by John Lytle III
In a short story format that reads almost like a parable, “Chief” incorporates life lessons and advice into its plot. Though, I found the beginning to be a bit rocky, the ending was quite nice with a very satisfying conclusion. The overarching theme and story line are two things I’ll be thinking about for days to come.
Lessons that one could keep in mind.
A great lesson within.
The cover is greatly representative of the story and gives the reader a perfect idea of what the story will be about. The simplicity of Chief’s shadow against the city backdrop really makes this cover pop.
Though I do see the beginnings of something really good here, I think that, “Chief” would greatly have benefited from some more refinement. In my opinion, that extra level of depth needed to make the story great, just wasn’t quite there quite yet.
Overall, the execution could have used a bit of work. I felt that some things in the story were perhaps too convenient and the plot line could have been developed more. For example, the characters in this short story seemed a little too willing to spill out their lives, worries, and troubles to the main character, Chief. There were also a few instances where the tenses needed changing or the word choice might have been a bit better.
I didn’t feel like any of this majorly prevented the messages in the story from being delivered, but I just think that stronger word choice could have made those lessons and messages in the text all the more impactful.
Works of literature that not only have a story to share, but an important lesson to be learned are usually among my favorites. I really appreciated how “Chief” seemed to be infused with life lessons and advice. The main plot line of the short story contained a pretty powerful message that brought the story’s climax to a satisfying conclusion.
Though the beginning could have been stronger for me, I did like the ending quite a bit. The final twist might not have been the most surprising, but it was quite satisfying.
The Last Word
The delivery could have used some improvement, but in the end, “Chief” provides the reader with some important lessons.
There are important messages worth reading in this story…
Age Group: Adult
Summary: Be a good person.