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Green Hills Fiction Review

Posted on November 2, 2011 by Nancy

Available at DriveThruFiction.com

 

“Blood & Bare Bones Review” is a new format I’m trying out for my reviews. Basically, these will be short — a few sentences in each section to describe the story, what I think of the characters, twists (if any) and writing style.

First up is GREEN HILLS by JW Schnarr.

Story: A desperate pilot takes a shady job from an even shadier employer. Before long, he realizes that there’s a not-too-pleasant future in store for him. It kind of reminded me of a segment out of the original HEAVY METAL movie. A scared pilot and weird locale = an interesting mix.

 

Characters: Solid. The dialogue reveals a lot about the personalities of each individual, without being tiresome. Descriptions of mannerisms, etc., are vivid but minimal, allowing the story to flow naturally.

 

Shockers: The full reveal near the end is set up well. It took a while to build to it, and there are hints along the way. Most readers will probably have a few accurate suspicions early on (and the Faustian nature of the story is in the online description anyway) but that’s all part of the fun.

 

Writing Style/Readability:  Controlled, but not boring or obvious. There’s grace and technical precision. You can tell from the first sentence that this is someone who enjoys and  has studied the genre and has a good handle on the craft of writing.

 

Recommend: Yes. It’s a quick read and entertaining.

 

Review by Nancy O. Greene

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