Two years ago, archaeologists Frank and Beverly made the discovery of their lives.
Today Frank’s old partner and one of their digging assistants, Romerro, hold up Frank at gunpoint for the new secure location of Pandora’s Box that only he knows. However, Bev and Romerro are merely the puppets whose strings are pulled by a sinister puppeteer.
The granddaughter of Bev’s old Anthropology professor holds the key to opening the box, which could cause then end of humankind. The only question left to know is, will Frank keep the box from the only one who can open it, or will he fall and leave the world in Pandora’s hands?
This is completely inappropriate, but can I just tell y’all how much the title of this novella makes me giggle? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.
As for the story itself, it was good. Like I said before, the subject matter is definitely not interesting to me, but I did like what the author did with it. It’s a complete retelling of the Pandora’s Box myth. The author chose to weave it in with the story of God casting the fallen angel Lucifer out of heaven. I could tell you all about how the story goes, but that would pretty much ruin it. And I try to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible.
As you all should know by now, I’m an atheist. I try not to let my views on religion interfere with what I read, but sometimes it’s hard. This is one of those cases where I really had to suspend disbelief and I attempted to do it as much as I could. Simply put, I can’t hate on a novel just because the author doesn’t share my views on religion. That being said, if you don’t care about this sort of thing, it truly was an interesting and well-written story.
The pacing was well done, and I kind-of liked the way the story jumped around a little. Usually this annoys me if it occurs too much, but not here. It helped to make the story more interesting. I liked the characters, but I want to be clear. If you choose to read this, just realize it’s a very quick read. It’s only 70 pages long and there’s not a lot of time for the characterizations to get very deep. Most of the writing is spent on storytelling, as it should be.
If you want a good quick read, and you don’t have a lot of time, and the premise sounds interesting to you, I really think you should give this one a try. It was definitely enjoyable. I want to thank the author D.R. Rux for sending me a copy and for trusting me to give it my honest opinion.
You can purchase The Silent Box from Amazon here or from Smashwords here. It’s only 99 cents. Why not?