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The Nazi and Japanese military and scientists ran the gamut from short-sighted to chillingly evil. There were some bumps typical to a first book in a series, namely rough edges on the characters and a plot that was a little choppy moving forward from time to time. On the whole this is an exciting thriller and adventure story.
This is a wonderful new book with characters that set up nicely for more adventures. Sign me up! Highly recommended! I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of this book. Mar 09, Susan Walker rated it really liked it. This book is a very good thriller. I enjoyed all the action and suspense. The story location in the Amazon Jungle is so well described that you feel that you are there.
I can compare this book with watching a thriller movie that you are scared of seeing more but cannot stop watching. Feb 13, Jan Fortini rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed reading Hell's Gate. It kept me reading right from the start. I'm glad to have won the book, thank you Goodreads. View 2 comments. Dec 22, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed , edelweiss. I was disappointed by this book because, from its description, I was expecting more of a "creature in the jungle" adventure story. That was only part of the book.
The authors obviously did a lot of research about this, but it wasn't the story that I wanted to read. I felt that way too much time was spent setting up the German and Japanese villains, wh I was disappointed by this book because, from its description, I was expecting more of a "creature in the jungle" adventure story.
I felt that way too much time was spent setting up the German and Japanese villains, when everyone already knows they behaved despicably during the war. I didn't need the details in order to hate them. They were by far the most sympathetic and intriguing characters in the book. MacCready, tropical zoologist and intrepid explorer, was such a cardboard character that I didn't care about him at all, and his colleagues Yanni and Robert were equally uninteresting. There were a few good action sequences.
I particularly liked the turtles. However, I had hoped for a better book. It seems that there is going to be a second book featuring MacCready, but I doubt that I will read it. One small point about the editing - I don't think the term "clusterfuck" was invented until the s. Its usage made me doubt the authenticity of the other period details. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Loved this. Like Indiana Jones meets Michael Crichton. An entertaining adventure story about Nazis and hyper-intelligent giant vampire bats. A nice break from my usual reading and I'll certainly be checking out Schutt's future MacCready novels.
This book has it all. This book has just about anything an adventure or war story could offer. It is all based on science and history. For me the greatest surprise was that at the core of all of this me Tarzan, you Jane possibility is a s This book has it all. For me the greatest surprise was that at the core of all of this me Tarzan, you Jane possibility is a solid well researched and written story of what could have happened scenario during WWII. I look forward to more from Bill Schutt in the future.
My first thought was to give this a pass and I am so glad I did not.
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Apr 17, deep rated it it was ok. PW Starred: Vertebrate zoologist Schutt Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures makes his fiction debut with an exceptional crypto-zoological thriller, coauthored with the pseudonymous Finch, a painter and cave explorer. In , U. Army Capt. MacCready, a zoologist, travels to Brazil on a mission to investigate a Japanese submarine, large enough to transport three bombers.
Percy Fawcett and his team vanished during his search for the fabled City of Z in the s. Meanwhile, some strange creatures, known to the natives of the target area as chupacabra, have begun picking off German soldiers. The biological basis for the monsters is solid, and the unusual effect they have on the minds of their prey is a plausible extrapolation from known species. The authors adeptly balance science and suspense, and a detailed afterword lays out how much of the story line is based in history.
Michael Crichton fans will be pleased that the ending leaves room for a sequel. I really enjoyed this book, finished it in a day. I also liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. The narration was great. Jul 06, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: adult-fiction , ya-fiction. Excellent blend of science, adventure, and history. A read-alike to Michael Crichton's "Congo". Suitable for YA. Jun 26, Cara Pekarcik rated it it was amazing. Hell's Gate combines history and biology in a way that will satisfy everyone's interest.
Jun 13, Scott rated it really liked it. This was not what I was expecting at all. I was expecting a good WWII spy type story. What I got was something else entirely. It was set in WWII but that was a little immaterial. It turned out to be a great story involving a botanist, some Nazis, and a whole bunch of interesting creatures and some nice side characters.
All in all it was a very fun book to read. Feb 13, Joan rated it really liked it.
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MacCready parachutes into the area to investigate and learns of a diabolical Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies. Well-developed characters, an amazing sense of place, a tad of the nightmarish, and a twisting plot with non-stop action all combine to create a first-rate suspenseful mystery. Readers will find much to enjoy in this exciting narrative but will be hard-pressed to set the book aside before reaching the final page.
Highly recommended. Sep 13, Janet Riegel rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Even though this book is labelled Fiction there is a definite feel of Science Fiction or a touch of Horror. Captain Mccready, a zoologist, is sent in to the region to discover where a Lost Ranger troop disappeared to. He discovers several creatures unknown to man at the time, a miniature horse, gigantic river turtles, candiru[vampire catfish] and a vampire bat the size of a small child.
