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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
Glimpse, a superbly crafted speculative short story by Daniel P. Douglas, offers the reader a provocative future mystery on which to ponder: What happens when an older couple finally decides to leave their well-outfitted bomb shelter? First, the story must deal out a series of concise, deliberately intense foundational scenarios revealing our shared past - packed with barely hinted at implications and succinctly potent human interactions – all neatly bound by our universally shared memories of the Second World War and its immediate aftermath, with a new found national fear and understanding of potential global annihilation, along with the subsequent plethora of UFO sightings and public conjecture, and the conspiratorial, coincidental appearance of the infamous Men in Black.
This blending of the real, surreal, and purely theoretical speculation has the Truman presidency reverse-engineering a super-technology provided by four crashed flying saucers, enabling them now to catch periodic glimpses into the future. The proper identification and de-coding of these glimpses are what will answer the mystery posed by those two old people opening a long closed door. As all the key players involve themselves with their particular duties so familiar from contemporary bestselling thrillers – the spies who ingratiate themselves with other spies, then end them; the agents sent to observe actual glimpses of the truth as witnessed by the public, then deceive them - Daniel P. Douglas offers up a truly entertaining, incredibly thoughtful, wonderfully culminating read as he provokingly teases us with this short story of a Glimpse into our future.
Glimpse ends by answering the initial mystery neatly and with everything perfectly tied together, but with a secondary mystery and further questions to answer that leave the eager reader wanting more.