Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Approximate word count: 25,000-30,000 words
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Rejean Giguere lives in Canada. He has published two other novels and four short story collections. For more, visit his website. www.rejeangiguere.com
The story is a quest where the protagonist, Zeke Jackson, goes in search of his twin sister who has been taken captive somewhere in Asian.
After Zeke has exhausted all the “normal” channels to find his sister, he receives a mysterious email and through it makes connection with a mystic located in a rough area of the Bronx. From here on his journey becomes more strange and challenging. Taking him to Africa, and costing him dearly in pain and suffering. A fast read, the pacing and plot kept me engaged throughout, but once I’d finished, I felt a little like I do after eating Chinese food. It was enjoyable, but I was soon hungry again. I think because the story is purely plot driven and little time is spent giving the characters depth, or explaining the surroundings, or delving into why the strange things are taking place, or why they work, or how they work.
I don’t read many short stories, so that may be the reason I was left feeling there was more that could have been told in this tale. Still. I did enjoy the few hours I spent in Mr. Giguere’s world.
Too few to mention. Canadian spelling
Rating: **** Four stars