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The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man & Other Stories         
The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man & Other Stories
By Lee Florence
ISBN: 978-1-929763-56-6
Price: $17.95
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The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man & Other Stories is a series of eight short stories which records the lives of characters caught up in the acceleration of history. Quite often, the value of life and its meaning seem to be at odds. The unnamed force throughout the stories is Nature itself. In this way, the characters come into contact with the circumambient universe--and the earth which is their real home, where the value of life and its meaning is not at variance, and is not negotiable.

The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man & Other Stories is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com for the Kindle.

        
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Reviewed Appeared In: Midland Reporter-Telegram (Texas)
Reviewed By: Glen Aaron
Text Of Review: Midland 'mystery writer' releases book of short stories-- The mystery writer is Lee Florence of Midland, possibly the most talented new writer I have read to come out of West Texas this year. He has written a collection of short stories entitled "The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man and Other Stories."

Florence is deeply perceptive of human nature and the interaction of human relationships. His ability and maturity as a writer is well beyond that of a novice writer, and hints of the novelist to come. One would suppose that his Bachelor of Arts in history from Texas Tech University was not the catalyst of his writing talent, so his ability to write and describe as he does in this collection must, to some extent, be natural.

I have dubbed him the 'mystery writer' because he has no contact information, social media exposure or marketing, yet his talent speaks for itself. The short story "The Last Testament of an Ordinary Man," is of Orwellian genre, which touches our West Texas heart in the face of Big Brother. Do you have your CIN? You had better, or face jail.

But my favorite in the collection is "The Gatekeeper." Florence discloses the dysfunctional Texas family in their Santa Fe adobe through dialogue and appearance. At times, he is almost poetic with the use of words, but at other times graphic with description: "He was the gatekeeper and he would remain the gatekeeper -- most of all guardian of his own soul upon which no man was allowed to trespass."

Pocol Press is an independent publisher. The collection can be purchased in print at www.pocolpress.com, or on Kindle through Amazon.com.

I would like to note that short stories should be more popular in the market, considering the rush in our society. This is a collection that should be read by all for great entertainment.
Date Reviewed: June 2013
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