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Spiders and Flies

Spiders and Flies [Kindle Edition]

Jack Badelaire
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In a shady border-town tavern, the swordsman Rovan conspires with his old comrade Arvik Red-Hand to carry out a daring plan to pay off a blood-debt: ride deep into the desert and loot the abandoned temple of a long-dead spider god.

When old enemies come to collect Arvik's head, he and Rovan are rescued by Marquia, a mysterious sorceress, and Souvri, a cunning thief. Believing the two could prove valuable, Arvik and Rovan share the plan with their rescuers, who agree to join the adventure - for a healthy share of the spoils.

The four treasure-hunters face danger on every step of their journey, and finally they discover the spider god's temple might not be abandoned after all...

SPIDERS AND FLIES is a 20,000 word novella, written as an homage to classic Sword & Sorcery pulp fantasy stories filled with magic and monsters, thievery and swordplay, hidden horrors and forgotten treasures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 885 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Post Modern Pulp Books (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HNY0H9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,015 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depressed 15 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes I,m depressed. I have finished this book and there is no more to come.
An easy read but the characters came across so well.
The author has,t boggled the reader with unnecessary detail but has got on with the story.
I couldn't put it down. Please, please write some more adventures for these character's. Thank you. Sadturnip
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read - Different from the usual Fantasy 7 April 2014
By Wendy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I also loved this book. I did think that the ending was a bit rushed, but I liked the way that it was left so that a sequel could be written (or not, depending on the author).

This story could have been expanded into a much longer book, it is rich in characters, all totally different from the norm. I'd like to see a sequel to this if possible!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DAMN NICE 9 Jan 2014
By Jonathan S. Eldridge - Published on
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Loved this story. The party had a nice mix of skills. Really like how you said the type of weapons instead of just sword or dagger. Thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of action, A little magic 12 Jan 2014
By Charles Gramlich - Published on
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Heroic fantasy novella in the tradition of writers like Robert E. Howard, Gardner Fox, and David Gemmell. To me, it most resembled Gemmell. Nice clean prose with an emphasis on action but without shorting the characters. A little magic spices it but doesn't overwhelm the action. A fun read. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Spiders and Flies"... a short D & D style adventure... 5 Stars. 8 Jan 2014
By R. Nicholson - Published on
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"Spiders and Flies" is a short Sword & Sorcery fantasy adventure by author Jack Badelaire. This Kindle e-book was approximately 57 printed pages and sold for $1.99 at the time of writing this review.

General theme (minor spoilers)

A warrior named Arvik, has a blood-debt to pay off. His life now depends on an ancient map that he won in a card game that shows the location of the lost Temple of Quai in the Oboutai desert. He convinces 3 other adventures to go on this quest with him in what should be an quick in, get the loot and a quick out... I mean, what could really go wrong?

Some thoughts on "Spiders and Flies"...

1.) a well written and edited.

2.) basically an action driven tale with a little character development on the side.

3.) some great encounters with the barbaric hordes that involved standard weaponry and interesting magic.

4.) a spooky and creepy finale... well done.

5.) cover art... an image typical of a "Sword and Sorcery" tale.

Nothing really fancy here or overly deep, just a short fantasy adventure that was an enjoyable read. I thought the length was about perfect.
As I was reading this tale it crossed my mind that this was very reminiscent of a Dungeon and Dragon type of map/adventure. Funny that the author mentions this very fact in his Author's Notes at the end. This story was a scenario from his younger days as D & D dungeon master.

A short, sweet and fun read.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable D&D inspired fantasy novella 18 Jan 2014
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"Spiders and Flies" is a fantasy novella written by Jack Badelaire. It begins in the border town of Tangallo and tells the tale of four companions as they follow a treasure map seeking a lost desert temple of Aixitikah, Goddess of Spiders (think Lolth), in search of treasure in order to pay off a blood-debt. These companions are Avrik (a grizzled, veteran barbarian warrior with the blood-debt), Rovan (a devout and disciplined swordsmaster), Souvri (a quick and clever thief) and Marquia (a quiet and mysterious female mage). With hopes of quickly amassing lost treasure in efforts to pay off his blood-debt, Avrik and his three adventuring companions venture into the neighboring Oboutau desert in search of the spider temple. Little do they realize wealth never comes easy. Here are my thoughts on Spiders and Flies;


+ Likable and unique group of heroes that don't necessarily fit the "good guy" mold.

+ Plenty of action mixed with a good amount of character background.

+ Great cover art giving you a clear depiction of each character.

+ Quick, engaging and easy read.

+ Well-written action scenes.

+ Nice blend of unique weaponry.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- A few minor spelling and grammatical errors such as from/form and Marqia/Marquia,

- The companions trusted each other too quickly and too easily.

- No map. For short little D&D fantasy adventures I love to see map layouts of the lands they take place in and the dungeons explored.

- Took 75% of the tale for the companions to reach the temple.

- Rovan's sword "flicked" a bit too much. Enough for me to notice the repetition.

- Use of multi-cultural weapon styles may confuse some readers not familiar with things like jambiyas, kindjals and tulwars.

- Ending felt a tad short and rushed.

"Spiders and Flies" was an extremely enjoyable and entertaining fantasy read with all the right elements. The four main characters are interesting, varied and quickly grow on you. Avrik and Rovan's banter is amusing and does well to help establish their long-time friendship. Action sequences are plentiful and generally well-written, while the characters are fleshed out just enough to give you a good sense of history and background. The struggles of various characters are well described and purveyed, especially those of Avrik. Despite a few minor gripes "Spiders and Flies" was highly entertaining (I almost missed my bus stops a few times) and kept me interested until the end. As I read the tale I found myself wanting to learn more about the history of the world the author created, especially the previous adventures of each duo. I would love to see the author continue the adventures of Avrik, Rovan, Souvri and Marquia or explore their pasts. If you're looking for a straight forward D&D style action fantasy with a decent amount of character development then you may want to give "Spiders and Flies" a read.
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