Monday, December 27, 2010

Review of DESPERATE by Bryl R. Tyne

Available from Untreed Reads Publishing:
 4 of 5 stars

I received a review copy from the publisher

DESPERATE is the third story of the Zagzagel Diaries.  Once again the author packs a punch with so few words.  In this story, Zag, our resident guardian angel, must stop Nick, a teenage boy who may or may not be gay, from doing something that will forever change his life, and not in a good way.  Being from a religious family and living under the roof of a racist, Nick understandably suffers inner turmoil.

Zag takes direction from Big Papa and the number one rule is not to interfere.  Humans must be allowed to make their own choices, however stupid they may be.  This is where Zag has a serious problem.  He can’t always follow his directive and sometimes intercedes directly on his human’s behalf.  It is not always pleasant when Zag has to report to Big Papa and endure the severe tongue-lashing heaped upon him.

The author interjects humor in all of the Zag stories, but for the first time, I noticed something else.  Zag is experiencing a human affliction.  I don’t want to spoil anything for the next reader, but suffice it to say, I found this intriguing.  Is something changing for our resident guardian angel?

If you’re looking for short stories that pack a wallop, then start with FORSAKEN, the first story in the Zagzagel Diaries and work your way through them.  You will not be disappointed.