A Tightening Noose – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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B.K. Berrell

A thriller that will keep readers enthralled, B.K. Berrell’s A Tightening Noose, follows a path that is frighteningly all too possible. A former martial arts fighter and a former Marine end up working together to stop a government facility from accomplishing its goals. With hints of sci-fiction involved, there is a good deal of violence and corrupt government officials tossed in along the way. What Sam and Vic first think they’re individually up against is not what it seems. Berrell has created a story that will make readers wonder at what really goes on behind closed doors within one’s own government.

Berrell’s two male protagonists have dark histories and this lends to the story having a good deal of violence and anguish. It’s quite graphic at times, perhaps, unecessarily so. Some aspects of the story seem out of place, but they also offer deeper insight into the main characters as well. Their damnable qualities are somewhat understandable, but B.K. Berrell doesn’t appear to try and endear the reader to any character either. This allows for violence to happen to the characters without readers getting frustrated with the direction of the story.

Though there are some drawbacks and odd directions in the storyline at times, B.K. Berrell created a unique and horrific concept within the pages of A Tightening Noose. The author skillfully flows back and forth in the early stages of the story between the past and the present in an effort to share Sam’s and Vic’s histories. The unexpected outcome is not where the story seemed to be headed, but as that is often the case in real life, this offers a level of believability and realness to the story that might not otherwise have existed. B.K. Berrell’s A Tightening Noose is an interesting read that will keep readers turning pages until the very end.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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