“Gates creates a dystopian nightmare setting of technology and greed… a Brave New World with a consumerist edge.”
– Publishers Weekly

“[Blood Zero Sky is] not only a well-written and readable book, it’s important. It deserves to sit up there with other great works of dystopian fiction.”
5/5 Stars
– Caitlin Blanchard, In Case of Survival

“Without a doubt, Gates nails the dystopian genre… [Blood Zero Sky is] a call to awareness that all people should stand up and take notice of.”
– Erin Forson, The Scribbler in the Rye

“Like 1984 the ending of Blood Zero Sky leaves you wanting to know what happens next, but instead of stranding the reader in a world always at war with Eastasia, Gates leaves us with something more powerful: hope.”
– Nicole Drum, Blind Scribblings and Incoherent Grunts

“Gates’s world of corporate corruption and his feisty, unlikely protagonist bring this story to life in the way books should be. It’s lively and truthful without placing blame unduly. Wonderful craftsmanship of language with a good plot, this book should be read by all.”
– Claire Hirsch, Shelfari


“Gates attacks this horror thriller with admirable vigor and a strong sense of style . . . a work of notable ambition.”
– Booklist

“… a twisted horror tale…”
– Publishers Weekly

“The Sleepwalkers was one of the best horror novels I’ve ever read… period.”

“If you love a good scary book, one that will have you looking over your shoulder, read this book! …[Gates] captures readers with one word, and does not let you go.”
– Books With Bite

“Creepy, suspenseful, with a Stephen King like quality, J. Gabriel Gates’ “The Sleepwalkers” will keep you up all night, so enthralled you have to reach the end and too frightened to close your eyes and sleep. Utterly brilliant.”
– Skyla Hannah, NetGalley review

“Gates begins this YA novel with a sense of foreboding that carries through the rest of the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire way. “The Sleepwalkers” is the perfect horror story to tell around a campfire or read on a stormy night—as long as you don’t forget to leave the lamp or flashlight on when you go to sleep.”
– Suspense Magazine

“There’s something quite refreshing about the way that Gates writes… it was a step away from the usual YA fiction. I would recommend this for readers aged 15+ who are looking for something more akin to classic horror tales. You won’t be disappointed! “
– Midnight Reads



* Winner, Flaming Net Top Choice Award *

“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…”
– Publishers Weekly

“In the first installment of “The Tracks” series, co-authors J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel have produced an outstandingly gripping tale of love, honor and betrayal in a book of action, fantasy and science fiction.”
– The Chicago Tribune (

“Gangs, martial arts, super powers and a mystical quest. Sounds like a fabulous summer read.”
– Readergirls

“This is a very fascinating book with so many twists, turns and surprises, that you find yourself so absorbed you don’t want to put the book down. The author(s) make the characters seem so real that you feel as though you know them.”
* 5 out of 5 STARS *
-Paranormal Romance Guild

“This is one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn’t set the book down — I had to read more! There are varied aspects of the book that make it amazing: romance, magic, adventure, and mystery…” Rating: 10 out of 10 Book Reviews

“Combining the class struggle of The Outsiders with the star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet, The Tracks: Dark Territory packs a modern kung fu punch sure to please lovers of suspense and adventure.”
– Cynthia A. Walker, J.R. Arnold High School, Teacher of the Year 2010-2011

“Dark Territory is an action-packed novel that will set you on edge, and keep you hanging on until the very end.”
– Arizona Teen magazine, July 2011

“This young adult fiction is sure to be a hit – it has block buster movie written all over it!”
– Imagination-Café

“I loved this book. I swear, it has everything; martial arts (action, action, action), romance, school plays, gangs, train tracks . . . Just wow.”
– Simply Nerdy Book Reviews

** A high school workshop selection by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council **


“Gates and Keel have done it again… OOOh, what a read!”
– The Literati Press

“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…There is one shocking surprise after another and I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to everyone.” * 5 out of 5 STARS *
– Paranormal Romance Guild

“It’s an adventure and a half, and definitely worth the read…”
-Geek Speak Magazine

“Ghost Crown will give you every kind of read you’re looking for in a YA novel—action, adventure, mystery, drama, paranormal, and romance. J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel has left no stone unturned in The Tracks series. I recommend Ghost Crown as an all in one fantastic read!”
* 5 out of 5 hearts *
-I Heart YA Books

* 5 out of 5 Stars *
– YA Storytellers


“I was left totally satisfied and highly recommend this series.”
* 5 out of 5 Stars *
– Paranormal Romance Guild

“In my opinion this book should not be lumped in with all of the other paranormal young adult fiction. It is a series with depth and with action that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in that genre.”
– Goodreads Review

J. Gabriel Gates’s books on Goodreads

The SleepwalkersThe Sleepwalkers

reviews: 96
ratings: 2182 (avg rating 3.80)


Dark TerritoryDark Territory (The Tracks, #1)

reviews: 28
ratings: 424 (avg rating 4.40)


Ghost CrownGhost Crown (The Tracks, #2)

reviews: 4
ratings: 76 (avg rating 4.50)