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The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales – Short Stories Collected by Robert J. Duperre

Storyline: The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales is quite the wonderful and twisted anthology with contributions from the Davids Dalglish and McAfee, Mercedes M. Yardley and Daniel Pyle compiled by Robert J. Duperre.

A reluctant protector of the world. A girl who takes away your sorrows. A serial killer. A young girl enacts revenge on some neighborhood boys. Three astronauts fight for survival.

Each story is a dark, twisted and, at times, amusing tale that explores the many sides of fear that the human mind can manifest. Even introducing some that you weren’t even aware of!

Grammar/Spelling: No issues with spelling, grammar or formatting.

Character Development: Given the nature of the book, character development wasn’t a main focus. Though, I dare say it happened quite well with each story!

I loved Kitty in the Cellar, a story about a little girl who got even with the brothers who ruined her pretty dress is creepy scary and the ending is quite the shocker.

Writing Style: Each author contributed their own style to the collection and some are gorier than others, while others are definitely more twisted. I enjoyed each author’s style and really look forward to ALL of them submitting works for me to review! (And for those that I’ve ALREADY reviewed…well…I’m WAITING for more!)

As with most horror, some of the stories are quite violent, bloody and graphic. So, I wouldn’t recommend this as a bedtime story…unless your child is someone Alice Cooper or Stephen King.

Continuity:  No issues with continuity.

Overall Rating: 4+

Each story is a nugget of mystery, wrapped in a short story of horror and nestled in a box of well written entertainment. I highly recommend The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales an anthology of short stories compiled by Robert J. Duperre to anyone who enjoyed the Books of Blood series by Clive Barker and anyone who doesn’t mind getting spooked even though it’s not Halloween!

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The Ezekiel Code – Gary Val Tenuta

Storyline: Zeke Banyon is perfectly happy living out his life at a homeless shelter, running the place quietly without the interference of the outside world.  Just as his life begins to take an odd twist with too many co-incidences to believe, his new assistant, Angela Martin, comes into his life and wakes him up to the world through the use of computers and a different point of view.  Not surprisingly, they hit it off quite well and are soon arm in arm and up to their armpits in a mystery bigger than either of them can imagine.

An ingenious code from mysterious sources leads them on an unbelievable journey into the world of secret societies and ancient knowledge that has proven deadly to more than one interested party.

As the fabled “Chosen One”, Zeke has a mission and though he remains skeptical through almost the entire book, he reluctantly finds himself in a position to accept his fate and avert a catastrophe of global proportions.

Lots of twists and turns.  Lots of action and adventure and lots of numbers!

Grammar/Spelling: There were no issues with the grammar and spelling.

Character Development: I like the way the characters bond with each other and I like the way the author describes the character’s looks, past history and other pertinent details without intruding on the storyline.  I would have like a bit more modern word usage from the two main characters.

At times, I thought that the protagonist must have grown up under a rock, but then realized that he had… more or less since he was into the theological side of life.  His naivete about many of the subjects covered in the book are understandable.

On a personal note, I would rather have seen them drink more and smoke less, but that’s just me.

The characters are otherwise very well developed.

Writing Style: Mr. Tenuta certainly can write.  His punctuation, grammar and style is easy to read and easy to follow.  The action moves with a steady flow moving the reader from one character’s point of view to another.

His descriptive passages are well done, not too micro and yet enough to let the reader know what they are looking at, where they are and how it works.  Good job.

As far as dialog, the conversation seems a tad stilted in some places, but overall much information was delivered in the conversations between the characters.

Last, I would just like to say that I thought the leading lady and the leading man got along TOO well.  They should have had a few arguments or disagreements, you know?  Thrown a few shoes around or something?

Continuity:  No issues at all with continuity. Very well ordered, in fact… mathematical! Egad!!

Overall Rating: 4+

This was a mind book and since my mind is a shambles to start with, I have to say that I was suitably impressed when I began to dream about columns of mean, horrible numbers chasing me with ankhs!

It was enjoyable and overall I’d recommend it to everyone who loved the DaVinci Code.  Intriguing would also be a good word to describe the premise on which the story is based.

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