Book Reviews

The Gate by A.L. Lester at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Historical / Fantasy / 20th Century / Military/Former Military / Magic / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-February-2018

Book Blurb

It's 1918, and Matty returns home to the family farm from the trenches only to find his brother Arthur dying of an unknown illness. The local doctor thinks it might be cancer, but Matty becomes convinced it's connected to the mysterious books his brother has left strewn around the house.

Matty confides his suspicions in his friend Rob, a hired hand on the farm and potential lover. Rob has found something that looks like a gate of some kind, something Arthur referenced in his papers which may rest at the heart of his illness. But a gate to where?


This short story introduces the world and characters in A.L. Lester's novel, Lost in Time.

Book Review

“Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

When Matty comes home from the war, he finds his older brother, Arthur, deathly ill with a baffling disease that the doctor can't treat or diagnose. Since Arthur won't go to a specialist, there is little to do for him. No one has told Matty that his brother is sick, not even Arthur. When Matty sees Arthur, there is no question about what Matty needs to do; he stays at the farm, rounds up people to help with the chores, and gives Arthur all the tender, loving care he can.

During his last days, Arthur's behavior becomes increasingly erratic. He has books covering almost every available space in the house and half-written notes everywhere, none of which make any sense to Matty. After Arthur dies, he confides in Rob, a farm worker and friend to whom he is attracted. Matty knows he has to be careful because it is 1918; such relationships between men are illegal, but it's clear that Rob shares his feelings. Matty also tells Rob about Arthur's bizarre behavior, all the notes and books he has found that make no sense. Matty also tells Rob that Arthur was insistent that Matty burn everything after he died. Whatever knowledge was in them, Arthur said it was dangerous and no one should learn about it. Also, Matty has something puzzling that he needs to show Rob. Out near the barn is a bright, burning light that seems to have voices emitting from it. Matty cautions Rob not to get too close. After examining all around the light, they decide that it is the “mysterious gate” his brother spoke of along with his obsession to keep it tightly closed.

This is a short story introducing 'Lost in Time’. This prequel introduces the gate and the ominous consequences of leaving it open and/or going through it. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. Thanks, A.L.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 7688 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-December-2017
Price FREE
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