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- Print Length: 100 pages
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- Publication Date: January 2, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AVXHRAM
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★★★★★ "I normally go for established authors.. this time, however, I got my hands on a short novel by indie author Isaac Hooke, called The Forever Gate, and I am very glad I did. I found myself immediately sucked in to the narrative. I actually enjoyed the story so much that I felt like giving it a bit of publicity." - BookReviewsGuru.com
★★★★★ "The Forever Gate is a fast-paced, thoughtful, and extremely well-written foray into the F/SF genre. I highly recommend this book and immediately bought the sequel upon completion." - WJ Davies, author of The Runner and the forthcoming Binary Cycle
★★★★★ "Every chapter has something suspenseful happening, making the book very hard to put down, and Isaac's writing style flows like few others. To top it all off, the editing was superb. There's a lot to admire about his books. I was never bored or disappointed." - Jasper Scott, author of Escape and the Mrythdom Cycle
★★★★ "The author does a good job of quickly getting you into the heads of the characters and feeling like you are right in the middle of it." - Michael Gallagher (AMAZON TOP 10 REVIEWER, HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)
★★★★ "A great beginning... full of tension and intrigue. Well written, prose that was easy to read and had a nice sense of flow." - R. Nicholson (AMAZON TOP 1000 REVIEWER)
From the Author
At its heart, The Forever Gateis about a man haunted by something that happened to his family, and how he comes to terms with it.He learns not to be so self-centered, and that there are larger problems beyondhimself. The story is set in a far future that seems to resemble the middleages.
What has been the most rewarding part about creating thisstory?
Definitely the knowledge that I'm bringing a new world to life,and sharing it with others. I love sharing my deepest thoughts and insights withreaders, stripping away everything to show them who I am at the core,minus all the social masks and pretenses. I want the readers to get in my head a littlebit, and see what kind of twisted thoughts and ideas are floating around inthere!
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I think I've been reading way too many YA fantasy books with naïve school girls chasing hot boys, because I needed this. "The Forever Gate" was like a breath of fresh air, a book in which serious matters are treated like they are: serious.
The main character, Hoodwink, is a habitant of a locked city, ruled by entities called "gols". Those creatures claim to protect the humans by blocking their powers thru collars they are forced to wear.
I liked Hoodwink from the very start, actually the entire story had me hooked up. I could almost feel the character's adrenaline running thru his veins while running for his life. In just 80 pages Hoodwinks life was saved and started to crumble in pieces. He is one of the most likable characters I've read lately: he is clever, brave, loyal and ready to sacrifice himself for what's important. He gets to experience fear, betrayal and pain.
The ending was a little weird, at least for me, it was more on the Sci-Fi part and I thought it was a sad and heartbreaking, a little victory of the character but with an unusual and shocking twist.
And just when I thought that I finished being shocked I read the sneak peak of the second volume, set in the near future after the first one and at the end of it there it was ... another cliffhanger. I will definitely read the second one.
** I received this book as an ARC for my blog in exchange of an honest review.**
The review can also be found on my blog: [...]
Yolinda, now Ari, is working with a secret group of people who are no longer shackled by the collars that prevent most citizens from using super powers of fire and electricity. Since they can still use the powers they are called the Users. A team rescue Hoodwink from the executioner’s blade and steer him to the outskirts of town. There he is given a choice: return for his punishment or climb the forbidden wall.
Hoodwink accepts the task and promises to come back to his daughter. That is a promise he may not be able to keep. Once he passes over the wall he meets a dwarf who is mysterious and dangerous. Hoodwink appears to be captured, maybe killed. But he awakens to find himself in a layered world under the control of others whose motives are unknown.
The story is set in a future world that has a feel of the middle ages. There are gols who are not human but rather government-controlled workers. Hoodwink lost his daughter to the Mayor and has had to learn to live with his guilt. The layered worlds had me thinking of the body pods in the Matrix. I enjoyed the creative world and I enjoyed the action. Hoodwink is a likeable, strong character – maybe not completely good but with a renewed integrity that seeks to protect those he loves. The ending has an "argh" moment and left me curious to discover where the story goes from here. I am glad that I have the next books.
The Forever Gate 1 starts in a closed city but you soon find out that everything isn't quite what it seems. Pollen and Wool meets the Matrix and soon afterward some vampires show up. Fantasy is invading the story but this is not magic as we know it. In a virtual environment everything is possible. Are they leftover characters from computer games?
If magic, trolls and vampires are your thing, then this book is for you. Hard science fiction fans like myself will have a harder time, even if the vampires are computer generated. The story moves along fast and the action is furious. Some of the fight scenes go on and on, but you can safely turn several pages forward until the fight ends to see who won, as only the outcome has any relevance to the story. I have found that many action adventure writer tend to have overly long, blow by blow, fight scenes that safely can be ignored. Try Barry Eisler's "A Lonely Resurrection" for example.
There is a good story here if you like science fiction action adventure fighting with several levels of reality. The secrets will make your head spin. This is a complicated world. Try it at your own risk.
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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. I suspect that it could become frustrating to readers who do not enjoy teasing out slivers of explanation to weave into theories about the greater picture.
As the first part of a longer work it does not bring the main arc to a close; in fact I found the ending quite abrupt. However there are several complete minor arcs and Hoodwink's arc from recipient to active participant is brought to a very satisfying point.
Overall I found the sound technique and engaging plot of this book more than made up for the irritation of it stopping in the middle of the main arc, making this is one of the better part-works I have read.
I received a free copy of this book.
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!
The synopsis for this book lead me to believe it was set in the far future ... "3740 A.D.". But there is no indication of the timeline. There is a vague hint of the timeline near to the end, but still no specifics.
For the story itself, it appears that Hoodwink, the protagonist, is not destined to live long at the start of the story but fate plays a hand. Hoodwink is then sent on a quest to help the oppressors of their society, the "gols".
The wider world in which Hoodwink lives is hinted at with ease and shows there is much to learn about this environment. There are four more in the series and I am looking forward to completing them all.
WARNING: SPOILER: The events towards the end the story are reminiscent of "The Matrix" but this, "The Forever Gate", is better done I think.
My interest is most definately piqued for the next installment!
It is much cheaper to both box sets at 89pence each
There is only one thing you can do after reading this book: grab Part Two!
Books like this one should have a government heath warning on the front saying, "WARNING: This is just a fragment of a story. If you enjoy it, it will leave you angry and frustrated that it didn't get anywhere near completion." Writers should stop this ludicrous practice and just write complete novels. I'm fed up of having my time wasted by pathetic marketing ploys. As with Wool, I won't be buying any more from this author.
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 Forver Gate II" 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!