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The Technicians: RTD #1 (Novelette) (Return To The Dirt)

by Geoff Sturtevant

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In time-honoured fashion, this taut tale of work and death employs humour to highlight the worst aspects of human behaviour. Tt's a sharp, savage slice of smartly observed social satire, with humour so bleak it raises blisters, so black it casts a sinister shadow on a superficially sunny existence.

Author Geoff Sturtevant writes in an engaging, easy going tone which lulls the reader into believing these might be benign interludes of banter spiced up with a bit of bad boy business…

Then the sucker punch sneaks up on your synapses. One moment you’re giggling about the waste of a college education on ‘The Technician’ (a man who spends his days sweating in a badly-cut corporate uniform) and in the next heartbeat, there’s dying bloke on the floor having his brains mushed up with a screwdriver. It’s deliberately outlandish and provocative. And hugely entertaining.

This gruesome and graphic story may be short but it hasn’t been just dashed off in a couple of hours to fill a few pages with pretty prose. The precisely-planned storyline features credible, well-developed three-dimensional characters. They move through fully realised alternate realities, crammed with convincing detail, like the matchbooks, a lovely touch.

A pitch-perfect combination of gob-smacking chutzpah and intelligent moral comment, where absurdity and outrage are deftly employed to illustrate some very human truths. Can’t wait to see what this guy could deliver in the shape of a full length novel.

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I read this story as part of the 'Return To The Dirt' anthology. Full review here:
https://murdermayhemandmore.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/return-to-the-dirt-savage-social-satire/ ( )
  RowenaHoseason | Jun 22, 2016 |
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