Reviewed by: Michael Thal
Genre: Short Story/Fantasy
Approximate word count:7-8,000 words
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Laura Sullivan has worn many hats during her professional career—social worker, editor, and even deputy sheriff—providing this talented writer plenty of fodder for her middle grade fantasy novels and YA historical fiction. “A Man of Kiri Maru” is Sullivan’s break into adult fiction.
One day a scientific expedition moored off the coast of Kiri Maru to study the Humboldt squid. It was rumored that the islanders worshipped these red demons, which were larger than a man. Landa, a member of the Council of Youths, set the young scientist straight. “We do not worship the red man of the currents.” Her English was flawless.
Thus begins the scientist’s quest to observe the Humboldt squid in its natural habitat and an unexpected love affair.
Sullivan’s short story is an entertaining quick read with unexpected twists that will keep readers delighted with this enchanting story.
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four Stars