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Review: Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Dragon Gate

May 22, 2018

Review: Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Dragon Gate by D.C. McGannon and C. Michael McGannon


About the book

The attack on Hunter’s Grove High School by a Greater demon and the bully Donnie Wickles delivered a crushing blow to Charlie Sullivan, his friends, their families, and their once quiet, peaceful community. Everyone soon discovers the demon terrorizing Hunter’s Grove is only the beginning of their troubles.

A trail of destructive, sinister activity–including the theft of a dangerous artifact, the release of a bloodthirsty Greater from captivity, and the threat of all six main portal cities coming under siege–stretches Charlie Sullivan and a broken and tired team of monster hunters across the globe.

The first team lands in Japan, at the site of one of the most embarrassing events in the country’s history–Rashomon, the Dragon Gate. There, Charlie Sullivan faces the King of Demons, his vengeful lieutenant, and an army of creatures rising from the worst of nightmares. What happens next triggers a series of global cataclysmic events that some will not survive.

A new breed of monsters is released to level chaos against humanity as the master plan and purpose of evil in our world is revealed.

Suffering immense loss, exhaustion, and being tested beyond the limits of human understanding, Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters face their most dangerous task as they set out to quell an ancient darkness that has now been awakened.


My thoughts

Phew! Action, adventure, loss and love. The Dragon Gate jumps straight into the end of Book Three: Council of the Hunters, with the battle for Charlie’s school. Brutal and full of magic, this first fight reminds us that Charlie and his friends are still young, and still learning about their abilities and their weaknesses as they become Monster Hunters. Help comes from a surprising group of allies but it is only the start for this adventure.

Its a race against time, a race against a powerful Monster Hunter who has plans to awaken the Ancients and open the gates to release them into the human world. Charlie and his friends and family are overpowered at every turn but their love for each other and their faith in themselves gives them enough strength to keep fighting. But the deadly battles to come will take a toll on all of them…

One that they might not be able to pay.

This is an emotional ride, full of twists and turns. Charlie is really starting to come into his own as a leader while each of the Monster Hunters are tested like never before. Darcy, Lisa, Liev and Nash are terrific characters and I always want more of Nash! And of course, secondary characters Drang, Dink, Fish, Priest and Chen could easily hold their own series!

I love the mix of cultures and monster myths that are woven throughout each of these stories.

I also the family feel to these stories, and the true friendship and love between the team. This is a great series to get for family and friends alike, especially if they like a good magical battle!

A book that is rollicking good fun. A great story of friendship, love, and sacrifice.


You can read my interview with DC McGannon here


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