Rating: 5 stars out of 5 ★★★★★
Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.
An Assassin’s Holiday by Dirk Greyson was an unexpected holiday treat, that present you weren’t expecting to be yours that you saw under the tree that turned out to have your name on it. A Christmas morning surprise! I didn’t expect a story with so much hope and heart from a story with a gun on the cover but that’s exactly what Dirk Greyson delivered.
Told from Brick Colton’s pov, we get the cold hired killer and his next target, the accountant Robin Marvington. But as Brick moves in on the kill, following this prey throughout the day everything changes…for Brick. His past emerges to start breaking the ice and walls around him as he sees that Robin is not what he expected. From place to place, memories vie with the present and Robin. By page 12, I was pulling at the box of tissues.
Greyson’s descriptions will grab at your heart. The author makes you see these people, feel their emotions, understand some of what they must be going through. I found this story moving, surprisingly so and loved it.
What made it even better for me is that there are no miraculous changes in personality. Brick Colton remains the man he is, although changes in his future have been made. I won’t spoil the story for you. Let’s just say in a month full of wonderful Advent stories, this one stands out as especially moving and heartwarming, even with that cover and title. It is also one of the longer titles at 54 pages. I highly recommend it.
Cover art by L.C. Chase was a little startling for a Advent story, works as a eye catching cover certainly.
ebook, 54 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
SeriesSleigh Ride – 2015 Advent Calendar
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Advent Calendar package “Sleigh Ride”