Wasteland in Red Square
Book Two of The Hell Gate Saga
by Josh Matthews
Release Date: October 21, 2017
With the successful closure of the Hell Gate in Paris, Jason McCreary decides to take his team on an expedition around the world to close the remaining four portals. After recruiting new members and preparing the remaining antimatter devices, they set off for their first destination: Russia.
The journey takes Jason’s team through the barren wasteland that was once Europe. They meet allies who are anxious to help in their quest, including an unexpected friend from the past. They also encounter Hell Spawn more ferocious than anything dealt with before.
The prospect for success seems promising until Jason encounters an unexpected situation that jeopardizes the completion of his plan. Will he be able to overcome the crisis, or will his quest to close the Hell Gates end prematurely?
A hundred yards beyond Champs Elysees Clemenceau, Jeanette paused again. “Ahead of us
are two subway cars stalled side by side and blocking the track. We’ve opened all the interior doors and closed the outer ones. We’ll use the same procedure as before–open the door, toss in a few flares to make sure nothing is inside, and pass through.”
“We wouldn’t want to run into any rats,” teased Josh.
Shane raised his hand and extended his middle finger.
“Knock it off,” ordered Jason. Then, to Jeanette, “Lead the way.”
Everything appeared in order as they approached the two trains. Still, Jason had a bad feeling. It wasn’t the same sixth sense he got when Nachzehrer or soul vampires were nearby, yet that didn’t stop the cold chill running down his spine. Nor did it help that even Lucifer and Lilith seemed on edge.
The train on the left, the one closest to them, sat twenty-five yards ahead of the one on the right. When they reached it, Jeanette climbed onto the small metal platform. The door opened with no difficulty. She removed a flare from her pocket, struck the end, and tossed it as far as she could. It hit the floor of the next car in line, sliding across the surface before coming to rest under one of the seats. The harsh glow lit up the interior. Nothing moved.
“It’s all clear. Let’s go.”
Sook-kyoung climbed up first. She and Jeanette helped up Sasha and Doc. Neal started to climb on board when a scurrying sound caught their attention. Flashlights darted in every direction, searching for the source of the noise.
“What the Hell was that?” asked Bill.
“Rats?” Shane had a hopeful tone to his voice.
“That was too damn big to be a rat,” answered Antoine.
“There!” yelled Reinhard, pointing down the tunnel.
All flashlights shined in the direction they had come from, illuminating the demon.
All Jason could say was, “Jesus Christ.”
A centipede thirty feet long and two feet in diameter emerged from the shadows and scurried toward them. Everyone raised their weapons and took aim, pausing when another twenty centipedes appeared out of the dark, crawling along the walls and ceilings.
Sasha tried to make her way back to the tunnel. Jeanette stopped her. “There’s too many. Move!”
About the Author
Josh Matthews is a former New Englander who now lives in North Florida with his
wife, teenage daughter, and four lovable but exasperating pets. Josh used to work for the U.S. Government where he had the opportunity to travel around the world and be exposed to numerous cultures, many of which will appear in the Hell Gate saga. He has always been a fan of horror novels and monster movies and sees the Hell Gate saga as his way to share that love with a new generation of fans.