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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
Brad Anderson's Raymond Wright Is Missing: From The Janus Project Files is a terrific science fiction time travel story (book 5 in the series). The Janus Project is a highly secret witness protection program that uses a time travel device to transport witnesses through a Master Portal to a specified time and location in the past. Raymond Wright lives in the woods near a Department of Energy test site, a cover for the Janus Project Campus. He is nearly electrocuted when he tries to steal equipment from a Janus Project construction site. After his recovery in the Janus Project hospital, Raymond steps through the Master Portal opening to the woodlands and disappears into an unspecified past! Raymond finds himself in prehistoric times. His foremost challenge is survival. Dr. Randy Vitek, the inventor of the time travel device, is determined to find the lost woodsman and bring him home.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Brad Anderson's Raymond Wright Is Missing. I particularly liked this well-crafted and well-written story for its two principal characters, the woodsman Raymond Wright, and the time travel device inventor Dr. Randy Vitek. I thought the detailed wilderness descriptions and perilous dangers vividly revealed Raymond's character, his resilience, and his openness to the unexpected and ingenious survival methods of the prehistoric peoples he meets. I felt that the most difficult emotional aspect of the story was Dr. Randy Vitek's remorse, anguish, and inner turmoil at having inadvertently sent Ray to an unknown past and location. I liked the simple, and yet very significant first step that Dr. Vitek takes: he throws herbal plants, fresh fruits, and veggies through the Master Portal. Raymond is overjoyed to find them; he now knows that someone cares for him and wants to bring him back home to the current time. I felt this type of interconnection of the two characters through two different timelines and places added great depth to the story. The story twists and turns, and the tension and uncertainty are always present. A gripping and fascinating time travel adventure!