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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Spies & Heroes: An International Anthology of Stories is a remarkable collection of short prose from Dixiane Hallaj and a group of very talented authors. Revenge is sweet, even if it takes thirty years as it did in Russell Fehmer’s War. In the Hero of Stolen Time, Ratscrap breaks into a necromancer’s home to loot it, but his plan backfires when he is injected with a magic potion that sends him into time. Jeremy is frustrated when the army declares him unfit to fight in WW2 and he decides to prove them wrong in The Testament of Courage. Silent Night, Stille Nacht is an emotional story of enemies agreeing to a temporary truce so they can celebrate Christmas Day together before resuming their battle the next day.
Spies & Heroes is written by authors from different countries, hence the differences in spelling and punctuation. I enjoyed reading this delightful selection, and found most of the stories very meaningful, and thought provoking. The authors are creative with strong writing skills that make their stories appeal to the reader. One of the things that I liked were the remarkable, sometimes unforeseen conclusions that put me in a reflective mood after reading them. I was moved by the many evocative emotions that these authors put into their writing when their characters shared their thoughts. Spies & Heroes: An Anthology of Stories is a book that I highly recommend to readers.