Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Missing by Drake Braxton 5/5 Stars - Exceptional

MissingMissing by Drake Braxton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Window Publications (August 31, 2012)
  • Available at Seventh Window and Amazon
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988231018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988231016

When you physically experience an apocalyptic, mind-tilt from reading a book -- that's EXCEPTIONAL!

This book is:

A Head Rush
A Heartache
A Challenge
A Journey
A Love Story
An Introspective
A Privlege to Read

I am completely drained and completely fulfilled.

I am drained and exhausted, but in the kind of way that makes you know the effort was very worthy. 

THE BLURB: While attending a 20th high school reunion in Alabama, Blain Harrington loses the love of his life in the blink of an eye. He soon realizes that everything is not always as it seems as he sets out on a journey for answers.

What do you do when the world you thought you knew crumbles around you? How do you piece it back together?

Professor Blain Harrington - I miss my husband. But I also miss myself.

Manny - Manny was my family and he was missing.

The extended characters create the vivid fabric that more than supports this story. Strong friends, terrible bigots and sexy yet flawed lovers are just a few of the well developed personae completing this experience.


Here's where this review will be lacking, but not because the story lacks for anything. Instead, I just can't tell you what the story is about without saying too much. I will say that this is a full, rich journey with a realistic ending.

The author could have easily veered off into personal postulation. At times my mind was screaming to be shown the answers, asking to be driven through the "no man's land" safely. Like a good storyteller though, Drake Braxton let me find my way. I hesitate to use the word enlightened, but there is certainly a sense of that at the end, adding an additional element of merit to this read.


The genius of the writing is even more obvious as I look back at the beginning of the book to write this review. It's a "chicken or the egg" scenario. Which came first Mr. Braxton? The beginning couldn't possibly have been crafted before the ending was formed, could it?

A complicated, complex and involved journey that is a must read. It's just an incredible accomplishment and a privilege to read.

RECOMMENDATION: Exceptional, Must Read.


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