Monday, May 14, 2007

About Viktor Petrenko

First, VP was created for a blog story project a couple of years ago run by Bryon Quertermous and Dave White. They asked for a story that dealt with an item at a police auction and I sent them one that won me the James Brown Award for Soul...

Viktor, if you're not familiar, is a former Soviet Special Forces type, and a former mercenary. He had some truly bad experiences in Afghanistan in the mid to late 1980s as well as a terrible time in a Siberian Gulag for a year. As a mercenary, he witnessed some of the most horrifying things humans have done to each other on all continents except Australia and the Antartic. Viktor loves the Elena you find in the story called "Elena Speaks of the City" (scroll down if you want to take a read). By the time the first Viktor Petrenko story came out, Elena had been dead some years and the memory of her haunts Viktor. Other stories have jumped about in time. He first meets her in the story directly below this post.

There are three novels that I've planned and could write tomorrow if I didn't have other obligations. The first would be called MAN OF DISASTER. Someone takes Elena hostage and that is So the wrong thing to do.

In any event, "Viktor Speaks of Elena" is not nearly the story that the Elena story is in my estimation, but there is a lot more killing which should make some happy. It also has a nice little turn at the end, I think. The story does seem a little rushed, but then, Viktor is no poet. Yeah, I think I'll stick with that...blame the character for being in a mediocre story...

Anyway, the story is free. Scroll down for a look.


Blogger Bill Crider said...

Congrats on the Derringer win for "Elena Speaks of the City"!

May 17, 2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

"Have You No Mercy..." was a pretty good story, but the section in which one of the white-collar convicts asked Viktor if he'd ever killed anyone was just brilliant. You couldn't have captured the difference in their worlds any better.

May 20, 2007 8:11 PM  

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