A NovelBook - 2009
When Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell go trick-or-treating early, they unwittingly unlock a gap in the universe that opens the gates of Hell, and Samuel must now fight to reseal it.
Simon and Schuster
Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld. But when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap which holds a pair of enormous gates—the gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings determined to get out…?
Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith and love to save the world as we know it??
Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. Like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this novel manages to re-create for grownups that magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit.
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... unlike the small towns in television detective shows, where so many people die that it's a wonder there's anyone left in the town to kill by the end of the first series. You'd imagine that some of the residents might wonder about this and think, "Hmmm, our town appears to be populated entirely by murderers, or people who are about to be murdered, and since we're not murderers then we must be potential victims. Marjorie, grab the kids and the dog. We're going to live in New Zealand . . ."
Although his experience of demons was rather more limited, something told him that if Nurd wasn’t exactly good – and, being a demon, it was hardly part of the job description (‘Wanted : demon. Must be good…’) – he was not entirely bad either. Like most ordinary people, he was just himself.
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