The Gates of Noon

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

In THE GATES OF NOON, Stephen Fisher is above all else an astute businessman, firmly anchored by the solid weight of profit-and-loss. Yet one deal—promising little, if any, financial reward—has captured much more than just his attention. When all conventional means of shipment fail, Fisher finds himself drawn into a bizarre and terrifying parallel world—one which he discovers he has visited before.

The Spiral overlaps the mortal world in several dimensions: Neither time nor place remain fixed. Fisher’s mission to transport a water monitoring system to primitive drought-ridden Bali is met with obstacles both mundane and magical. The system is more than a technological marvel; it becomes the hub about which the forces of Good and Evil, progress and history, science and religion pivot, each in an attempt to thwart the aims of the other. As he battles what he believes are the forces of destruction, Fisher slowly changes. Yet it is only after he triumphs over these forces and delivers the Project to the government in Bali that he realizes he has not won. He discovers that he has disturbed the primal balance of life and instigated a battle the likes of which has never been seen.

Having unleashed the powers, Fisher soon learns that only he can defeat them and restore the balance. Has he the strength to do it? Has he learned enough, traveling between worlds, to overcome his fear? Can he discover the answer in time? The questions and challenges Stephen Fisher faces are those faced by every questioning man in the world today. The exotic setting lends color and flavor to the novel, but the issues raised are universal.