Star-crossed Love, martial arts, and supernatural evil meet at the abandoned tracks in the deceptively quaint town of Middleburg…When Ignacio Torrez moved from the rough streets of Los Angeles to a small town dead smack in the middle of nowhere, he never expected to find himself in the midst of a gang war. But, he soon learns, these are no ordinary gangs. The wealthy, preppie Toppers on one side of the tracks and the working-class Flatliners on the other adhere to a strict code of honor and use their deadly martial arts skills, taught to them by the wise Master Chin, to battle one another for pride, territory, and survival. When Raphael, leader of the Flatliners, falls for Aimee, a Topper girl, the rival gangs prepare for a bloody, all-out war. The only hope for peace between them lies within the dark territory of the abandoned train tunnels where the tracks cross. Under the direction of the mysterious and frightening Magician, the awesome power within the crossing sends the rivals on a terrifying mystical quest to fight the malevolent force that threatens the existence of Middleburg.
I thought this book was fantastically written. What a great team of writers, J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel are. They work fabulously together and this book is proof of it. The story is about the town of Middleburg and the people that live there. As soon as you start reading you notice that there are dark forces at work. There is lots of action in this book as well. This book takes you on a journey with the teenagers of Middleburg, with all their own fears and trials going on. Ignacio moves to this new town to get away from gangs but what he moves to is much worse then just gangs. He meets Ralph, and within the first few minutes of their encounter they are in a fight. We are then taken through the lives of quite a few of the Flatliners and their rivals, the Toppers, in this amazing book. This book is fast paced and action packed and great for YA or Adult reading. This book is lengthy but for the right reasons. Dark Territory is setting the stage for more in this series and I for one can’t wait for more. Dark Territory is the first in the series of “The Tracks”. There are a lot of people to get to know in this book and well worth reading. I am absolutely psyched to read the next book. I myself never was a Kung Fu reader or even watched it on television for that matter, but in this book I thought the scenes were amazingly written. I can’t wait for more from these authors!
I give Dark Territory 5 of 5 stars.
Author J. Gabriel Gates is a native of Marshall,Michigan. The son of an English teacher,his passion for the written word began at a young age. During college,another passion – for performing – led him to get his B.A. degree in theater from Florida State University.
During his years in Los Angeles,he appeared in a dozen national TV commercials and penned several screenplays while laying the groundwork for his career as a novelist.
His first novel,Dark Territory:The Tracks,book 1,is now in stores and his second novel,The Sleepwalkers,is coming out October 3rd. Both are being published by HCI Books.
You can connect with Charlene Keel at her website www.charlenekeel.com
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