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Review by: Lynne Gale on Nov. 11, 2011 :
I think we all have times when we wonder where are we and what are we doing ..... well I do anyway. Really connected with poor Oliver. A great read with a brilliant twist!!
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Review by: Dustin Pendleton on Oct. 25, 2011 :
A great story.
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Review by: Tim Winner on Sep. 19, 2011 :
A very good read
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Review by: Darcia Helle on Sep. 18, 2011 :
Packed into this short story is a unique plot with a great little twist and an incredibly well developed main character. The writing took me right into the mind of Oliver, the main character. Loved it!
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Review by: J on Sep. 02, 2011 :
Gripping and suspenseful. A must read. Enough said.
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Review by: Susan on April 20, 2011 :
Very well done. Excellent!
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Review by: Emmanuel Obi, Jr on April 11, 2011 :
Took a bit for me to get use to the writing style but the story was utterly amazing. I wish I could have written this. I can't say enough good stuff about this story
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Review by: gskidz on Aug. 12, 2010 :
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Review by: Zax Myth on Aug. 02, 2010 :
Great short story, couldn't put it down.
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Review by: B. A. Wallace on May 06, 2010 :
When I was a kid short stories always had a surprise ending. That was the standard format. Then, through the touchy-feely 80s and 90s, surprise endings were replaced with deep and meaningful epiphanies. I guess writers were just trying to move with the times. Or maybe I was reading the wrong anthologies? Anyway, it's good to find an old style short story again, about a desperate character and a nasty betrayal, with a twist at the end.
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Review by: lin on Feb. 21, 2010 :
Five star rating.
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Review by: lin on Feb. 21, 2010 : (no rating)
A very involved read, you are there with Oliver every step of the story, you can feel his emotion & fear, A short story that could be taken further.
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Review by: Gareth Roberts on Feb. 09, 2010 :
This short story was a fantastic suprise.

Tense, and gripping to the end...the conclusion was far from expected throughout.

I would love to see this developed into the novel, or even a screen play. The ideas and themes explored here would lend themselves wholeheartedly to a thrilling feature length movie!!

A1 writing!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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