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Tuesday, 10 March 2020

The Lucifer Ego - T.M. Doran - Toward the Gleam Book 2

The Lucifer Ego
Toward the Gleam Book 2
T.M. Doran

TMDoran Books
ISBN 9781732472600
ASIN B07GLWQ98Y


The first book, Toward the Gleam, was a very pleasant surprise. The first book had been on my radar for a while and sat on my kindle for a few months. But once I started reading it I could not put it down. But the same thing happened with this second volume. I picked it up and it sat on my to be read shelf for over a year. But once I started reading, I read it in three sittings over 4 days. And as much as I enjoyed the first volume, this second is even better.

This story is broken into four parts, Decisions, Destinations, Devastations, and Discoveries. The first is an entry dated August 5th, 2016 and the final May 10th, 2017. But interspersed are some going back to 1932, 1942, 1942, 1963, 1995, and 1960. In that order. The book continues the tale of the object left with the abbot, and the contents of it, from the previous volume. And the story proves to be a hunt for both the man who might have tampered with it, and the original quest for the volume. Frequently we reference back to events in the first story, but often are given more information, and see different events.

This volume has an interesting cast of characters. Henry, abbot of a monastery. Frodo Lyle Stuart, nephew to Henry and archeologist or paleo-archeologist.  Samwise, Sam Stuart, older brother to Lyle. Beatrice Adams, a woman of Ugandan descent, and a gifted psychologist. Lyle goes on a quest to retrieve a stolen manuscript, at the request of his uncle and with the support of his brother and the woman he is dating. 

The story is packed full of adventure. But also academics, and world class institutions. It is much an adventure as any of the Indiana Jones stores. And As intricate as a Tom Clancy or John Grisham story. And in the end, they must decide if the world is ready for the knowledge contained within the manuscript. Or if like the misnamed Mr. Hill and his stories can only let the world see a glimpse, a piece, and end with hope. 

The story was a great read and was hard to put down. It is excellent for those who have read the first volume, Toward the Gleam. But is strong enough to stand on it’s own. A great read for fans of literary fiction or historical fiction of all ages. Overall an excellent read, but to be honest it will leave you wanting more.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by T.M. Doran:
Terrapin
Iota: A Novel
Circling the Turtle

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Toward the Gleam Series:
Toward the Gleam
The Lucifer Ego

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