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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