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The Gateway, a novella length version of Book 1 of my fantasy series Harbinger of Doom is now available for FREE from Amazon! See link below. Get yours while you can!


The Exciting full length version of Book 1, entitled Gateway to Nifleheim, is also currently on sale on Amazon for FREE. Get your copy while the sale lasts!


Book 2: The Fallen Angle is available for $2.99.


The Hero and the Fiend by Glenn G. Thater is also available for free from Amazon.com


Summary of Reader Reviews:

"...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

"Thater writes with a realism like no other; fantasy lovers of sword and sorcery--check out this short first battle and be ready for the entire saga awaiting you!" -- Glenda Bixler

"...The author paints each scene and battle so clearly that I felt I was in the middle of the action." --- Mike Monahan, author of Barracuda.

"...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

"If you are a hard core fantasy fan, you are sure to love this swords and sorcery adventure." -- Tim Greaton, author of The Santa Shop.

"...hugely entertaining. One of the best sword and sorcery/historical fiction tales i have read in years. A truly classic yarn that i will read again and again." -- Jimmyonly

"...The Gateway delivers straight up heroic fantasy with unapologetic hack and slash action." -- Tracy Falbe, author of The Rys Chronicles

"...a well written fast paced story that will keep you on your seat." -- Glenn Skinner, author of the Keya Quests

"...the characterization is simply amazing. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Epic Fantasy. -- Nathalia

"...fast-paced, action-packed fantasy." --- Debra Purdy Kong, author of Taxed to Death and Fatal Encryption

"...An adventure into magic and fantasy that pulls you in and does not let go...left me wanting more."
--- R.M. Putnam, author of Destiny's Warriors

"...the action never stops." --- Susan McLeod, author of Soul and Shadow

"...A great adventure which I could not put down..." -- Larry B. Gray.

"...an excellent foray into dark story adventure." -- Jacamo Peterson, author of A Hard Place: A Sergeant's Tale, and Blademaster of Norda.

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.

Dwellers of the Deep -- Volume 4 of Glenn G. Thater's epic fantasy series, Harbinger of Doom, is now available on kindle!

Dwellers of the Deep embraces the pulse-pounding action that the Harbinger of Doom Saga is known for, with battles so real, so immersive, you will find yourself reaching for your sword. Expansive in scope, Dwellers transforms the Saga into truly epic fantasy, and drops the reader into the Byzantine web of political intrigue that swirls about the Kingdom of Lomion.

In Glenn G. Thater's world of Midgaard, some kill for love or honor; others die for blood and souls. In Dwellers of the Deep, the fourth volume of the saga unfolds across a vast ocean of bleak expanses and forbidden islands that harbor secrets best unspoken, ancient magics best left buried, voracious monsters of the gelid depths, and a god of the outer spheres whose wrath will shake the very foundations of Midgaard.

Within these pages, heroes and villains abound. But are the heroes those that quest with Theta to keep shuttered the portal betwixt the worlds, or those that sail with Korrgonn for god and glory, to restore Azathoth's reign? Only you can decide. But in the end, Ob will tell you, evil is as evil does, and in Midgaard, only one thing is certain - nothing is as it seems.

Book 3: Knight Eternal


Book 4: Dwellers of the Deep


Books 1 & 2 combined: Harbinger of Doom


Book 5+ are forthcoming.

Glenn G. Thater
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THE FALLEN ANGLE

In The Fallen Angle, Glenn G. Thater transports you to a time of legendary heroes, armored knights, spectacular duels, courtly intrigue, otherworldly evils, and ancient forbidden magics. Though it can be read as a stand alone tale, The Fallen Angle is the second story in Thater's Harbinger of Doom series and picks up shortly after the events chronicled in The Gateway. Claradon, the young Lord of House Eotrus stands accused of murder and treason by his family's political rivals while on the trail of the chaos lord that slew those dearest to him. Claradon has recruited the mysterious knight of mystical power called Angle Theta to aid him is his quest. 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.

Here's the Amazon link: THE FALLEN ANGLE (Harbinger of Doom)
 

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HARBINGER OF DOOM

In Harbinger of Doom, Glenn G. Thater transports you to a time of legendary heroes, spectacular duels, courtly intrigue, otherworldly evils, and ancient forbidden magics. This first volume in an 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.

