The Gateway

Rated 3.33/5 based on 4 reviews
This FREE book was written for children, but has found great popularity amongst adults as well.

The story follows the adventures of two boys who accidentally discover some form of gateway, that takes them to other worlds or parallel universes. You can now join the boys on their journey as they try to get back home. Do they get back home though?
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About Steve Simons

Steve Simons is primarily a writer of Science Fiction, aimed at a FAMILY audience, although he has turned his hand (or should that be wordprocessor) to other forms of story.

Steve started using his creative imagination as a child, entertaining groups of children in the neighbourhood. Many was the time that the children would get into trouble for getting back home later than heir normal "get in by" time, as they got engrossed in one of Steve's stories. Breifly, Steve put his pen to work, writing short stories for the entertainment of family and freinds, but nothing serious came of that.

Then in later life, Steve took up the pen again and started writing scripts and short stories for a children's podshow called KidsCastUK. This grew into two shows, one specialising in Science Fiction and Steve took key writer role on that show. Encouraged to do even more, Steve wrote his first book "The Sphere of Time", this grew to become a 3 book series TSOT 1 -3.

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Reviews

Review by: Sheila Deeth on Feb. 10, 2014 :
With echoes of Gulliver’s Travels, Steve Simons’ The Gateway details the adventure of two English boys who accidentally slip into an alternate dimension while playing near their home. The chapters are nicely episodic, well-designed for reading to children at bedtime. Cliff-hanger endings are repeated as new chapters begin, and the stories move quickly from one reality to another, with some imaginative hints of technology, language and mystery, nicely drawn from images a child might easily relate to.

There’s a radio script feel to part of the story, with space for musical interludes. I can image children getting out their noisiest toys, though perhaps that wouldn’t be conducive to sleep. Intriguing language and science ideas will hold a child’s interest and keep them asking questions—sometimes answered, sometimes left to the imagination. And the writing’s gently unpolished, keeping parents awake while they read.

Enjoyable, family friendly fun, with a hint of wise lessons behind the imagination, this isn't deep or heavy. It would be an easy bedtime novel for kids.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and offer my honest review.
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Review by: Murielle Cyr on Sep. 15, 2013 :
Steve Simon's The Gateway is an entertaining science fiction story for teens and pre-teens. The action is fast-paced and the main characters, Barry and Tom, are believable and endearing. The author warns about the responsibility of exploring new worlds: Respect the world you enter and don't cause any harm to the inhabitants and their surroundings. The plot is easy to follow; the characters use their walkie-talkie to transport to other worlds, sharing and updating their technological knowledge with each other. Some editing is required in a few places but a sure winner with the younger reluctant reader.
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Review by: Rena Romanov on Nov. 25, 2012 :
It is a very exciting story
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Review by: Rena Romanov on Nov. 25, 2012 : (no rating)
I love the giant caterpillar bit.
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