Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Who’s Afraid Now: A Sgt Billy Williams short story by Wendy Cartmell.
About the book:
Don’t get mad – get even!
One thing SIB Detective Sgt Billy Williams has learned from his time in the British Army is respect. So he gets really mad when he sees a handful of kids treating his mum and dad and their neighbours without any. When he sees an opportunity of giving them a taste of their own medicine, well, he just can’t resist the challenge. Can Billy help with his own brand of vigilante justice? Or do his family just have to make the best of things?
This 10,000 word short story is the prequel to the Sgt Major Crane crime thriller Hijack, from the military, mystery, thriller and crime bestselling author Wendy Cartmell. Her best-selling Sgt Major Crane crime thriller series are edge-of-the-seat dark, disturbing, police procedural murder mysteries.
My review: First, I have to say short stories like this are often hard to review without giving away too much, so I may be vague at times.
This was a fun and feel good read that shows the part of life we don’t often get to see. When we heard about soldiers, many times our first thoughts are about war or dealing with the aftermath. To read a story about a young man attempting to help out his home neighborhood and some kids while on leave was a refreshing break from the norm.
It gives us a great perspective into the mindset and heart of Sgt Billy Williams. He’s the type of person that many of us wish to emulate without coming across as a Mary Sue. It’s a great preview into what we can expect from the character and author in further installments.
I thought this was an excellent vehicle to introduce a character for an upcoming series, and look forward to reading about his future experiences.