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The Dream (The Forever Gate Book 1) by [Hooke, Isaac]
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4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 1 of 9 in The Forever Gate (9 Book Series)

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About the Author

Isaac Hooke is an avid reader, cyclist, and bodybuilder. By day he concocts software for the gaming and business industries, by night he weaves stories of fantasy and science fiction. He has a degree in Engineering Physics. He spends most of his time in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, though he's been known to frequent Italy for short stints to indulge his vice for good food and wine. Contact Isaac at his website http://isaachooke.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1717 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVXHRAM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This short story, the first part of a longer ongoing work, successfully blends medieval level protagonists with the fringes of a more advanced society without creating either absurdity or comedy.

With the surface of their world wrapped in ice, humans lives inside walled cities created by the Gols, a race from beyond the Forever Gate. The Gols provide and maintain the cities, the portals linking them, and every necessity of life. In exchange humanity must submit to wearing brass collars to suppress the electrokinesis that they develop in adulthood. But now the Gols are starting to make mistakes. Seeking only to protect a loved one, Hoodwink is drawn into a plot to remove the flawed masters of the cities.

Despite being only the beginning of the plot rather than a whole book in its own right, this work has great depth. Hoodwink's world is introduced and explained with great skill leaving both the majority of the work for the story itself and space for a good description of the world beyond the Forever Gate.

The character's are similarly impressively detailed. Hoodwink himself is an engaging character from almost the first sentence and continues to expand as the work continues. The supporting characters receive less description, but it is carefully chosen: unlike many fantasy stories there are no paragraphs which exist to show differences between the world and mediaeval Europe except where the difference is also key to the character.

The style reminded me of the clarity of Zen painting, a few key strokes which do not need to fill in the spaces. Not unexpectedly this distillation of people and worlds into their essentials does not always provide a perfect picture: there were a few points where I needed to pause briefly to consider what had not been said.
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Swashbuckling and action packed, I found this a little too Irish folk lore fantasy for my taste. However, the story is intriguing and looks to promise more later in the series. Surely our hero, Hoodwink, can't really be ...?
Worth a read. I will certainly be coming back for more
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The best thing I can say about this book is that it is quick to read, however for a book to be enjoyable I have to care about the protagonist and to be honest I really didn't care what happened to the hero. The mysteries within the book remain unexplained and the unusual properties of the people aren't interesting enough that I want to read more.
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I thought this was a great beginning to a new series. It's not the usual fantasy stuff. This was entertaining and made you want to keep turning the pages.
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... Gols and Humans.

3740 A.D. An upcoming ice age immobilizes the "World".
Milehigh walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called "gols" run the society, and justice, too, and force the humans to wear bronze collars that block the new astonishing powers mankind has evolved.

But one man rises up... Hoodwink.

After taking the blame in court for a bombing attack on the Forever Gate his daughter Ari had committed, he has to be beheaded.
And the guillotine is rolled onto the place of execution...
"Behead! Behead! Behead!" the crowd of spectators cry out...
His life passes before Hoodwink and the blade ...

But You have to read this story by Yourself!
And I liked it so much - this perfect mix of Science Fiction and Fantasy that I bought the second part of Hoodwind's story The Forever Gate 2 on the spot - because I dindn't want to leave this strange place so masterly described by Isaac Hooke for only one minute!
The author offers a piece of the first sequel at the end of "The Forever Gate". The sequel looked to me even more interesting, and I will tell You more when I have finished it - soon!
But I am sure this promising new author will make more sequels because the idea is really worth it!
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This is part one of a five-part novel, so it was quick to read. Since it is sold as a single product I have no qualms about giving it a proper review.

The main protagonist is a man called Hoodwink, endowed with lightning powers. After having used those same forbidden powers he finds himself locked up with a bronze collar around his neck, to ensure he doesn't use them again. The story therefore starts with him in prison, awaiting execution. Those who use their lightning powers are called Users, a purportedly dangerous group.

The story is fast-paced. The action scenes are described very well, and quickly, so as to keep the reader's attention. Hoodwink has a past behind him, which isn't explained well, perhaps intentionally. Hoodwink, along with everybody else, is trapped in a world controlled by gols (golems?) for their own safety. Their one way of reaching the Outside is through the Forever Gate.

Sometimes Hoodwink's mind changed too rapidly on decisions, since the emphasis was on the action. Overall this book was a neat blend of fantasy elements; well-rounded, and appealing to read. Expect lightning powers, portals, and mysterious secrets governing the nature of existence. I have downloaded a sample of the next part!
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