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PRAISE FOR GLENN G. THATER'S HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA:
"... a masterfully crafted epic fantasy about the ages old struggle between good and evil." ---- Carol Marrs Phipps, author of Elf Killers
"I am not exaggerating when I say that excellence is in every part of this book - from the dialogue, the settings, the pacing, the plot, to the overall feel of the story... a classic in the making." ----- Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands.
"...a must read for all fans of classic sword and sorcery. A blend of Howard, Moorcock, Wagner, with a twist of Lovecraft. Well written and hugely entertaining." ---- Jimmyonly (an Amazon reviewer)
"For a long time I have searched for a fantasy worthy of Lord of The Rings and I have found it!" --- An Amazon Reviewer
"The Harbinger of Doom Series is a masterfully written story with Epic Heroic Battles, Adventure and great characters." --- An Amazon Reviewer
"From page to page Thater weaves a tale so thoroughly explicit you feel like you're more than an observer." --- An Amazon Reviewer
"Heroes, Wizards, and Demons - oh my!" "A fantastic mix of Norse and Middle eastern mythology held together by an epic tale." "Absolutely the best action medieval books that I have read since the Lord of the Rings series..." "Stylishly written epic fantasy tale with a Norse slant" "The action is fast and furious," "the story sucks you in and doesn't let go." "Pulls no punches in describing the horror of war..." "By far, the best epic fantasy I have read." "One of the best book series ever!!!" "Epic Tolkien-esque fantasy" "Masterful storytelling." "Fantastic," "Enthralling," "Brilliant" "One of those gems" "A must read for fantasy fans" "Am astounded that such a good book is free!"
From the Author
I've done lots of things. I've gotten degrees and taken advanced courses in various fields: physics, engineering, religious studies, history. I've taught college courses, been a physicist, a licensed professional engineer, and I've investigated some of the most complex and high profile engineering disasters of the last twenty years. I've even testified as a forensic engineering expert before the supreme court of the State of New York. After reading the battle scenes in my books, some of my readers have asked me whether I also used to be a spy or a Special Forces operative. I can't comment on that, I tell them. My non-fiction work has been read around the world. I write some of that every day, and I still enjoy it. But all my life, for fun, I've written fantasy stories. I started writing them before I did any of the things I mentioned above, and I'll probably keep writing them for as long as I'm around. A few years ago, I decided to make a business out of it and get them published so others can read them too. I hope that you'll give my books a read.
I have read some reviews about how too much action early in this book is a bad thing. Others say they don't really have any idea who the characters are so it's hard to invest in them. To me, the battle in the beginning was to set the stage for the story, introduce the the evil they're encountering & how hard it will be to defeat, and is very important, needed in fact, in order to understand the way of their world. This is about Asgard, the realms where true heroes of old battle, the world of Thor, Odin, and the Gods lived. The characters are easier to know if you continue to read, and each character has depth. Ob, for example, is like the dwarves from The Lord of the Rings. Gabe is stoic and powerful, a born leader, and true to his honor as all the warriors are. Theta is one I look at to knowing more of due to his legends alone! This is an outstanding book for any of you who love Thor, Lord of the Rings, and general action/fantasy/adventure. I got this 3 book series for free. I read it quicker than I thought and put it under "awesome" in my library collection, and now I'm looking for more books when I finish this because I don't want it to end yet. If the rest are close to being as good I'll gladly pay for them.
Why I stopped reading: lots of violence, very early, to people I didn't care about - they're dead before I know anything about them. This is a classic mistake. I once saw something on YouTube of a publishers list of reasons why to reject a fantasy book. On it was: very early action scene before you've met the characters. I think you can only get away with this if you care about them, or the world that one side is trying to defend. See LotR, where the big battles only happen after we know and love the characters. See Homer (not Simpson :) ) for the big build up to Troy. It's the way good stories are told. I wasn't given enough here to care.
I felt like I labored through 3 books to find out the end result and got nothing for my trouble. There just never seemed to be much character development, none stood out except an ornery and unlikable gnome. The plot just kept going and never got anywhere, and for a 3 book bundle, there was literally no closure of any kind at the end and I really had no desire to read a 4th book.
I've been reading a long time and I like be fantasy. I stumbled upon this when I decided to reduce my cost of money going to books and found this trilogy for free. Theater belongs on books shelves. He has a commanding story. The imagery he portrays requires your mind to conjure the unthinkable. Your imagination is called upon to fill in the images in fast paced encounters. He allows your creativity to build while he drives the story. This is fantasy writing that is an oasis in a dry season of do-overs and copy cats.
Glenn has delivered all he promised in this 3-book series. I've already purchased book 4. Well done, Glenn. A suggestion - review your grammar in these books and change the spelling of "passed" (in quite a few places) to it's correct spelling "past".
mr. thater, where have you been all my reading life? i have long ago paused my reading of fantasy books after "the children of hurin" because nobody seems to write that good a story anymore.... until now. your story riveted me. i am starting volume 2. and i can't wait to read the rest of Angle Theta. his immortality and prowess remind me of Thranduil. i want to see this in a movie one day.
I loved the first 3 and plan to read the rest. As an avid fantasy reader, this had my favorite elements: complex magic systems, magical artifacts, heros, and mythical races like elves, dwarves, and more. There are complex characters full of mystery, twists and turns. The saga is a classic good versus evil battling for control of the world, but with a twist. My favorite part is how the Author has woven an ancient norse saga and other ancient myths into a modern epic fantasy.
Mr Thater has created a world of pure wonder, a world where good and evil abound and where the reader can lose himself to a well told story. This is a richly spun saga that lets you soar with larger than life Gods and heroes, and become a citizen of another realm. What more could you need?