Infernal Gates by Michael J. Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is not a kind of book you will read often. It was labeled as a Christian thriller, fantasy & adventure when given to us and while these classifications do fit the book the story blows your mind and sometimes makes you explode. In other words, I have mixed feelings.
Is it well-written? Yes. Michael J. Webb has a distinct ability to introduce something and then layer it with one layer of interesting and then another and another. Is it well-edited? For the most part, yes. But punctuation is not this editor's strong suit. Among other things, you had hyphens where commas could be used, periods where question marks were needed and ellipsis where hyphens were needed.
I liked the mash up between Christianity and fantasy - this was what made the book unique to me. Some readers may feel it excessive but I say go at it with an open mind. Don't expect the story or Ethan to turn out the way you want it to.
Aside from this, fundamentally, the story is about an unlikely hero who is shocked into saving the world. More importantly, he saves himself. After the plane crash, he finds out his wife was actually going to divorce him and any normal person would have sunk far down into depression but Ethan was sucked into adventure of a lifetime and the author uses his flaws to create one heck of an interesting character.
Would I recommend this read? Yes I would recommend this book to any patient reader who is looking for something different be it in terms of character and story building.
Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book to readers aged 13 and above.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
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