Here's the Amazon.com link: HARBINGER OF DOOM (Harbinger of Doom)
 

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--- Storytelling is an ancient and sacred tradition, and as an avid reader and author, I recognize right away when an author has penned something truly great. Harbinger of Doom is such a story, and Glenn G. Thater is such an author. This is a fantasy novel about events, people, and places that are most ancient and highly colorful. Mr. Thater's writing style suits this time-honored genre to perfection. Harbinger of Doom is flawless storytelling about an ancient time where good people are threatened by an unspeakable evil. This is a time of brave knights, skilled wizards and sorcery, dark spells, and all manner of curious creatures. An evil so malevolent that it breaks all bounds of sanity befalls a good people. They must summon the courage and strength, and forge uneasy alliances to face a foe immensely terrifying and strong, one that is not of this world, and should they fail, all will truly be lost. There are scenes so frightening, I would caution younger readers, and after reading them, I thought twice about going to sleep right away. The story verily delivers the armies of hell and pulls no punches in describing the horror of war that must be waged between the forces of good and evil.
Harbinger of Doom is a tale of ancient myths and legends, and is populated by one of the most intriguing, diverse, interesting, and entertaining cast of characters in memory. Chief amongst these is the enigmatic and deeply mysterious Lord Angle Theta. This story is graced with sharp, clever, highly sophisticated writing peppered with humorous moments. Its scope is vast; its lessons eternal, and you will recognize parallels to many other well-known legends, even those biblical. To quote some excerpts from the story: "The stories of many religions oft have a common basis...there is some kernel of truth contained...Though the truth may be twisted by the tellers." Harbinger of Doom has all the hallmarks of such a story, it is 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. In fact, if there came a day when all the great storytellers of the ages would be called to be seated at the same table, I would shout out that Glenn G. Thater be granted a place for this novel. Harbinger of Doom is fantasy most excellent and is a story for the ages...
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--- I'm not normally a fan of stories of knights and sorcery, but Harbinger of Doom blew me away. Glen G. Thater has an uncanny way of writing in an ancient prose that matches the period. His vivid description of all the characters allows the reader to vision them in their minds. The author paints each scene and battle so clearly that I felt I was in the middle of the action. Curious ideas were brought about regarding our present day thoughts of Good vs Evil as opposed to earlier days. I'm still in a trance attempting to unravel the mysterious revelations in the final pages. I will not give it away, so buy this book and decide for yourself. Do we have Good and Evil reversed?
--- Mike Monahan, Author of Barracuda
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--- An amazing tale of swords, sorcerers, and more!...In the foreword, Thater has introduced the legend of Angle Theta. He is a character that has been cited in a number of ancient writings, and is the stuff legends are made of. ... Thater's writing has you in the heat of the battle, and leaves you wanting more of this epic story. ...[Angle Theta] reminds me a little of Moorcock's Lord Elric of Melnibone, who struggles with issues in the fight of good and evil. Cannot wait to read more of this saga from Glenn G. Thater. For those of us who love to read of demons and dragons, knights in armor and legends of long ago.
--- "Ellen in Atlanta", Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
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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 Lomion. 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. ...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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--- I find Mr. Thater's book, Harbinger of Doom, to be an excellent foray into dark story adventure, … good story, good action. Excellent flow of the story line to hold the attention. Overall very well done. 
                                                  --- Jacamo Peterson, Author of "A Hard Place: A Sergeant's Tale"
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--- This is a complex but highly entertaining swords and sorcery story, reminiscent of the pulp novels of Robert E. Howard, but with more depth and undercurrents to the plot. Thater's character `Lord Angle Theta' is an almost larger than life hero like Howard's Conan or Kull. And although he's perhaps their equal in brawn, he's far their better in brains. The other characters are all memorable and interesting, especially the grumpy gnome called Ob….
--- "Fantasy Fan"
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--- Harbinger of Doom by Glenn Thater is what this genre of literature is all about!...I truly did not put the book down! 
--- “Greg M.”
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--- Who can resisit a good sword and sorcery book? Not me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Harbinger of Doom. It plunges you into a magic fog right at the start, and the action never stops! Fast-paced and exciting, it's a page turner.  The characters are interesting folk. I loved the twist of the weak-kneed wizard, and the gnome was highly entertaining. I also smiled at the references a true sci-fi fan would appreciate. Clever nods to Dr. Who and Star Trek, to name but two! There are dark secrets and many mysteries in this tale of good vs. evil. I hope it continues!
--- “Susan Jane”
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--- …It took me by surprise because I had never heard of this author and was blown away by how exciting this story and the characters were from the get go. I literally could not put this book down once I started reading it. ...It has all the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars Saga but set in a different world of endless time.   
--- "Mythical Books Aficionado"
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--- …Thater takes his fantasy and places it inside your brain. I wasn't reading a book, I was standing in the middle of the action, looking to pick up a sword and jump in…
--- "George T"
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--- My New Favorite Book. Ok, that's saying a lot, but this book is just that good. The author doesn't just spit out a story here - he's crafted every line and word - there's a rhythm to the way it reads; both the exposition and the dialog. It draws you in; providing a more immersive experience than you'd expect in fantasy fiction. The depth of the world, and the complexity of the characters, and an underlying ambiguity as to who's really the hero and who's really the villain make this story a true standout. I liked it so much, I actually read it twice - and found that on the second read I picked up all sorts of subtleties and nuances that I'd missed on the first go round.   
--- "Connie Brady"
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--- Wow!!! This book had me from the moment I picked it up. I am normally an extremely slow reader, but I could not put this book down, and unfortunately I finished before I knew it. The fighting scenes were described very well. The characters were developed great! The whole time I was reading, I was stuck in the book. All I can say is AMAZING!.....What a powerful writer! I was so glad to have stumbled upon the book. This has got to be one of my all-time favorite books.
--- Grace Ann Lester
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--- …now I have something I can reread over and over again. Harbinger of Doom has just shattered everything I knew of the epic fantasy realm and created a sub genre all of its own. With a masterful craft of writing with sly wit you are pulled into an epic tale of dark portions. If you are like me, you will scream at the book, and several characters in certain parts as they become like kin folk. The characters own the pages, the story never disappoints, and thank God for this author! In addition, if you are a Brian Lumley fan, I would suggest you give this book a try. A must for fantasy fans! 
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HARBINGER OF DOOM (Harbinger of Doom)Harbinger of Doom is the first book in a multi-book series. The first half of the book is entitled, 'The Gateway' and the second half is entitled, 'The Fallen Angle'. Each can be read separately, and, in fact, each is available separately on Kindle. However, they are meant to be read in order - The Fallen Angle picks up immediately after The Gateway leaves off and continues the same overall storyline with the same characters.

