Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review of Erika Holzer short story

  Scout & Engineer is the name of a new journal presenting short fiction.
  In its first edition (on Amazon's Kindle), Erika Holzer provided a short story entitled "Eyewitness."
  Here is the first review to appear.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Real Find, May 16, 2012
By Al Ramrus

I have no idea whether Erika Holzer ("Eyewitness") 
has ever read Somerset Maugham, one of the finest 
short-story writers of the 20th century, but she sure
follows his prescription: "The major task of any writer
is to make the reader want to turn the page."

Holzer will make you want to turn the pages with her

story of a Mafia princess who's rebelled against her
family to pursue an honorable life and successful career. 
But she's pulled into a Mafia war to protect her father, a 
mob boss, with her courage and her brains. If that sounds
a bit like "The Godfather," don't worry about it. Holzer's 
style is lean, hard and fast, like "The Godfather," but her
characters and plot are completely different, and so is her
romantic sense of life. 
  Amazon apparently welcomes reviews, and actually acknowledged 
  receipt of Mr. Ramrus's.