He also encounters a camp of Nazis and Japanese military Even though this book is labelled Fiction there is a definite feel of Science Fiction or a touch of Horror. He also encounters a camp of Nazis and Japanese military scientists working on an attempt to create a long range missile to deliver biological weapons to the USA.
There are 14 pages at the end of the book describing what is historically or scientifically true. Many of the events were based in fact. The horror part was that the vampire bats used telepathy to relax their prey before they were attacked.
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Very creepy! Aug 19, Don Best rated it really liked it. It reminds me of one of the things I like about Michael Creighton's books in that the story line uses real medical and biological what ifs to create a thriller of could be interest. Good characters, fast moving plots, smart dialogue sometimes even wickedly funny add to a book concept well done. I also liked the quotes from various sources at the beginning of each chapter. Nice touch. Aug 10, Lee Cochenour rated it it was ok.
I almost put this book down and moved on at least 3 times, but the story just did keep me reading. Once I finished, I really wished I had given up earlier. It really isn't even as good as that might make it sound. Oct 12, Mark rated it it was ok. Missing Army unit in the Amazon. A impossibly big Japanese submarine discovered aground in the jungle.
An Axis plot arising in the jungle interior of Amazonia. And a darker force is coming as well. Captain R J MacCready is sent to investigate. Will he be enough? Can he make a difference? Will it be too late by the time those questions are answered? Character I Most Identified With: Mama bat creature who is just trying to keep her family fed on the wayward warm blooded creatures who fall into their telempathic embrasure.
Heavy handed make the reader care about poor him. Cynical of me, yes, but still true. Feels a bit like the hero is shoehorned into the villainous Nazi plot. Uneven, so far. Feels forced. Hmm Moments: Giant intelligent vampire bats with 10 foot wingspans and a hunger for blood. And Nazi rocket sleds throwing manned missiles suborbital to rain something down on American cities out of the Amazonian interior of Brazil. Is MacCready going to end up teaming up with telempathic bat people to fight rocket Nazis in the rain forest?
WTF Moments: MacCready carrying the corpse of the scarlet ibis that got caught in his propeller around with him is gross. Author Assessment: I would read the jacket of more by these authors, not sure if I would pick up the book though.
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Knee Jerk Reaction: meh! Aug 18, Daniel Rudge rated it really liked it. While some of the protagonists are stereotypical, the remaining characters are well drawn and the writing, plotting and pacing are excellent. There's even a bit of horror and menace thrown in to keep the pages turning.
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My only warning is to pay close attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter or the ending will s An entertaining thriller set in World War II from deep within the jungles of Brazil, "Hell's Gate" explores one man's mission to save the Allies My only warning is to pay close attention to the dates at the beginning of each chapter or the ending will seem a bit confusing at first.
Unless you only read techno-thrillers, this book is highly recommended to all thriller and suspense fans. Jul 24, Arindam Pal rated it liked it Shelves: research , quick-read , un-historic-fiction , thriller. Gigantic vampire bats, the Amazon basin, a crazier Indiana Jones only this one is a zoologist , worls war II background sets the main premise for this quick airplane read.
The story picks up quick, gains momentum and then falls flat, shining because of a few fantastic moments. What is fascinating to read are the minute details that have real connections to history Lost city of Z, German and Japanese research on biological warfare during WWII when it was deemed illegal and the plausible zoolog Gigantic vampire bats, the Amazon basin, a crazier Indiana Jones only this one is a zoologist , worls war II background sets the main premise for this quick airplane read. What is fascinating to read are the minute details that have real connections to history Lost city of Z, German and Japanese research on biological warfare during WWII when it was deemed illegal and the plausible zoological basis of the existence of the chupacabra and their brain chemistry altering capabilities.
The final pages of the book talks in detail about the painstaking research the authors had to go through - these were a delight to read. Also, the overall tone of the book goes beyond the storyline and delves more about the horrors that research into biological warfare can bring forth Jun 28, Cathy Savage rated it really liked it.
It is centered on activities and individuals, both real and invented on the authors' part, in the jungles of central Brazil. The book reads like a close cousin of the Indiana Jones style of action adventure. The knowledgeable background of the authors and research done added an element of reality to the story that I found quite enjoyable. Anyone liking Indiana Jones would enjoy this story. I had the second book in the series but opted to get and read book 1 first so I can monitor the development of the character R.
Now on to the Himalayan Codex! Jun 08, Patricia Zashkoff rated it really liked it. A very unique, scary, supernatural story that takes place during WWII. It involves American soldiers, Nazis, Japanese and something other-wordly that is killing them. The hero is RJ MacCready who is a zoologist.