"FISH FARM" By Walt Sautter

Posted by Matt McAvoy on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Under: Book Reviews



This is a great little novella, gripping and entertaining, which I managed to read in one short evening.  “Fish Farm” is a wonderful cautionary thriller, written in an otherwise entertaining voice, with some really good setpieces – a well-told vigilante tale (and who doesn’t love one of those?) in the mould of “Death Wish” and “Harry Brown”.  The characters are interesting, with intriguing back-stories, and the story is simple yet enticing, with a great ending which I didn’t see coming; a satisfying sense of justice rounds it all up neatly, giving a sense of full-circle.  The pace of the prose does feel a little rushed throughout, and perhaps disproportionately so in the last few chapters, but this doesn’t really detract anything, because there is not enough leg-room in this story to form a novel-length feature – in my opinion, a quick, punchy novella is far more appealing in this case.

Generally, Walt’s writing style is nice to read, and his use of dialogue is gritty and credible; the urban realism is one we can all relate to, as well as the plight of the characters – for the most part tragically under-respected for their mature years and combined experiences. 

I don’t feel that the bargain price Walt is charging for this ebook is justified, and I would much rather see it sold at a price which better reflects the overall quality of its content, and its author.  In a nutshell, it is my personal opinion that “Fish Farm” - and Walt’s storytelling - deserves much more than Walt gives it credit for; this is a very good book, a nice, brutal story, and I enjoyed it a great deal.

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