Horn Gate: Open at your own risk.
Librarian Isaac Stein spends his lumpy, lonely days restoring forgotten books, until the night he steals an invitation to a scandalous club steeped in sin. Descending into its bowels, he accidentally discovers Scratch, a wounded demon who feeds on lust.
Consorting with a mortal is a bad idea, but Scratch can't resist the man who knows how to open the portal that will free him and his kind. After centuries of possessing mortals, he finds himself longing to surrender.
To be together, Isaac and Scratch must flirt with damnation and escape an inhuman trafficking ring - and they have to open their hearts or they will never unlock the Horn Gate.
©2013 Damon Suede (P)2013 Dreamspinner Press
Usually I don't pick books that have been rated less than 4 stars, but I've previously enjoyed books by Damon Suede, and Charlie David's narrations are usually perfect. I also liked Bad idea where Scratch is a character.
Coming from that, here is what I think about Horn Gate:
It is messy, and at times difficult to understand and follow the thoughts and actions of the main character. I feel like I never got to know the characters and why they behaved the way they did. It certainly had enough action to make a short story interesting, but I was unable connect with the story itself and everyone in it. A bit of Hebrew was also thrown into the mix, which didn't make the plot easier to follow.
Charlie David has a really great voice. Why, oh why, was everything coming out of Scrath's mouth whispered? Not only was it at times hard to understand what he was saying, it made the whole listening experience bad.
Perhaps the written version is better? Or maybe this would have worked better as a full length novel instead of a 3 hour listen? I'm not sure what could have saved this, for me it just felt like a draft and not a finished story. Will keep looking for other things to listen to by this due, but will return this one.
The Hebrew Lore had me curious and wanting more. It was a quick listen. I found myself wanting to learn more about the main character and the lore of these Incubus Angel/Demon men.
This could easily be expanded into a full-lenght novel. I would defiantly revisit the world if that ever happened!
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