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J. Gabriel Gates
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.
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“Gates and Keel make their YA debuts with a tale that’s part West Side Story, part supernatural mystery. The overall effect is that of a summer action flick, with all the expected over-the-top situations, sequences and dialogue.”

“masterful storytellers…”

“Dark Territory is an action-packed novel that will set you on edge, and keep you hanging on until the very end.”

“Wow, I loved this book. I love this book. I swear, it has everything; martial arts(action, action, action), romance, school plays, gangs, train tracks . . . Just wow.”

“Exciting. Hip.Innovative . . . I feel significantly cooler having read this book. J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel have created an edgy, smart, fantastical story . . .

“This is a busy book, including class-crossed lovers, an all-knowing sensei, time travel, and dark hints about monsters in the basement. There are teens with a variety of family issues, mild gang activity, and even . . . a wise black woman who speaks with angels.” — American Library Association

“With a diverse handful of realistic characters, a compelling plot, romance, friendship, intrigue and a splash of the paranormal, Dark Territory is a must read!”

“Somehow, Gates and Keel take a teen-melodramatic“poor vs. rich” plotline, mix in some martial arts in various forms, some paranormalcy, and basically, kick some tail . . .” (Now Bending the Spine:

“This is one of the best books I have ever read. The plot is beautiful with many different twists that come together nicely at the end. The authors have written powerful characters with strong bonds between them.”

“A fascinating book with so many twists, turns and surprises, that you find yourself so absorbed. Although a young adult book, it can easily be enjoyed by adults. 5 Stars!”



Ghost Crown… it’s a freaking apocalypse . . . I want to cry, but out of shock or happiness? I can only thank Gates and Keel for creating such a masterpiece.”

“It’s got an ending that will leave you gripping your book, shaking, wanting more . .. amazing characters with the best plot lines in Young Adult fiction today.”

“Ghost Crown left me in awe. I kept saying, Wow, wow, WOW! Ghost Crown will give you every kind of read you’re looking for in a YA novel—action, adventure, mystery, drama, paranormal, and romance!”

“I didn’t think it was possible for me to enjoy book two as much as I did the first one, but I was wrong. I don’t know much about the movie industry, but I can’t imagine this series not being made into one.”

5 Stars!”

“J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel have returned to the young adult scene, with an intriguing sequel to Dark Territory. Full of thrilling excitement, daring action, mystery, forbidden romance, and a hint of the paranormal; Ghost Crown delivers a roller coaster ride of epic adventure and amusement.”

“Gates and Keel have done it again. Back in the world of Middleburg nothing is as it seems and nothing is left untouched. Everything has changed, Ghost Crown is darker and grittier. OOOh, what a read!”



“Over the span of three books, Gates and Keel have crafted a wonderfully layered and endlessly exciting story full of kickbutt characters, addicting romance, and cool supernatural elements.”

This is the third and final book in The Track series and all questions are answered. I was left totally satisfied and highly recommend this series.

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