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Bleak - The first mission: (The 10,000 word prequel to Bleak - The story of a shapeshifter) by [Martyn, Ian]
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Length: 40 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2400 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: www.martynfiction.com; 2 edition (28 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017BFRJTG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,546 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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‘Bleak’ is the name of the central character, not the outlook of this 10,000 word novelette, a prequel to the ‘Bleak’ series. Having said that, Bleak’s potential for having a future is less than stellar.
As a modified clone – and here’s the twist on SF/fantasy – Bleak is a shape shifter, with a scientific rationale behind his ability. His transformation isn’t instant - I loved the fact that he had to eat tons to gain the extra height and weight of one of his assumed personas - and it isn’t approved of by society. Bleak’s very existence is, in fact, an embarrassment to the military, which uses his talents to infiltrate key targets.
This novelette details Bleak’s first mission, before the war is won, and before he discovers that being an embarrassment can quickly become a fatal condition. The story held no real surprises, but it was well written and easy to follow, and I will be interested to see where the series takes us now that Bleak is a hunted fugitive.
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Martyn manages to pack a surprising amount of story into 10K words. Bleak is a man without a past, a man of many abilities and surprisingly, a conscience. Little is explained in this prequel, but that is besides the point for a taster of this length. Martyn certainly delivers with a powerful military encounter and an intriguing positioning of the ethical issues involved in the shapeshifting Bleak's world. I'm off to read the full-length novel now!
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An intriguing taster, ending on a cliff hanger. Great writing, lots of pace. I would have liked more detail about shape-shifting. Worth a read.
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The only disappointment with this story was that it ended too soon, I raced through it. Hurry up and write another one.
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A good long short story.
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