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Beyond the Gate

(Kathy Ryan #4)

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Kathy Ryan’s work as an occult investigator often leads her to the outskirts of society, law, and even reality…

Knowing that other dimensions exist is one thing. Venturing into them is quite another. In the course of its experiments, Paragon Corp—a government-sourced theoretical physics research institute—has discovered a supposedly empty alternate world. There is
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Published November 26th 2019 by Lyrical Press
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BEYONE THE GATE (A Kathy Ryan novel), is the fourth I've read featuring the paranormal specialist, written by author Mary SanGiovanni. While each story is complete on its own and can be read independently of the others, there is a slight build up of personal information that I enjoyed discovering by reading them in order.

The character of Kathy Ryan is complex and mysterious. Little is known outside of the fact that she specializes in occult cult-like activity, that engages in attempts to open
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The whispers told me awful things.
I love being a fly on the wall while Kathy Ryan works. She’s an occult investigator but her investigations aren’t limited to our world. She’s also instrumental in protecting our world from entities and gods from other worlds and dimensions, and that makes for some imaginative, entertaining and sometimes gruesome descriptions.

Paragon Corp have been sending a group of scientists through a gateway to another world, one they believe is currently uninhabited.
Kat Dietrich

Beyond the Gate by Mary SanGiovanni is the fourth in the Kathy Ryan series. She is an Occult Security Consultant, and technically these books could all be read as stand-alone novels, thus far.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground for granting my wish, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Series Background: (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Oh, the Kathy Ryan series has gotten epic!

Now, if you haven’t read any of the books in this series, please do. This is an awesome horror series that deserves more readers. Technically, you can start anywhere – each book works well as a standalone. But (but!) if you read all of them, you’ll truly appreciate the world – or otherworld – that SanGiovanni has built here!

Kathy is wonderful as always, but SanGiovanni reminds us how well she brings characters to life with a group of new characters.
Jon Recluse
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
When the theoretical research group, with a shady reputation opens a dimensional doorway to another world....a world where only plant life thrives, it is a discovery of unlimited potential.
None of it good.
The discovery of a dead city on this silent world ends in tragedy, as the first research team to cross dimensions vanishes....and a scientist connected to the project falls prey to an infestation that haunts the minds of hardened police detectives.
The corporation hires occult investigator
Michael Hicks
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Kathy Ryan returns for her fourth outing if you count 2016’s Chills, and I most certainly do, because that’s where we first meet her! But, hey, what do I know…

Beyond the Gate sees Ryan hired on as a consultant for Paragon, a high-tech scientific research group with ties to the military weapons complex. Paragon has just opened a rift between dimensions and most of their teams of explorers have gone missing. A few, though, have come back and despite Paragon’s assurances to the contrary, they seem
Melissa | Recreational Hobbyist
This was my first Kathy Ryan book & it was a trip. Kathy Ryan is an occult investigator that is hired to investigate the disappearance of a team of scientists. But this team didn't disappear under mysterious circumstances here on Earth, but in another freaking dimension. This alternate dimension is discovered in a lab run by the Paragon Corporation, a super shady government research organization. When the Green Team scientists first venture into this dimension, the world appears to be ...more
 Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
Mary Sangiovanni is a past master at subtly unveiling the terrors of Cosmic Horror, of the Knowledge that Lovecraft cautioned us to avoid. In this third book of her Kathy Ryan serirs, occult consultant and troubleshooter Kathy is called in by a secretive corporation which has opened a portal to an alternate universe; a portal which unfortunately is permeable to infection from that other universe. Soon Kathy and three companions are beyond the gate, hunting the lost explorer-scientists, and ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beyond the gate is a sci-fi/thriller by Mary SanGiovanni. The story follows Kathy Ryan, an occult investigator, hired by Paragon Corp, a theoretical research facility, to lead a team into an alternate dimension to locate lost researchers and bring them back to our world. I received this as an ARC from Netgalley not realizing it was the latest in a series. Luckily it read well as a stand alone. The build up to the teams departure to begin their rescue mission seemed slow but once they were ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
While I have liked the previous Mary SanGiovanni books centered around her Kathy Ryan character, I was unable to get into this one. The author lost me when she switched writing styles for the one person's journal, and I was unable to get back into it. Something about the writing overall is putting me off, and I can't put my finger on what. It just doesn't seem as straight-forward and entertaining as the previous books (which is far more a reflection on me than it is on her.)

I've tried multiple
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
"Beyond the Gate" is disappointingly different from the other Kathy Ryan books. Those had plenty of monsters and chases and fights and all that jazz. This story is mostly telling, going over facts about Kathy and other worlds that we already know from other SanGiovanni books or just ruminating overly long about what’s going on in this book. I honestly didn’t find it all that interesting. The material set in the other universe spends most of its time on getting lost in a giant, mostly-empty city. ...more
Donna Hines
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Ever wonder what's beyond the gate? How about the gate from hell?
This is a welcome mat to the other world courtesy of Mary SanGiovanni and you may never return or if you do you'll never be the same I assure you.
It's creepy as all heck but don't let that stop you just because the parasites have arrived and they are all over the place or at least they are present right before the gate.
I seriously have never read any of Mary's work prior but this work well as a stand alone though I heard the others
Patricia Romero
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
This is the third book in the Kathy Ryan novels. Kathy Ryan works as an occult investigator and has seen things no one would believe. She is good at what she does and in this next story, she is hired by Paragon Corporation, a government-funded theoretical physics research facility. Someone has intentionally opened a portal to another dimension and found no beings, but some really disturbing flora!

A team of scientists goes in but doesn't come out. A security team is Kathy and her team will do
Kathleen Gray
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I honestly don't know how to describe this, I also have to admit that it kept me fully engaged and reading- wanting to know what was going to happen on the next page. Is it horror? Is it sci-fi? I don't know but Kathy Ryan is hired on by the mysterious and possibly nefarious Paragon Corp to enter an alternate universe and find a team of scientists which has gone missing. She ends up in a dead city (or is it) and fights for truth. Beyond that, hard to encapsulate but she's a good character ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good horror/sci-fi novel with the right creepiness factor and an excellent world building.
I liked the style of writing, even if the switch of the tone doesn't always work, the character development, and the gripping plot that kept me on the edge till the end.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.
Many thanks Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reads like a more accessible version of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness minus Antarctica and giant penguins. Enjoyable read with a slowly building sense of dread and otherworldliness. Kathy Ryan is a great series character and hopefully this won't be the last time we hear from her. Highly recommended.
Michelle Smith
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Another solid book in the Kathy Ryan universe. If you like creepy with strong characters, you really need to be reading this book.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This newest entry in the Kathy Ryan series takes readers to a stunningly original, lush, beautiful, and terrifying setting beyond our own plane of existence. Scientists at Paragon Corp have done the impossible -- opened a doorway between dimensions. Problem is, the exploratory team that went through the gate has disappeared. Kathy, hired to investigate the disappearance is coerced by force to lead a team through the gate to search for the missing team, but, of course, this other world has other ...more
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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of over twenty books, most recently SAVAGE WOODS, NIGHT MOVES, and the forthcoming THE SKIN WE'RE IN. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The ...more

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