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HARBINGER OF DOOM [Kindle Edition]

Glenn G. Thater
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A newer version of this book (3rd Edition, published December 22, 2012) is now available.
In Harbinger of Doom (which collects the first two volumes - 'The Gateway' and 'The Fallen Angle' - of the Harbinger of Doom series into a single volume), Glenn G. Thater transports you to a time of legendary heroes, spectacular duels, courtly intrigue, otherworldly evils, and ancient forbidden magics. This start of this epic series is certain to delight fantasy fans everywhere.

When mad sorcerers open a gateway to the very pits of hell, releasing demons of darkest nightmare upon the world, only the intrepid knights of House Eotrus stand in their way. Claradon Eotrus recruits Angle Theta and Gabriel Garn, mysterious knights of mystical power to stand with him against the tide of chaos that threatens to engulf the world and destroy mankind. Theta and Garn take up their swords one last time against the coming darkness - a darkness from which only one will emerge. But Claradon has bought far more than he's bargained for, when his comrade Ob discovers the terrifying secret of Angle Theta. A secret so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA
The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery; all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre' realms of chaos set their unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own.
Only Theta and his companions see the enemies aligning against us. Only they foresee our end coming -- the end of civilization, the end of the world of man. Only they can hope to turn the tide of madness and preserve all that we hold dear.
But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Chaos and the dark armies of Nifleheim at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late.
Through the murk and mist that hangs before our eyes, one man only sees true. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
Join us now on our journey back to the days of high adventure.

The Harbinger of Doom Saga
Book 1: The Gateway
Book 2: The Fallen Angle
Book 3: Knight Eternal
Books 1 & 2 combined: Harbinger of Doom
Book 4+ (forthcoming)


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From the Author

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA
The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery; all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre' realms of chaos set their unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own.
Only Theta and his companions see the enemies aligning against us. Only they foresee our end coming -- the end of civilization, the end of the world of man. Only they can hope to turn the tide of madness and preserve all that we hold dear.
But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Chaos and the dark armies of Nifleheim at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late.
Through the murk and mist that hangs before our eyes, one man only sees true. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
Join us now on our journey back to the days of high adventure.

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About the Author

Glenn G. Thater holds degrees in Physics and Engineering, and is a practicing licensed professional engineer specializing in forensic investigations of building failures and other disasters. He's an author of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, technical reports, and engineering textbook chapters. He's presented papers at engineering congresses throughout the United States on such topics as the World Trade Center collapses, bridge collapses, and on the construction and analysis of the United States Capital Dome in Washington D.C. For over twenty years Mr. Thater has also written works of fiction and historical fiction focusing on the genres of heroic fantasy and swords and sorcery. Many of Mr. Thater's stories (and story excerpts) are posted on his website www.angletheta.blogspot.com, where fans may leave comments and questions.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money June 8, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been debating whether or not to write this review, but as I listened to the majority of reviewers in the four and five star range and bought the book (disregarding who I thought were a few malcontents in the one star category), I feel some need to do this.

In short, it was bad. Very bad. The first part of this omnibus focused entirely on a single plot point which was neither terribly creative nor interestingly developed. Characters were stereotypes (note, not archetypes) from poorly played D&D campaigns (taking many of the tropes of this genre), and for the most part the writing sounds like fan fiction. However, the worst part of this novel is the disappointment: Thater takes what could have been a fascinating premise and utterly fails to deliver on it. What could have been a wonderful examination of the nature of morality through a disturbingly ambiguous lens became a (very) simple tale of good versus evil. I really wish someone else had written this story, because it really could have been great.

Save your money; don't buy this book.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self Published Drivel September 18, 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because it was catalogued under "High Fantasy" and had a lot of "good" reviews.

I am not sure whether the reviewers were genuine or whether they were the author's friends and family.

