Interview and Review of August Moore and Extreme Cruelty

"This story is true. I debated long and hard whether to share it publicly. My Extreme Cruelty journey led me from the highs of a wonderful job with significant leadership responsibilities, respect, confidence, trust, and moderate wealth to the lows of unproductivity, unemployment, multiple deaths, isolation, depression, financial ruin, and utter humiliation. Did I really want to openly share this with others?"After August Moore finds himself divorced and lonely, a budding online romance with a woman named Crystal reignites his lust for life. She is everything he wants—beautiful, professional, and willing to explore the adventurous side of life. The only problem is that her job places her thousands of miles away, and for months their plans to meet are mysteriously thwarted. In a state of love-induced naïveté, August is willing to go to outrageous lengths for the woman he loves.Discovering that she comes as a "package deal" with her best friend Leona, August becomes entangled in a web of duplicity and compromised values. Blinded by his new-found love, he is led down a path that yields bizarre experiences with every step. And at the end of the path, Crystal is not all that she seems…A true-crime story of love, deception, and redemption, Extreme Cruelty serves as a warning that professional con artists are actively seeking to take advantage of those who are vulnerable and willing to compromise their entire lives for the sake of love. Part I details how August falls into this elaborate con and the loss he experiences as a result. His story is real… and it could also happen to you.

Tell us first how you came to faith in Jesus.
I didn’t truly come to know the Lord until recently when I reached the lowest point in my life, addressed in my sequel, Extreme Cruelty II.  Oh sure, I prayed occasionally in my past for really important things like not getting caught at something when I was a teen, winning the lottery, getting a corvette, or the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl.  None of those prayers were answered. This time it was different.  My prayer was a desperate, sincere cry out to God to help me in my darkest hour.  Within sixty seconds He answered my prayer, I kid you not, but you’ll have to read the sequel to find out what happens.

How old were you when you wrote your first real story and what was it about?
Actually, this is my first real story and it only took me five decades to achieve it.  I’ve never even written a short story before, even though I’ve always had a desire to write a book one day.  When my son was very young, I would make up long stories to tell him before bedtime instead of read the same old books.  I made him the hero in most of them.  I think it was equally fun for the both of us.

Where did you get the idea for your latest book?
Well, this book is a story of love, deception, and redemption that actually happened to me.  It’s my testimony, told in a true-crime format.  To be honest, I didn’t want to share my testimony publicly, let alone write a book about it.  However, I truly believe the Holy Spirit kept nudging me to proceed.  “We” wrestled round after round over this.   I lost.  So here I am, sharing this Extreme Cruelty journey and hopefully prevent others from becoming a victim as I was.

What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular?
In addition to the last response, there are two other key lessons to take away from my book.  First, never compromise your values for love… or what you think is love.  I’ve had a lifetime of instilled values, attending a private Missionary school for most of my childhood, nearly 30 years in the service with Army values, and a strong sense of right and wrong.  I chose wrong because I thought it would gain me the heart of a certain woman.  Secondly, don’t think for a moment that you are immune from being the victim of a scam or con.  It happens every day to people from all walks of life.  Even Churches get scammed.  Be wary of those you communicate with over the internet.

What part of this book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
It would have to be the Epilogue in the sequel, signifying I was finally done.  You see, writing this story has been incredibly challenging at times.  It forced me to relive many horrible memories and emotions.  I was surrounded by utter bizarreness, multiple deaths, deception, and devastating losses on multiple fronts, not to mention a legal war.  I was raised to believe that real men don’t cry.  The only time I ever saw my father cry was on his death bed.  While writing the book, I found myself crying… a lot.  At least there is some good news in the Epilogue, although some will be alarmed when reading the last few sentences.  We all should be.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Jeremiah 29:11.  I have it hanging in my living room to serve as a reminder of Gods plan for my life, and to never go looking for love in the wrong places again.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Chinese and chocolate, 24/7/365.  Having been raised overseas with an integrated Chinese family, I would choose a bowl of rice over a slice of bread most any day. 

What are your hobbies other than writing?
I love to hike until my legs give out on me.  There is something about the solitude of hiking in the hills or mountains that really appeals to me.  It frees my mind and relaxes me, enjoying beautiful scenery.

How does your faith play into your writing?
Being a relatively new Christian, I really struggled with how to write this story.  I didn’t want to offend anyone or be an embarrassment to Christians.  At the same time, I felt led to share this story more from a secular perspective while playing the role of the “farmer”, planting seeds along the way to give the reader pause and at least think about God here and there.  Already some have rushed to judgment based on the book title alone.  Just as I predicted, some have been quick to judge me personally or label me, based on my story.  However, I’m not that man anymore.  I try not to concern myself with those ready to cast the first stone.  I’ve been saved, renewed, redeemed.  Never again will I abandon God.

My Review:

If I hadn't spoken to the author himself I would be tempted to write this story off as a work of pure fiction but knowing that these were real events made reading it that much more heart-rending. I found myself wanting to jump through the pages and warn August that he was being manipulated by a very evil and conniving woman.  Extreme Cruelty should be a must read for anyone entertaining thoughts of finding love through social media or even online paid services. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and ends on what has to be the mother of all cliff-hangers! Hang on to your pantyhose  because Book Two is coming out soon! Five stars!

You can buy Extreme Cruelty directly from the author (autographed) here 
Or from Amazon here


  1. This is the best book, I could not put it down! I enjoyed this interview! Thanks Marlayne

  2. I haven't had the time to read this book yet, but I have a copy, and I'll be watching for the sequel. Thanks so much for interviewing August. His story is heartwrenching!

  3. Great interview and review. I haven't read the book yet but do plan to.