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Broken Angel [Kindle Edition]

Gary William Murning
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I was eight when I saw the woman swan-dive like a broken angel from the thirtieth floor of the Caeson Building…"

Broken Angel an exclusive short story by novelist Gary William Murning—and is that prequel to his fourth novel, The Legacy of Lorna Lovelost, available here

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 157 KB
  • Publisher: Gary William Murning Enterprises (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058TUE8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Gary is a novelist living in the northeast of England. His work, largely literary fiction, focuses on themes that touch us all -- love, death, loss and aspiration -- but always with an eye to finding an unusual angle or viewpoint. Quirky and highly readable, his writing aims to entertain first and foremost. If he can also offer a previously unfamiliar perspective or insight, all the better.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story to Tell 20 Sept. 2012
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This was a bargain buy on Kindle and an intriguing short story which served as an excellent introduction to the author's work.

Right from the start we are introduced to the reason for the story that unfolds and how it has such a profound and disturbing effect upon both of the brothers in their individual reactions to the event that acts as a catalyst for the subsequent actions they take.

Once something of this magnitude has so rudely intruded itself on their lives, they are forever shaped and defined by the significance of it - although their equally troubled family life must surely play a part. The dialogue is very true to life, with humour and pathos in equal measure. The story is narrated through the eyes of the younger brother, who is unable to get the vision he sees out of his head and finds the images repeating over the years like a never-ending refrain. Yet he seems to be the more 'together' and balanced character of the two - whether from having more of a natural inclination to be serious and reflective or having become so because of the horrific scene he is subject to as a child. He views life as 'dependent on this fine balance. Too much weight on either side and it was all over..'In many ways we can all identify things in our own lives that have shifted our focus from what is perceived as 'normal'.

There is a desire to push past what has happened and simply get on with life as if it hadn't. When the elder brother later mourns the loss of apparent innocence by saying "Why couldn't we have stayed kids - it would have been so much simpler, wouldn't it?", he is forgetting (but soon reminded) that their childhood was far from idyllic anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but deep 27 Sept. 2012
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This is a short story which more than makes up in its depth for its lack of length. Two young brothers are looking from their window when they see a woman plunge 30 floors to her death. Each takes a message from the experience. Their lives are challenging and each takes a different path. At the end of the book each has to make his own choice - to go with the 'message' or to become himself, a free person. Gary Murning writes a thought provoking story and furnishes his characters with believable dialogue.

This 'taster' has certainly made me want to read more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars smashing little read! 9 May 2012
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A great little short story about a little boy who witnesses a suicide - a woman jumping from a tower block, and the profound effect it has on him in the future. The writing is fantastic and the dialogue, especially between the narrator (the witness) and his brother is absolutely wonderful. Would definitely read more of the author's work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quality read, though perhaps a little short 9 May 2012
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I was only joking about the 'little short'. As ever from this author, another quality product and a damned good read. If you've read his novels before you may have an inkling of what you're in for, but if this is your first you'll find it a welcome respite from the usual, hackneyed prose. I'd even go on to suggest that you might read his other novels, whether in real or digital format, whatever takes your fancy, or possibly your pocket.

Oh and when I said, 'product', I meant of one hell of a fertile imagination.

So, go on take a look, for a limited time you can even read it for free, so what are you waiting for?
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