Together Beyond Death
As a Daydreamer for Imagine Nation, Jarek creates far flung adventures across space and time in his mind’s eye for others to experience vicariously through their neural prostheses. Sometimes he fights space dragons, other times he dives to the bottom of Alear’s deepest ocean and discovers what sorts of monsters lurk in the planet’s darkest recesses. But when his wife (aide to President Rance Mard) uncovers a conspiracy to tap into the limitless power supply of ancestors who have passed onto the spirit realm, Jarek soon discovers that the most horrible monsters are far worse than anything he could ever have imagined.
Review 3 of 5 Stars
I received a copy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was an interesting story. I liked the premise very much and it was an easy read for the most part. The characters were interesting and the story was told in a somewhat tongue in cheek manner, which I found enjoyable. There was even some romance and it wrapped up neatly with a little twist.
I would have liked to have seen more about this world and these characters. It was fascinating, but I felt some portions were sort of glazed over to move things along. Maybe I was just so fascinated by the idea of the story that I wanted to see it expanded. Hard to say. In the end, though, I was left feeling a little wanting.
That being said it was an interesting story that was well written and I enjoyed it even if it did leave me wanting to know more. The short story format seems a little too short for all the ideas that were running through this story and I think it would have made an excellent novella at maybe twice its current length. At 47 pages it’s a quick read, but you can find it at Amazon if you’re interested.