Monday, November 7, 2011

This Endris Night by D.L. Jackson

One night. One party of a lifetime. One secret a century old which could end it all.

Shiya, a Yupik supermodel, travels to Alaska in pretense of attending a party where she’ll find the man of her dreams. But her real intent is to lure the man of her nightmares to where she can finally end a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Gunnar is on Earth for one reason—to recover the wreckage of a Doppelganger crash that is scattered for miles, throughout an Alaskan resort and human settlements. In order to get closer to the ship’s debris, he agrees to a date and finds himself face to face with a Terran woman who doesn’t know her genetics are from his world, or that she’s being tracked by someone whose duty is to eliminate all threats to their secret. Shiya’s heritage has placed her at the top of the killer’s list.

Now the only way to save her, is to claim her, and Shiya isn’t about to make it easy.

Reviewer: Dolce Amore
Like all stories, this one starts with a man and a woman and… a bear?

Shiya left Alaska many years ago after she refused to marry the man her father had chosen for her. She became a famous model and enjoyed her life until she'd got a stalker who nearly managed to kill her. So she decided to come back to Alaska, thinking she can outwit the stalker on her home turf (that is, snow and ice). What she doesn't suspect is that he's no ordinary human.

Gunnar is a Doppelganger (a creature that can shift into any human or animal) who came to Earth with a mission to recover the ship that had crashed there hundreds of years before. He meets Shiya while in his polar bear form and he realizes that she is actually his mate. She is a half-breed Doppelganger, too, and now she's in danger.

The story is very original and interesting. I enjoyed it but it left me with a feeling that I've missed something. It was too short, too rushed and with very little background. For example, we don't find out why Shiya had rejected the man chosen by her father, what her life was like when she was a model and before that. The attempt on her life is dealt with scarcely a couple of words. Here the author had an idea for a whole novel but wrote a short story instead. The point is, a good short story should be complete in itself, no loose ends and no blank spots. Would-be novels don't make good short stories.

That’s why I will give it just 3.5 stars.

Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


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