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A Review of Bentley Little's Dispatch

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Jason Hanford is an excellent writer and he often uses his ability in a deceitful manner. This deceitful way often gets Jason everything that he wants in life. All he has to do is write a simple letter. He sends letters to businesses, newspapers and anywhere else that he sees fit.

With a single letter, Jason can get free food, free passes and even a response from the government. Soon, someone takes notice of Jason's letter writing ability and offers him a job. The job offer is from someplace that Jason is not aware of and a place that he cannot even imagine.

At this point, his life is in shambles; he is divorced and without a job. With his life at a low-point, he accepts the mysterious job offer that requires him to only write letters. That is all, nothing more. The job almost seems too good to be true.

What Jason does not know is that this job will change his life in a way that he cannot even begin to fathom.

Bentley Little does an excellent job at turning something so simple as letter writing or even a store and turns it into something terrifying. Readers that are already familiar with Little's writing style know that he takes everyday mundane things and turns them into brutal nightmares.

Dispatch is not an exception, except that it is difficult to have any type of sympathy for the main character. He is a shady individual and it is hard to sympathize. However, the situation that he finds himself is horrific and bizarre, maybe even too bizarre.

Little is known for bizarre and far-fetched stories, but this one is out there. Sometimes it is laughably extreme. Dispatch is not one of the best Little books available, but it does deliver if you can get past certain bizarre points.

The first half of the book is certainly more enjoyable than the second half. The second half of the novel is where things start to fall apart. Some areas are not very coherent. The ending is not very strong, but the strange factor certainly matches the rest of the story.

Overall, Dispatch is an easy read that has some faults. It is a page-turner, but the reader will really have to accept some truly far-fetched scenarios, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Some other recommended reads by Bentley Little are: The Association and The Store.

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