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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon January 12, 2012
This novel, the sequel to 'The Gates,' picks up 18 months after the events described in that novel, after young Samuel Johnson [just turned 13], assisted by his faithful dog, Boswell, repelled an invasion of earth by the forces of evil. The two books are quite a departure for the author, whose Charlie Parker mysteries are highly regarded and widely read. These are categorized as YA books, laced with pseudo-scientific and amusing footnotes. [It should perhaps be noted that the tenth Charlie Parker novel, 'The Burning Soul,' has also recently been released.]

This time around Samuel, accompanied by four dwarfs and the truck in which they were riding, an ice cream truck and its vendor-driver, and two policemen and their patrol car, are instead transported by the ogre Ba'al in the form of Mrs. Abernathy to the netherworld to present the boy to her master, the Great Malevolence, as a gift in an effort to regain his favor. And so we follow their adventures as they experience the strange land and seek a way to get back home.

Written at times with tongue firmly in cheek, the little nuggets of information on a wide variety of subjects are both informative and often just plain funny. A very enjoyable read that is highly recommended.
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on February 6, 2013
Even though this book was written for young adults, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was totally different from most of John Connolly's books as it was about Satan and some demons. The storyline kept me reading. I didn't read the first book, but I am seriously thinking about buying it as it will complete the series for me. I think anyone who enjoys reading fantasy will enjoy this book.
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