Missing Era: The Emergence by A.O. Khalil

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Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: May 19th 2015

1 OUT OF 5 STARS

“…we are truly and devastatingly alone .”

Disclaimer: A free copy of the book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jay and Jule lead a fairly normal life, well as normal as they can considering seven percent of the world population is missing. Bad turns to worse and the couple is forced to leave their home, desperate to find their families and a way to survive. Will they be able to fight whatever is making everyone go missing?

This is a man’s adventure, make no mistake. There are women characters but they’re written as slightly irrational and not capable of defending themselves. Jay is constantly telling his wife “Babe you need to stay here,” while he heads out with men and boys to fight. Jule is described as tough, and does get a little action proving it which only makes her treatment for the remainder of the book all the more disappointing. In fact every character but Jay seems to exist either to praise how brave he is or to show how great he is by comparison.

The book does have a unique premise, but things are only slightly explained near the end of the book. An end which is far too open. There’s no closure, in fact it seems to end right during the climax. There is an intended sequel but the first book should have at least tied up some ends instead of cutting off abruptly. There were definitely some very original ideas with loads of potential but the writing failed to realize them fully. The cast of characters was too large to be handled and almost none of them get any proper development (ex. the lead realizing he’s a control freak and a jerk and deciding to change but completely forgetting next chapter). The writing also bloats with just dialogue the last few chapters. These ideas have potential but they needed to be better executed and nourished a bit more.

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