Review: EYES OF PAYNE by Anthony D. Flores
I was quite excited to read this short story; it was offered for review, and I like it so well that I purchased it. The author has rather recently come to writing, but to read him, one would think he had practiced the craft nonstop for fifty years. EYES OF PAYNE is only his second published work; his first is the debut novel LAZARUS RISING, also with protagonist Jack Payne. This story stems from the September 11, 2001, events, but is set in Arcadia, California, and later in Washington, D.C. The twist in the last scenes is incredibly imaginative and must be read to comprehend; it is really unexpected, but fits so perfectly.
Eyes of Payne
By Anthony D. Flores46 pages
Genre: Alternative History
Jack Payne discovers who he really is through the painful events of 9/11.
September 11th, 2001, chaos and confusion were ignited shortly after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Three thousand miles away Jack Payne went about his day as usual. Jack was unaware of the horrific events taking place in New York City, unaware of how these acts of terror would change his life. Unaware that his wife, Catherine, was a passenger on United Airline flight 175.
Once Jack learns about the attacks, his world is turned upside down. Secrets are exposed, a threatening bomb plot is uncovered, and Jack begins to understand his true calling. But his biggest concern is his six-year-old daughter.