The Deeper Roots of Evil – FIVE STAR Reviews

The Deeper Roots of Evil is already attracting some great, FIVE STAR reviews! 

After reading The Roots of Evil, the first in this sequel, I was eager to find out what was going to happen next in the creepy village of Ropely and the wonderful people that reside therein. My favourite being Dotty Dingle, a batty old lady with her shopping trolley who is rather central to the continuing saga. The author initially draws you into this book by concentrating on the characters and the personal relationships that arise between them, very cleverly making you form an emotional attachment to them before one by one they reach a grisly demise. Who will be left? What atrocity will happen next? Throughout the book you’re gripped with the notion that something dreadful is about to occur, so you have to keep reading but you’re scared to turn the page as you don’t know whose grim termination you’ll discover!! Exciting and horrifying in equal measures. Another page-turner from the amazingly gifted David E Gates. I’m already looking forward to the next in the series…” – Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2020

Second book in the series and third I’ve read from this author. As per previous books, it was captivating and exciting. Well written… I’d thoroughly recommend it.” – Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2020

The Deeper Roots of Evil is available in eBook and Paperback format from all good online bookstores. And Amazon.

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The first book in the series, The Roots of Evil, is available in eBook and Paperback at all good online bookstores also. 

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Another FIVE STAR review for Access Denied

From Amazon:

Most incredible audio book I’ve ever listened to. Planned to listen to an hour at a time, ended up listening to it all at once! Couldn’t drag myself away. Heart-breaking story, an emotional roller-coaster! Listening to the failures of the CMS [CSA] was almost unbelievable. To know it’s a true story made me angry and heartbroken for DAVID. 
 
HIGHLY RECOMMEND 

Gareth Williams

Access Denied by David E. Gates is available at Amazon in eBook, Paperback and Audiobook formats, at Smashwords in all other eBook formats, and at all good online bookstores.

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Fixing the Faker – A brief review

Comment’s from a reader: “Like reading something from my Stephen King days… Bizarrely enjoyable because I wasn’t expecting that type of story…”

Available at Amazon and Smashwords and all good online bookstores.

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Another FIVE STAR review for Access Denied

From Angelina via Amazon:

An amazing and shocking story! This is a true example of real love and affection of a father to his child. I enjoyed this book a lot. Would definitely recommend it and make sure to have some tissues on hand because it gets really emotional.

Thank you David E. Gates for this great book and looking forward to read more of your stories.

Access Denied – Available in all formats from Amazon and Smashwords and all good online bookstores.

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The Roots of Evil – Another five star review!

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on 29 August 2017
Incredible. I love horror books but this took gore to another level! With an engrossing story line and some shockingly brutal but brilliant content I could not put this book down. Finished it in 2 days but did not want it to end! Absolutely brilliant and would highly recommend but definitely not for the faint hearted!
Buy The Roots of Evil at all good online bookshops – Available in Paperback and all eBook formats.
Eric Barber works his way through the conditions of his father’s will, to secure a future fortune. But, in a remote village, the sins of lust, greed and envy of the inhabitants are disturbed by strange occurrences and disembodied evil that give way to shockingly graphic violence, intense horror and gore-laden revenge!
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Reviews for my (FREE) short stories.

As The Ghost of Clothes reaches 180 FREE downloads from Smashwords, I was somewhat surprised by the lack of reviews. Just one:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by: vivascarlett on March 17, 2016 :
A fantastic story, I loved it!

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Same for The Christmas Carol (126 FREE downloads to date):

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by: Misty Reigenborn on Dec. 24, 2016 :
Wonderfully written tale of suspense keeps you wondering what will happen next.

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And, until today and this post, none for A Planned Demise but now a fantastic review:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review by: prfog on July 25, 2017 :
Absolutely fascinating and very well written.

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Thank you to vivascarlett, Misty and prfog for taking the time to leave feedback.

If you take and read one of my free stories, please be so kind to leave a review.

All of my books are available via all good online bookstores.

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Another FIVE STAR review for The Wretched!

Such a good read. Spooky and a real page turner! Once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I love horror books and this one was fantastic! The fact that it is also set near where I am from makes it all the more creepy!
By B1234 on 12 July 2017
The Wretched by David E. Gates – Available at all good online bookstores in eBook and Paperback formats. Want an autographed paperback version? Message me for details.
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Five star review for The Wretched!

Five star review for The Wretched!

Portsmouth By Heather Jennings on 25 May 2017

Very enjoyable read for some one who lives in the area and can relate to the places we are taken to. The fact that this is half fiction (or is it) makes it more of an interesting read.

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The Wretched featured in Meon Valley News!

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Great feature in monthly paper that covers The Meon Valley…

Click here to buy The Wretched on Kindle.

Click here to buy The Wretched on other platforms.

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A teenage boy explores the forbidden areas of his home town and gives life to a new evil that stalks him and his friends and family with vengeance in mind. Whilst grappling with the onset of puberty, he must battle the shape-changing menace which haunts his dreams and knows no bounds in its savagery whilst coming to terms with his own metamorphosis. The Wretched. A unique horror story, drawing inspiration from local folklore, set in and around Portsmouth.

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“Yes indeed it was a good read that’s for sure. Even had two dreams about it. You wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.” – Helen Weaire.

“Fantastic read. Once I picked it up, could not put it down. Wanted to see what happened next. Expertly written – an excellent addition to the David E. Gates collection of recent stories. Totally recommend it.” – Amazon customer.

 

Photograph credit (For picture featured in article): Graham Wheatley – © 2017.

Great review of Audiobook of Access Denied

From https://audiobookreviewer.com/reviews/access-denied-david-e-gates/

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David met Meg at work and they soon started dating. After some time of ups and downs Meg gets pregnant, which fills David with joy. But Meg and David start having problems and decide to separate, which will cause multiple issues to their relationship with their child, especially to David. He will start to live a nightmare in which the CSA is involved, just to find out that Kelly is not his daughter but someone else’s. Instead of apologizing, Meg and the CSA appear to mock David and he will have to suffer the consequences for several years.

I did not want to disclose that Kelly was not David’s child, but as the blurb clearly states this out, I did not see why I should not. Nevertheless, I think it would be better for the reader not to know this detail, which is revealed in the second half of the book.

The story in this book is terribly heartbreaking and one can only imagine what David had to suffer in order to try to have a semi-normal life. I do not like to judge the character’s actions when reviewing memoirs, but I find that it is almost unavoidable, especially in unfair situations like this one. It is true that David may have also made mistakes, but in this story it is clear that he was the losing party.

The story is very powerful but I think it would have benefited from having an editor. There were a lot of meaningless details (not to David I am sure, but meaningless to the reader) that just contributed to the fact that David was running in circles with the CSA. For me those parts were a bit confusing and I got lost among acronyms, letter to and fro, and other details.

The book is read by David himself, and I am sure this has to be a quite hard but liberating experience. It is clear that he is not a professional narrator but in this way we get all the powerful feelings transmitted by the same person who lived this story. There is a break in the narration at point 1:51:07, where there is something missing. Nevertheless it does not affect the comprehension of the story.

I just would like to end this review clarifying that the reader should not expect a polished literary novel but a real testimony about a very delicate situation and how organizations like the CSA can make things more difficult and unfair, leaving the individual little possibility of making a difference in the short-run.

Posted January 27, 2017 by Elena

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