by G S Luckett


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Action-packed Occult/Dark Fantasy ! Disclaimer: Non-religious.
Can a condemned soul become God's weapon?
A death row inmate, known as The Brit, on an isolated island is able to escape from his execution during a freak thunderstorm. Now, he finds himself fighting his way through the prison and protecting the very people who jailed him. Pursued by prisoners and guards that will not die and a mysterious inmate from his nightmares, The Brit has to lead the others to escape in order to save their souls and possibly his own.

Fun, Quick Series Opener - Hack Dandy, 4 Stars

"The Brit, a death row inmate, escapes his electric-chair execution thanks to a major thunderstorm that knocks out the power at his island-prison. The Pastor, a quasi-friend on the inside, helps him out of the chair and they seem to be the only prisoners around. The Brit has a plan to escape, which is hindered as he faces off against prisoners and inmates that are hell-bent on capturing him by the commands of the Courier.

This was a fun read and reminded me of The Rock (1996), in that I envisioned Alcatraz and Sean Connery. But no, there are no missiles or scientists-turned-hero. There is one specific scene that ends the action-packed and brutal man-against-the-odds thriller, and flips the switch on a paranormal sci-fi tale. Don't worry; there is still brutal action throughout.

To tell more would risk entry into the spoiler-zone. This is the first I've heard of G.S. Luckett. The writing and editing are quite good and the story flows well from scene to scene. The book has a conclusion (as it should) and can stand alone as a full story.

However, this is the intro to a set/series. A short read . Although this is subtitled as "Can a condemned soul become God's weapon", it isn't a Christian or preachy book."

Five Stars from Readers' Favorite - Dinorah Blackman

"If you love suspense, you're definitely going to love Gates by G.S. Luckett....G.S. Luckett is an extremely creative writer. In this book, he turns a prison into a haunted house where many macabre secrets are hidden. Gates presents an exciting but unusual plot played out by very interesting characters who are thrown together in a desperate attempt to escape a tragedy....If you've ever wondered about evil and spiritual forces, you'll enjoy this book."

Fantastic Read! - mizztara71, 5 Stars

"I read this story in one sitting. The action is non-stop. The scenes are very detailed and vivid. The characters are very well fleshed out. The author did a wonderful job of humanizing "The Brit" and telling his back story. I can see why he was chosen as a Reaper. I would recommend Gates and look forward to reading the next book in the series."

The Reaper Book 1 is the first installment of a series where we find out how, The Reaper, is chosen and that he does more than shepherd lost souls. He maintains the balance between Heaven and Hell, that is threatened to be destroyed by an ongoing war.

Some of God's instruments are tarnished.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483925257
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

A little about myself. I live outside of Portland, OR. with my lovely wife and two sons. As a writer, most of my experience is with screenwriting over the last decade. I have found my strengths to be in genre films and that has transferred over into my novel writing. I would categorize my work more toward being between a novella and a novel. It is my quest to keep the writing detailed to pull you into the book's world but fast paced to make it exciting enough to continue.

I have studied at Pierce College and UCLA online, with Certificates for Writing from Pierce College. I have won and placed in numerous National and International Screenwriting competitions over the years. I am currently converting the winning scripts into Genre Fiction. Hope you enjoy.

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Gates 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Diane_K More than 1 year ago
I think this would make a great Science Fiction movie, in my opinion. It has all that is needed for a horror story. There is the nasty storm, dark, unusual and lots of lightening. There is suspense, drama, ghosts and, of course, good vs. evil. 'The Brit' a death row inmate was in the electric chair when the storm hit. Everyone disappeared and miraculously he was alive?? There is a riot and all he wants to do is get out of the prison. He has a plan but it gets skewed. As he goes he gathers people to save, even a prison guard that wants to keep him under arrest. What follows is a race against time and a legion of evil. There is a surprise part way into the book and then at the end The Brit finds his calling. This book was provided to me from the author for review purposes. It did receive a box set but have not read the 2nd which is Alpha Hunter, a vampire story.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
The Brit, prisoner U877, belongs in prison. He was a murderer on the outside and just as difficult on the inside. His time has come; he is going to be executed. But when a strange storm knocks out the power and the priest help him it seems he may avoid his fate. But then a riot breaks out in the prison. Prisoners and guards alike are trying to get to him. But things take a paranormal turn and there is more going on in the prison than first look. I loved this story. You have a dark, supernatural setting, characters that you don’t know if they are really good or bad, and a ton of action. You don’t know what is going to pop out around the next corner or even who to trust. I really liked the Brit’s story. It was so heartbreaking but interesting how it let to him sitting in an electric chair. It’s so hard not to give away too much with this story. Trust me, you have to read it. Now I can’t wait to begin Alpha Hunter. I received this book from GS Luckett for free in exchange for an honest review.
StarGazer2 More than 1 year ago
Oh my God! I was not expecting this.  It has been a while since I read the description of this book, so I couldn’t remember what this book was about. But since it was next on my ‘To Read’ list, I started reading without rereading the back cover. I am so happy that I did. This was one of the best-twisted stories I have ever read. It had me guessing all the way.  I feel the story line is unique and special since it shows that it’s never too late to change. It’s not a religious book, but you can’t help but have hope after reading this book. Fantastic job, Mr. Luckett.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite If you love suspense, you’re definitely going to love Gates by G.S. Lucket. The author paints a vivid picture that offers a glimpse into how an innocent little boy becomes a hardened criminal on Death Row after witnessing the murder of his father. In prison, this man is feared and dreaded. He has a reputation for being unreasonably violent and cruel. But nobody knows what is really going on in the depth of his soul and nobody understands the pain that has tortured him his entire life. On the night of his execution, evil breaks loose and strange things begin to happen. It seems like demons take over and go on a rampage to steal, kill, and destroy. Fear takes hold of the small group that’s desperately trying to escape alive as they experience a set of supernatural events, like the dead not staying dead. They become convinced that something evil is after them, but in the midst of the chaos there is a sliver of hope as the hardened murderer risks his life to save others. G.S. Lucket is an extremely creative writer. In this book, he turns a prison into a haunted house where many macabre secrets are hidden. Gates presents an exciting but unusual plot played out by very interesting characters who are thrown together in a desperate attempt to escape a tragedy. Lucket uses one’s natural distrust of prison guards to create a story in which nobody can be trusted; not even one’s own shadow. As the plot thickens, the bad guy is transformed into the only hope of survival and his true nature is revealed. Gates is a story that confirms appearances can be deceiving and that there’s much more going on around us than meets the eye. If you’ve ever wondered about evil and spiritual forces, you’ll enjoy this book.