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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Impending Disaster by Colin Guest is a short story that follows Ian, Mark and Jane on a nice day out that quickly turns calamitous. After their pilot loses control, their plane crashes and they are thrown onto a mountainside. Instantaneously, they are flung into survival mode as they attempt to navigate a descent to the bottom...but, inevitably, the mountain (and the forces of both man and nature) have other ideas. As a series of events creates a seemingly endless stream of bad luck, the trio works hard not just to save themselves, but a town at the mountain's basin that could potentially be flooded and the entire population of residents swept away to certain death.
Impending Disaster by Colin Guest was a pleasant companion as I whiled away a couple hours on the beach. As expected, it's a short story that takes a reader right in and continues with non-stop action until the end. It's not always easy for a writer to develop their characters when working within a smaller word count, but Guest does a great job of making them feel authentic. Brevity can also cause problems when multiple subplots come into play, but on that front Guest also had the skill to effectively keep pace and timing in line with his narrative. Whether you're spending an afternoon in an armchair or on a picnic blanket, this is a good piece of adventure fiction that is easy to recommend to readers who enjoy quick escapes into worthwhile stories.