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The Gates

Written by John Connolly

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John Connolly is a mega-bestselling author of thrillers but recently his mind and his imagination have wandered into an altogether different dimension and The Gates is the result.

A very strange novel but powerfully compelling and the writing is superb, it’s the story of a boy called Samuel and his unnervingly clever dog Boswell who accidentally witness the opening of a portal into hell in a neightbour’s cellar. As a consequence they find that it’s up to them to save the world from the demons threatening to destroy human life. Meanwhile, deep in the heart of a swiss mountain, a pair of scientists are interrupted when the Large Hadron Collider malfunctions. Topical and timely as it links in to controversy surrounding the trials of the Collider, it is also demonically funny as science and satanism collide.

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Synopsis

The Gates by John Connolly

A strange novel for strange young people. Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Hallowe'en. 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 Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap in which there is a pair of enormous gates. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out ...Can Samuel persuade anyone to take this seriously? Can he harness the power of science to save the world as we know it?

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A small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review The Gates . Read their reviews below.

Jenny Bridgeman - 'I absolutely love this book as the author painted pictures in my mind.' Click Here to read the full review

Carla McGuigan, age 13 - 'I enjoyed reading this novel and the ‘notes’ were both informative and really hilarious. I can now regale my friends with a host of scientific facts with a dark or hilarious twist.' Click Here to read the full review

Phoebe Doherty-Ozobiane, age 11 - 'Mrs Abernathy is trying to open the gates to hell, but she's finding it harder then she thought. Only one small boy and his, even smaller, dog stand in her way. They have to save the world from evil.' Click Here to read the full review

Lucy Westmacott, age 12 -'Terrifyingly funny, I loved every minute. It was intelligently written, and I am looking forward to more mind-bending brilliance where the material is enjoyable for those young and old. Wonderful.' Click Here to read the full review.

Alice D'Angelo, age 15 - 'The conversational tone throughout creates not only humour, but also the feeling of watching a film, as the imagery is so clear.' Click Here to read the full review.

Ewan Young, age 10 - 'A mixture of adventure and science and demons - brilliant!'
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Evie Scott-Sentance, age 10 - 'This is an exciting story but also surprisingly funny given it has such a dark subject. It made me laugh a lot and it reminded me of Lemony Snicket...I recommend this book as an exciting, funny read.' Click Here to read the full review.

Darcy Gray, age 11 - 'The Gates is a hilarious book and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I would recommend it to everybody.' Click Here to read the full review.

Josh Hall, age 13 - 'Extremely good and strangely realistic to say it was very much a fantasy book...It was a good book, the likes of which I have not read before' Click Here to read the full review.

Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'A brilliant book with demons, dogs and gargoyles and you just can’t put it down.' Click Here to read the full review.

Safiyah Afghan, age 15 - 'Hilarious and dark, this book is comical and darkly humorous. Full of adventure, humour and laced with scarier moments The Gates is perfect for all readers.' Click Here to read the full review.

Dylan Sweet, age 10 - 'This is a fantastic book about demons, a little boy called Samuel and a dog called Boswell and an amazing adventure...I would rate this book four star because it is scary, humorous and adventurous at the same time.' Click Here to read the full review.

Alice Watkinson, age 10 - 'a really brilliant, breathtaking book that captures your attention from the first word... A work of pure genius with spine-tingling twists and turns that stay in your mind forever.' Click Here to read the full review.

Jodi Coffman, age 11 - 'The Gates is a fast-moving, action-packed thriller. It is a real page turner and I can't wait for the next in the series.' Click Here to read the full review.

Octavia Sharman - 'I would recommend The Gates to any science-loving readers who are open to new ideas.' Click Here to read the full review.

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Further praise for The Gates.

'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. The Gates is delightfully horrific and hilarious and will create legions of fans among the living and undead, who will be bloodthirsty for more.'

'Destined to be another runaway success appealing to both young adults and their parent alike.'

'Incredibly enjoyable.'

'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

About the Author

John Connolly

JOHN CONNOLLY sees a strong connection between his adult and children’s books … ‘Most writers only have one or two themes to which they constantly return, and one of my themes is childhood. I make no apologies for that, and the Samuel Johnson books ‘are simply another aspect of that fascination – albeit one that allows me to be a little funnier than in my adult books, and permits my imagination a different, and perhaps freer rein.’ With strong opinions on how scary books for children can be, he brings a noire element to his writing for youngsters that will chill and thrill and entertain. Born in Dublin, he is a bestselling adult novelists known for his Charlie Parker mystery thriller books.

He has also co-written a young adult novel called CONQUEST with Jennie Ridyard.

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Paperback

Author

John Connolly
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Publication date

1st April 2010

ISBN

9781444706741

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