Monday, October 21, 2013

Infernal Gates by Michael J. Webb - Review

by Michael J. Webb

Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is -the sole survivor of a fiery commercial airline crash that killed his entire family. His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him--and why he alone survived. He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator. An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent. She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be America=s worst homegrown mass-murderer. Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever. A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation. Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn into an ever-deeper conspiracy--millennia in the making--and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine. Will he overcome his deepest fears and find reserves of strength he never knew he had as he confronts pure evil in order to save himself and an unsuspecting world?

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My Thoughts: I love a book that shocks me. I tend to go into a book with a pre-conceived idea of what it will be about (bad habit I can't break). I love when a book takes a totally different direction or is even better than I imagined. Infernal Gates did that to me. I went into this book expecting something good, with that synopsis I figured it would be a given. Instead I got amazing. Infernal Gates is an absolutely amazing book, one that I would expect on a best seller list.

Starting with a very climactic first chapter this book just keeps growing. There are many different story-lines and so much danger and adventure happening throughout the book. I didn't find myself struggling with how it would all tie together, I just trusted the author to make it work, and Michael J. Webb definitely made it work.

The characters in this book were amazing. With so many story-lines things can become a bit lost, but all of the characters had so much depth. They were well written and took me through the story so easily that I could imagine it all being real. I loved the intermingling of their lives. It was like it's own great mystery trying to figure out how they would all come together.

Another amazing thing about this book was how much culture, religion, and theory are in it. It wasn't an in your face situation for me. I loved the looks at all the different lives these characters led and how they had come to their current beliefs. I loved the way the Bible was worked into the book and the way Webb helped scriptures unfold.

I will suggest this book to everyone. I think that despite your religious beliefs this is a book that can appeal to any reader. It is fast, exciting, and detailed. I was engaged as a reader, and excited as a reviewer to be able to share this book. I plan to read more of Webb's books, and I cannot wait for the sequel to Infernal Gates.


About the Author:
Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure. He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers. Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Books by Michael: The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, Infernal Gates. He is currently working on Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates. He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.

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I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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