Devil’s Gate

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By: F.J. Lennon

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review. As is my policy with books that I receive for review, if I don’t like it, I don’t review it.

I’ve recently found myself being dragged into paranormal books.  There’s something about them that I really like.  Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, and a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels.  Paranormal books seem to bring the psychological thriller aspects of a good King novel together with the fantastical elements of scifi/fantasy novels.  Devil’s Gate started off a bit rough.  Normally, there’s a big event that drags the plot and story into full gear right away, but there really wasn’t here.  The main character, Kane, is an up and coming rock star who just happens to be a retired ghost hunter.  Well, he thinks he’s retired until his partner shows up with a deal too lucrative to pass up.

Once the novel gets rolling and you get into the plot, it’s a fast moving book.  There’s plenty of action, and plenty of paranormal activity.  Lennon does a really good job of melding some real occult history into the story to give the events some credence.  If there’s one thing that continued to drag the novel down a bit, it was the attitude of Kane.  Is that important?  Well, he is the main character.  But, I have to discount that feeling a bit, since this is a novel in a series of novels about this character.  It isn’t the first novel in the Kane Price series, so it’s terribly likely that I’m missing some of the backstory on Kane.  Perhaps knowing some of that might have given me a different perspective on Kane.

The writing of Devil’s Gate is tight and easy to read, which makes it a pretty quick read.  The characters are believable, and the research that Lennon has put into the setting and occult elements is evident.  If you’re up for a good paranormal book, you should give Devil’s Gate a try.

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