The Gates (Samuel Johnson Series #1)

The Gates (Samuel Johnson Series #1)

by John Connolly
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The Gates (Samuel Johnson Series #1) by John Connolly

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out....

Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power.

In this wonderfully strange and brilliant novel, John Connolly manages to re-create the magical and scary world of childhood that we've all left behind but so love to visit. And for those of you who thought you knew everything you could about particle physics and the universe, think again. This novel makes anything seem possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439173053
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Samuel Johnson Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 130,344
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.


Dublin, Ireland

Date of Birth:

May 31, 1968

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland


B.A. in English, Trinity College Dublin, 1992; M.A. in Journalism, Dublin City University, 1993

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The Gates 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 100 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun book. I had read Connoly's "The Book of Lost Things" (another great book) and was excited to read "The Gates". However, where TBoLT was dark and introspective "The Gates" was surprisingly upbeat and funny (given that it is about a boy trying to prevent the gates of Hell from opening and leading to Hell on earth). This is the kind of book I could envision Monty Python making into a great movie in their heyday. It is a quirky, quick read that has surprisingly engaging characters and a funny plot. I highly recommend it.
Coalregion More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing so much. It was one of the best reads I've had in a long time. Connoly's acerbic sense of humor reminds one of old Monty Python. I will now proceed to read everything the man has penned!
sharno22 More than 1 year ago
Clever, creative, and highly entertaining. This book will put a smile on your face, and have you laughing out loud!
sirenLP More than 1 year ago
As an adult, I found this reading to be quite entertaining, The story was good and the writer's imagination was really great. Very entertaining reading.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Three days before Halloween in Biddlecombe, England, eleven year old Samuel Johnson of 501 Crowley Rd. accompanied by Boswell the Dachshund goes trick or treating to get a head start against the competition. At 666 Crowley Rd. Samuel debates Mr. Abernathy as to who or what or why they are trick or treating three days early than the official date. Inside 666, using subatomic physics kicked, punted or booted (not being a scientist not sure which is the vernacular) inside a particle accelerator, Abernathy and three's company create two giant gates that prove to be a portal between earth and Hades. All hell has broken out on the planet as the first time since the original dot 13.7 billion years or so ago exploded into the Big Bang, demons cross over in what seems to be the beginning of the small crunch. Samuel the warrior kid fights the horde but fails to persuade adults including his parents that a demonic invasion has begun. This lighthearted fantasy is an amusing tale of good vs. evil in a world of cynical disbelievers. Samuel and Boswell battle the adversary almost alone as ironically their only ally is a low life Nurd the incompetent sub-demon. Targeting young adults with puns, hyperbole, and Abbot-Costello slapstick starting with John Connolly's version of who's on first, older readers who enjoy jocularity in their quantum physics will appreciate the tweener and the canine save the world; although some might wonder why bother. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story! It will be added to my annual Halloween reading. It is such good fun, it would be perfect for reading aloud to the whole family. I have had the privilege of seeing Connolly at a number of author events and of all his books, this comes closest to the personality he displays - charming, witty, imaginative and highly entertaining. I love the Charlie Parker books but I hope he also writes more novels like this one and The Book of Lost Things. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest and most entertaining boks i have ever read! The only book better than this one is the sequel! If you like witty and sarcasric humor, this is your dream book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, quirky, entertaining, felt like an off the wall bed time story.... I truly enjoy Connoly's humor in his work! A good and easy read!
heatherlg More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining to say the least....hard to explain, but passed the time anyway.
melmyers More than 1 year ago
I was sitting in a waiting room, with strangers. And I was silently giggling so hard that someone asked what was the matter. I ended by reading some of the passages aloud, and causing giggling among the other people. It ended with us discussing the likelihood of angels doing the foxtrot on the head of a pin....
Chancie More than 1 year ago
The narration didn't fit with the story, and it was written like it was being told to a small child which I didn't care for. There isn't much for character development, and everyone is so strangely polite. The story was pretty slow, and even when it picked up, not as much happened as the story built it to be. Not a great book, but not a terrible book either. It had some cute parts, but was overall forgettable.
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Super funny interesting and for all ages
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Jeff-in-Orem-Utah More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. It reminded me of Douglas Adams, Eion Colfer, and so many other great authors' books. Read this and then read the follow-up--"The Infernals". You will not be disappointed!
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