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The anthologies being published by Chris Kennedy Publishing are so good it has become a challenge to write a review and not have it read like some of my other anthology reviews for the same Publisher. We Dare Semper Paratus continues this trend. All the stories were entertaining and fun to read. The collection focuses on stories where people have survived some type of catastrophe. There are two stories set in The Fallen World Universe. The anthology opens with a solid story by Chris Kennedy set in this Universe. If I remember correctly, the story takes place is a location that was in the novel Don’t Call Me Isameal. Christopher Woods adds a story about Kade to the collection. Kade and company do what they do best to help certain people in Philadelphia. There are four Zombie theme tales. Bob, from Las Angeles, by Brent Roeder. Bob has a few “issues” he needs to work out or on. Moments, by Kevin Inkenberry, where an athlete learns an important lesson. Wraith, by Marie Whittaker, these creatures may not be classic zombies but they were close enough for me. Read the story and decide for yourself. The Fallow Fields is told in two parts and the table of contents shows part one is written by Jason Cordova. Christopher L. Smith writes the second part and there is a seamless transition between both parts of the story. You Have to Go Out, by Philip Wohlrab is one of two war stories. This one is about an alien invasion. Really liked the story but the ending leaves the reader hanging just a little. The other war story is by Rob Howell. Nor War’s Quick Fire details how settlers on Mars fight the Chinese who are attempting to take over their Colony. An alien invasion of sorts. Kevin Steverson’s Eight Ounces traces the adventures of a man after a virus has killed most of the mammals on Earth. Why 2K, by Jon Osborne recounts what could happen if Y2k had actually occurred. Kevin Fritz Fotovich’s The Reservoir deals with a localized disaster and includes some mystery elements. Two of the stories have fantasy settings. Marisa Wolf’s Ten Breaths is a more traditional fantasy setting and I read the story in the wee hours of the morning after picking up two shifts at work. When I woke up that evening I could not remember the name of the story. I did remember, sailing ships, a water Nymph, and some type of Council. I will need to reread this story when I am more coherent. Robert E. Hampson has been impressing me with the recent short stories of his that I have read. Respawn did not disappoint me and I would considered it urban fantasy. Jack is a very interesting character and so is the world he lives in. That leaves, Dust to Dust by Jamie Ibson. A strong close to the collection, the story has some Western overtones and a house that has a mystery connected to it.
The second of two anthologies. Great stories by superb authors. My favorite character remains Kade in the fallen worlds universe. While new to me, Bob is moving right up there. Be careful about fixating on pecan waffles at the waffle shack
This collection of Fallen World tales will leave you with a feeling that all is not entirely lost if one stays true to the ideals that make us civilized. “Eight Ounces” was my favorite for outcome and hope content. This book is good not just because it contains many very well written stories but also because some of those stories challenge the reader to really think about the issues, conditions, and solutions presented to the intrepid heroes of these tales. When you find a tale difficult to get through, that’s your clue that attention should be allotted to your response.
Great shorts than run the gamut from zombies to nuclear holocaust to world ending magic. All great stories, all ending with a little hope. It's always a challenge to put together good anthologies, but Ibson and Kennedy have done that.
In an apocalyptic situation it is required that you have hope and some semblance of plans for your own future. In the second "We Dare" volume we have that! Hey, they may not be "pretty or politically correct" but they are viable plans for each person to carry forward with their life. Worth the purchase money? I believe so!
I have never been one to read short stories until I found Chris Kennedy. Once I found his company, I found short stories. Every one of the stories in this book is awesome. You finish one and are disappointed that it ended. These stories pull you in to that reality and I was not always ready to move on when it ended. I don't want to spoil anything so I am not going to elaborate on the stories. I will say "GO FOR IT!!!"
Agents and Specialist fighting to help people is something I like to see. Superhuman strength and weapons...cool! I really enjoy any story in the Fallen World story line but shorter stories like these fill in the gaps and add color that makes this a rich world to imagine. Genofreaks are the monsters of the night while people reduced to barbarism seems to fit our world today. Yeah, excellent package of stories. Thanks!
I've said it before that I'm not a big fan of short stories. The stories selected for this anthology are a definite exception. There is not a single story that isn't engaging and well written. If I had to choose one, it would be the one about Bob from LA. Once I started a story, I had to finish it because it pulled me in and along. Thank you Chris and Jamie for a job well done! Semper paratus!