The first half of the book does not make any sense. It is nonsensical gibberish of the highest order. At one point, I burst out laughing when one of the characters said to the villian:"You killed my father, for this you die." This was a rephrase of my favorite quote from one of my favorite movies:'The Princess Bride' although the context and the usage left a lot to be desired.

The second half though, surprsie surprise, was more of the same :) although with a wizard named Pipkorn, I had to get the popcorn out...

To summarize, the story line was non existant, the plot twist (if any) were childish, the characters wooden and the writing (I am not gonna even go there). In short Mr. Thater's book were in tatters.

I have nothing against fantasy stories where no background is provided by the author. In fact, one of the best fantasy writers of all time, in my opinion, is Steven Erickson and his Malazan Empire series. But Mr Tather, you aint no Steve Erickson sir!

This book was a great waste of time, money, and since I bought the paper eddition, trees!

Do yourself a favor, buy another book. And if you still want to check this out, at least buy the Kindle version so you would do the environment a favor.

Peace

[Update} I noticed that within 4 hours of posting this review, 0 out of 4 ppl found this review helpful. Given that I have reviewed works from Robert Jordan, Steven Erickson and George R R Martin with nary a response for many many months after posting, the fact that on this one there was a flood of ppl finding my review 'unhelpful' I wonder why?!? :) Hey guys, and I am guessing this is the same person under disguise, at least review some other books to build legitimacy
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what if we've got it backwards? September 20, 2008
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Glenn Thater's "Harbinger of Doom", set in a world of men, gnomes, elves, and wizards, asks a tough question: what if we've got it all wrong? what if the God we follow turned bad, and the one we call the Devil is really a maligned angel on a quest to rid the world of evil?

So goes Thater's tale, and he tells it in a voice as pretentious as Tolkein's. His world is called Midgaard, its capital called Lormion. Thater populates Midgaard with knights, a young-man-turned-king, a belligerent gnome, a couple scardey-cat wizards, Sir Gabriel, and Lord Angle Theta, the Harbinger of Doom.

The sword and scorcery part of the book is fun, and there's a decent battle scene inside a black temple, but what fascinated me was the clever idea that Azathoth/Odin/God's heart turned black, and the one we know as the Bogeyman is really the one who is trying to save us. What a twist, and what an imagination!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Fast-Paced Fantasy June 8, 2009
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When Lord Eotrus and his entourage are killed by evil forces, Eotrus's son, Ector, is determined to seek vengeance. In a world of knights, gnomes, and wizards this is no small task. Scores of supernatural evil beings have entered Ector's world through a gateway, launching one heck of a battle. Glenn G. Thater's Harbinger of Doom is an action-packed story set in a scary place where sorcery is common and few can be trusted.

I admire authors like Thater who introduce lots of characters in the first twenty pages, yet make them so distinct that you have no trouble following them. I also admire his ability to describe fight scenes in vivid detail without slowing down the action.

I don't read a lot of fantasy novels, maybe because I found Tolkein's world a slow go when I first attempted The Hobbit many years ago (although I loved Lord of the Ring movies). So I appreciated Thater's choice of action over endless pages of description and confusing back story. For readers who demand a full history of alternate worlds and languages, Harbinger of Doom won't be for you. But if you want a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy then pick up this page-turner and enjoy.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What book were they reading? February 19, 2009
Format:Paperback
If you are considering buying this book, please check the short sample first: The book is so consistently badly written that any sample taken at random should be enough to convince you to buy something else.

