Sozo, by Patrick Todoroff, is the story of Booker, an ex-marine suffering from PTSD. When he’s recruited to do a job for some shady folks, his suspicions that he may be walking into more than he bargained for try to deter him from following through, but he ignores his moral compass at first, succumbing to the numbness that years of violence have brought him.
After reading this story and Patrick’s other short tale, The Barrow Lover, I’ve come to realize that I really enjoy Patrick’s writing style. Many of Sozo’s sentences are short, snappy, and to the point. Patrick’s writing gives you just enough detail to see the world he wants you to see without holding your hand through it. Characters come to life through a gritty, non-apologetic lens, and the story bleeds off the page in a hell-driven cascade of bullets and memories.
Sozo is the perfect read if you’re short on time, as it only came to roughly nineteen pages on my computer. But, as short as it is, it leaves you satisfied at the end – like any good tale should. Where shorter fiction is starting to come to the surface for many self-published writers, Sozo is a perfect example of a value-priced piece of fiction that both entertains and doesn’t demand much of the reader’s valuable time, especially with Patrick’s snappy and powerful prose.
Without sermonizing to his readers, Patrick writes a unique form of Christian fiction that one can’t readily recognize as Christian fiction. The language may jolt you, the violence may jar you, but that’s the beauty of his storytelling power – he draws you into his world and you’re not able to leave until the last page is read.
You can grab your copy of Sozo on Amazon here.