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“There are those who bow to darkness. And there are others to whom darkness bows.” In 2060 Caleb Rogers and his partner Tom Marvin put away one of the most dangerous serial killers Texas has ever known: Craig Smiley, an ex-infantry mental patient who believes he can summon seven gods through a series of disturbing rituals. Caleb and Tom secured him a life sentence in Mars' ...more
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Published November 6th 2018 by Lulu.com (first published November 5th 2018)
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Iseult Murphy
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love it

A serial killer and the police detective who was obsessed with catching him.
A high security prison on Mars.
Cosmic horror of the ancient ones variety.
What’s not to love in this thriller, science fiction, horror novel?
I look forward to reading the next novel, as well as Save Game once again as it has now been transformed in my mind by the events in this novel.
Joseph Sale sure knows how to write a great book.
Steve Stred
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gods of the Black Gate is my first go around with Mr. Sale and color me a fan! Now, from time to time a book comes up for review and I simply skim the synopsis to see if I will enjoy it and have time to fit it into my current reading schedule. The synopsis of this had me both interested but also worried.

Set in the year 2060, notorious serial killer Craig Smiley is imprisoned on Mars, locked away for life. Meanwhile, back on earth, one of the detectives who tracked him down and arrested him, Cale
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James Sale
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you liked the TV series True Detective, series 1, with Matthew McConaughey (of course), and/or like Philip K Dick with Total Recall and all that stuff, you will love this book. It's serial killer sci-fi; it has a relentless pace through brilliant plotting and characterisation; and it has that wonderful psychological depth which makes you totally involve with both the hero, Caleb, and the astonishingly resourceful villain, Smiley. I am not a great fiction reader - I was in my youth, but not no ...more
Ronnie Smart
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully-paced, action-packed story, which is part crime thriller, part sci-fi and part horror. It is philosophical, but at the same time gritty and down-to-earth, and the events are carefully structured to give them depth and significance in the overall narrative. The villain at the heart of the story is fascinating, and made me think of Hannibal Lecter, Jack the Ripper, and the super-soldier Riddick. Well worth reading for fans of action, dark science fiction, and cosmic horror. E ...more
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Joseph Sale is an editor, novelist, and writing coach. His first novel, The Darkest Touch, was published by Dark Hall Press in 2014. He currently writes and is published with The Writing Collective. He has authored more than ten novels, including his Black Gate trilogy, and his love-letter to fantasy: Save Game. He grew up in the Lovecraftian seaside town of Bournemouth.

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