Gaha: Babes of the Abyss showcases Jon Frankel’s unique talents and vibrant imagination. Frankel creates an entire world, down to the nuts and bolts. It is this attention to detail that makes this novel a standout. Frankel does not cut corners or skimp; he gives you a complete world that is both a brutal and enchanting.
While giving us this detailed world, Frankel does not ignore the big picture: the arc of the story and the development of the characters. Elma, Irmela and Bob start off as somewhat conventional hard-boiled, dystopian figures, but under Frankel’s steady hand, they become fully fleshed characters, going through transformations both good and bad, lending them credibility and vibrancy.
So, Frankel’s novel holds a great deal of fulfilled promise. He exploits Elma, Iremela and Bob to the fullest. At the end their experiences have transformed them into new beings. Reading this novel will give you, the reader, a similar experience. It is a dive into a powerfully disturbing and exciting new world.