Flash Review – Idol Threat, by Bryce Allen


Title: Idol Threat

Author: Bryce Allen

Publisher: Necro Publications

And now for something completely different. I’m a fan of the weird, and the strange, most certainly the different, but the Bizarre (with a capital B) is a world and a genre I don’t tend to dabble too much in. And from page one, Bryce Allen’s off-the-wall “anti-thriller” throws the reader head first down the weird and winding well of the deeply Bizarre. It’s not for everyone, that much is for certain. To be entirely honest, I found myself struggling sometimes with the leaps of logic, but it’s a rewarding experience in the end. And that’s, I think, the whole point. The experience, if not the actual story. It’s a curious kind of adventure told at a breakneck pace, using a mind-bending style of narrative that plays with the concept of just what a narrative is. And, at times, what a story even is.

Idol Threat is an impressive, if sometimes confounding, accomplishment. Not for everyone, not for the faint of heart, but something refreshingly different. It holds a dark and twisted mirror up to modern conceits, and bashes a whole handful of genres over the head. It’s a wild, occasionally confusing ride. It will leave you wondering, but ultimately, it is an entertaining read.

Idol Threat is available now from the publisher as well as on Amazon in print and digital.

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