The Gates: A Samuel Johnson Tale

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 304 pages
Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, this “wholly original” (People) and “refreshing” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel from New York Times bestselling author John Connolly is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy—and a quirky boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out...

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?
 

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This book was absolutely hilarious. The story was fairly predictable, but the tone of it was so different than I expected, it was great. Connolly does a fantastic job of taking the very scary scene of ... Read full review

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Title: The Gates Author: John Connolly Publication Date: Jan 2009 Genre: Fantasy/Comedy/Horror Score: 4/5 It’s always interesting when a fiction novel has an appendix full of footnotes. This is one of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
15
Section 4
25
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
51
Section 8
55
Section 20
151
Section 21
159
Section 22
171
Section 23
177
Section 24
187
Section 25
191
Section 26
199
Section 27
207

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of thrillers, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.

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