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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
In an age of greed and abuse of the environment, it is not unexpected to have drastic climatic changes. When these changes dramatically and irreversibly change the geographic and demographic make-up of one of the world’s most powerful nations, the United States, flooding most of the country and dividing it into corporate-run government holdings, anarchy rules the day. All live in fear, not only for their lives, but more simply their daily livelihood. But times can change. And they do. The world adapts and the corporations fall. Then those who were governed by the corporations seek refuge from their own crimes.
A man is to stand trial for a task he did for the corporation-run government. It was an evil task, but when the government, evil as it was, issued a command, it had to be followed through. The man is a hunter, someone who hunts healers, genuine healers who use traditional methods of channeling inner energies to heal the body. These people are known as reiki healers and the man to stand trial is the last of the reiki hunters. The hunter’s name is Gavin, but his story, as it unravels in the courtroom, is not the one the people wanted or expected to hear. In fact, his story brings tears to the eyes of many who listen.
Steve Zimcosky’s short story, The Last Reiki Hunter, is a parable of the times, one in which the possibilities are frighteningly real. The plot unravels quickly. The story is a parable and it is shared in this age-old art of storytelling. Background is presented first to allow the reader to enter the courtroom with the accused with full comprehension of the case being tried. The scenes and the characters are described with precision and clarity without going into unnecessary detail. A powerful story which speaks volumes.