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The Gate | [Jason Brant]

The Gate

Bryan Armstrong and Kyle Detwiler, two college students on the cusp of graduation, are the lucky winners of a contest to become interns on the paranormal television show The Specter Slayers. Their excitement turns to jubilation when they discover that they'll be aiding in the investigation of The Danver Church, one of the most haunted places in America. Nestled in the remote mountains of Pennsylvania, the church is world renowned for the massacre that occurred there forty years earlier.
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Bryan Armstrong and Kyle Detwiler, two college students on the cusp of graduation, are the lucky winners of a contest to become interns on the paranormal television show The Specter Slayers. Their excitement turns to jubilation when they discover that they'll be aiding in the investigation of The Danver Church, one of the most haunted places in America.

Nestled in the remote mountains of Pennsylvania, the church is world renowned for the massacre that occurred there forty years earlier. Accompanied by best-selling horror author Katie Upshaw, they attempt to survive a dream job that quickly turns into a nightmare. The church, adorned with satanic symbols and imagery, is the home of things far worse than any of them could have imagined.

©2012 Jason Brant (P)2013 Jason Brant

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    Robin Dahlonega, GA, United States 09-11-14
    Robin Dahlonega, GA, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Took the wrong path"

    This was set up to be a great haunted house / church story, but then the author had to go and ruin it by making it a other worldly monster story. Knew it was going downhill as soon as the author had a make a lame atheist vs religion event (in other words the atheist gets sees something that makes them question their religious - or lack of - views). Of course the author does not take into account that alternative realities has nothing to do with religious views.
    So, instead of writing a cool ghost story the author turns the story into an alternate reality story with one larger monster chasing the characters from one place to another only to be chased by another large monster till the next large monster & then back to where they started (losing a few boring characters along the way). Then back to their reality - then for some reason one character is arrested and the other surviving characters don't say anything in his defense just so the author can make idiots of the police.

    Dialogue repetitive, lame at some points, just filler.
    Characters - stereotype, weakly developed, sometimes seem to be in the way of the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather E. Tongue Madison, WI USA 08-13-13
    Heather E. Tongue Madison, WI USA 08-13-13 Member Since 2011

    Heather Bells

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    "Weak version of a story that has already been done"
    What would have made The Gate better?

    Better writing - I just felt this whole thing was lacking.


    What was most disappointing about Jason Brant’s story?

    I didn't care for the characters and the obvious caricature of the Ghost Hunters was rather lame. It didn't have enough substance - and perhaps sold as a young adult book my expectations would have been lowered. This story was R.L. Stein at very young reading level.


    Did Robert Martinez do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did an OK job of characterization - with very different voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gate?

    Nothing needed to be edited out - however the story, detail, and characters needed to be developed more....a LOT more.


    Any additional comments?

    This story has been done before, and I was really hoping for more umph....I stuck through it just to see if it would get better. Unfortunately, it didn't.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Ducken Atlanta, GA, USA 07-19-13
    Donald Ducken Atlanta, GA, USA 07-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic book"
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    Had a lot of fun listening to this book, it reminded me in a lot of ways of shows like Fringe/Lost and also had a good humor and pace. Finished it pretty quickly but it was great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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