⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5 stars
Good Doing Evil is a delightful novella (short story? 81 pages according to Amazon) featuring a very unassuming, unremarkable man thrust into an extraordinary situation. Arthur is a bit of an everyman. By that, I mean that all of us have a little bit of Arthur in us. He is insecure. He is 48 years old and still lives with his mum and dad. He is lonely, unhappy with his life, but too afraid to take any steps which might lead to an improvement in his situation. Sound familiar? Of course it does. We all have something of those issues in one degree or another. But in Arthur, they are a thick miasma that affects his every thought and action.
One fateful morning, while driving to work, a man literally lumbers in front of Arthur’s car, collapsing on its hood. The man clearly needs help so Arthur, doing good, trundles the giant into his vehicle and delivers him to hospital… where he dies! After this single act of good, Arthur finds himself entangled in a web of deceit, terrorism, spies and lies.
The story is very well constructed, peppered with internal dialogue fraught with Arthur’s insecurities. He reacts in much the way many of us would: by the seat of his pants and because he has to. Arthur, and we the reader, get to learn a lot about what he is (and we are) capable of. Watching him grown via these strange and frightening circumstances is a true joy. I applaud the author for creating a character we can really relate to and root for in such a short amount of time. The sparse supporting characters are also quite likable and contribute to the story every time they appear.
Good Doing Evil is a really enjoyable little tale. Billed as a spy thriller, readers of all genres are likely to find it quite appealing if for no other reason than the unassuming hero Arthur.
You can experience Arthur’s adventure for yourself HERE (free in Kindle Unlimited).