Author: George R. McNeese (Twitter/Wattpad)
Genre: Literary Fiction
Reading time: 8 to 10 minutes
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
There is something very calming about George R. McNeese's writing style. Almost like you're sitting on a porch sipping lemonade listening to him spin you a yarn. Fire Works has such an easy and natural flow to it, you sometimes forget you're reading it and think you're listening to it.
As with any short story, you are thrust into the action almost from the very start, trying to unravel a mystery along with the main character. The author does a terrific job of building tension as you can feel the character's anxiety growing throughout the piece.
While I personally like stories that leave you feeling like you were dropped off a cliff at the end, some may find the ending a little abrupt. For me, it's the kind of ending that would keep me checking on the author to see if he writes a sequel to the story. I want to know what happens next. But I also appreciate the author giving me the latitude to formulate some of my own theories regarding the malady of Bobby Blake, the main character. Some people may be put off by it, and I can understand that to some degree. I know the author has more of this story in him. There is more to tell, and the fact that you as a reader want to know what happens next is a good thing. It means the author has you hooked, and only good writers can accomplish that.
In terms of your time commitment, you won't even notice how long this read takes (it is reasonably short, and can probably be squeezed into five minutes if you read reasonably fast). It's worth a look. The author has some burgeoning talent, and I want to see how the rest of his story plays out.
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