- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub (27 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1518801846
- ISBN-13: 978-1518801846
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
The Gates (Hell on Earth) Paperback – Import, 27 Oct 2015
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I present to you the Hell on Earth series (Books 1 - 3)
Iain Rob Wright is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. When I finished book one of this series, I immediately had to read book two, and when I finished book two, I immediately jumped into book three. Now, I have to wait like everyone else for book four to be released, which can't come soon enough! Here are my brief thoughts on each book:
The Gates (Book One)
If I had to choose one word to describe Wright's endeavor with this series, that word would be Epic!. This book is completely character-driven. Some chracters you will root for, other characters you will despise. Either way, you are with each of them on their journey of survival.
Legion (Book Two)
This one starts off with longer chapters than the first book (I am a fan of relatively short chapters), though in this case, the longer chapters are okay, as roughly the first 35% of the book is filling in the blanks from the first book (which is awesome) and introducing some new characters. (Speaking of new characters, I just have to say that the Caretaker needs his own story/book!)
Both books 1 & 2 end with "Collateral Damage" which help explain the flip side of certain parts of the story. (which, again, is awesome!)
Book 2 also has two (very captivating) Bonus Short Stories by author +Stuart Keane (who I will definitely be checking out!)
Extinction (Book Three)
Just to give you a time-frame - at the beginning of this book, it has been six-weeks since the gates first opened. You would think, by this time, some parts of the story would seem slightly stale. This is not the case, as Wright in no way makes this story repetitive. In fact, he introduces two new characters in this one (Beedle & Molok) who are, once again, deserving of their own tale. (and the identity of Skullface - whoa!!).
Before I sign off, I just have to say that it was hard not talking about any of the characters, as I do not want to give any aspects of the story away. I do want to say, however, that I love the fact that at the end of book 3, Wright begins to allude to some of his other books (some of which I have not yet read). This opens the door to magnificent potential! There is so much to love about this series! I cannot recommend it enough!
This novel has at least three sequels, because apparently this bleak world where the forces of hell destroy mankind couldn't be described in one story. In my opinion, there is a force of misplaced logic that a writer imagines that they're on an epic story-line that has to go on and on and on...and on. The author may be rewarded monetarily for publishing multi-volume sagas but the writing suffers and so does the story. Where a tight tale may become famous if crafted well and very entertaining, a story that plods along like the first volume of this story suffers.
The concept is pretty good. Actual portals of Hell spewing demons to destroy mankind. I was intrigued! How is this going to play out? How did this happen? How are we going to get out of this fix? Does this truly spell the end of mankind on Earth? Who the hell knows? Read these four novels of the Apocalypse and let me know because I'm not going to!
Editing is a writer's best friend. Research is a writer's second best friend and both of these friends were noticeably absent. I believe the author is British and that the disrupting errors in common knowledge of expressions and the differences between American and English references certainly landed better with British readers than American. An editor with a small knowledge of military terms and global knowledge of how the military works would have been an easy fix for ALL readers. Referring to the bridge of a Coast Guard ship as "the pilothouse", the glaring errors in the common philosophy of naval mission and chain of command structure, let alone the capacities of naval vessels was awkward to say the least. Honestly I could, after a while, get over these errors in pursuit of the story. In the British navy do they refer to the Chief of the Boat as "Chief Petty"? In the American navy it's "COB" or "Chief". I'm just saying, Wikipedia is right there!
The constant shift from character story to character story throughout did not help invest me in the outcome of their lives. Too many and too boring. With one or two exceptions (there are many character stories and back stories, too!) they could have all been shredded by demons as far as I was concerned.
The story takes place across around a few parts of the world, centering more around England.
The basic plot revolves around black slates that start appearing in many places, these are the gates where "demons" enter our world. Needless to say they start killing mankind. There are pockets of survivors that fight back against the "demons" .
There really isn't that much blood and gore as a die hard horror fan, like myself, would really enjoy, that being said, the story is well written. The characters are also well written. There are quite a few twists in the story, a few surprises I didn't see coming, lol. The narrator Nigel Patterson, did a wonderful job. I think he was a perfect choice for this book, I'd listen to other books narrated by him. I hope that if there's a sequel Nigel Patterson narrates again.
I'd highly recommend this book.
This was could be considered a thriller/suspense.