Eternity Swamp by T. C. Tereschak

Eternity Swamp by T. C. Tereschak
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

J.W. becomes lost while coon hunting in an unfamiliar swamp at a night. He swears he can hear people screaming in the distance and can’t shake the feeling he’s being followed. An old man appears, and instead of leading J.W. out of the swamp, suggests they find a log to sit on and wait for sunrise. When asked about the noises, the old man says the swamp has “memories.” He explains what he means by telling J.W. a tale about another hunter, Sam Lake; a lowly sort, who while hunting in this very swamp many years ago, ran across a rather curious fellow who offered Sam a chance to extract himself from his present situation. Sam must “invest” himself in order to achieve his goal but as the old man says,”You should always be careful where your place your feet and your seat and the company you keep.”

Eternity Swamp is a short novel which shows Sam Lake propelled into a risky and swirling web of deceit, or perhaps it could be just karma.

This intense and short page turner delves into an a story that is begin told to J.W. while he is out coon hunting. J.W.’s dog has run off and he has lost his way in the woods until a funny looking man comes from behind a bush with a story to tell about the swamp and it’s history. Sam Lake happens to be the focus of the story being told.

This swift thriller and wickedly funny satire is short and to the point. Though it may be short, it packs a lot of story. The writing is descriptive and the plot is one that will keep any reader reading. Not for the faint of heart or those who fear spiders and don’t want to read about violent deaths. The author’s writing is vivid and delivers a message of innocent ones who have lost their lives under undesirable circumstances. I do think this is an intriguing and well written story but after I finished the story I was trying to piece together why J.W. is being told the story of Sam Lake. I either missed some connection or it just wasn’t there. If I missed a connection my apology; I would hope that the connection wouldn’t be a complex one to figure out. And if there wasn’t a connection I’m left with a question of what was the point a reader should take away from the story?

There were a few dialogue quotation marks that were in place when a character wasn’t speaking and the sentences were narration.

The author seems to be a masterful storyteller and has a vivid imagination for things unique. This isn’t one I would say that is highly recommend, but I would recommend it to those that enjoy a short mystery that packs a powerful punch. I would read other writings by this author.

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