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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Cronus Bushkill, one of the main characters in The Disappeared by JD Adler, is a journalist on a mission. He's spent years figuring out a pattern behind missing person cases. When readers meet him, his calculations are so good that he only misses the most recent disappearance. He meets Nessa, the wife of the newest missing person, who saw what happened to her husband. Nobody but Cronus is willing to take her seriously. While Cronus and Nessa get closer to the truth, Nessa's husband, Ben, has to adjust to his situation as a kidnapped human. When he learns how to communicate with others who suffered the same fate, a plan starts to take shape.
I didn't expect The Disappeared by JD Adler to develop the way it did. The blurb only hints at what the book is about but fails to mention the story's epic scale. I was taken by surprise but in a positive way. I expected this to be nothing more than a kidnapping story, maybe with some conspiracies. Readers get much more. It's a long book, but it needs to be to tell the interesting tale of Cronus, Nessa, Ben, and all the other fascinating characters. While reading the book each evening, I felt part of an epic adventure that could easily fill a season of a cool science fiction adventure TV series. Each character felt unique. A lot is going on as you switch between following Cronus and Ben in two very different locations. One thing's sure—you won't get bored with this novel. It's pretty awesome!