Aug 27, 2009: What seems like any other day for David takes a turn for the worse when a ring he finds at the movie theatre ends up having magical powers beyond his comprehension. Just as he begins unravelling the mystery behind the ring, he finds himself chased by mysterious beings, and his very life is in danger.
This was a quick and easy read, the writing was free of mistakes and fairly solid. The characters are likeable and have considerable depth taking into account the length of this piece. I did think the writing could have benefited from a bit more emotion and suspense; the reader hardly ever feels any worry or concern for the main character because the powers of the ring are evidenced a little too strongly.
While, the plot line is intriguing enough to make up for it, although there were a couple scenes which to me simply slowed down the plot in what is otherwise a very short, snappy story. Also, I found the climax a little disappointing, perhaps even a case of deus ex machina. As a result I think the story could benefit from some expansion, and there is definite room for more.
The website layout is uncluttered, professional-looking. Readers can leave comments only after reading the entire novella, which while a little annoying, is understandable, considering how short it is.
Overall, a quick and entertaining read, which has a lot of potential. Robert Swartwood has built a unique world which really deserves to be explored a little more.
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