Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FREE short story Fifty Fifty

free for 5 days at Amazon Kindle

My short story ebook at Amazon Kindle, Fifty Fifty, is FREE starting today February 11, 2014 and will be free until February 15. (You don't need a Kindle to read eBooks from Amazon.)

Do not buy this in lieu of getting your loved-one a Valentine. This is not a Valentine story. 
But don't forget to give your love to somone Friday.

This is a war story. Maybe not the way war mostly happens, but one with a better outcome for two enemies with a fifty-fifty chance of going home in a body bag.

War is purgatory. Waiting is hell.

You can download it for free from Amazon for 5 days starting today. DO IT HERE Hurry before all the electrons in the internets get used up.
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Here is a review of "Fifty Fifty" by award winning author and ex Vietnam War helicopter pilot Byron Edgington (The Sky Behind Me at Amazon)

4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful/improbable fantasy of war February 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Here we have a short story of war, which, if it turned out to be true may well be the ultimate wonderful if improbable fantasy this war weary world needs to read and believe in. One of our protagonists, Nelson, is an American GI in Afghanistan. Trapped, cynical, deeply judgmental and prejudiced against `the ragheads' he confronts in the interminable Afghan conflict, Nelson finds himself at an impasse with his enemy, `Behnam,' (not Omar). Nelson can't move and neither can the Afghani. Both men are stuck where they are, with no relief in sight from units or comrades. One false move and one or the other of them will die.
A short review for a short story impels me to say that this is a marvelous if impossible tale of two men facing each other across more than a dusty alley in a remote part of the remotest land in the world. Reminiscent of the great Saki short story, The Interlopers, (but with a different ending), Fifty Fifty resolves itself in a series of feints and false moves: Nelson trying to justify his anger and racism, yearning to return to Red Hook Brooklyn and stop the crazy obligation to make up for his cousin's death; Behnam surrendering his automatic hatred, following Nelson's lead, and... Well, you'll have to read it.
The story does require a willing suspension of disbelief. With very rare exceptions, military units don't leave individual troops behind. The resolution arrives pretty quickly, but it does satisfy. And there isn't enough bravado and jabber from the Afghani across the alley in response.
All in all a satisfying tale that can be read in a few minutes, almost like a long-ish Haiku of war and its insane purposes.
Byron Edgington, author of The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life

Thank you for reading. See you next time?

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