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Mike Attebery is the author of "On/Off - A Jekyll and Hyde Story," as well as the thrillers "Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys," "Seattle On Ice," and "Bloody Pulp." He is the Editor-in-Chief of High-Def Digest. Mike lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. He is currently at work on his fifth novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Cryptic Bindings (July 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615253660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615253664
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,849,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Attebery is the author of "On/Off - A Jekyll and Hyde Story," as well as the thrillers "Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys," "Seattle On Ice," and "Bloody Pulp." He is the Editor-in-Chief of High-Def Digest. Mike lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. He is currently at work on his fifth novel.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William F. Aicher on February 3, 2009
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I purchased my copy of On/Off due to the fact that I am a regular reader of the website Highdefdigest.com - and this novel is written by their managing editor.

As a fan of novels that involve looking deeper into one's own self, I have always been drawn to Jekyll and Hyde type stories, as they tend to explore what lies on the darker side of our being. For this reason, as well as the potential for some man vs. science story with the implant in the main character's head, I put On/Off at the top of my to-read list.

Unfortunately, On/Off isn't quite the Jekyll and Hyde story it is made out to be. For the most part the book follows the college exploits of Jamie Pepper, the main character and all the usual parts of life that would encompass - above all, sex. And while I'm not a prude, I found the sex scenes to be forced, and frankly unnecessarily explicit. Basically, it felt like a switch to some kind of erotica in those parts, and it really didn't work for me.

It is also worth pointing out that it is fairly obvious that Atteberry has a background in film, as several of the main characters get into film discussions and are going to film school. These aspects were not a problem with the writing, but they did seem to get in the way of the actual story being told.

As far as the story goes, it seemed a bit convoluted, and took quite a long time to really get going. Once it did, I was hooked - but this wasn't until well into the second half of the book. The ending then came much too quickly and left the rest of the story feeling a bit empty and meaningless.

In all, Atteberry is a good writer - although he could have used some trimming of the story to keep things a bit more focused. I'll keep my eye out for future works from him, but may wait until I see a few reviews of them before clicking the "buy" button.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Liepelt on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
On/Off is a novel that shows a thoughtful progression of suspense and storyline rather than a traditional series of dramatic events as in other horror novels. On/Off has a great balance of dramatic plot line, humor, as well as a dark undertone that builds throughout the story. In some ways the story line is almost a commentary on what is now the common college experience. Jamie Pepper is as believable as any of the real life friends who shared my dorm. I recommend this book and author, you will not be dissappointed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Brown on December 13, 2008
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Seeing as I rarely dabble (or waste my time) with most independent fiction, I was pleasantly surprised when I became so attached to the self-absorbed mainstays in Mike Attebery's "On/Off." More than just another sex-fueled college romp, this provocative trip down the rabbit hole is packed with clever interactions, tense scenarios, and wonderfully defined characters. The circumstances that lead the story's protagonist to madness are convincing and cohesive, allowing the author to paint a picture of a character who is familiar yet foreign at the same time. I wouldn't call it horror per se, but it's a dense psychological thriller that translates the fears and anxieties of young adulthood into a modern identity-bender. I'm excited to see what Attebery comes up with next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2012
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I really don't know why this was labeled a "Jekyll and Hyde" story, but I don't care anyway. I was really involved in this story right until the very end. The details about what it's like to go off to college, and figure out where to eat and where classes are, etc are right on target. But suddenly during this interesting story about an adolescent boy with head trauma, comes a mad scientist and some pretty unbelievable action. As I read the climactic scene, I just kept thinking? "Really?? REALLY?!?!" It's hard to remain absorbed in a story that makes you laugh out loud during the serious tragedy scenes. But there is still something compelling about most of the book, and I think I'm going to keep it on my Kindle to read again. Maybe I'll just stop a couple of pages before the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C Is The Big Dog on April 12, 2011
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I was eager to read this novel and downloaded it at the time it was 0.99. Big spender I know but I am glad I did not spend more. I was intrigued by the concept and some of the scenes of college life are both surreal and funny. Though that is all the positives I have for this meandering book. I mean there is no Jekyll Hide scenario, no ON/OFF if you will, Its like the whole book is more off than on, there is one speed and it is slow. Jamie Pepper undergoes an experiment to battle a disease of the brain. At first it seems effective, but is it really? Are these strange dreams he is having or is he doing things he is unaware of? None of it seems believable enough to me to warrant the climax. I will say that the life in the dorm aspect is entertaining and funny, but the novel as a whole was a big disappointment to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BruceInBaghdad on January 6, 2013
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I was very pleased that Mr. Attebery made me work a little to get to know the characters. He didn't just hand you a set of characteristics and then expect you to just follow the action. He ensured that his characters had solid personalities and that the evolved throughout the book. A well crafted story with a tragic hero. You just don't see too many like this anymore.

I certainly prefer this type of story because it develops along the classic format of story telling. This book was not written with a screen play in mind. It was written with a desire to tell story and thoroughly engage the reader.

Very enjoyable and satisfying, not like the junk food, slap-dash novels you see so much of these days.
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