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The Gates: A Samuel Johnson Adventure: 1 Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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A demonic, darkly comic tale . . . satisfyingly peppered with science, history and amusing footnotes on everything from St Thomas Aquinas to quantum theory, and will go down well with readers of Eoin Colfer and Lemony Snicket. (Daily Telegraph)
Brilliant. I loved every word of it. John has found a voice that compares favourably with Stephen King and Monty Python which is not an easy trick. (Eoin Colfer)
Destined to be another runaway success appealing to both young adults and their parent alike. (Sunday Independent)
Funny, scary adventure with a dachshund, demons, science - and footnotesSee all Product description
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Interestingly, this particular novel does not focus upon the central character, but that of his fellow, somewhat uneasy associates - Angel & Louis - this is their story, & ultimately, reveals a unique insight into the inner circle, that is incontrovertibly their domain; whilst Parker plays a supporting role to their predicament, he is no less a significant element to the denouement. Gripping, & as intense as ever, you will become embroiled, & drawn into the intricately written web of this latest offering - & in my opinion, finely crafted literary masterpiece.
Really, no-one does it better, &, what is more, it may be read as a stand-alone - yet - in following the author's somewhat humble direction, it is better to read the entire Parker series, to appreciate the subtler nuances & references to his earlier works, & thereby, gain that all important insight into what is, fundamentally, Parker's ongoing battle with the unseen forces - both close, & at the periphery. I am always delighted with each (subseqent) assignment the P I undertakes - & with good reason - I cannot think of any other writer in this genre (save for Chandler), who carries such a weight of immediacy, dry, laconic, humorous touches - even at such moments when brevity (might) be an obvious choice. This is first class writing, & I guarantee you shall not be disappointed !!
I would certainly recommend this book and feel it deserves the five stars which I have awarded.
I recently gave one of the books to a friend to read who promptly bout all the others in the series. My mum buys the newest book for me every Christmas and I start reading it on Christmas Day.
The books follow the same characters which is something that I like in books. You don't have to start at the beginning of the series but it is nice to. Highly recommend and you won't be disappointed.
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