This series has quickly become one of my favorites, The Call Me Smitty Series. I just love the hard core, hard-boiled hit man that can be equal parts bad and compassionate. B.R. Stateham has composed a character that I think is going to stand the test of time. Basically I can’t say enough good things about the series from A to Z on this, I just can’t! This is a novella so it is a bit longer in length then its predecessors, which is an added bonus for us fans of this intense series. If I keep going on, I am going to start to ramble. The others in the series are: Call Me Smitty, Deadly Intent, and Your Final Hour. Each are excellent , each are engaging and each one is just $.99. I have placed this series at the top of my Delicious Dozen of Digital short stories for the 1st quarter 2011. The reason once you read one is obvious. Here is what you can expect from the read and a bit on the author:
“From the mind of B.R. Stateham, author of Death of Young Lieutenant, comes Two Tales of Blood & Mayhem, A Dish Served Cold. This installment of the series is a novella that helps to continue the digital short stories that came before it. The next dark glimpse we have into Smitty's life is violent, emotional and heart wrenching. The story is more of the same Smitty grit, hard-boiled action and suspense you have come to expect and enjoy from author B.R. Stateham.
The name is B.R. Stateham. Yes, I have a face only a mother could love. And I have been accused of having a distinct familial resemblence to a certain man-made Frankenstein critter from Olden Days. Be that as it may, I am a sixty two year old kid who has been married happily to the same wife for almost a quarter-century (bless her tormented soul!). We have three grown kids, five grand kids, two dogs, and a Dodge pickup truck I call 'Baby.'
I like to consider myself a writer. A writer of speculative fiction. My reading tastes run toward Fantasies, Histories, Mysteries, and Science-Fiction. But really, it doesn't matter.
I'll read just about anything. Writing, however, revolves around the four genres mentioned.
I don't know about you, but to me, today's writing seems so blasé. Like tasting vanilla pudding without much vanilla. Clones of clones. Gone, it seems, are the writing styles found in writers like Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. The two literately created the modern-day hard-boiled detective/cop. Every writer since who has played in this genre has copied, in one way or another, their styles. They brought a life to their words, animating their characters with a living, breathing presence. Today's writers of this genre go for fast paced action, unbelievable plots, and damn little description.
So my goal is to blend the modern with the old; bring more 'color' back into the art of writing--to stimulate the imagination, yet leave free enough room for each reader to paint that verbal portrait all their own. Join me in this endeavor. Let us be stalwart heroes and walk the dark alleys and back streets of murder and mayhem together. Or soar into galaxies unknown in search of adventures unparalleled.”
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