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An apocalyptic tale about a lonely man and his dog...

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Awesome, with minor critiques. The paragraph starting with 'He'd pushed the prison's bus as far as he could...' began to get stilted and awkward with the sentence structure. A few less periods, some commas and rework the sentence 'Everyone who knew such things was'. Grammatically correct or not, it sounds awkward on the ears and takes away from the story. Great work! Loved the immediacy and great imagery!

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 Comment Written 27-Aug-2014



reply by the author on 27-Aug-2014
    Thanks, Saengard, and I appreciate the awesome feedback I like it when readers tell me what worked and what did not for them. It only serves to help me get better the next go-round...

    Much obliged.
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Bill Schott
 
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Loved the whole storyline. The mix of headline weather and cosmos manipulations worked well. The dog attack in the end and the sound of more Jeff- eaters was choice. The grahic was super cool as well.


 Comment Written 08-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 09-Mar-2014
    Thanks Bill, I really appreciate that! I really glad that you liked this one.
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emrpoems
 
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Turn this into a novel and it could be a best seller.
Reminds me Hotel and also The President if I remember the names correctly. Always admire your writing this is no exception.
Very well written. Congratulations on a well deserved win


 Comment Written 07-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 08-Mar-2014
    Thanks very much, emrpoems, that's a very nice thing to say. I really admire your talent as well, my friend.
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A grim view of an apocalyptic future. Jeff's summary for its cause stop the explanation getting too complex or boring. He comes across as determined, but someone who tends to look expect the worst - pushing on despite imagining everyone else is already did.

Didn't expect the dog to turn on him at the end - was wondering if he would eat the dog.

Just a couple of suggestions:

The opening line felt a bit too long for me. No suggestion on how to trim it though. Sorry.

Also, in the third form last paragraph, you repeat spectacular - it stands out because its not a commonly used word, and the repetition takes away from its impact.


 Comment Written 07-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 07-Mar-2014
    Thank you very much for the excellent feedback, Dashjianta. I appreciate that. I will do what I can to implement your suggestions as well.

    Thanks again!
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This story is quite believable. I suppose if there's going to be mass destruction like it did the dinosaurs, your theory is a genuine possibility. The world will never come to an end, but living creatures can become extinct. Only God's chosen will survive a sort of ethnic cleansing maybe?
Best wishes in the contest.
Sylvia


 Comment Written 07-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 07-Mar-2014
    Hey, I am really glad you liked it, Sylvia. I appreciate your kind comments and the excellent review. Much obliged!
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Phyllis Stewart
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Excellent story! Very entertaining and gripping all the way thru. Love the shocking twist at the end, just what good flash fiction should have. I cast my vote for you earlier to day, but just got around to reviewing. :)


 Comment Written 07-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 07-Mar-2014
    Thank you very much, Phyllis. I'm glad you liked this one! That twist I rewrote into the story at the last minute. I felt it was too passe the way I'd originally written it. It nearly cost me getting it in on time. WHEW!

    I appreciate your kind review.
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Nice twist at the end. I wasn't expecting that, but it certainly makes sense if you think about it. Smaller animals survived when dinosaurs didn't, so who knows which animals will use their cunning to the best advantage the next time. Best of luck in the contest.


 Comment Written 06-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 06-Mar-2014
    Thanks for the positive feedback, Debi. I really appreciate it!
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Michaelk
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Wow! Excellent story. Excellent ending. You really caught me by surprise. I thought this was going to be a story that could have continued with the main character. It was the wounded leg that got me (and Jeff). I just didn't see it coming from an injured animal. Great visuals, great descriptions. Altogether excellent.


 Comment Written 06-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 06-Mar-2014
    Thanks for such an enthusiastic review, Michaelk. I'm really glad that you enjoyed it, my friend!
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A very engaging and scary piece of science fiction. Your story development keeps the readers attention held all the way through. Don and Vicki


 Comment Written 06-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 06-Mar-2014
    Thank you, Don. I appreciate the read as well as your kind comments. Much obliged!
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RodG
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I was hooked from the start and you kept me throughout. What really impressed me was your description of the CAUSE(S) of all this mayhem. Very realistic. I also like the fact your protagonist is a prisoner who manages to escape. We do root for him because he's on his own. The chilling ending is stark and believable. Good description of the storm. Very well done.


 Comment Written 06-Mar-2014



reply by the author on 06-Mar-2014
    Thanks very much, Rod! I really appreciate your enthusiastic response, my friend. I'm also very glad you liked it.
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