By: Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch
Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch have expertly woven a science fiction thriller into the complex tapestry of history in their novel, Hell’s Gate. In their Sci-fi historical fiction novel, they have written a new chapter in the annals of World War II. As the fighting in Europe and Asia set fire to half of the world, a sinister and secret slowly unfolds in the misty jungles of Brazil. An American spy is sent south after mysterious reports allude to an enemy presence somewhere in the remote countryside of Brazil. Captain R.J. MacCready expects to find something, but cannot even begin to imagine what is actually happening so close to home. After a trek into the wilderness, tracking a team of Army Rangers who had been sent ahead of him and were now missing, MacCready discovers a 300-foot Japanese sub run aground on the bank of a river. No one had ever expected a vessel that large to be able to make it so far inland, but what is happening onboard the vessel is even harder to grasp. A plot to develop and weaponize a new type of threat is nearing completion onboard the Japanese sub through an Axis alliance between the Japanese and German scientists. MacCready uncovers a chilling experiment who’s successful completion could spell the end of the war and domination for the Axis powers. It’s up to him and a rogue former colleague to dismantle this operation and save the fate…of the world.
Schutt and Finch have delivered readers an incredible story in Hell’s Gate. When I first cracked the book’s spine, I had no real idea of what I was in for – kind of like the way Captain R.J. MacCready really didn’t know what to expect to find. One thing was for sure, with this caliber of writing, I knew it was going to be good. I’m pleasantly surprised just how great it turned out to be. Curling up with Hell’s Gate as the weather started to turn cold, I thought I’d read a few chapters here and there but soon I couldn’t put the book down. Reading this thriller is like hiking through the rainforest, danger lurking around every turn. Every page, just as every step through a jungle, reveals a little bit more, just enough to make you want to push further. These two dangle that proverbial carrot so well that you think the secret to the plot will be uncovered on the very next page. So you keep reading, and reading, turning page after page, taking an exhilarating journey for the length of the book.