- File Size: 1915 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sterling & Stone (May 7, 2019)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07QRYPXVT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cross sets a breathless pace, juggling a diverse cast of characters, most with their own agendas. There are alliances, crosses and double-crosses, betrayals and perceived betrayals. Tension is kept high with the impending arrival of potentially hostile aliens.
A good deal of research clearly went into this novel, as the author addresses the Roswell Incident, Incas, the Serpent Mound, and a web of other threads that leaves the reader constantly guessing where the next curveball is coming from. Cross throws plenty of them and sets her chapters for hooks that makes it impossible not to keep swiping pages. The writing is tight, the dialogue exchanges, rapid-fire. I found the Roswell thread particularly intriguing. This is the first book in what promises to be a riveting series. If you’re a fan of ancient alien theories mixed with fast-paced intrigue, and characters who command the pages, you don’t want to miss this one!
- the snappy dialogue (the author has a great ear)
- the main characters are realistic and intriguing--even if I agreed with their agendas, they had just enough flaws to make me wonder if I should be trusting one or two of them!
- the plot unwinds quickly and kept my interest as it sped along
- the action scenes are taut and visceral
But my favorite thing? That had to be the inclusion of some really cool archeological details that the author uses to flesh out this alien invasion. The information felt fresh, and it never, ever weighed down the story.
- I have to wait for the next book!
Really a great read!
Professor Landon Thorne is having a seriously crappy day after losing his job, his girlfriend, and then being kidnapped and held at gunpoint multiple times. On the other hand, his theories about aliens, previously panned by experts in the field, may be proven right. So there's that.
With double crosses, questionable motivations, and government coverups, it's hard to know who to trust or what to believe. Some of the characters are so unlikeable (I'm looking at you, Nadia), you yearn for them to be put in their place. Or sent to the aliens as a welcoming committee to determine if their intentions are naughty or nice in hopes of sparing the more likeable characters.
I enjoyed the multiple viewpoints and witty dialogue, and the conversations between Tasha and Father Tomas are exceptionally thought-provoking from a religious aspect.
With a mix of archeology, ancient civilizations, and the threat of invasion, The Gate is an intriguing, action-packed read. I can't wait for the next book. Bring on the aliens!
Professor Landon Thorn believes in the concept of ancient aliens. He even wrote a book on the subject. Unfortunately, no one believes him and many make fun of him. In one day, Landon loses both his job and his girl. Could things get any worse?
Of course, they can. When an alert comes that invade earth, Landon is pressed into service with a US Government Agency with hopes of saving earth.
Cross weaves elements of mystery and suspense into this book. She put a great deal of research into the book, including the 1947 Roswell incident and the ancient Incan civilization.
The characters are well-developed, the settings well-written, and the action fast-paced. If you want a quick, satisfying read, The Gate is for you. I for one, look forward to the next book of this series.
Real world sites, ancient artifacts, aliens, and the threat of invasion. Take all of these, combine it with a few legends and this one is a hell of a story. Highly recommended. I know I’ll be reading the subsequent books.
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The Book is an easy read and the story is well-constructed. There are several twists and turns that will keep you enthralled with some very good characters. Landon Thorne's character is particularly interesting and for me, the most believable.
I don't often say this, My favourite part of this story was the ending and I mean that in the most positive light... It's a fabulously perfect climax... Loved it!
Landon Thorne, college professor, criticised for his theories about aliens, is undoubtedly the main character in this story. However, he is surrounded by a cast of characters fascinating and well characterised. Each one of them has his own agenda. Each one of them pursues his objective without much thinking about the consequences on other people. This creates an intertwining of storylines, binding to each other in a crescendo that leads up to the ending.
And the ending leaves you desperate for more.
This novel, first instalment in a new series (The Astral Conspiracy), has everything you might desire in science fiction. Aliens, ancient artefacts, legends, theories, action, adventure, conspiracy, and personal conflicts.
I can't wait for the second volume!