Friday, April 3, 2015

The Test by B.A. Sherman (Greg Dorn #1)

The Test
by B.A. Sherman

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Publisher: B.A. Sherman
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Print Length: 164 pages
Available from: Amazon


Something unexplainable has happened to Greg, a rookie cop. One day, as he is working the mean streets of Denver, a dark feeling inside of him begins to bubble up. This ‘thing,’ which starts as a small voice having a conversation with him, is startling enough. Then the voice becomes stronger, and Greg is unable to control it.
He becomes obsessively driven by this inner voice telling him what to do. First it’s small stuff, and then it’s a command to go out and kill. The killing starts with road-rage drivers, then anyone whose looks ‘it’ doesn’t like. Unable to control the voice and the urges, he cannot help alienating his wife and young daughter, who eventually leave him and move back to Kansas. Even when ‘it’ is silent, Greg begins screwing up at work on the force and increasingly getting into arguments. One black night out on a job, he ends up cornered by his own officers and is shot. ‘Evil’ has been conquered…or has it just been a sinister test?
This first book in the Greg Dorn Series by B.A. Sherman will have readers wondering how and why a guy like Greg could suddenly be taken over by some inner voice and turn to murder. The evil continues in book 2 but the plot takes a whole new twist.

The TestMy Review
The Test by B.A. Sherman

Ever wonder what propels a person to go into law-enforcement? Is it honor, sense of duty or possibly a devastating loss that never should have happened? Growing up Greg had the perfect and carefree life of a boy well-loved, who knew how to give love back, but that was stolen from him the day a mentally ill boy in a stolen car plowed through the family vehicle brutally snuffing out the lives of his mother and younger sister. It never should have happened and he and his father were paying the price while the killer was re-institutionalized.

Greg becomes the model officer in his small town, marries his high school sweetheart and together they take off for the big city where Greg feels he can work miracles there, also, but was he ready for the road rage, the flagrant and dangerous ignoring of traffic rules or would it switch on a part of his brain that made him what he considered to be an avenging angel? Life caves in on Greg, his vision has narrowed to a pinpoint goal, and he has crowned himself both judge and jury, will he also carry out the punishment? How hasn’t he been caught? Don’t they say every criminal messes up at some point? Only the voice in his head knows what he is doing, but is this a true slip from reality or is something else going on? Is his inner voice testing him or is this all a bad dream he cannot wake from?

B.A. Sherman’s The Test is a white-knuckle journey through the veil of reality into a chaotic and twisted world that will leave you guessing to the very end, and even then, you question your own assumptions! Mr. Sherman writes with a powerful and bold hand, knowing exactly where he is taking his readers as we are led through the shadowy mind of Greg, the twisted streets and scenes, all culminating in an ending that takes twisted ending to a new level! If you enjoy intensity, darkness and brutally frank storytelling that pounds at you page after page, this is a sure bet winner! Be advised, check your own road rage at door, Greg might be out there, citation pad in hand…

I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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