The writing is pretentious, the characters are simplistic stereotypes with no depth whatsoever and the plot is nearly non-existent. How this book got so many rave reviews is the only thing about it at all interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Glenn G. Thater - New King of Epic Fantasy Adventure Stories
I am 52 years old now and have not enjoyed a fantasy adventure story this much since I was a youth buried in D&D books in the late 70s and early 80s. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Harry Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Why should you care?
First off, I thought this might have been a middle book in a series, as the book start up right away in a battle with absolutely no character development. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Blue Apple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure which I could not put down once I started reading.
The Harbinger of Doom by Glenn G. Thater combines the author's novellas The Gateway and The Fallen Angle into a single volume of action packed excitement. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Larry B. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars because I couldn't stop reading
When I found the first book I wasn't sure of what to expect. This genre has never appealed to me, but I felt I needed change, and the Harbringer of Doom has done just that and even... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Emily Palinn
1.0 out of 5 stars the worst!
By far the worst series I bought in the last many years! No plot, no story, no characters. Only a series of vignettes of gore and mayhem. Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by tony
2.0 out of 5 stars this book blows. . . .
i cannot believe the amount of high ratings this book receives. these are either the authors friends or people first being introduced to reading. Read more
Published on April 9, 2010 by Anthony
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written using vaugeness in lieu of depth
I picked this book up due to the fairly high ratings and rave reviews and couldn't have been more disapointed. I'll show much more discression in the future. Read more
Published on February 23, 2010 by R. Bonner
2.0 out of 5 stars Obviously not an important book
While this book has plenty of fights it has little else. The story is very thin and with a lot of dead ends and undeveloped threads. Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by Lucretiu Calota
5.0 out of 5 stars Misterious-
I dont typically read sorcerers and armored knights books but I have to say that Harbinger of Doom (which was given to me by a friend fanatic of this kind of reading) opened my... Read more
Published on June 18, 2009 by Catherine Gonzalez
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many stereotypes...
First off don't make the same mistake I did and assume this is a novel. It is an adventure story with a bit of morality tale tossed in; the main text is about ~180 pages and fairly... Read more
Published on June 16, 2009 by S. P. Walker IV
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For more than twenty-five years, Glenn G. Thater has written works of fiction and historical fiction that focus on the genres of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery. His published works of fiction include the first six volumes of the Harbinger of Doom saga: Gateway to Nifleheim; The Fallen Angle; Knight Eternal; Dwellers of the Deep; Blood, Fire, and Thorn; and Gods of the Sword; the novella, The Gateway; and the novelette, The Hero and the Fiend.

Mr. Thater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with concentrations in Astronomy and Religious Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering. He has undertaken advanced graduate study in Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Astrophysics, and is a practicing licensed professional engineer specializing in the multidisciplinary alteration and remediation of buildings, and the forensic investigation of building failures and other disasters.

Mr. Thater has investigated failures and collapses of numerous structures around the United States and internationally. Since 1998, he has served on the American Society of Civil Engineers' Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE), is a member of that Council's Executive Committee, and is the past Chairman of TCFE's Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures. Mr. Thater is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and has testified as an expert witness in the field of structural engineering before the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Mr. Thater is an author of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, engineering textbook chapters, and countless engineering reports. He has lectured across the United States and internationally on such topics as the World Trade Center collapses, bridge collapses, and on the construction and analysis of the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.


Many of Mr. Thater's stories and story excerpts are posted on his official website http://www.glenngthater.com, where fans may leave comments and questions.

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA

The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery, all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre realms of chaos set their unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own.
Only Theta and his companions see the enemies aligning against us. Only they foresee our end coming - the end of civilization, the end of the world of man. Only they can hope to turn the tide of madness and preserve all that we hold dear.
But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Chaos and the dark armies of Nifleheim at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late.
Through the murk and mist that hangs before our eyes, one man only sees true. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man's mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
Join us now on our journey back to the days of high adventure.

BOOKS BY GLENN G. THATER

THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA
GATEWAY TO NIFLEHEIM
THE FALLEN ANGLE
KNIGHT ETERNAL
DWELLERS OF THE DEEP
BLOOD, FIRE, AND THORN
GODS OF THE SWORD
VOLUME 7+ forthcoming

HARBINGER OF DOOM
(Combines The Gateway and The Fallen Angle into a single volume)

THE HERO AND THE FIEND
(A novelette set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)

THE GATEWAY
(A novella length version of Gateway to Nifleheim)

THE DEMON KING OF BERGHER
(A short story set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)

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