If you're looking for an author that takes 400 or 800 pages to tell a 100 or 200 page story, as has become the norm in contemporary fantasy books, look elsewhere, as that isn't my style. If you only like books that contain ten page descriptions of what a character looks like or that expend 10,000 consecutive words on internal exposition to explore each character's innermost feelings about the current chapter's love interest, please select another book. I tell a 200 page story in 200 pages; packed with action and heroic characters in the vein of Howard's sword and sorcery stories of Solomon Kane, Kull, and Conan, and Moorcock's eternal champion cycle. If that style of writing appeals to you, you may enjoy HOD.

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It still is. Everrthing is right justified (worse than full, there's a huge blank left margin as well).

Also, the sample is extremely short and reads like a preface, which often bears little relation to the book itself.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that some folks have experienced formatting problems with the sample downloadable from Amazon. Prior to this, no one has reported any problems. I checked the main book file and the formatting looks fine, so I assume that the problem is just with the preview sample. As for the length of the sample, Amazon alone controls what is made available.

For additional writing samples, you could go to Harbinger of Doom's paperback page on Amazon (http://tinyurl.com/bfhpz6)
and use the "Look Inside" feature to see sample pages. Click on 'surprise me' to get samples of some interior pages.

I also have writing samples posted on my website http://www.angletheta.blogspot.com and on AuthorsDen.com

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sherylb,
thanks for letting me know about the margin problem. I looked into it further and found that there was a 1-inch left margin indent in the book file.  The indent was removed and the corrected file is available for download from amazon.  So if you re-download the book, the left margin indent should be gone. The same correction has now been made to my other kindle books - The Fallen Angle and Harbinger of Doom.
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I cant wait to read this!
 
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