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Eric Jones is a single father living in southern Indiana. He has always been interested in creative writing, but did not complete his first full length novel until his early thirties. Eric is a computer technician, and an avid reader of fantasy, sci fi, and horror novels, comic books, and the occasional pulp story. He is a movie buff, a fan of Doctor Who, and a trivia whiz on all things Superman. Totally aside from his writing aspirations, he also has a pretty decent singing voice.
on July 17, 2011 :
A fast-paced and thrilling young adult fantasy adventure, “The Door to Canellin (Gatehouse #1)” is full of action as well as providing a story that will be fun for anyone who is a fan of fantasy adventure stories. While providing plenty of action, it is not just a hack-and-slash story; it also provides plenty of character development and an interesting plot.
Wes is a typical teenage boy – sullen, emotions in a riot, devoted to doing as little as possible to get by in school and to get away with as much as possible in the rest of his life. He has also had trouble with a bully at school; and plays the trumpet in band. This day he is having a particularly bad day – the bully is giving him a hard time, his first chair seat in band has been taken from him, and his band teacher has lectured him about not putting forth enough effort. When a fellow band member is bothered by the bully at lunch, Wes loses it. They are both sent to the principal’s office, but the bully has no intention of letting things go and attacks Wes – when Wes retaliates, he ends up being suspended over the school’s Zero Tolerance policy about fighting.
Wes’s father, Paul, has been having trouble of his own, mostly at work, and when he has to leave work – again – to pick up Wes, he is threatened with losing his job if he doesn’t stop leaving work like this. Paul leaves Wes with his parents (Wes’s grandparents), and Wes, after doing many chores for them, goes out for a walk in the woods. While out there, he sees a mysterious little man, whom he follows to a hollow in which stands a ramshackle old shack – however, Wes doesn’t remember ever seeing this place before. Paul has arrived at his parents’ place in the meantime, and gone out into the woods looking for Wes, whom he finds just as Wes enters the shack. By the time Paul enters the shack, Wes is gone – and Paul follows him through a magical door to another realm – for Wes and Paul have entered the Gatehouse, from which a person can travel to many different places, realms and even planes of reality. The adventures they will each face will change them both completely.
While the initial plot upon entrance to Canellin is a bit spare, this is more than made up for during the thrilling and exciting denouement. Also, unlike many stories of this type, the characters are well-developed and their interactions are nicely realistic. Wes is portrayed as a teenage boy in all his sullenness and temper, unlike in many stories where boys his age are unrealistically mature. I found this all immensely refreshing. I think fans of fantasy and adventure, whether they are young adults or older adults, will all find something to love in this story. Also, keep a watch out in the fall of 2011 for the 2nd book in the Gatehouse series, “The Door to Justice.” I know I will be!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 02, 2011 :
Ok, stop me if you heard this before. Reckless and irresponsible (but good hearted) youth is suddenly plunged into an alternate world, finds he can perform magic, embarks in an against-all-odds quest and succeeds. Yep, it sounds pretty formulaic but E.H. Jones is a skillful writer and, while the rest of us can mix tomato, bell peppers and onions in a decent stew, Jones goes all the way in with same elements and then he's able to present you an impressive Hungarian Goulash that's worthy of any gourmand's palate. I'll put out a example: there's a spot in the tale when Jones requires a super weapon for one of the protagonists to wield: he could have simply tossed in Excalibur and be done with it. Nevertheless, he give us Excalibur's twin, a weapon with its own epic background. You gotta love this sort of inventiveness. And I truly loved the final pages of this book; the villain dragon gets a deserving and twisted comeuppance that got me flabergasted for hours; it's the sort of thing I always try to come up with in my own books, thus it pleased me in such way that I think I re-read that part at least half a dozen times, just to reassure myself the book ended the way I read it first. Marvelous stuff. This book is HIGHLY recommended
(reviewed within a week of purchase)