Story: A desperate pilot takes a shady job from an even shadier employer. Before long, he realizes that there’s a not-too-pleasant future in store for him. It kind of reminded me of a segment out of the original HEAVY METAL movie. A scared pilot and weird locale = an interesting mix.
Characters: Solid. The dialogue reveals a lot about the personalities of each individual, without being tiresome. Descriptions of mannerisms, etc., are vivid but minimal, allowing the story to flow naturally.
Shockers: The full reveal near the end is set up well. It took a while to build to it, and there are hints along the way. Most readers will probably have a few accurate suspicions early on (and the Faustian nature of the story is in the online description anyway) but that’s all part of the fun.
Writing Style/Readability: Controlled, but not boring or obvious. There’s grace and technical precision. You can tell from the first sentence that this is someone who enjoys and has studied the genre and has a good handle on the craft of writing.
Recommend: Yes. It’s a quick read and entertaining.
[4 of 5 Stars!]