REVIEW SUMMARY: Strong debut novel from a top-tier indie author.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Former rock guitarist flees death to become a vampire and finds something much worse.
PROS: Empathetic female protagonist; escalating emotional conflict; fresh twist on vampire genre; tight wrap-up.
CONS: Slavery and its theme drags a little; setting is claustrophobic; antagonist is a little weak.
BOTTOM LINE: Consistent to Montoure’s strengths in his best short stories, Still Life is beautifully written with strong characters and a surprising plot, and only lacked a larger playground in which to experience its story elements.
Hello! My name is Max Pfeffer and I’d like to welcome you to the first edition of Indie Author Spotlight! As a writer and avid reader, I check out a lot of self-published authors via my Kindle Fire due to the typically low prices and the prospect of finding as-yet unknown hidden gems. Through my consistent perusing of the Kindle store, I’ve managed to find a slew of talented writers whom I believe deserve to be in the spotlight. In this new monthly column, I’ll be introducing you to a variety of indie authors in the realm of science fiction, fantasy and horror. My hope is that you’ll discover along with me and enjoy these works just as much as I have.
So, without further ramblings, let’s move on to the spotlight!