Orlando's Vigil, Bryce Piper, Moongypsy Press (http://moongypsypress.com/index.php), March 2010, $3.99 Kindle, ISBN: 45150998, 12 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
Every now and then you come across a new writer who has a strong voice and gets his point across in a very subtle way. Piper has one of those voices and I am extremely impressed with this story. I have high hopes of seeing many more offerings from him in the future.
Orlando is the topic of discussion by a couple of young women. He sits on a bench overlooking the playground of their apartment complex. One of them wonders if it is safe for their children to play with him around. It takes a while for the story behind his vigil to come out.
Orlando is disabled veteran of the Afghan war. While there he learned many things that were contrary to his morals, but some things have to be overlooked since it is not your culture. He has a wife and two sons at home and they, too, weigh on his mind.
The rest of the story is poignant and disturbing. Even though it is a short story, it packs a punch that shows the horrors of war aren’t always “over there”.
Here’s the direct like to the Kindle version at Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Orlandos-Vigil-ebook/dp/B003AU4T0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1267829656&sr=8-1