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The Gates of Hell is an exceptional anthology, all the stories were entertaining and fun to read. Something that seems to be an ongoing theme with any anthology that is released by Chris Kennedy Publishing. The collection opens solidly with a story by Kacey Ezell that the rabid fans of the 4HU Universe should enjoy. Quincy J. Allen continues to impress me with his “longer” short stories and The Thelosi Gambit continued this trend. Unnatural Selection by Dan Bridwater is a solid and entertaining first short story by a new author whom I have read many book reviews by. Rob Howell has a story about his spy from his novel Feeding of Sorrows. If you liked that novel, you will love this story. The same can be said for Kevin Steverson’s They Call Him Pops which I believe is an origin story for two supporting characters from Redacted Affairs. Jon R, Osborne has a Bjorn’s Berserkers story in the collection that fans of Bjorn should find appealing. Mark Wandrey provides cultural insight into the Aposo in his contribution to the book. I am glad I am not an Aposo. William Alan Webb closes out the book nicely with what I found to be a farce of a story in Roland The Headless Mech Driver.
I have most (all) of the 4HU books. There is not a bad on in the list. When you get and read this; first, you are going to enjoy it and second, you are going to get more from these folks. Mark Wandry is the colsest to John Ring I have found and Chris Kennedy is up to Dave Weber. This on e spends more of the time out among the various worlds in the universe and they are a varied and interesting selection.
Once again, an all-star anthology with some rookies in the lineup. This one has something for practically everyone. It's hard to pick an absolute favorite one, but there are a couple that stand out to me. One tells of the origin of the Casper mech, and the other about an old man who adopted two alien boys. Get this anthology, you will be so glad that you did.