Friday, December 27, 2013

3 Gates of the Dead by Jonathan Ryan

It has been far too long since I've read just for fun. I came across author, Jonathan Ryan online and decided to try out his recently released and much lauded thriller novel, 3 Gates of the Dead. Sooo glad I did! I was entertained, and creeped out, and thrilled... but I also felt like I had received something.
 Ryan is not only a good story teller, he's very insightful and adept at "showing", in a gently didactic way, some deeply human dilemmas and opposing philosophies that truly resonated with me. I read it quickly, due to his smooth and interesting narrative, and enjoyed it very much. I love a book that is fun to read but also makes me think. 
The characters are well drawn and the suspenseful story crescendos into a big, scary finish that you won't want to miss. This is the first in a series and I totally look forward to seeing what happens next in this spooky world that Ryan has created. 


Sometimes, the most evil things come from the most holy….
Conflicted with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church, Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor, is in a constant state of spiritual turmoil. When Aiden learns that his ex-fiancee is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, he finds himself in the middle of an even deeper fight. Tormented by demonic threats and haunted by spirits, Aidan throws himself into investigating Amanda’s death; all the while supernatural forces have begun to attack the people around him. The more questions he asks, the more he is drawn into the world of a mysterious Anglican priest, a paranormal investigation group and a rogue female detective investigating the murders. As the gruesome rituals escalate, ancient hidden secrets and an evil long buried threaten to rip Aidan’s world apart.

1 comment:

Roland D. Yeomans said...

This does sound like a fascinating book. It is on Will Buy Next Paycheck list. Thanks. I lost another little kitty. I seem to be bad luck for cats. Sigh.