Enjoyable short stories

I have just completed   And What Would You Do? Modern situations with surprising endings by Hal Fischel. It was a delightful collection of short stories. Each with an interesting question and surprising ending. The stories were fast reads and each one was  very different from the previous story. Thoughtful work in a simple story. Thank you for an enjoyable book. Arlene T

-Matthew Laux

Review by Sally McAlinden

I’ve read several of the stories and like them. I was waiting for a friend at the hospital and it was a bloody perfect short read. And another I was waiting for a late Grandkid drop off. Hal, I love them! I knew they were short stories. And at least 2 of them ended and had me finishing the next chapter in my head. Wasn’t that the point? Character and plot development in a 20 minute read asks the reader to think. Good job and I hope you keep teasing your readers with your short stories. 

This is a VERY interesting book – couldn’t put it down!

This is Harold Fischel’s most recent book and he gets better every time. This book of short stories is different from the previous ones which were novels. The stories hold your attention, with plenty of action and some surprising twists, but there is also deeper character development. If i were to pick my favorite, it would be the last one – also the longest one – because it has all these qualities well-developed. I’d give it 4 stars because I wouldn’t give any book 5 stars, unless it was one of the classics.

-Robinz

Book Review: And What Would You Do?: Modern situations with surprising endings

Summary

And What Would You Do is a collection of contemporary short fiction by Harold J. Fischel. The book contains 10 stories that deal with very difficult situations. Some issues tackled are hit-and-run, human trafficking, sexual assault, insurgency, and homicide.

Review

All the stories are great! The stories impart life lessons that a person can get from sticky situations. I think the primary message of the book is that the truth will always come out in the end. Also, I learned a lot of legal facts and information that I never knew before.

My favorite story is, “Run, Tommy, Run.” Tommy commits homicide to save his mom from an assault and leaves before the police arrests him. He disguises himself and travels as far as he can. He goes out of the country and into a series of extraordinary adventure where he meets good and bad people. If there’s a short story I would pick to turn into a novel, it would be this one because it is very exciting and suspenseful. Tommy just keeps on running away and in doing so, he travels from U.S. to East Africa in a yacht!

-Shey Saints

Book Review: And What Would You Do?

By Herzie Santos

Summary

And What Would You Do is a collection of contemporary short fiction by Harold J. Fischel. The book contains 10 stories that deal with very difficult situations. Some issues tackled are hit-and-run, human trafficking, sexual assault, insurgency, and homicide.

Review

All the stories are great! The stories impart life lessons that a person can get from sticky situations. I think the primary message of the book is that the truth will always come out in the end. Also, I learned a lot of legal facts and information that I never knew before.

My favorite story is, “Run, Tommy, Run.” Tommy commits homicide to save his mom from an assault and leaves before the police arrests him. He disguises himself and travels as far as he can. He goes out of the country and into a series of extraordinary adventure where he meets good and bad people. If there’s a short story I would pick to turn into a novel, it would be this one because it is very exciting and suspenseful. Tommy just keeps on running away and in doing so, he travels from U.S. to East Africa in a yacht!

I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hate to give this rating because I really enjoyed reading it and wanted so much to give it a perfect score. The only thing that’s holding me back is its poor editing. Overall, the stories are very informative, inspiring, and they inculcate values. I recommend this book to ALL readers who love crime stories.

Book Review: Anthony by Shey Santos

Summary

Lieutenant General Bruce Walker died when the plane carrying him exploded. In his will, Yuni, his mistress, and his son, Anthony were acknowledged, but the general’s widow ordered her lawyers to fight the provisions of the will. Yuni gained popularity from his controversial affair with the highly respected general and became a top model, but soon, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. At such a young age, Anthony had to deal with her mother’s illness and they had to move to a neighborhood where he was faced with difficulties and trials.

Review

Anthony is a romantic drama by Harold J. Fischel. I was instantly pulled into a story of hardship and success and almost cried during the most painful events in Anthony’s life. My favorite character is his very protective dog named Zorbo, and my least favorite character is Rita.

This book is a whirlwind of emotions. I felt sad, scared, disgusted, happy, and excited. The story is interesting and realistic, and the characters have personalities that are neither too bad, nor too good.