Mort Laitner
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‘The Night Archer and Other Stories’ by Michael Oren — A Review

As I scrolled through Audible’s list of short story collections, I saw a name I recognized— Michael Oren.

“What did I know about Michael Oren?” I wondered.

I remembered seeing photos of a good looking young guy standing next to Obama in the Oval Office.

Yeah, he was Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

And boy was he photogenic.

I remembered thinking, “It never hurts having a handsome Jew representing the Promised Land.

Picture Paul Newman in ‘Exodus.'”

I hadn’t a clue that Michael was also a combat veteran, a historian, a statesman, a professor, an author and a political commentator.

So I thought, “I love reading and analyzing short stories.”

“I write short stories.”

Therefore, I gotta click the purchase button.

And I gotta watch as “The Night Archer and Other Stories (2020)” by Michael Oren miraculously appeared in my Audible library.

Now that I’ve read his 51 short stories, I’m so glad my finger touched that button.

Why, because Michael has mastered the art of storytelling.

And Michael:

Dished out pearls of wisdom into my cupped hands;

Made me think about and question some of my life choices;

Taught me some valuable life lessons.

So as I sat in my car, listening and admiring his prose, his use of verbs, his wealth of knowledge on so many different subjects and the tightness of his short stories, I tasted perfection.

So if you want to taste the sweetness of short stories that will make you laugh, cry, cringe and think, I highly recommend “The Night Archer and Other Stories” by Michael Oren.

About the Author
Florida's Jewish short-story writer, speaker, film producer and retired attorney. He has authored, "A Hebraic Obsession", "The Hanukkah Bunny" and "The Greatest Gift." He produced an award-winning short film entitled, "The Stairs". Movie can be viewed on my TOI blog. Mort is a correspondent for the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Jewish Journal.
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