This little novella is a story about the brave swashbuckling hero that is (maybe) hidden inside even the most mild-mannered person. Mr. Wilde Blue Sky tells us the story of Arthur (seems very close to “author”), who is an intelligent guy, but his 48-year-old life has been a failure because he lacks confidence in himself and is terrified of taking a risk. He is awkward around women, jealous of other men, and resigned to the fact that his life is meaningless and boring. He is a real loser. And then, fate intervenes and he is thrust into an unlikely series of events involving terrorists and government agents. He finds himself in life-threatening situations and, surprisingly, handles himself well. Arthur is linked up with Dario, a tall, dark, handsome and confident agent. Dario is everything that Arthur wishes he could be. The experience has a profound effect.
The brief story is told well and at times the prose is brilliant. We really get a good look inside Arthur’s head. But, the book is also peppered with editing errors that are annoying and distracting. For such a short book, the editing should be better. The story here has enough depth to support a full novel. It is a bit disappointing that the author chose to clip it so short. The title explanation of “Good doing evil” is explained at the very end in a summary exposition that could have been doled out more slowly over the course of a longer book. As written, it comes off a bit rushed and leaves the reader wanting more.
Despite the flaws, this is an interesting story and includes some good writing. I hope Wilde Blue Sky fleshes out his next story more fully and engages a good editor and we may have something special.