Sunday, June 5, 2016
What I'm reading: Hell's Gate
(Actually, what I just read.)
Yesterday, I was afforded the opportunity to 'Be a Good Boyfriend' and go hang out with Herself in the hospital all day. This not being my first rodeo, I accepted the offer.... and I grabbed a book to take along.
It turned to be the right choice of book. Hell's Gate, by Bill Schutt and J.R.Finch, is a light thriller-ish novel, and managed to keep me sane while sitting in the ER for 6 hours. I finished it just as the Doc cut her loose (No worries, all is well).
Set in WWII, Hell's Gate is a what-if story of an officer with a scientific bent being sent to deepest South American jungle, there to sniff out a hellish plot by axis forces.
There's just enough character development to get a reader interested, and the flashes of science that peak through the story actually build a framework which holds together. The author is a zoologist, and that experience is what shows through consistently in the story.
I'll be looking for more from this writer. I suspect we haven't heard the last from this MacCready character of his.
I would call it light summertime reading. You get a chance to relax for an hour while enjoying the weather, or maybe a quiet Sunday morning over coffee, and this would be a book to grab.