Review: The Blue Heron

The Blue Heron By Gene O’Neill Dark Regions Press, 2012 ISBN: Unavailable 82 pgs. Trade SC. $14.95 US www.DarkRegions.com Gene O’Neill’s novella The Blue Heron provides plenty of thought...

The Blue Heron

By Gene O’Neill

Dark Regions Press, 2012

ISBN: Unavailable

82 pgs. Trade SC.

$14.95 US

www.DarkRegions.com

Gene O’Neill’s novella The Blue Heron provides plenty of thought and action in its mere 82 pages. The mystery of the blue heron, a rare bird appearing to a group of Marines on a reconnaissance mission in Vietnam, is set up beautifully. The structure of the story offers short bursts of action, and insight going from location to location and through flashbacks to the mission, which keeps the pace fresh and builds on the intrigue.

The story picks up years later when the members of the mission seem to be cursed—dying one by one in bizarre accidents, and in each case an origami blue heron is left at the scene. As the deaths continue, it is up to the remaining two men to solve the mystery before they become victims themselves.

O’Neill’s writing style is really the star of this piece. By combining third- and first-person narrative in his inventive structure, he gives us a blend of action and character that only a masterful writer can achieve.

—Sunni K Brock

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Sunni K Brock writes speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and edits digital video. She has been published in several anthologies and periodicals, and edited the Rondo award winning documentary, The Ackermonster Chronicles!. Her strong technical background includes working for Microsoft, Adobe, and Sonic Solutions with expertise in multimedia, intelligent learning algorithms, and exploration of virtual reality and lucid dreaming. She enjoys spending her days working alongside her husband, author/filmmaker Jason V Brock, tending to their pet reptiles, cooking extravagant vegetarian meals, and aggravating friends on Facebook.
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