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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Without any fuss, Flash Fiction Stories of the Sea drops readers into murky waters. Sometimes serene, often turbulent. Three Chilean servicemen were in a boat hunting seals. The real reason they were out there was to discuss how to divide the millions they stole from a bank. A convoluted plan that goes fatally awry for one of them. A rendezvous at the Antarctic Peninsula where a British expedition found personal effects of a Chilean officer lost in the ice. In 1865, a Union ship loaded with 2,400 released prisoners of war burst into flames and more than 1,800 died. The incident was overshadowed by an even greater national tragedy. A stranger seeing a man manhandling a turtle on the dock thinks he wants to kill it, but there is a twist. Without the Chilean supply vessel, the University of Wisconsin could not have maintained its Antarctic base. It should have been a routine retrieval, but bad things happen.
With Flash Fiction Stories of the Sea, Theodore Jerome Cohen and Alyssa Devine give readers tantalizing glimpses of life on the sea, ships, and the men who sail the deeps. Apart from two lengthy stories, this collection is pure flash fiction; mostly one-page flashes to tickle the imagination. Some raise a chuckle, while others will make readers knit their brows in revelation. Beautifully written with crisp dialogue and flowing prose, the only regret readers will have is that there isn’t more, or that the authors have not sprinkled several full-blown stories into the mix. Nevertheless, what is given will entertain.