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THE WHALER:

By Ignite (East Yorkshire, UK) TOP 500 REVIEWER
This short story is a real, old fashioned 'song of the sea' in that it is related by and old sailor who worked on on a whaling ship. The narrator was First Mate to Captain Grice, a sadistic man who didn't just kill the whales as a job of work but took an evil enjoyment in ensuring that the creatured suffered as much as possible before its death. Read this and find out about his comeuppance! It's a well told tale and the descriptions of the hardships of life aboard a whaling ship, especially during the butchering, flensing and rendering stages are graphic and believable. I live near a town with a museum largely dedicated to the old whaling fleets and I've seen some of the tools used. Steve Roach knows of what he speaks.  I now need to go off and read some more of his work. A great little story; thanks Steve.

By
The Emperor (UK) TOP 1000 REVIEWER

This was a well written and interesting short story.  It was very atmospheric and it kept my interest until the end. It was just gruesome and spooky enough and if anything I might have preferred it to be a bit longer.

By Combat Wombat "Opinion is seldom fact" (Hampshire, UK) TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Have been saving The Whaler up for a suitable lunch time. It's a nice little read that tells it's tale and ends with a wry grin.  Personally I would have loved it if it had been either half as long or a full length novel. Shorter simply because I love taught, sharp tales that almost jump off the page at you in a rush to say their piece. Longer because the characters deserve the depth and complexity that they could be given when not restrained. Thank you Mr Roach for a pleasant read. Regards, CW.

By
jjrk

This is a gem floating among the flotsam of self published stories on Amazon. The author grabs the attention of the reader early with a dark yarn told over a cold brew in worn down pub by the sea. What better place to hear a frightening tale of the black depths? Overtones of Poe can be felt throughout and the story didn't falter once as the horror continued to build. Well depicted characters and a creepy central idea make this a keeper that will stick in the mind after it's been read and put down. The only thing I would add is the author could have expanded more on the idea, basically it could have been longer. With a little more plot it would make an excellent novel. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a quick scary read! I appreciate the author's talent, it makes searching through the many badly written works worthwhile when you find something like this! Well worth the money!

(AMAZON.COM REVIEW)
 

A DOG'S LIFE:

By Rosh
Thank you for this short story. It kept me entertained on a sunny afternoon in the garden. I was completely engrossed in the story although it was rather a sad one.

By
Ash
I quite enjoyed this short story and despite it's bleak content felt it was well written and thought provoking. The blurb hinted at the dark turn the story takes yet I was still shocked by the finale. I felt there were various layers of hidden narratives; the cruelty of children, loyalty of a beloved pet and almost a kharmic climax.  A good read and i'll look out for more by this author.

By
Kitten (USA)
This is a story of an old dog who suffers the unfortunate loss of his original owners and must go live with new owners who irresponsibly and foolishly pick him ( an old and emotionally suffering dog) to be a companion for their unruly son. The characters in this book seem very true to human nature and dog nature, flaws and all. It is very well written and it kept me interested from beginning to end.  Due to the suffering and violence in the story, I recommend this be read by adults only, or older mature kids who can appreciate and understand the purpose of the book. There is definitely something to be learned here.
(AMAZON.COM REVIEW)

By
Meghan
This was a very quick read that opened my eyes to the reality of what can happen to a dog once adopted. I couldn't put it down! It is not for the faint of heart, there are some gory parts. I felt those parts were necessary to make the story both dramatic and realistic. There were reviews stating that the lack of a happy ending or a lesson learned were disappointing, but in real life there isn't always a happy ending for every pet who gets adopted.
(AMAZON.COM REVIEW)

By
L. Sigrist (USA)
This is, without a doubt, the darkest and most disturbing book I've ever read....and I've read many. I will spend the rest of my life trying to forget it and wishing I'd never purchased it. I worry about the author.
(AMAZON.COM REVIEW)
 

THE FARDA:

By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
If you have arachnophobia, then this story will probably make you very wary of reaching into a pile of bananas and keep you scanning the uppermost corners of your house. I was pleasantly surprised by the tale, perhaps because the title envoked images in my head of a turban clad male playing a flute like instrument, whilst enticing a snake. Nope, the spider just happens to have a Jamaican accent, mon. I really liked the connection and parallels between human and spider. It is also an example of how humans are more likely to act upon base instinct than they are aware of and how we imagine ourselves to be superior to all live forms. I enjoyed the read.

By
Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a little gem of a book. The story concerns a grossly obsese man who is confined to his home because of his size. He has no friends and effectively no life. His predicament is sensitively described. He is about to trench his way through a crate of bananas when he find a huge spider (which can talk!) The growing relationship between the man and the spider is a delight as we watch it unfold. Steve Roach has a dark side to his humour though. Things go downhill!

This is a short story but as there's a small cast there is time for character development and the plot has a slight inevitability although I didn't see the final page coming. The author's writing style is skilful and accessible without being in any way simple. Short but sweet, this one, and well worth a read.

By
The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I enjoyed this well written short story. The author definitely has talent.  It is pretty amusing and though you can guess what is going to happen I still found it to be an enjoyable and worthwhile read.

By Kew "kbports" (england) TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a well-written short story with a very unexpected twist to the end. It reminded me of the sort of surprise that you used to get from the old TV show of the 1970s, "Tales of the Unexpected." I doubt many, if any, will be able to guess the ending of this little story!

By
karen
This is a brilliant short story. I dont like spiders, but I enjoyed the relationship between the street wise hairy monster and the fat man. Well done Steve another great story.


TWINS:

By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This, although ostensibly a story about fraternal hatred (it's much more than simple sibling rivalry!) seems rather deeper than its surface story. Twins who fought even in the womb and who spent their childhood fighting to the extent they were regulars at A&E finally seem to settle to ignoring one another. However, a love feud results directly in the death of one and indirectly the death of the other. We have all heard the term, 'Death is not the end,' and that's so true here. The depth of their mutual hatred is such that they still try to find ways to anihilate each other. The story, through some interesting descriptive prose, takes us much further, deeper, than you would imagine. Can hatred ever die? They say love never dies and hatred is just the other side of the coin.

This is another intriguing idea from a man who can really come up with a good story line. The writing style is clear and unfussy but Steve Roach can use language well and pull the reader into a darned good tale. A great little read.


PEOPLE OF THE SUN:

By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Oh, this is a deliciously dark one! It involves a disparate group of people in Brazil looking for Inca gold. One man, Eduardo, has studied the history and thinks he knows where the Incas buried the gold they smuggled away from the conquistadors. There's a group of wealthy men investing in this but they are a bad lot and their money is ill-gotten. The narrator Francis, is a man who has gone there to teach English and befriended Eduardo.

I found myself getting a little bogged down in the historical explanation Eduardo gives to Francis but once the expedition begins the story becomes darker and more dangerous. The financiers of the expedition include one man who is completely amoral and obsessive about the gold and things go rapidly downhill. I thought the ending was inspired! This novella is another good story from a great storyteller. Well worth a read.


By
The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This was quite good. It is an interesting setting and the author makes good use of it.  The storyline itself is slightly different from the usual and the writing style is decent.  It is slightly rough around the edges and at times I would have liked the protagonist to have been more dynamic.  I did enjoy this book and I was impressed that the author had attempted something a little more original than is usual.


EXPERIMENTS WITH HUMANS:

Enjoyed it because (I've) never read anything so bizarre.
AMAZON UK REVIEW FOR EXPERIMENTS WITH HUMANS.

 

 
             
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