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Imagine knowing where the gold is located, only you have to cross a desert, starved and dehydrated, to find the abandoned town and the abandoned mine. It’s difficult not to get excited at the prospect of instant wealth. And then there’s a young boy who discovers something quite strange from outer space, and the consequences have a global impact, one that will have a drastic effect on planet earth with the not unexpected government’s inability to control the situation, since “the powers that be have already made that decision for us.” And a fiftieth wedding anniversary visit to Yosemite National Park, the location of the proposal so long ago, goes awry when a bear attacks, only is it a bear? There’s also a story with a dog and a story with some moonshiners.
Western, fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, and just fiction are all packed into a collection of short stories by Russell Waterman. Nine Stories: A Collection of Short Stories displays this author’s vast list of genres and his ability to captivate his reading audience in each one of these genres. Each story has a well-developed plot, good character and scene descriptions, and an incredible hook that lures the reader into the story. This diverse collection is a good introduction to a spell-binding storyteller and a great way to introduce readers not only to this author but also to different genres they might not otherwise consider reading. Some stories will make the reader contemplate the fate of humanity and others will simply entertain. A vivid collection.