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HARBINGER OF DOOM by [Thater, Glenn G.]
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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, where fans may leave comments and questions.

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017RHXAK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Daniel J. Porter on 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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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.


[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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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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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 large type to boot. But ok, I can get past that... and that fact that I thought the set up of the book was clever helped me put my former expectation aside...

What I refer to is that the book has a "forward" that explains that he (the author) is a scholar who studies the little-known writings about a legendary "Angle Theta" character and that he has added only bits of dialogue to help the reader navigate the ancient stories. That appealed to the history buff in me, but it isn't really essential to the story. The story itself is about some heroes who fight to stop an influx of demons/chaos lords that have managed to get into the human world. The backdrop is the Norse-like Midguaard, complete with Norse pantheon of gods (although this doesn't factor into the action of the book). In this mix is a cult dedicated to the chaos lords, and who are responsible for trying to bring said nasties into the human world. The chief chaos lord is clearly a represenation of the old testament god from Judaeo-Christian mythology; there are specific references to his being responsible for the great flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and other nasty old testament events. It also in apparent pretty early on that one of the main characters - Angle Theta - represents one of the old testament fallen angels and it is upon this character that the book bases its attempt to challenge "conventional" thinking about good and evil.

Because we are supposed to be reading an old legend, the writing sytle does have a bit of an archaic feel to it.
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