Doorways: 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. – Goodreads
Doorways is less than impressive, to put it mildly. I can’t say I hated it, because it was an easy and somewhat entertaining read. However, it runs up against (at least for it) two rather insurmountable obstacles. The tropes and the cliches. Basically nothing about this book felt at all original. Look, with all the books out there, it’s rare that something unique comes up. That’s fine. The mark of a good author is one who can use all the tropes and clichés and still give us a fantastic read. Robert Enright does not succeed in doing so with this book.
The ‘chosen one‘ railing against his lot in life. (He meets resistance from everywhere, and he’s just trying to do his job, man!) The ‘outcast‘ who dedicates his life to doing what is right even though neither world is really his. (But he shall continue to be his tall implacable self. Because.) The ‘pretty boy‘ mad because someone else is stealing his limelight. (He will show the hero who the REAL hero is!) The epic battle that – if not completely destroys – puts a serious dent into a national landmark. (Because the world can’t come close to ending unless at least one identifiable landmark gets whomped on!) The secret organization. (They must operate from the shadows. Dun-dun-DUNNN!) The beautiful woman who can’t be with the hero because of what he does. (*sniff* I love you, because I can’t be with you.*sniff* I’m sorry.)
It was the talk at the end of Doorways that put the final nail in the coffin for me. It was so completely unoriginal that I literally did a *headdesk*. Look, as I said, it’s an easy enough read. It’s probably a great intro into the whole urban-fantasy / sci-fi for someone who doesn’t normally read it. People who don’t read quite as extensively as I do will probably think it’s awesome. But if you read a lot of this genre, or even just watch a lot of the type of movies I described in the above paragraph… It’s a decent effort by a writer who definitely does have talent, but Doorways is Just Another One of Those Books. That’s all.
And side note: If you’ve got several broken ribs and wounds that just finished bleeding (again), the chances of you having the stamina to take a girl for a breath-taking roll in the sheets is slim-to-none. It’s a minor thing, but when you’re dealing with fantasy, you gotta keep some stuff grounded in reality.
Doorways is available on Amazon.