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The year is 2051, and The MedMoore Group is the largest pharmaceutical and medical device producer in the world. The introduction of a new device, The Electric Mask, was revolutionary for Denise, a reclusive burn victim. But when a visit from her estranged sister opens the floodgates, the horror of childhood memories rush in, demanding resolution and the mask is the perfect tool. Some dark memories cannot be forgotten or forgiven.

©2018 Michael Bussa (P)2018 Michael Bussa

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A Face to Die For

This is the story of a woman who was badly disfigured in a car accident . Along with the physical scars Denise has a bad attitude about her predicament. She is bitter r and hates everyone. When she is given the opportunity to try out a new mask to hide her scars she jumps for it.

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Great Quick Read

A Face to Die For by Michael Bussa was a good quick read. This book is set in the year 2051. There is a new medical device that can completely change someone's life. This was a great read about just how much revenge can ruin everything. I enjoyed this quick read.

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Johnny Cab says you look beautiful today

Quite a cool short story. If you are a fan of any of the TV anthology horror shows this will be right up your alley. Among all the different shows and books I’ve read I haven’t come across a story like this. The whole time I tried to figure it out and see if this was just a rendition of something else I’ve seen or heard. Couldn’t do it. This was quite unique and was a solid story that I really enjoyed.
The main character I liked for about 10 minutes of the entire story. She was a piece of work who was a victim and treated as inferior her whole life and her attitude matched. I only liked her when she finally had some confidence. Everything with her played out great until it hit the end and I was totally thrown for a loop. Wow did that ending just upend where I thought everything was going. Totally was good with how things went and couldn’t have written a better ending.
Janina Edwards did a great job. She made me dislike Denise, she made me feel for Denise, she made me like Denise, she made the story have a feeling. Wouldn’t have been the same without her narration.
The cover photo made me think of the movie Eyes Without a Face. Top ten for horror movies in my mind and coupled with The Eye of The Beholder Twilight Zone show I was expecting something completely different. Would have been fine with a retelling of either but this produced something that was unique and totally unexpected.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 06-19-18

A pretty face doesn’t make a pretty mind

Very entertaining short science fiction story with a good surprise ending. The narrator was an excellent choice for the main character.

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GREAT ENDING!!

Good story! Wish it was longer I could have listened to the narrator for hours. I could have done without the dings that indicates a new chapter though.

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Very interesting

I liked this story. As stated in my title it was interesting and very different from what I usually read.

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Denise states she’s old-fashioned and wants to bring a chaperone along on her date. Yes, I know she wants to kill both of the male coworkers who made her life hell, but wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to bring a girl friend with her? Obviously that wouldn’t have worked with her planned though. Just not sure how the guy didn’t question this.

The narrator did an okay job. I don’t know whose idea it was to use bells instead of saying the chapters. In the beginning up until the mid point of the story, I didn’t mind the bell sound. Once the narrator got to the part titled “The Solution,” the bell sound lasted a lot longer and it sounded like it or whatever was used was rolling around, plus there was something that sounded like boiling water. I don’t know what it was, but it was annoying. Either way, it wasn’t just a bell being used.

Besides the bell, there wasn’t much variety between the voices of the characters. For example, the beginning when Denise and her sister are arguing, I got confused as to who was talking.

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Its what's on the inside that counts

And in this case what's on the inside is pretty nasty. This had some interesting twists, which I found enjoyable. The main character, Denise, is wholly unlikeable and petulant throughout, blaming everyone around her for her misery. Since the story is largely from her point of view, her attitude made it a bit unpleasant. I mean her being a horrible person is the point, but still, she was annoying. Janina Edwards's narration was good, and I don't know if it was intentional or not, but the way she read for Denise really added to her self-absorbed petulance.

Overall it was an interesting read, although I can't say its one of my favorites. I liked the near future setting and the way technology was used to create and fix problems.


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • TU
  • 06-14-18

Short but great

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a short, cool, sci fi story of revenge. Although it is only 42 minutes, it was well written and narrated. All in all, I really liked it.

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Reminds me of Black Mirror

This short story is immediately engaging. Michael Bussa does an excellent job of introducing characters with minimal backstories. The main character is written with a robust confidence that had me feeling a little for her. Then...the ending. I just sat still for a few minutes contemplating what just happened! Simply fabulous writing Michael!

Janina Edwards plays the characters with absolute perfection. I cannot imagine anyone else narrating this story. Great job!

Lastly, this story could easily be turned into an excellent episodic screenplay. I would certainly enjoy it as it has all the aspects of a Black Mirror episode.

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Futuristic Reconstruction

I did enjoy listening to this short story but wished was longer. It is like something out of the Twilight Zone which I liked. I really felt sorry for both Denise and Ivy (who comes to the rescue) and wonder what shenanigans the 2 will come up with,? may be a serial or next short . This short has murder/revenge and supernatural travel. Recommend to anyone who enjoys short sci-fi thriller. I was given this free audiobook by author and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-04-18

Why would anyone want to be alone?

This is a well written short story, offered in brief glimpses, each seperated by a single vibrant chime sound, charting the life of Denise, a crash victim whose severe facial injuries have left her a cynical recluse. Then she is offered revolutionary treatment...

Tense and absorbing, far more lies in the background than on the surface. The narration by Janina Edwards is excellent, clear and with just the right amount of emotional edge.

My thanks to the rights holder of A Face To Die For, from whom I received a complimentary copy at my request via Audiobook Boom. The book is the perfect length to fill an empty half hour with interest. Recommended.

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  • Victoria Elizabeth
  • 05-27-18

Excellent short story

Reminds me of Tales of the Unexpected, a brief set up that engages immediately, a lovely weird bit and then a nice little sick twist right at the end!
Story based on a woman who was facially disfigured in an accident as a child. She's given the opportunity to trial a mask that makes her look beautiful. I literally can't say any more without spoiling it!
I'd put this side by side with Roald Dahl in quality of writing and story - will definitely be looking up more of this author's work.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The narrator was excellent too!

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  • Ostfeld
  • 05-27-18

Don’t judge a book under its cover !!!

What a great story.
I can’t believe or understand how Michael Bussa managed to say so much in such a short time including a beautiful punchline, really amazing !!!!

Recommended !


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