Happy New Year!
Brent Jones (author of the Afton Morrison series) has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I’m excited to be reviewing his short story, Row 17.
Fleeing his misdeeds abroad, Jason William Donnelly finds himself aboard a turbulent international flight, where he encounters his future self.
Will there ever be hoverboards, Jason asks, like we see in the movies? And when will America elect its first female president?
But his future self has no interest in these matters. He’s there, instead, to offer a grim warning. A glimpse at the price Jason will pay for the choices he has made.
“I could change,” Jason insists. “I could.”
“No, Jason. You’ll never change. You know how I know? Because I am you.”
This short story, from the author of Go Home, Afton, explores the consequences of evil, the cost of redemption, and the often futile nature of remorse.
“…Brent Jones is an amazing writer!”
—Donna Weiss, Book Reviewer
“Brent is a master with characters and atmosphere.”
—Nicole Campbell, Book Reviewer
Brent Jones has this incredible ability to craft an intriguing story in such a short amount of time. I read Row 17 in about a half hour, and I’m blown away. My first read of 2019, and I’m so glad I chose this one.
Row 17 plays with themes of remorse, evilness and redemption. It’s an interesting look at whether remorse and redemption await someone who has sunk so low in his evilness.
Brilliant. I really can’t praise this story enough. A quick read that will have you thinking long after you set it down.
From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.
Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.
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Let me know what you think!