Short But Sweet

Rick Florino seems to have a knack for surprise endings and eerie storytelling. In Dolor: Arielle Book III, Sam, the main character gets involved in some strange situations, which impact his life a lot more than he cares to think.

Florino’s novella starts with Sam’s inner thoughts regarding his lawyer job and issues with his wife, Arielle. Sam’s written as an average guy with annoying clients, and the stress of his marriage impacting work. The reader finds out that ironically, he is a divorce lawyer.

Sam and Arielle’s issues wind up in a twisted connection to one of his client’s cases. Florino brilliantly connects the strange occurrences of a symbolic pentagram to Sam in a way that keeps the reader hooked throughout.

Although the novella is roughly thirty pages, it is chock full of symbolism, character development, and intriguing suspense.

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Maria Sica

Maria Sica teaches Middle School English, tutors college students, and has recently completed her Master’s Degree in English Education at Brooklyn College. She loves keeping busy, yet does not mind the occasional moments when she can catch up with a good book wrapped in a fleece blanket, and drinking a cup of tea (which may sound boring to her friends and boyfriend, but she doesn’t care). She has always loved to read and write at an early age. She will be the first to admit that she is a nerd-and loves anything sci-fi such as the X-files. She is also a fan of Harry Potter and Spongebob Squarepants, and counts them as her favorite Heros next to Wonder Woman and Marty McFly. However, unlike most nerds, she can’t do math if her life, or yours, depended on it.

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