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READ PDF ô The Gates æ An apocalyptic horror novel The Gates is the st book in the epic Hell on Earth series, a terrifying thrill ride of epic proportions You cannot escape death when death is everywhereR THOUSANDS OF YEARS A TERRIBLE ENEMY HAS BEEN WAITINGNOW THE GATES ARE OPENAND HUMANITY S EXTINCTION IS ABOUT TO BEGINAll across the globe strange gates have appeared at random Anyone who touches one dies Anyone who tries to interfere with one dies The world s best scientists have no idea what they are, but one thing is certain these strange gates are about to openHumanity holds its breathOn the United States chaotic East Coast, Coast Guard captain Guy Granger sets off on a desperate journey across the Atlantic to find his kids Mina Magar is a photojournalist forced to take pictures of horrors she could never have imagined as something terrible emerges onto London s busy Oxford Street Rick Bastion is a fading pop star with his head in a bottle and no hope for the future even before the apocalypse began on his doorstepFor all of them, staying alive is almost impossible, but they must try Hell is coming and no one can escape it Mankind must fight back or become extinctThe gates are open And all Hell is about to break loose This is one of those books that you want to read as quickly as possible to find out what happens The author does a good job conveying a sense of dread, as well as making the action seem real My only complaint is the lack of character development There are so many characters that it s difficult for the author to give any of them enough screen time to make us care about them I hope he corrected this by the time he wrote the second book. I ll be honest I wasn t expecting this one to be any good Maybe because it was so cheap, maybe because the whole invasion of Hell schtick is so susceptible to cheap narrative cliches, but even so, I still decided to give it a shot, because damn it, the premise was just too intriguing not to at least check it out.And oh dear I suppose I was right to keep my expectations low Let s start by letting the text speak for itself on just how bad it is Quotes The BoringThe first immediately n I ll be honest I wasn t expecting this one to be any good Maybe because it was so cheap, maybe because the whole invasion of Hell schtick is so susceptible to cheap narrative cliches, but even so, I still decided to give it a shot, because damn it, the premise was just too intriguing not to at least check it out.And oh dear I suppose I was right to keep my expectations low Let s start by letting the text speak for itself on just how bad it is Quotes The BoringThe first immediately noticeable thing, right from the opening sentence, is the quality of the prose, which ranges from painfully flat to straight up laughable, with all telling and no showing First of all, things that ought to invoke powerful emotions by default are rendered so vaguely as to have zero real impact Elizabeth was just about to pull away when something seized her Her fingertips fused against the stone s icy surface A powerful force snatched her mind and showed her unbelievable things Distressing images seared themselves into her soul and boiled the blood in her veins.She saw horrors exquisite tortures of the worst kind.A vast legion of monstrous creatures.She saw Hell.The pictures in Elizabeth s mind were so wondrous and terrifying that her eyeballs melted inside her skull and leaked down her cheeks while her heart burst in her chest like a pin pricked balloon When her sixty seven year old body slumped to the ground it was an empty husk and her days of ambling through the fields were over her retirement irrevocably ended.Wow, that really does a good job of conveying the unspeakable horror, doesn t it What reader could possibly fail to quake in their boots at those exquisitely crafted depictions the author conjures up of distressing images , unbelievable things , and exquisite tortures of the worst kind you re describing the full horror of Hell destroying a woman s mind and it reads like a grade school textbook.When she heard the man mutter the words,Fucking Paki,she was stunned How dare he She wasn t even from Pakistan How could people be so hateful Wow, nice job getting across the gut wrenching anger and dread and discomfort Remember, kids prejudice is bad The ShyamalizingShe needed a real man, with real man parts.Was this written by a five year old Mina s tummy churned.Samantha sipped the hot beverage and sighed at the spreading warmth in her tummy What adult talks like thisUnless you re directly addressing a very small child, nobody withthan a single digit in their age is going to talk about what s going on in their tummy I can t, he whined My leg Samantha looked down at Samuel s leg and saw that his sprained ankle had developed into a broken shinbone The glistening white shard poked out of his trousers and glistened with globs of blood.The guy has an open break in his leg and you re seriously calling it whiningYou really couldn t take two seconds to come up with a better verb, or I don t know, not use glistening twice in the same sentence Use it.Guy stamped his foot Goddamnit, man People are drowning in the Hudson River Are you telling me to leave American civilians to die This is a Coast Guard captain who s supposed to be levelheaded and responsible, and you re showing his deep concerns over the plight of innocent civilians by having him stamp his foot like a two year old throwing a tantrum.He lifted both hands away from the keys in horror The uninvited C Major had been unmistakable His ears did not lie.that s so bizarre I can t even think of a snarky comment Make of it what you will.The Unintentionally Hilarious SimilesThe lad s girlfriend screeched like a tomcat and pounced on the sergeant with her claws out.You mean like this AK47 barrels protruded from the car windows like spines on a porcupine.Yep, this is totally what the fanatics in your poorly disguised ISIS analogue are driving Also, great job shooting yourself in the foot by reminding me of a post apocalypse that was actually good She almost fell back down to the blood soaked grass as her knees clashed together like cymbals.Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present our heroine as she flees for her life.Flaps of blackened skin hung from his naked body and littered the floor behind him like gory breadcrumbs.I don t think even a Google image search can put a picture to something this weird.Aymun s last remaining man went down as two creatures grabbed his arms and yanked them off, bleeding into the air like a sprinkler.The Downright CringeworthyThe ordinary people of Iraq were perpetual victims of religion and money, and neither served them well Tony felt sorry for them in the same way he felt sorry for cows in the field they didn t realise how much their lives were not their own.How could the Arab nations ever hope to evolve and pull themselves up out of the dirt if the West interfered every time a government was threatened Not that Tony held any respect for the ISN Like all fanatics, they were monsters hiding behind ideals and traditions they deserved whatever they got but it was for the Arab world to deal with them Only through their own trials and triumphs would the people of the Middle East gain the confidence needed to unite against extremism and join the rest of the world on equal footing Please put down your megaphone Your Author Tract is seriously starting to hurt my ears The Obligatory Rape Because everyone knows you can t write a post apocalypse without at least one on page rape attempt It can t be done Can t, I say Oh waitThe one and only thing I can say in its favor on this count is that, unlike The Last Survivors, at least there was only one attempted rape shoehorned in for cheap shock value but doing better than The Last Survivors is a really low bar The Generic This book was advertised as an apocalyptic horror novel featuring the legions of Hell set loose upon the Earth, and I ll give it that the giant fallen angels were legitimately intimidating for the approximately three pages total that they were actually on page As for the hordes that the heroes actually ended up fighting, though From what the synopsis promised us, I was expecting to see pockets of humans trying to eke out an existence in the middle of The Inferno, which actually would ve been a really interesting premise, but what it gave us instead was just another zombie story.Oh, sure, they re called demons, and they come crawling through a bunch of mysterious gates rather than graves and crypts At the end of the day, though, they look like boilerplate zombies, they shamble like boilerplate zombies, and they die just as readily as boilerplate zombies Calling them demons is just the gimmick the author is using so he can claim that he s wink wink nudge nudge not actually writing another generic zombie story but if you re going to write zombies with a gimmick, you should at least try to make the gimmick actually count for something Like maybe make them tougher or faster or scarier or in any way legitimatelythreatening than your average zombies You know, like this.Or this.Or possibly this.Or I don t know, this.Oh, for My Little Pony is doing this better than you You have the literal legions of Hell at your disposal and the best you can come up with are shambling burned humans that obligingly keel over with the application of anything from a bullet to a fireplace poker You re supposed to be a writer where is your imagination The Verdict I did briefly consider taking pity on this book and giving it two stars, because at least it was bad in ways that occasionally made me laugh In the end, though, the funny moments didn t come anywhere close to making up for the blandness of the rest of the story, and they definitely weren t enough of an incentive for me to finish the book the horror didn t break any new ground, I didn t care about any of the characters, and life is too short to keep wasting time on this, so I gave up reading a little over halfway through A pity, really, because this concept could make for such a good story in the hands of an author who actually had some spark of imagination This was a refreshing side to the apocalypse No zombies, but somethinghorrifying Demons rising up from the gates of hell This book follows many main characters from all parts of the world, which was also something most apocalyptic books do not do I liked this about the story I enjoyed many of the main characters, even though some do not survive, but, it is an apocalypse How many people survive that This was my first time reading a book by Iain Rob Wright, even though I have many of h This was a refreshing side to the apocalypse No zombies, but somethinghorrifying Demons rising up from the gates of hell This book follows many main characters from all parts of the world, which was also something most apocalyptic books do not do I liked this about the story I enjoyed many of the main characters, even though some do not survive, but, it is an apocalypse How many people survive that This was my first time reading a book by Iain Rob Wright, even though I have many of his books on my Kindle to read I was given an ARC of this book as a part of his advanced readers group I enjoyed this book and will look forward to the sequel 4 out of 5 stars You can also follow my reviews at the following links 1988Lisa1988http www gp profile A1NU The Gates is a step away from Iain Rob Wright s normal horror novels Typically you ll find he focuses on a small group of characters within a confined setting, tackling a terrifying situation But with The Gates, Wright is no longer shooting for grounders and doubles, he s winding up and going for the home run This is the apocalypse on a grand scale, and it s a solid start for his new series Rather than following one family through the quite literal transition of hell on earth, Wright tells t The Gates is a step away from Iain Rob Wright s normal horror novels Typically you ll find he focuses on a small group of characters within a confined setting, tackling a terrifying situation But with The Gates, Wright is no longer shooting for grounders and doubles, he s winding up and going for the home run This is the apocalypse on a grand scale, and it s a solid start for his new series Rather than following one family through the quite literal transition of hell on earth, Wright tells this story through multiple point of views, spanning the globe From military heroes to news reporters to a washed up pop star, each takes the high concept of the story and brings it to a ground level with all of the visceral details and horrors you d expect from a Wright novel Surprisingly, considering the amount of interconnected story lines, there wasn t a single group that felt like mere caricatures It s some of the best character work Wright has done.The demons themselves are the only things I felt could have been improved on They often fell into the horde category, merely being bodies for some of the heroes to sweep through and destroy, dying much easier than they had any right to The ending promises a lotthat will be coming through these gates than just what we ve seen in this book, and some of the twists and turns regarding the gates themselves were fascinating discoveries.A novel I m glad I dove into, and one that speaks to Wright s talents as an author as his voice and style continue to mature Worth checking out