The Apoidean Affair – Short Story Review

Smith & W’Sin Adventures Book 1 by Matthew McCray
By Matthew McCray
Published on November 12, 2019

Two privateers seems to find themselves with a lot of bad luck in this space adventure that is full of so much fun from start to finish. This may be a short story, but there is a lot of action packed in the 41 pages.


Space is always a hive of activity, but for privateers Smith and W’sin the adventure is just beginning in this action-packed pulp fiction adventure.


I loved it. Loved it so much that I immediately looked to see if there were any other books or short stories by the author that I could read. The Apoidean Affair features two lovable scoundrel-type characters, Smith and W’sin, who apparently know how to find trouble. In fact, the whole story starts with them running away from a situation they may (or may not) have caused. They had been hired for a job, but on their way saw this “opportunity” they couldn’t pass up. However, there may have been a major glitch in this “opportunity” and soon they find themselves in a tight predicament. But once free and clear, they decide it is time to go on to the job they were actually hired to do. However, that job also comes with a few hitches and soon they are needing to find their way out of that predicament too.

Smith and W’sin are terrific characters and you just can’t help but root for them. They have just the right amount of comedic touch that livens up a scene as they weave in and out of trouble. Smith is human, but may not know that much about his ancestry. W’sin on the other hand is not human. Or, I’m assuming he isn’t because he has feathers on his head, arms, and around his eyes. Their back and forth banter was a blast to read, but I also appreciated how they are on the same page as far as what they are willing or not willing to do for money.

All in all I’m ready for more of this crew and can’t wait for their next adventure.

Rating: 5 stars

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