Utterly brilliant book. The characterisation is detailed, tongue in cheek and draws you in. The juxtaposition of horror and humour combined with Nick Golds impatience makes for a real page turner. I didn’t realised I could be simultaneously terrified and giggling out loud at the same time.
The story, characters, the humour, the horror - all a work of a genius.
So good, I’ve turned back to page one to read it again.
Was recommend to read this book. Not my usual choice/genre but the research that must have gone into this book is huge and clear when you read it. I read the Kindle version and I couldn't put it down! There is a real humour throughout this book with the main character. The author leads you on and into all the twists and turns It’s a very imaginative story. Like I said not my usual choice of books but can’t put it down. But I do recommend The Gatekeeper if you like twists, turns and don’t mind a bit of a different challenge to your usual reads that’s if this isn’t one you’d usually read. I have also read Russ Kane’s biography before and loved his style of writing.
Put simply, this is a great read. Its accessible style allows the reader to devour the enthralling narrative page after page without wanting to take a break.
I’m not an avid reader; I can’t be because I’m a parent; so when my wife saw me pack The Gatekeeper in the bag for our trip away she smirked at me with a “yeah right, and who’s going to look after the kids whilst you read?” kind of look. Mercifully (or maybe not) my mother-in-law was with us so I managed to sneak off to read - and how!!! I was blown away by the speed in which the pages were turning. It’s a real triumph how Kane has managed to cram so much research, so many plot twists along with relatable characters that develop along the way.
It must be said that Gold is a very typical London antihero. He’s not a nice guy; a deeply flawed protagonist who we learn to love along with his somewhat questionable behaviour. However, we learn to stick by him and his dry wit which helps to lighten the mood just enough when the going gets heavy. He seems to have a comment about everything that happens to him no matter how biblically insane it gets. And yet, he never seems to take it too far.
I’m amazed that this is Kane’s first novel because it seems so accomplished. All the way through I was hoping that this would become a major TV series...here's hoping.
A lot of research obviously went into this book and it was great to take a virtual tour around London, including a journey past the South London motorcycle emporium that sold me my first bike! We have a lead character with a sometimes ironic, sometimes sarcastic but most definitely British sense of humour coupled with a feisty American who doesn't always get us Brits. Great twists and turns in the plot.
Who could include names such as Mr Men to Ginger Baker, Ant & Dec to Russel Crowe, Kenny Rogers to Genghis Khan, Pete Tong to Prof Brian Cox, Mr Ed to Al Pacino this man is a little deranged you might think (me too) But... it works, goodness knows how it just does and that's the first chapter! You get more names here than all the Avengers put together and if they can't 'save the world' I'd be calling on Russ Kane's gang to sort it.. Pronto. Riveting Stuff, glad it's not true though!!! Soho you mind field you my weekly trips to Little Italy and Dean Street can never be the same. Fabulous can't wait for the next toe curling, nail biting sequel under the comfort of my duvet....
What a witty, spooky, thought-provoking book. I could not put it down. Meticulously researched – it’s always a bonus to have new paths of interest opened up to the reader. The author’s passion for London shines through and the plot and characters are sublime. I have to admit to a particular passion for Barry! This is not your standard religion/occult book – it is an enjoyable, informative and gripping read which I highly recommend.
When I say 'scary laughter' I don't mean Vincent Price at the end of Thriller, no, I mean this excellent debut novel will have you chuckling in a nervous, what the hell was that... and what's coming next kind of way. To describe the book as comedy horror would do it a complete disservice. This is a really well researched story that has you reaching for Google to discover that there is an unsettling truth about it. The lead character Nick Gold appears to have a degree in sceptical sarcasm which will have you laughing out loud (whilst hiding behind the sofa). Without issuing a spoiler alert there is a part of the book where a character meets an unpleasant demise and while I was reading, Mozart's Requiem in D Minor came on the radio. It was as if I was watching on the big screen. Amazing! Highly recommended.
Sensational book it scared me to death as I got into it. Really well plotted and researched it is a masterly telling of paranormal activity. Does it exist- I don’t know but before I was sure it didn’t now I am not sure about anything
Holiday Book number 1 for 2019 was "The Gatekeeper" by the very talented writer and broadcaster, Russ Kane. It's a humourous thriller, with a big historical influence, somewhere between Shaun of the Dead and The DaVinci Code / Angels & Demons (with an English sense of humour). The book pulls you in with a very easy to read style, great characters and a plot line with many twists, turns and surprises. If you are familiar with London, there are many references to the city and it's landmarks. Even the Bedford Pub in Balham, which I've visited several times in the past gets a mention. It's a very addictive read, and would make a great movie. Highly recommended :-)