Release date: Aug. 22, 2015

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Best Novella 2015 - Edward Lorn, author of Cruelty

Named Top Short Story of 2015 by The Leighgendarium

The “stunning and harrowing” short story, originally published in the anthology No Way Home, is now available as a standalone release and features an all-new foreword written by award-winning science fiction author, Lucas Bale.

Cara Stone is a broken woman: penniless, homeless, and hopeless. When given the chance to appear on television, she jumps at the opportunity to win a minimum of $5,000 for her family.

The state-run, crowdfunded series, Revolver, has been established by the nation’s moneyed elite to combat the increasing plight of class warfare.

There’s never been a Revolver contestant quite like Cara before. The corporate states of America are hungry for blood, and she promises to deliver.


"Wow. Just... Wow. Revolver aims at the world we live in and blows its head off." - Edward Lorn, author of Bays End and The Sound of Broken Ribs

"Terrific and brutally aggressive." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Becoming and Blood and Rain

"Revolver is the most relevant work of fiction right now!" - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews

“Hicks has written a seminal political – psychological thriller that packs a massive punch in a short space. … I think it’s a piece of fiction that will stand the test of time.” - Steve Stred, Kendall Reviews

"Hicks paints a picture of a world that's uncomfortably possible...passionate and well-written." - Black Guys Do Read

Revolver ... takes the ‘shocking’ gold medal. A classic example of social science fiction … most gripping.” - David Wailing, author of Auto

"[A] truly gut twisting, heart wrenching, sphincter squeezing tale of lossand abandonment that stuck with me long after the last page." - Anthony Vicino, author of Time Heist

"Revolver is a brave, powerful piece of writing... It's unapologetic, visceral, and the kind of story that would probably have sent the Clean Reader app into cyber meltdown. Give it a read if you like your stories to take you to the edge of your seat." - Tommy Muncie, author of Shadow's Talent

“This story, you should print out and give to your friends and family. You should read it aloud at book club meetings and you should dissect with strangers at the bus stop. This story is freaking amazing.” - Stephanie Lehenbauer, Novel Commentary Review of No Way Home

"Revolver is one of those stories that, once I got over the initial shock of the subject matter and the sheer vulgarity of the content, I immediately had to listen to it a second time. ... with all the political turmoil, particularly the attitudes against women, that the world is being exposed to right now. I think this makes Revolver all the more terrifyingly plausible." - Audiobook Reviewer

"A lot of what happens in this story resonates with what we see and what we read in our very lives today. ‘Revolver’ is a great story, bristling with tension, unflinching with its descriptions and thoughtful. I get the feeling that people who misunderstand this may need to perhaps take a long hard look at themselves in the mirror." - The Grim Reader

"Revolver is a perfect short story/novella to read right now.  The political extremists are gaining more and more power and they aren’t easily ignored anymore.  Revolver tells the story of what would happen if we let this extremism go too far.  And wow was it good. ... Revolver is a big “what if” book that will leave you feeling raw and full of emotion." - Brian's Book Blog

"Patricia Santomasso's performance of this audiobook version is simply brilliant." - Seamus, Audible Customer

"Patricia Santomasso is a revelation as a narrator. She really gives feeling to the various characters, really giving all the characters their own voices..." - Steve H. Caldwell, Audible Customer