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Feature Story: Ben

Renee Stevens


So, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day and that everyone is enjoying the newly released Anthology Stories. If you haven’t, why not check them out, as well as our Featured Story for this week. The Hosted Author we are going to feature today is widely known for his many stories, not the least of these is his over 100 chapter story, Circumnavigation. He is known to leave his readers hanging on the edge of a cliff as they wait anxiously for the next chapter. Our story review today is on “Ben” by Hosted Author, and King of Cliffhangers, C James! Enjoy!


C James

Reviewer: Renee Stevens
Status: Complete
Word Count: 5,171


I decided to take a look at one of C James’s shorter worked entitled “Ben”. I know there are many who have read his longer story, Circumnavigation, but personally I like to check out shorter stories before delving into longer works. It tends to give me good insight as to whether or not I will enjoy serial stories by the author.


“Ben” is actually a spinoff story of the popular story, “Circumnavigation” and I was a bit worried that I might not be able to follow it since I have yet to read Circumnavigation. I was ecstatic to realize that C James did an awesome job on making the story of Ben stand alone. I was amazed that it didn’t have more reviews than what it does.


This story follows Ben as he moved to a new school towards the end of the school year. He’s worried about making friends to spend the summer with, but he has managed to befriend a young lady named Lisa, who’s in one of her classes. Having Lisa as a friend proves to be challenging as she has taken it upon herself to play matchmaker. Fortunately for Ben, or may unfortunately for him, things don’t always work out as Lisa hopes.


I really enjoyed this little short and I think it will give anyone who reads it a brief showcase of C James’s talent as an author. It certainly sucked me in and has made me want to check out more written by the talented C James.


If you haven’t already checked the story out, whether or not you are a follower of Circumnavigation, I strongly suggest that you give it a look. Though I will admit, that in what apparently is typical C James fashion, he leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. After reading it, why not leave C James a review to let him know what you think. You never know, it may draw you in like it did me and prompt you to check out some of his other works!

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Thank you!


Ben was originally released only via PM and e-mail. It was written as a way to say "thank you" to my forum posters, but I later decided to go ahead and post it publicly. It's a spinoff of Circumnavigation, basically in the timeframe of the first few chapters (Ben is in Circumnavigation for one chapter, and Lisa is a central character).


Circumnavigation is a few chapters from ending, so for anyone waiting for a completed novel, it won't be too long now. :)

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