Thursday, August 16, 2012

SEVERANCE, by Tom Doolan

Tom Doolan impresses me with his talent for turning out a solid little short story. I'm learning from him how to write in this format, as opposed to the novellas my stories usually turn out to be. Severance is another fine example of Tom's knack for writing a compelling little tale with some interesting characters. In this one, Severance is a young woman, a professional assassin, out to kill the Countess Miriam D'Lange, who is being protected by a strange, formidable opponent---the master assassin known as Marcus "The Death" LeMortus, (I really love that name!) who just happens to harbor a dark secret. It seems that the Countess D'Lange had Severance's father killed for his fortune, and would have had her killed, as well. Now, I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that the Countess is indeed killed. But it's what happens afterward that I can't tell you without spoiling it all. I will say this, however: it's all part of a clever trap . . . but who's the bait? Ah, there's the rub. The tale is something of a circle: a win and a loss for one of the players. The final confrontation between Severance and Marcus reveals all, and the fight scene between them is brutal and well-written. Will Severance win, and in the winning, get more than she bargained for? Well, you'll just have to read this cool little tale for yourself. It's available as a Kindle eBook from Amazon. Read it, now!