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Revenge   By: (1915-2006)

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Revenge by Arthur Porges is a mesmerizing collection of short stories that plunges readers into a world where justice is sought through unconventional means. With its well-crafted prose and thought-provoking narrative, this book offers a fresh perspective on the theme of revenge.

In this compilation, Porges explores the complexities of human emotions and the consequences that arise when one seeks retribution. Each story delves into different scenarios, showcasing the varied lengths people are willing to go to extract vengeance. From ancient civilizations to modern times, the author skillfully weaves tales that span across eras, effortlessly captivating readers with his imaginative storytelling.

One of the standout qualities of Revenge is Porges' ability to create rich, three-dimensional characters. Each protagonist has a distinct voice and motive, making it easy for readers to empathize with their actions, even in the most morally ambiguous situations. The author's attention to detail ensures that every story feels authentic, transporting readers to the heart of the conflict and allowing them to witness the unfolding events firsthand.

The pacing of the stories is another strength of this book. Porges effortlessly maintains a steady rhythm, ensuring that readers remain engaged throughout. The narratives, while concise, are packed with tension and suspense, leaving little room for distraction. This tight control of the pacing keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eager to uncover the outcome of each tale.

Furthermore, Revenge delves into thought-provoking themes that go beyond mere vengeance. It explores the concept of moral responsibility, challenging readers to question the ethics behind seeking justice outside the boundaries of the law. The stories often provoke introspection, prompting readers to reevaluate their own notions of right and wrong.

While Revenge offers a captivating reading experience, some readers may find the darker themes and occasional violence unsettling. However, it is precisely this unflinching portrayal of revenge that makes the book so compelling. Porges fearlessly delves into the darkest recesses of the human soul, unearthing the primal instinct that drives individuals towards revenge.

In conclusion, Revenge is a gripping collection of short stories that artfully explores the complexities of human nature and the lengths individuals go to seek justice. Porges' skillful storytelling and thought-provoking themes make this book a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers and introspective narratives. Whether you seek excitement or philosophical musings, Revenge has something to offer.

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REVENGE

By ARTHUR PORGES

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but the fury of a biochemist scorned is just as great and much more fiendish.

If the Syndicate is half as powerful as some people have claimed, they'll murder me any day now. I object on principle to being killed by evil men for a good deed, so maybe lynching by stupid ones is preferable. I mean you, and you the suetheads who profited by my work, but refused your help.

You've been yammering about narcotics for years how drug addiction was spreading, reaching down even to your unmannerly, spoiled brats, who despise their parents and our venal society to the same degree. The stuff comes in by the ton across the Mexican border; they grow it for our benefit in Red China; and a few "friendly" Asian countries don't mind exporting some now and then, either. In spite of heroic work by our small group of poorly financed narcotics agents, the flow of drugs cannot be halted.

Oh, you and your elected representatives made a lot of panicky moves to combat this threat. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was given a new Bureau, set up like the F.B.I., and headed by Myron P. Bishop, a man trained by that distinguished expert on narcotics, Anslinger, himself... Continue reading book >>




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