Taking place in a post-apocalyptic Russian Chernobyl-like zone, A Prayer to Saint Strelok is a quick punch to the teeth that will oddly leave you asking to be punched again. It follows Yuri, a guide (called a Stalker) to three scientists in the mysterious but treacherous area known as the Exclusion Zone. He's been hired for what looks to be a fetch and return mission. Easy, right? Except Yuri knows that nothing in the Zone is ever easy.
This story was an excellent one-sit read and my only complaint--if any--is that now I want more but there aren't any at the moment! I would love for the author to follow up with a number of short stories that flesh different people and areas of the Zone, or even a full length book! For now, though, I'll just have to reread and imagine the terrors and payoffs that await over each irradiated ridge.