Title: Progressive Entrapment
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Michael Butler
It begins as innocent fun. Tempting, enchanting…even, at times, sweet. It doesn’t take long, however, before things change. You feel yourself being lured. A haunting – or haunted – voice whispers your name in the darkest of hours. Seduces you. Entices you. Beckons you. You’re addicted…and there’s no turning back.
In this collection of 20 stories, Brandon Ford takes the listener on an extended journey, one that begins in a sun-kissed meadow and ends in a shadowed wood, where razor-clawed creatures prey.
In “The Dinner Party”, a young wife receives some unusual advice from a talk radio host after she discovers her husband’s infidelity. A budding artist and consummate failure realizes there’s only one way to overcome an undying envy of his overachieving brother (”Painted in Red”). In “Popcorn Video”, a high school senior receives a series of mysterious phone calls while working alone in a mom-and-pop video rental shop. As the world comes to a violent end, a young couple and their small child take cover in an abandoned basement bar, realizing only too late that they’ve made a grave error (”Refuge”).
Progressive Entrapment is a tantalizing and titillating tome that will leave you breathless with emotion, from sadness to glee to jaw-tensing terror. It is a book that won’t allow you to stop listening. Consider yourself warned.
An intense collection of short stories.
When I finished this book, I had to sit for a few minutes to gather my thoughts. It really was an intense emotional rollercoaster. The way the stories are arranged gives us a steep plunge from the suburban sorrows of a dying relationship, to twisted gore right out of a nightmare.
Every story is written in a way that leaves you feeling something, some more than others. I found it hard to really decide which stories were my favorite, but it’s safe to say that the second half of the book held my attention the most since they were more horror-esque stories written in a way that only Brandon Ford can pull off.
Narration was perfect for this collection.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.