Saturday 19 December 2020

Kataklusmos - T.M. Doran - Toward the Gleam Book 3

Toward the Gleam Book 3
T.M. Doran

TMDoran Books
ISBN 9781732472631

This book is a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. With each book the series got better. And this is a stunning read. The first book, Toward the Gleam, was a very pleasant surprise. The second volume The Lucifer Ego, was full of surprises and new twists. And this third one takes the story to a whole new level. It ties all the loose threads of the stories together and then the tapestry is flipped and we see the stunning picture that was so masterfully woven with these words. This was my third read by Doran and I have already picked up the other three that are in print. This is an excellent read! The book and the trilogy.

This volume begins with a quote from Tolkien:

“But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before, 
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.”

And then a description of the meaning of the title:

“Kataklusmós: κατακλυσμός, cataclysm, deluge, a devastation.”

The novel is broken into five parts. But in each part there are events not in chronological order. The chapter titles are the date of the events:

Part I Sorrows
Part II Suspicions
Part III Speculations
Part IV Sensations
Part V Summations

The story begins on March 26th 2019 and the last date in the story is August 2020. But we visit events in 1931, 1938, 1963, 1973, 1990. But the story concludes with a return to 1973. This story is wo well written that once you start reading you will not want to put it down. 

They story has action, adventure, Literary research. And focuses on a quest to protect a secret and protect family. Bombings, torture in prison in China, and even a planned assassination. The characters are well written. The plot excellent. And the way Doran weaves back and forth in time to bring the tale together is masterful. 

The story was an excellent read it was hard to put down. It is excellent for those who have read the first volumes, but well enough written that it can stand on its own. But is strong enough to stand on its own. A great read for fans of literary fiction or historical fiction for readers of all ages. A story that ties up the trilogy, but leaves you wondering if there will be more.

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

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

Seeing Red

Toward the Gleam Series:
Toward the Gleam
The Lucifer Ego


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