20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, filled with stories of hope, redemption, and in some cases forgiveness, the reader finds a relaxing and inspirational read. Each story’s short, however, all are complete. Exploring human relationships and the human heart, Salerno crafted a glimpse of romance and friendship.
In 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories, the reader finds 20 stories which are short in length and long in content. Filled with hope and expectations of good things to come, 20 Short Ones: 20 Short Stories a feel-good read. Each story is complete unto its self. This book does not focus on one religious group but features several from Catholic to Jewish and ones in-between. Salerno is an equal opportunity author.
In A Brush With The Beast the world as we know it is about to end. Three people will find their lives turned upside down as the Beast prepares the world for the final fight between good and evil. Nick Gooseberry, ultra rich and in indescribable pain, finds a group called “The Order” has the answers to his health problems. As he descends into evil, the world’s sent into chaos. Fanak’s, a bitter youth, filled with hatred for Israel and America becomes the ultimate terrorist. Sarah Johnson, poor and unattractive with a drug habit, finds herself framed by her boss. While in jail she meets a Christian and develops a thirst for the Bible and God. Survival in the coming world will be hard, and when the Beast finds she’s pregnant, she and her child are in jeopardy. A new world’s coming and survival of body and soul are at stake. My book reviews of A Brush With The Beast follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Richard Sones gives the reader views from three people, each important in the coming battle. Nick’s character’s the ultimate rich man; concerned only with himself, money, and power, power, power. Fanak’s filled with evil, a need for vengeance, religious extremism, and hatred for the Great Satan. Sarah’s a lost soul who finds salvation in Jesus.
Although interweaving three characters’ stories into a single plot, Sones scenes transition smoothly and his writing flows well. The story-line flows naturally and fluidly as Sones takes the reader into a chaotic world ushering in the Antichrist. Using Bible scripture, Sones highlights the salvation plan and the coming events. Whether you are religious, believe in the “end of days” or are a non-believer, this book will grab you and not let go. From each character’s backstory, pagan rituals, the Mark of Beast, the Tribulation, and world domination, I found myself glued to my E-reader.