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review 2017-02-19 14:20
The Gatekeeper- Michael Sisti


At first I thought my failure to keep a grip on the long cast of characters was going to sink me and at felt a few early point of view shifts were a little too sharp, however once I settled into this very fast paced book I really enjoyed it. Sisti has structured this story with very short chapters that add to the pacey feel. We are trotted through literally years in which a business grows from nothing into a large regional bank, and then collapses in the trauma field of the financial crisis started by the 2007 sub-prime mortgage collapse in the USA.

The gatekeeper in the male testosterone fired world is a woman, and not one modelled on a kick-arse beauty that can floor any man with a combination of looks, intelligence and gymnastic battle crafts, the likes of which have never yet actually been witnessed in real life. All the characters are just about believable, if in many cases rather clichéd. With so many actors to follow it was as well that many were solidly familiar, stock personalities.

This book makes business acquisitions and mergers seem like exciting stuff, and as if this isn’t enough there is an interesting bit of sexual intrigue as well. This is a fun read, one that once it had me hooked had no trouble keeping me so.

Sisti is a good pulp fiction writer. I mean that with the greatest of respect. He writes in a sharp entertaining, to the point, style, that draws unrepentantly on those characters that surround us all in real life. And all this is done without any demonstrable physical violence, murder, torture, or natural disasters. I’m sure I’ll read another Sisti before very long.

For the traveller, those short chapters make this book just right for reading on a crowded train.




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text 2014-12-08 02:19
Best sequels of a series/trilogy's (no final books)
Cress - Marissa Meyer
The Perfect Emotion (Book Two of The Perfect Series) - Melissa Rolka,S. G. Thomas
The Gatekeeper's Challenge: Gatekeeper's Saga, Book Two - Eva M Pohler
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi
Never Too Far - Abbi Glines

1.Cress by Marissa Meyer

2.Never Too Far by Abbi Glines  

3.Perfect Emotion by Melissa Rolka

4 .The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler

5.Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi  

(Note: These books are not all published in 2014.)





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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-18 00:22
The Gatekeeper's Son (ARC)
The Gatekeeper's Son - C.R. Fladmark

I received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley.com and that in no way has influenced my opinion in regards to this review.



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Title: The Gatekeeper's Son

Series: -----

Author: Chris Fladmark

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 313




Junya [who I insist on calling Junior in my head] is the grandson of a billionaire, the son of a ninja and the Inheritor of a brand new power of the gods of light and darkness.

Another world is involved, lots of fighting, a cute chick and lots of YA'ness.


Junya must fight the minions of Light AND Dark, as he is the cross between them. He must save his grandfather, save his mother, destroy an evil monster and keep a legion of other worldly super ninjas from killing him, all at the same time.


My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this for what it was, a boys' fantasy novel. I don't think I'll be reading any more by this author but that isn't a negative on his part. It just means that it is a bit too YA for me to handle.

It takes consummate skill to write a novel for both men and boys and as this is Mr Fladmark's debut novel, he deserves credit for writing a very good boys novel.


Lots of fighting, your prerequisite cute girl, secrets out the wazoo, ninjas and a badguy who helps Junya for his own ends, *insert evil laughter*. That was the good stuff.


The 2 main issues for me were as follows:


1) Junya goes from being a shy, almost cowardly boy, to this strong young man who can manage a multi-billion dollar company with no real in between phase. It felt very awkward to me.


2) Junya's father. He is in the story, but is so token that the reality is that Junya might as well have been raised by a single mother. He is supposed to be with them and part of their family, but he plays such a small part, even emotionally, that he comes across as a prop more than a real character.


Other than that, no real issues worth discussing. This is the beginning of a series, but it ends up just fine that I don't feel the need to read any sequels. And the Series title is missing because Fladmark hasn't given it one yet.


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review 2014-09-28 00:00
The Gatekeeper's Son
The Gatekeeper's Son - C.R. Fladmark I really enjoyed this book - the plot was intriguing, the pacing was perfect, and the way everything fits together is wonderful. The mix between San Francisco, Japan, and a parallel world was neatly done, and enough detail was given that reading about places I’ve never been to wasn’t jarring.

I did find, however, that as much as I wanted to know what happened next (to the point where I devoured this book in one sitting), I didn’t feel a huge connection to any of the characters. They’re all well-written, likeable people, but there was something missing to make me cheer for them - that may change as the series progresses, 200 pages isn’t much after all.

In all, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes young adult/urban fantasy, and I’ll be reading the rest of the series as it’s released.

Purchase: Amazon

I received this book in exchange for a review. You can find more of my reviews here.
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review 2014-05-19 14:26
Out of the Madhouse (The Gatekeeper Trilogy, #1) by Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder, Joss Whedon (Creator)
Out of the Madhouse - Christopher Golden,Nancy Holder,Joss Whedon

3/5 - I enjoyed this book but sometimes felt the thoughts they had Xander thinking were a little bit off – not what/how I would imagine Xander thinking from the way he talks on the show.  I thought they had Oz completely right and Willow and Buffy were pretty much right, just a few times where I went “Hey, she doesn’t think like that.”  I liked the story and different locations all over the world.  I like that they had everyone involved, even Joyce and that some different characters featured in the action (although I don’t know if I really believe that O could “handle” himself against various demons and monsters).  Enjoyed it enough that I will read it again and I’m glad I bought it.

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