by Robert Enright
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Bermuda Jones Casefile
Publisher: Urbane Publications (January 1, 2017)
Genre: Science Fiction | Dark Fantasy
Paperback: 288 pages
The Otherside: a world that exists on the outskirts of our own, hiding in plain sight and living within our shadows. Shielded from humanity, the Otherside is watched over by the BTCO, a highly secret government agency whose agents are the few humans who possess "The Knack," a genetic anomaly that allows them to see the truth of existence. Franklyn "Bermuda" Jones is the BTCO's finest agent, the only human to have passed to The Otherside and returned. Gifted with the ability to physically interact with The Otherside, he reluctantly stands between both worlds, pining for the life he had to leave behind. Teamed with the Otherside warrior, Argyle, the two of them are assigned a case of a missing woman, vanished under peculiar circumstances. As Bermuda delves further into the disappearances, he uncovers a threat to humanity that will not only break the truce between the two worlds, but render them both obsolete.
Doorways by Robert Enright
He didn’t ask to be ‘special’ or to possess a gift that has been more like a curse his entire life, but Bermuda Jones IS special, he DOES see what others can’t and he could very well be the last line of defense to prevent the “Otherside” from taking over the human side of existence. Deep withing the government is an agency so secret that few know of its existence. With the combined forces from both the Otherside and the human side, these secret warriors attempt to keep both worlds separate, but when humans go missing, Bermuda and his partner, Argyle will uncover the plot of a monster who is determined to rule both sides of the veil, making humanity the main course in a deadly bid for the power of the human essence.
DOORWAYS by Robert Enright is science fiction with a twist. Rather than focus on the action, which there is plenty of or of the threatening evil entity, who is pretty vile, much of the focus is on the mental and emotional turmoil of the hero, Bermuda Jones, a man who would give anything to regain the life he was forced to give up to protect those he loves.
Bermuda has given up his family, endured being on outcast, been locked away as insane and paranoid, and still, he does what he has to do to keep the world safe. He isn’t a saint, he is bitter, struggles with his own self-destructive patterns and flaunts a lack of respect for authority at every opportunity. This is a man on the edge, riding the envelope of life, doing all he can to keep his world safe, hating every minute of it, all while realizing, if he doesn’t, who will?
Robert Enright has dark and edgy down pat in this tension-packed fantasy thriller. We get inside Bermuda’s head, and it is a scary place to be, filled with jagged pain, self-recrimination and a fervent desire NOT to be in the position he has been placed in. Mr. Enright’s writing is raw, bold, and crisp with no flowery statements. Looking for something edgy with a character who does what he must without a sense of pride or the accolades of many heroes? DOORWAYS could be it.
I am voluntarily reviewing a copy from the author!