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Devil's Gate by F.J. Lennon
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If you’re a latecomer to the Kane Pryce novels as I was, my suggestion is run, don’t walk to snatch up Lennon’s latest release, “Devil’s Gate.” Rich with the history of Pasadena’s famed Colorado Street Bridge…also known as a “Suicide Bridge,” the Devil’s Gate
Dam, the Los Angeles Rock-and-Roll scene, and the mysterious world of the paranormal, Lennon creates a moving tale that is sure to fit the needs of any reader’s tastes. Kane Pryce is on the verge of living a dream. It’s not just his dream, but also the dream of thousands of budding musicians across the world. He’s a talented guitarist with a real shot at the big time and he’s stashed away his aptly named Soul Trap—a device he’s effectively used to do exactly as it should. Kane’s focused on the future: women, drugs, and Rock-and-Roll. He doesn’t want to look back, well, not until he’s faced with a challenge from his ex-cohort, Ned Ross, and the prospect of a small fortune from a billionairess. They’re hired to spiritually clean the Suicide Bridge.

Ned and Kane quickly find that they’re outnumbered by ghouls gone-astray and malicious supernatural energy, and Mrs. Barrington, their benefactor, hasn’t been honest about her past or the links to the bridge and dam’s demonic past. They’ve bitten off more than they—or frankly, anyone—could chew and both Kane and Ned are struggling to juggle their separate worlds. Besieged by the demonic presence controlling the bridge, it’s soon reaching beyond to attack Kane when he should feel secure. Nowhere is safe.

A thought-provoking plot, “Devil’s Gate” is more than a battle between good vs. evil. It’s first class writing and the characters are unforgettable beyond the last page, as even the bridge and surrounding area practically become characters unto themselves. Lennon keeps the door wide open for the exceptional series and the in-depth duo to continue forward for the foreseeable future. I, for one, will be waiting.

Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine
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