In Eichin Chang-Lim’s gripping novella, Ultimate Revenge, a man plots his revenge against the person who led to his wrongful seven-year-long imprisonment. For thirteen years, the name Joshua has been etched in Russell’s mind. Joshua is the man who tricked Russell and caused him to spend years in prison for crimes he did not commit. When Russell spots Joshua years later by chance, the need to avenge himself for the years and freedom lost overcomes him. However, Russell is in a good place now. He is living with the love of his life and daughter and is not sure whether he would want to jeopardize that. Still, he refuses to let Joshua get away with his deceit. The work includes other short stories with striking and unexpected endings, similar to Russell’s story.
Ultimate Revenge is captivating with a thrilling plot full of tension. It begins with an exciting scene as Russell sees Joshua while entering a bank. The tension is maintained throughout the story as Russell grapples with his plans against his enemy. I appreciated that the main character’s back story and the circumstances leading up to his encounter with Joshua are included. His relationship with his wife and daughter is also well-explored. The story ends with a rewarding ending that readers will love. Other short stories in the work are equally surprising with unanticipated and powerful endings. Ultimate Revenge by Eichin Chang-Lim is an engrossing short read with an intriguing storyline and a fascinating ending. Readers will also love the other flash fiction stories included.