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Product Details

  • Series: Kent Family Chronicles
  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (November 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451213475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451213471
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the history of U.S. book publishing, there's never been a success story like that of John Jakes."—New York Times Book Review



"The godfather of historical novelists."—San Francisco Chronicle

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John Jakes (b. 1932), the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today's most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes's commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of "the godfather of historical novelists" from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.

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It gets confusing trying to keep up with characters from book to book.
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Wants again ,John Jakes best series, this is second go around for reading the Kent Family Chronicles.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction and American history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on April 9, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Titans begins at the very beginning of the American Civil War and continues until 1862. Louis Kent, son of Amanda Kent, has taken control of the family business and fortunes, but, despite being his mothers son, is turning out to be a heartless, profiteering opportunist.Jephta Kent is working on the familys newspaper when, through dramatic circumstances, he meets his son Gideon from whom he has been separated for many years. His former wife has remarried to an actor named Lamont, who is a fanatical supporter of Southern rights and who is secretly plotting to seize the fortune left to Jephtas sons, to further the Southern cause. As America is drawn into a war between the North and South, Gideon becomes a cavalry officer and takes part in many terrible battles. The book ends with the news that Gideon is missing in action--can't wait to start Book 6-The Warriors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Billie Rae Bates VINE VOICE on July 9, 2011
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John Jakes charges onward in his chronicles of Kent family, jumping ahead a few years for the fifth book (Amanda's son Louis is now a grown, married man) but slowing the pace down and really digging in. It's no wonder -- the setting for this one is the Civil War, and Jakes keeps it mainly at the beginning of the war, 1861.

Whereas the fourth book was fully Amanda Kent's story, "The Titans" trades off with her cousin Jephtha -- seen only in letters and brief encounters until now -- and his ex-wife Fan, her new husband Edward, and Jephtha's oldest son Gideon Kent, now a soldier following, certainly, the family legacy. On the ugly battlefield, Gideon comes of age and learns his true merit in much the same way Philip Kent did a hundred years earlier. Woven through the story of Gideon and the young lady he loves, Margaret Marble, is an argument on the brutality, honor, but seeming futility of war. Unlike Anne Ware, who had only admired Philip after he uniformed up, Margaret can't stand the thought of Gideon taking to the battlefield, seeing it as the most foolish form of self-destruction.

Even more important than this issue of war, though, is the idea of truth being revealed, of deceptions being uncovered, as Jephtha struggles to reconnect with the sons he's been separated from. The redemption of this "fallen" clergyman (now serving as a journalist, of all things) is cathartic for several people.

I'm loving this series, and I'm charging onward, myself, to the sixth book ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sue of SC on January 3, 2014
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Wants again ,John Jakes best series, this is second go around for reading the Kent Family Chronicles. I normally don't read books a second time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connie's Timeless Treasures on October 2, 2008
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The entire American Bicentennial Series by John Jakes is exciting, especially for someone who is interested in American History.Once you start you won't be able to put them down. The Titans is #5 in The Kent Family Chronicles and takes you through the troubles of the Kent Family during the Civil War: Raging with the hearbreaks and tragedies of our nation's darkest hours, this passionate saga follows a dynamic generation of Kents through the hell of Civil War---As the story begins, the Kent dynasty has fallen into the hands of the late Amanda's opportunistic son,Louis...and Jephtha Kent has come North, leaving his three sons at home in the South. A nation torn asunder by holocause and devastation..a family divided by hatred and greed. Where one battle ends, the other begins, in this turbulent, unforgettable tale of "THE TITANS"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver M on December 20, 2012
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I've loved all the Jakes Kent books so far especially in the aspect of his presenting people who's lives change drastically through their lifetime. This book had some of that but I'm just not that into war scenes or military battles. The Alamo and Civil War battles seemed to drag on for someone like me who would rather get on with the story. Of course for those who enjoy the military I think you'd give this a 4-5 star rating. I also wish he had gone a little more into the politics of all the other issues besides slavery that caused the civil war. He touched on it a little but I'd rather have read that than about a battlefield. Altogether though it was a decent saga.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2013
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I have to review "The Titians" along with all the other "Kent Chronicles" series of books. This is an excellent series of books regarding a fictional account of American history. For anyone who likes this sort of thing it will make for exciting reading. A lot of famous American history is covered such as the Revolution and Civil Wars. Also the expansion out west, the formation of the transcontinental railroad, the gold rush and so on. Along with these historical events the fictional account of the Kent family goes on which makes the books very enjoyable to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob M. on September 19, 2013
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I have read all the way half way through the Lawless. The poor Kents' Lesser people would have blown their brains out. Constant physical and mental hardships about everything tend to make one depressed. The historical parts are enlightening and have indeed made me aware of many facets of the history of this country. I like the introduction of real historical characters into lives of the Kents. However,I hope somewhere along the way there is redemption for all of the physical and mental hardships that this family has endured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avril cowie on April 1, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. It follows the Kent family and the Kent descendants fortunes from the time of Phillip Kents arrival in America through the American war of Independence, the civil war, the goldrush, the development of the railroads. I could not wait to read the next book in the history of the family and the historical events of America, until I had finshed them all. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction and American history.
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