All I wanted was a simple cup of coffee before I started work. Fate, however, had different plans for me that day.
A short fiction story inspired by my own personal experience of being stuck in Sydney during the Lindt Cafe siege.
A little about Alex first:
Alex was born and raised in England. When he was sixteen, his family moved to Australia where he learned how to surf, joined a rock band and rode his motorcycle to shows. Alex currently lives with his wife, three beautiful kids, two dogs, three cats, several parrots, and a fish tank.
RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-Stars
Batman Clock by Alex Maher,
This was a short read full of emotion and turmoil. Written in an Aussie dialect, it brings you right into the scene. I love Alex’s writing, this is the third short story I’ve read by him, and he always leaves me reeling (In a good way). He does emotions well and the horror of the moment, with the disconnect of ‘what is happening to me’ comes through.
Alex plops you into a scene, the moment before a mad gunman opened fire ruining his morning coffee run, and killing those around him. Based on a true story, this one is frightening in its truth.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience that moment when you think your life is about to end, then read Alex’s The Batman’s Clock. It’ll race chills down your spine.
I give it a 4.5 but if I was rating it on Amazon, I’d give it a 5 star. It is worth your time, about 20 minutes at most. The only reason I’m not giving it a 5 star is because it left me with questions, but that’s life. The Asian woman who died beside him, the mother and son who also died, I wish they had names because they also have a story and theirs ended in one moment so tragically, and so horrible.
Death came so fast and so unexpectedly. A true story worth your time.
I’m glad you survived Alex, and I mourn for those who didn’t even if I don’t know their names.
Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.99-Stars
What an awesome story! Batman’s Clock by Alex Maher brought out all of my emotions, fear and sympathy and the realization that this can happen to me at any time. I like the cover, and I feel it fits the story very well. If I were scrolling along, the cover would stop me to find out more.
For so few words, the story is extremely compelling. I haven’t read anything that makes a catch in my throat the way Batman’s Clock does. I think what really makes you stop and think with this story is it’s based on real life, a true story. The people in this story lived and breathed until one random morning in a coffee shop.
There are a few sentences with missing words and a typo, which is hardly worth mentioning. For this reason, I give it 4.99-stars. If I was sharing my review on Amazon it would 5-stars as well.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes to read, and get a copy for your friends and family – they will like it too.
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