Sunday, September 22, 2013

Doors To Perdition by J.B. Bergstad

  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Woodside Publishing Group (June 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Doors to Perdition bid you enter. Sample eleven tales created for those who dare seek to experience the dark, twisted catacombs of the human mind. So come, join me, J B Bergstad, as we explore the various deviations of depravity we as human beings are capable of conceiving. Face the abject terrors to which we can subject our souls before we step through the Door to Perdition we have chosen. 

My take on this book:
"Doors To Perdition" by J.B.Bergstad is a compilation of short stories that takes the reader on a page turning, often twisted journey of the mind. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down, each story had me thinking I needed to read just one more. Within the pages I met some very interesting, troubled characters. From the man who convinces his friends to rob a bank thinking the money was the answer to all their problems, but instead becomes the death of them, to the unique twist on the John Dillinger story,shared by a ninety year old man who is on his way to an Assisted Living Facility, also known as "death's waiting room" or perhaps the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself part of a hold-up, each story has enough down to earth realism that make them all the more mind bending!

It takes a gifted writer to pull a reader into a short story so completely that you actually feel like you become the character, but J. B. Bergstad accomplishes just that with his collection of short stories in "Doors To Perdition." Each story has a common thread running thru them, although that thread is delivered differently with each tale, sometimes I anticipated what was to come, but more often I was totally blindsided with the twists the author provided!  A true wordsmith whose writing providing me with a visual feast of settings, from California to Brazil,  each setting is as varied as the story, allowing the author packs a real wallop of visual stimulation as each tale unfolds! In my opinion the only thing that classifies this collection as "short stories" is the page count because Mr. Bergstad provides in depth characters, a tight plot along with unique twists that kept the story zipping along, making each tale a satisfying read. Short stories that pack a real punch where the ending isn't always neat and tidy is just what I hoped for with "Doors To Perdition" and I got that and so much more! 

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