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The Gateway: (Harbinger of Doom) Paperback – October 29, 2009
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"...as good as any fantasy tale you will read, it honors the tradition, and adds to our lore a story so good, so well told, I hope it will be remembered forever." ----- Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
"...fast paced and exciting with characters real enough to leap out of the pages...leaves the reader craving more." ----- Franz McLaren, author of Demon Drift and A Night of Dark Delicacies
"...Non-stop action that is written so well you can't stop reading it!" ---- G.A. Endless, author of Issla: A Vampire Living in the 21st Century
"...The author paints each scene and battle so clearly that I felt I was in the middle of the action." ----- Mike Monahan, auhor of Barracuda.
"...The Gateway delivers straight up heroic fantasy with unapologetic hack and slash action." ---- Tracy Falbe, author of The Rys Chronicles
From the Author
The Gateway is the first story in a new collection of the adventures of the ancient warrior-hero most commonly referred to as Angle Theta.
Although the original historical manuscripts detailing the life and times of this classic warrior are still inaccessible to the general public, my contacts and travels have afforded me rare opportunities to study and even duplicate some of the original manuscripts, which consist of more than ten thousand documents stored in protected archives in leading museums and universities scattered across seven countries.
Due to the inaccessibility of these documents, few modern scholars or authors are familiar with the "Thetian manuscripts." Consequently, the public knows little or nothing about this ancient hero who some scholars believe helped shape much of the ancient world and perhaps was the historical inspiration for the legends of Beowulf, Gilgamesh, King Arthur, and others.
Until now, no scholar has attempted a detailed compilation of the entire Angle Theta saga, although several notable works containing Thetian stories have been penned through the centuries. Grenville's work, Ancient Warriors of Scandinavia (1884), and Addleson's, The Lost Cities of Prehistoric Europe (1921), both contain several stories of Theta's exploits. The Warlords (1408), by Chuan Chien contains two tales of Theta's adventures in Asia during the Neolithic Age. While there is no complete English translation of Chien's text, the accounts contained therein serve as independent evidence of the existence of Theta as a historical figure. The essay, Forgotten Empires by Charles Sawyer (1754), and Da Vinci's manuscript, Of Prehistory (1502), also contain story fragments and references to the historical Theta. The voluminous treatise, Prehistoric Cities of Europe and the Near East, by Cantor (1928), presents noteworthy, though inconclusive evidence of the historical existence of the city of Lomion in what is now southwestern England.
Some modern scholars do not accept the historical efficacy of the Thetian manuscripts due to the relatively small quantity of corroborating archeological evidence for the ancient cities and cultures detailed therein. Thus, they relegate Theta to the realms of myth, legend, and allegory. Others maintain that the scholarly texts mentioned above, coupled with the original archived manuscripts, serve as sufficient evidence to verify the historical existence of Theta, the man. One can only hope that in time the archeological record will further reinforce this position.
Several years ago while researching Theta for a story that I had planned to write, I had the good fortune to meet and begin a long-standing collaboration with several leading Thetian scholars, most notably, Professor Augustine DiPipcorno of the University of Padua, and Dr. Ann Lewis of Indiana University, who have for some years been actively translating the entire body of available original manuscripts. These professors are leading a team that is preparing a series of detailed scholarly texts that include all the original Thetian tales plus their commentary and thorough critique of the corroborating scholarly, historical, literary, and archeological evidence.
The work you are now reading, however, represents my re-envisioning of the first volume of the Professors' translations into modern prose with additional dialogue and descriptive language added so that these stories will be found more accessible and entertaining to the typical reader. Further, I have sometimes chosen to label certain fanciful creatures (e.g., elves, gnomes, etc.) and devices described in the original manuscripts using names and words that are familiar to modern readers of fantasy and science fiction tales. The story titles and chapter titles are my own and are meant to be entertaining. In all cases, however, the central plots, facts, themes, and spirit of the original tales remain unchanged.
I hope that you will come to enjoy the Thetian tales as much as I have. Happy reading.
Glenn G. Thater
Author of the Harbinger of Doom saga
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Top Customer Reviews
However, despite the build up to being a great story, I just didn't get the Gateway. It didn't help that the protagonist (although arguably not the main character) is called Angle Theta, and another character is called Tanch Trinagle. I was really waiting for a maths joke to be the punchline. I spent the story wondering whether I was meant to be taking the entire epic tale seriously, or if there was a joke that I wasn't quite getting. Couple that with the ending, which I totally expected to be a follow up of the events which happen in the story, but is actually something totally different, and you have one confused reader.
It would have perhaps helped me to read the Amazon description more thoroughly; that the Gateway is an excerpt from an longer novel. However, I am half of the opinion that the book should stand on its own without the reader constantly acknowledging that character development and a proper conclusion would take place in the novel, rather than in the book they're currently reading.
Thater (is the author's surname the same as the protagonist's?) gets points for creating a dark and portentous atmosphere while only occasionally being pretentious. I can't say for certain whether it gains or loses him points that the entire time I read the story, I could hear the Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom music in the background, or that Angle Theta's dialogue was read in the voice of Troy Baker's Excalibur. It was an intriguing story, yes. But it was baffling. And that did it no favours.
The main character the Angle Theta, is a powerful, a very mysterious individual with combating skills beyond the imagination. In stories of this type, the battle is usually between good and evil where the hero represents good. However, the line between good and evil is very blurred in this story as if the main characters and stories are based on actual events.
The author draws you into the story with detailed and graphic descriptions of the surroundings and events. The fighting scenes are so well described, presented with such multi-sensory detail that the events become so vivid in your mind you feel as though you are a participant compelled to choose with whom to stand and bear arms.
This is the second time reading The Gateway which captivated my attention as readily as the first read. A must for any fan of science and mysticism.
The book is well written and moves fluidly through the story. I couldn't put it down.. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.