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Shotgun Honey Presents: Both Barrels (Volume 1) by [O'Shea, Dan, Rawson, Keith, Pluck, Thomas, Gray, Glenn, Wheeler Jr, Frank, Bill, Frank, West, Holly, Jen Conley]
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  • Publisher: Shotgun Honey Books (17 Dec. 2013)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be blown away 22 Oct. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Shotgun Honey delivers just like the title says it does: with both barrels. For anyone who's a fan of crime noir or those looking for an introduction, this collection of 29 short works has it all.

Normally I'm not a fan of first-person fiction. There's just something about it that is typically left lacking. Always lingering in the back of my mind is the fact that no matter how difficult things may become for the protagonist of the story, you know that they survive. After all, this is supposed to be realistic right? Believable certainly - not that someone is actually creating a narrative from beyond the grave. Needless to say I was satisfied on all levels, even with a large amount of first-person perspective. What changed my mind on the above statement? (SPOILER) Patti Abbot's `How to Launder a Shirt' changed it.

The anthology opens up kicking with `Father's Day' by Dan O'Shea - who also has his first thriller `Penance' coming out from Exhibit A Spring 2013 - pick it up. Or else. The guy certainly knows how to set a scene, of that there's no doubt.

The narrative's continues with several hidden gems like `Regrets Only' by Holly West and `Traffick' by Jim Wilsky.

`Cold Read' by Joe Myers left me wondering though. Nothing against Joe at all but a little more time on setting the tone would have been nice. Who was the character speaking to? I didn't feel like he was speaking to me but I also didn't know who the character was addressing. That being said, it was still a story worthy of inclusion and my time reading it.

`King Tut's Tomb' by Andrew Nette had me confused at the end. I'm going to have to re-read that one as there's surely something I missed. After all, when a writer sits down to that empty screen, they have a vision. How the story is going to play out if you will. As readers...and as writers...me make a lot of judgment calls that just don't need to be made.

I'm not going to try and disassemble every piece of short fiction in this anthology so I'll just skip to the end.

All of the work presented in `Both Barrels' is worth the money and, more importantly, it's worth your time. The fiction of Chris F. Holm (who also just released `The Wrong Goodbye') is exceptional. The same goes for Ray Banks and his piece `The Warmest Room.'

Steve Weddle finishes it off with his work `The Awakening: From the Cyborg Lesbian Vampire Chronicles.' On a side note, you should also check out his mag `Needle: A Magazine of Noir.'

Shotgun Honey has made a promise and delivered on all fronts. It's a great collection and worth every penny...or nickel...and one that won't leave you wanting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ten star read 23 May 2013
By Dave Wilde - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great collection that should be appreciated like a fine wine. Father's Day by Dan O'Shea is a worthy place to start. A richly written tale that you knew was going to be great from the first paragraph. Bout how to divide up inheritance and what to do about the hunting lodge. I am quite interested to see what else this writer has up his sleeve. Story two, How To Launder A Shirt by Patti Abott is also a worthwhile tale. It is written so well you don't realize the mundaneness of the subject matter. It is another gem. The third story is Lucky by Tom Pitts and it is another terrific tale about luck and payback
And the masterpieces keep popping up. This anthology is given the highest recommendation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah...SH needs to do this a lot more often because this rules 24 Oct. 2012
By Ryan Sayles - Published on Amazon.com
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What can I say? I knew as soon as Shotgun Honey announced they were putting together an anthology it was going smack down almost anything else out there. And guess what? It does. You can't ask for a better lead-in than what Dan O'Shea gave, Tom Pitts and Chris F. Holm bolster the thing with their usual solid prose and crazy ideas and Paul D. Brazill and Keith Rawson and Patti Abbott and Jim Wilsky and Jen Conley and Nik Corpon and on and on. Recognize those names? You ought to, and if you don't this is the perfect way to introduce yourself. The only thing this collection is missing is the scent of gun smoke and bourbon. Maybe sirens in the background.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Collection of Grit, Gravel, and Guts 5 Nov. 2012
By J. Ethan Begley - Published on Amazon.com
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On a scale of one to ten, this anthology is a 20 gauge in your face. After reading the final story I ruminated a while on why this book has such quality from cover to cover and so much commercial fiction is, well, crap. I think it's not unlike professional boxing - if you're hungry you have the edge over the champ. The writers aren't just hungry, they're starving. They put that gnawing need for grit, gravel, and guts on the page.

I'd like to give credit to specific authors in the book, but, in truth, there were no bad or even mediocre stories. This collection is what you'd get if you posed the question - Who are the best authors I've never seen on the New York Times Best Seller list that deal in crime fiction? And that's not meant as a slight in the least, it's simply an observation that uncompromising writing doesn't garner a huge fan base, but it does garner a rabid one.

You don't know what turn the story will take. There's some good endings, some bad endings, but every single one is a goddam, two-fisted ending whether you like it or not. Buy it. Read it. Use it to beat someone up.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Noir/Pulp Short Story Collection 9 Oct. 2012
By WriterBoy - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this collection of pulpy, noirish nuggets. It may not be for everybody, but if you like your stories tight with guns, blood and bad behavior... check this out.

All the stories have their own style and stuff to like, but for me the works from Peter Farris, Ray Banks, Keith Rawson and Dan O'Shea really stuck out.

Like I said, not for everybody, but for those who dig this kinda writing it's worth a look.
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