VANISHED begins in upstate New York as Max Thorn watches Ellen, his Significant Other, literally fade away to invisibility. Fearing that her disappearance will be interpreted as foul play, with himself the murderer, Max goes on the lam to escape the Law and find out what really happened to his gal pal. I mean, what was with that huge flock of birds (right out of a Hitchcock film) that appeared shortly before Ellen's dramatic exit? From this point, the storyline takes Thorn to Florida, and the reader into a hopeless mish-mash involving a rogue Navy unit, attacking owls, huge schools of magically appearing dolphins, ley lines of energy crisscrossing the Earth, a Chasm of Nothingness, reference to the USS Eldridge and the "Philadelphia Experiment", parallel existences, a mysterious Blue Light, displaced animal species, somehow-significant flute music, and ... oh, never mind.
It's been several months since I've read a book with a plot so nebulous and disconnected as this one. It doesn't help that the ending is utterly incoherent, while doing nothing to answer any of the questions that arise from events occurring up to that point. One is just left with a confused "Huh?"
As I began the last fifty or so pages of VANISHED, I thought that I might at least be able to recommend the book as something mindless to read on a long airplane flight instead of the Safety Instructions in the seat-back jammed up against your knees. Trust me, the Safety Instructions card is the better choice. VANISHED goes into the circular file.