Title: Ordinary Heroes
Author: Drew Zachary
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages/Word Count: 65 Pages
Rating: 3 Stars
Blurb: These four tales by Drew Zachary celebrate the everyday hero. Whether it’s a midnight romp in a corn maze under the moonlight at Halloween, or a vet returning to his small hometown years after leaving for the big city, a guard in an office building or a waiter at a holiday resort, these ordinary men are heroes to the men who fall in love with them.
These four previously published stories include Maze and Moon, Peter’s Day Off, Night at the Office, and You Can Go Home Again.
Review: I have to be honest, I read Ordinary Heroes a couple of days ago and it didn’t leave any sort of impression on me except that all the stories take place in Canada. The common theme of this collection is regular working men hooking up with other ordinary Joes, a subject matter would usually draw me in, but for some reason I felt no spark reading this book. There is really nothing special about this collection.
One story that was mildly entertaining was Peter’s Day Off. The premise was pretty predictable—Peter, a workaholic, is at a resort on a national holiday but doesn’t know it’s a holiday. Brent works at the same resort and instantly likes Peter. Brent offers to take Peter around, show off the resort, and have a picnic. I think you can guess the rest, but just in case, they end up having sex at the first available moment. And that’s pretty much it. Since this is a short story, there was very little in character development and because of that, there wasn’t anything emotional to connect to. It was just okay but as I said before, there was no real spark.
Ordinary Heroes is just ordinary. It didn’t do anything for me, but maybe it will for you.
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