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Gus (Short Story) [Kindle Edition]

David Gilmore
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gus, a former police officer who is now disfigured after being set on fire, is tired of life. His days are always the same, and he wants to end it all. Follow him during a mostly typical day of his life.

The short story itself is 1,713 words, so it is very short (half the length of my other short story). The afterword is 651 words.

Note: There is a fair bit of swearing.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 11 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DZ123VU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,124,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I'm a fiction writer and also a freelance editor from Manchester in the UK. I'm also 28 years old. I enjoy reading, watching television (Person of Interest & Arrow are two favorites right now), and I also enjoy playing the odd computer game.

As for what I like to read and write, I'm open to reading and writing anything really. I don't really consider myself a genre writer or reader, so . . .

My profiles on various sites can be found at:

Goodreads: (note: I don't really use Twitter much.)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read... 8 Sept. 2013
By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Gus is about an ex-policeman who has been attacked and burnt by yobs. He is a survivor of an horrific attack and just get by, day by day. It is the story of one day in his life, his last day, as it is said in the first sentence. You cannot help but want to cry ''hang on there, there is something they can do, let her phone for help''.
The thing that hit me most is that Gus, in his despair, never thought of taking his own life, or this is not told in the story. So, the irony of the end did not escape me, because somewhere, deep down, Gus must have had some hope, hope that someone else took away.

I seldom read short stories and I do not like swearing. Yet, I have enjoyed this short story, because the author has really managed to capture Gus' emotions and to pass them onto the reader. The swearing was just to show Gus' frustration towards the world. I do not think other words could have described it as accurately.

Only 11 pages, but very emotionally charged. Keep a tissue close by if you cry easily (like me).

And it is free at the time of this review, so , take advantage of it to download it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching glimpse of Gus' life 7 Sept. 2013
By Laura
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Touching story. It took me a while to get used to Gus' voice as he's a character so different from me, but it was well worth the effort. This is a sad story, uncomfortable at times, but there is something beautiful about it too. There are some strong emotions and atmosphere here too! The whole cast of characters are very realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Author who is indeed progressing 10 Sept. 2013
By WSeller
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David does seem to be a short story specialist. Writing short stories can sometimes be more difficult than writing a longer one. Because you need a beginning, middle and end in the space of a few thousand words, and still display the crucial details of the story and keep it interesting.

The pacing and interest was dead on. Gus, once a regular guy on the beat, is now a disfigured individual who many laugh and sneer at. The book is set in a typical day for Gus. You'll see how he discerns the world around him and how people view him.

Things can be learnt from this story. Because it actually does have some moral lessons to it. Get yourself a copy, and you'll find out.

I actually enjoyed this more than the Authors other work, this clearly indicates the author is progressing. Always a good sign.

Next stop, a novel? Uh David?

But a prequel to 'Gus' would actually also be great. So we can see how his life was like before and of course how the incident occurred.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short 11 Oct. 2013
By Suze
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This must be one of the first short stories I've read, mainly because I do tend to avoid them as I prefer full length books. I'm glad I gave this one a try though as I thought it was an excellent read. The author captured the main characters frame of mind perfectly, and no words were wasted in the telling. I felt sorry for Gus and understood his attitude of what's the 'bloody' point after such an horrific attack. I'd like to think he lived but that's one for each persons imagination after reading the book.
Will I read more from this author? Definitely, and after reading this one book I can recommend him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story with a Sad and Subtle Beauty 22 July 2013
By Devon_Boo - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
A snapshot moment of a character's last day alive, with an underlying emotionally-based meaning that tugged ever-so-subtly. Though the story starts off melancholy, it still managed to instill a sense of hope by the end.

Curious, I'd given the story a second read to see why it had, and discovered a sad beauty dwelt within, a truth many people tend to ignore in today's fast-paced, "Who cares?" world: Individuals do indeed matter and our actions can make a difference, regardless of who you are or what you'd been through. Goodness, in other words, runs deep, and our inclination to set things right will always win out.

This is a short definitely well worth a read. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth the purchase. 9 Sept. 2013
By Holly Current - Published on
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I enjoyed the style and overall voice of this piece. Quite a dark and touching end that really gets to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad last day 30 July 2013
By Gary L W - Published on
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The story begins by revealing the ending, which I found clever as it did not ruin the story. Instead I forgot as I became engrossed in the sad tale of a man who has been forced to the fringe of society through circumstances not of his making. Though this is just a short work, I found it touching as the poor fellow makes his way through a typical day. This was not a gripping piece of dramatic prose but a quiet story that slowly involves the reader more in the unfolding tale, as it progresses. I would love to see more by Mr. Gilmore, perhaps a collection of his short works gathered into one anthology.
3.0 out of 5 stars Gus 21 Mar. 2014
By megHan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
3 1/2 stars

I met David on Facebook through a mutual friend. After he found out that I am an avid reader, he asked if I would be interested in reading his VERY short short-story and gave me the link.

It is a great story!! The ending is so sad. I would have liked it to be a little longer (everything goes by so quickly and I would have liked to learn more about Gus) and I can't help but wonder how more of a conversation with the lady in the story could have changed his view on life. I like how David simply says that Gus was burned, but never exactly says how much of him is or describes it - your idea of Gus stems from the reactions that others have towards him and how he sees himself. I can't wait to read more of his work.

Note: I received the link to read his story for free. He did not request a review - just asked if I would be interested in reading it - but I think it's a good story and wanted to pass it on so others will read it as well.
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