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The Doorway


Loved it! 😍

Gritty fantasy with a tough detective experiencing the weird and wonderful through the eye of experience.

The depth of our belief in the fantasy world of any story is guided by the belief of the main character. The traditional Fantasy character approaches the new world with wide-eyed wonder, and we respond with the same, but with a superior “Isn’t this fun?” attitude.

In “Missing Persons” we see Fantasy from the point of view of a tough, experienced FBI agent. He is the ultimate credible witness; he has seen so much of the world that he is past being blasé. He approaches every weird situation with an open mind and a desire for real evidence. As such, the reality of the settings and events holds together, and we are slowly and powerfully dragged into belief in the extra-ordinary just as he is.

The magic in this book, especially at the beginning, is handled with a deft touch; basically, there is very little of it. This is a story about people. How they react to the conflict is guided by who they are. This means that the main character is highly sympathetic, and the secondary characters are likewise treated with respect and interest.

Later in the story the fantasy world takes over, and the writer’s attention to detail keeps us involved in the new settings. Which is a good thing, because the visuals are imaginative and well described.

The plot takes on a standard “quest” format, and near the end, where we expect rising action and suspense, instead we get an information dump, which is very interesting, but doesn’t increase the excitement.

The book ends on a lull in the action. One of the important personal relationships is solved, but the practical conflicts fade away with nothing finished. Leaving that part to be dealt with in the next part of this serial.

The first half of this book is excellent, although the ending brings it down to very good.

Recommended for Fantasy and Action/Adventure fans alike.

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Brought up in a logging camp with no electricity, Gordon Long learned his storytelling in the traditional way: at his father’s knee. He now spends his time editing, publishing, travelling, blogging and writing Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Social Commentary, although sometimes the boundaries blur.


About the author

Jesse L. Watson is an emerging author of contemporary sci-fi thriller novels. When he’s not writing books or spending time with his wife and daughter, he’s creating stuff to give away on his newsletter. view profile

Published on October 27, 2023

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90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Science Fiction

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