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4.2 out of 5 stars
The Journal Of Avery Moore
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on 8 December 2012
This little book is frankly quite brilliant. I only put it down because I didn't start it until I was about to fall asleep anyway and only then because I was too exhausted to go on and don't actually recall switching my Kindle off. Thank you auto-off for preserving my battery to continue reading as soon as possible.

It does indeed hark back to Edgar Allen Poe in its style; first person almost matter of fact recounting of a `true' tale. I use true in inverted commas and only hope I'm surmising correctly, otherwise Mr Hicks, I'm not surprised you changed the name and I hope you get over the ordeal eventually. The mastery with which Journal of Avery Moore is written is worthy of likening to Poe and a joy to read. The recounting of the tale in such a straightforward manner serves to add to the horror of it all and it's one I'll recall with clarity for a long time to come.

Macabre seems the best word for the story itself but I'm not sure it conveys quite enough. Macabre, grim, gruelling; I could go on picking at adjectives but really this is a tale that gives you a chill in the pit of your stomach, not your spine. It's disturbingly real and picks up on that fear we all have lurking somewhere of what other people might be capable of doing.

In movie terms, I couldn't help but think along the lines of Saw although the story bears no resemblance. It's the level of darkness and grip on the reader that strike a chord. The Journal of Avery Moore is very visual, for reasons that will become apparent when you read it. I was getting a headache from looking at the picture it conjured in my mind's eye. That's not a complaint, Michael, that's just how real you made it!

I could wax lyrical about this novella for pages but I think I've said quite enough to make it clear that there is no reason on earth not to read it. It won't take long, it certainly won't bore and it definitely will entertain. Buy it or miss out!
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on 9 December 2011
If you have read my blogs and reviews and you know me on Twitter you will know that Michael R Hicks falls into the category of, "My Favourite Authors."

The Journal of Avery Moore The Journal Of Avery Moore was a bit of a departure for him from his usual writings and for me as a reader, in that it was a horror story,.....

I often think, as I suppose many readers do, of meeting my favourite authors, well, I think I am going off the idea of actually meeting Mr Hicks, anyone that can wake up in the middle of the night with such a twisted story embedded in his mind might not make for a best friend, there has to be a hint of madness lurking behind those eyes.

The Journal Of Avery Moore is a short story charting the kidnapping, imprisonment and torture of a nice man, who happens to be a lawyer, yes I know ,but there are nice lawyers out there I know two...

Avery Moore chronicles the depravity of his time in captivity, without knowing why he is here or indeed how long he has been there. And, when that is finally revealed, that is the final act that almost tips him into the insanity that he has been slowly slipping into, crucified on a medical bench during his captivity.

This is a short, well written book with thirteen short chapters but they are so intense in places that you do find yourself breathing heavily especially when Avery wakes up and discovers his predicament and how he has been `stitched up". As they say, "Oh My God" who would have thought of writing something like that, Well Hicks clearly did and it works, scary but riveting. I really did not think I was going to enjoy it, and I don't even know if that is the correct description to use after reading this one.

I think he was right to do it as a short story and bring it to a conclusion which was fairly explosive and understandable under the circumstances. I started reading it during lunch yesterday and completed it in the evening, so a short read.

5 out of 5 stars
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on 24 April 2013
Good short story but very short and from my perspective a little predicable. The protagonists were too two dimensional I would have liked more backstory and more depth to them. This is the work of a writer perfecting his craft.
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on 20 April 2015
This was book is not for everyone but I enjoyed it
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on 1 January 2015
I did not enjoy this book. I have enjoyed all of his other books. I feel he should stick to sci fi.
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on 11 March 2015
Excellent read very well written and quite original.
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on 3 March 2015
An attorney handling a case of medical malpractice finds himself suffering what he originally thinks is a ruptured appendix. He ends up in the hands of the brother and sister doctors named in the suit.

At first what bothered me was the terrible writing in this man's "journal". Sentences like "I was entirely alone with my thoughts, wondering when the next indignity would be visited upon me."

Then I got to material even more terrible, and I'm not talking about sentence structure or word choices. It seems the sister liked to come in at night and, after removing the catheter in his penis, force him to the point of sexual climax....and then use a stun gun on his....scrotum. Then she shoves the catheter back up his penis and heads out. The author describes the next few days/weeks like this:

"The rhythm of my life for I know not how long was defined by the visits of both twins to replenish Victor's blood with mine, and to satisfy Giselle's seemingly insatiable lust.

After the first time she took me, of course, I knew what was coming, and my body refused to rise to the occasion. She solved that problem by injecting some sort of drug into the shunt in my arm, leaving me with a painful erection that sometimes lasted for hours."

The blurb for the story hints at dark material but this is, at heart, nothing more than sadistic porn with revenge tacked on.

The blurb also compares this to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum". I sincerely hope that Mr. Poe has gone to his heavenly reward and is thus not spinning in his grave. If the overly wordy, flowery, badly constructed prose was an attempt to make us think of Poe, then the author shouldn't have set the story in the present.

Fortunately I was not disappointed in the story's ending. It was as excruciatingly bad as it's beginning.

"After my ordeal ended, I gave thought many times to seeing Eleanor and my son Jason, even if from a distance. But their lives are their own, now, and I could never return to them with the scarred and stained soul that I bear."

Again, the blurb does say that the evil duo do bad things- I just wasn't prepared for stun guns, catheters and more. I would strongly recommend that the author put a note at the end letting readers know that this is a very graphic, adult story.
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on 28 October 2012
There is something quite delightful in a good horror and this is a good one but check your blood group before reading and do not visit hospital.
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on 29 November 2011
I found this to be quite a dark story which I enjoyed alot. It had been quite a while since I've read a really good/different horror so I am extremely pleased with this one. The only negative i have is that it was so good I'd have liked it to be a bit longer. Hope there will be more of this style of writing on the way :-)
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on 31 January 2013
I accidentally discovered Michael R Hicks through Twitter & now I'm a big fan of his books.
This one is a horror/thriller which will put you in the heart of the action so you feel part of the story. So well written & a disturbing plot.
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