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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Thaine Chase's A Reader’s Apéritif: A Petite Assortment of Flash Fiction & Short Stories, eclectic characters come alive in ten equally eclectic tales. “A number of red dots danced on my chest, they had me dead to rights. But I knew the snipers couldn’t shoot, and it allowed me to concentrate on my assignment at hand. This was a stand-off in the truest sense of the term.” That Little Extra starts the collection, and what a start it is. It has the right amount of suspense, emotional turmoil, and humor with a conclusion that will leave an indelible impression on readers. In Prisoner of War, the freedom of a peculiar captive depends on the three wishes of a young boy, a tale that pays tribute to a much-loved classic.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a soldier rediscovers his faith before he faces his enemies in Sacrosanct. A link to a short film is included and it's fascinating to watch the story come alive. As a sci-fi fan, the dark tale of impending human extinction in Silo-837 is my favorite. The last entry is Do Us Part, a fascinating perspective about human existence in reverse: souls to vessels, death to life. Ranging from contemporary to fantastical, the collection is energized by its diverse genre and concept, including characters who have nuance and acumen when it comes to self-reflection. With a narrative that is mostly grounded in realism, each tale is affecting in its own way. Simply put, A Reader’s Apéritif is an entertaining and commendable work from Thaine Chase.