Short Story Review: First Contract by Frank Westworth

What’s it about?

A decade ago, JJ Stoner was a soldier. He killed people for a living and made no bones about it. On a scorching day in the Iraqi desert, when British blood stained the sand, he over-stepped the mark. Men died in compromising circumstances; too many men for an easy explanation. Faced with a dishonourable discharge and accusations of murder, Stoner accepted an offer from a stranger who represented an intelligence agency. Suddenly, Stoner found himself half a world away and about to execute his first private contract…

FIRST CONTRACT, a short story, introduces the central character from the JJ Stoner / Killing Sisters series.

-Goodreads Synopsis



What did I think of it?

Written with a lyrical flow that is pleasing to brain and soothing after reading the hard and fast technobabble that was sometimes apparent in my last read,  First Contract was a solid short story from Frank Westworth.

It was, in essence, the best parts of an action movie shoved into 44 measley pages, and I enjoyed almost every second of it. There was one particular scene that was done so well I could see it, and blood-lusting female that I am, it made me give a happy giggle. The only real critcism I have is that, while I was willing to accept the lilting give-and-take later on in the story, at the beginning it was not quite as believable, therefor a bit awkward.

An action-packed short story from an author I wouldn’t mind reading again sometime in the future.  I’d recommend it if you need your violence fix in a short burst.


Title: First Contract | Series: JJ Stoner #1 | Author: Frank Westworth (site) | Publisher: Cosmic Bike Company, Ltd | Pub. Date: 2014-6-22 | Pages: 44 | ISBN 13: none | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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