“In this short by Ben Ditmars, Jeff Witherspork has spent his whole life being different. The other kids made fun of his strange last name and that was the least of it. They never knew about the doors opening on their own or the paths appearing out of nowhere. He kept it completely secret, until adulthood when a mysterious email arrived, throwing him into an elaborate mystery with others like him. Together, they must solve a riddle hidden deep within the earth and time itself for milennia. Should they fail, much more than the planet is at stake…” (description from Goodreads)
This was a highly imaginative story that takes the reader to many different places and times. The main character Jeff Witherspork, and well…the other characters as well make for a very interesting journey. While it took me a bit to catch on to what was going on, once I did, I hung on tight as the story went full-speed into epic battles and the attempts to save the day.
The only real problem area I felt was its length. I think with how short this story is, it didn’t have room to make the transitions I stumbled through flow better. Still a great story and definitely an interesting read for those who want something different.
About the Author
Ben Ditmars grew up in a variety of towns across Central Ohio; Westerville, Columbus, Cardington and Marion. He mostly shared writings with friends before attending college, where he was first published in the Cornfield Review in 2010 and again in 2011.
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