The Gateway (An Epic Fantasy Novella)

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When mad sorcerers open a gateway to the pits of hell, releasing demons of darkest nightmare, only the intrepid knights of House Eotrus stand in their way. Claradon Eotrus recruits the mysterious knights Angle Theta and Gabriel Garn to stand with him against the growing darkness, a darkness from which only one will emerge. More
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About Glenn G. Thater


For more than twenty-five years, Glenn G. Thater has written works of fiction that focus on the genres of epic fantasy and sword and sorcery. His published fiction includes the first twelve volumes of the Harbinger of Doom saga, the novella, The Gateway; the novelette, The Hero and the Fiend; The Keblear Horror, and The Demon King of Bergher.

Mr. Thater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with concentrations in Astronomy and Religious Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Structural Engineering. He has undertaken advanced graduate study in Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, and Astrophysics, and is a practicing licensed professional engineer specializing in the multidisciplinary alteration and remediation of buildings, and the forensic investigation of building failures and other disasters.

Mr. Thater has investigated failures and collapses of numerous structures around the United States and internationally. Since 1998, he has served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Forensic Engineering Division (FED), is a Past Chairman of that Division’s Executive Committee and FED’s Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures. Mr. Thater is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and has testified as an expert witness in the field of structural engineering before the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Mr. Thater is an author of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, engineering textbook chapters, and countless engineering reports. He has lectured across the United States and internationally on such topics as the World Trade Center collapses, bridge collapses, and on the construction and analysis of the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.


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(A short story set in the Harbinger of Doom universe)


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Reviews of The Gateway (An Epic Fantasy Novella) by Glenn G. Thater

Lily Crane reviewed on March 4, 2013

This was an exciting fantasy adventure that is sure to have you wanting more. If you like sword and sorcery and epic tales, then give this one a try!
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Larry McCartney reviewed on July 10, 2012

Glen G. moves quickly in this story, immersing you immediately into an older tale. He wastes no time in showing each characters individuality and showing vastness in his creation.

At first it was a little weird not having a story introduce the characters to you. In this, they introduce themselves with how much detail and background each unique character has, telling a great story with almost every character.

His writing is very fluid, he depicts the situations very well, and before you know it you're indulged into his world.

Humor is noticed and delivered properly, and personalities shine in this epic tale. Great writing, and it's very clear he has passion for the world he's created.
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Solitaire Parke reviewed on April 17, 2012

The "Gateway" by Glen G. Thater started off at a run and never slowed down! The action is intense and reads in a similar fashion to the Conan books. I was impressed with the author's fluid writing style and am going to purchase the rest of the series. Great book!!
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Richard C. Rogers reviewed on Jan. 8, 2012

I enjoyed The Gateway. Reminded me of Solomon Kane or Elric--fast-moving, lots of action. A little light on character-development and world-building--but you have the sense that it's coming, and already planned. Many hints. Maybe in the next books....
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Joe Jordan reviewed on Nov. 2, 2011

A thrilling ride sci-fi and fantasy. Great stuff.
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R. McCullough reviewed on Aug. 31, 2011

I agree, VERY good read…..
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Glenda Bixler reviewed on May 10, 2011

In olden days in the world of man called Midgaard in the kingdom of Lomion, there was a gathering... Lord Aradon Eotrus was missing. His oldest son, Brother Claradon Eotrus, a Caradonian Knight had pulled together a band to find him. But just as it had been when Lord Aradon had gone, when the night came, a great wailing began...and the mist would descend... for what came was not of this world...

No matter what, when you begin to read Thater, you will immediately see his expertise in writing Olde and Middle English. In fact, for more than twenty-five years, Glenn G. Thater has written works of fiction and historical fiction focusing on the genres of heroic fantasy and sword and sorcery. The Gateway is first in his saga and certainly sets the stage for upcoming exciting adventurous battles! One thing I appreciated from this author was an extensive list of names, people, places and all things important for the Saga. It makes an easy reference and provides effective documentation and definition for the fantasy world that was created.

And so it was, that on the first day Claradon's men reached a dark barren circle and they began to search for his father and his men.

Nothing was found except a number of gold coins...

But when the night came, the wailing began...and the mist descended.

However, the men were ready. Each man had been provided a magical sword or dagger and they drew together row after row and started forward!

Until they came to a huge dark building--a building that had not been there during the day!

And they also found remnants of Lord Aradon, but no man lived or was even left of their bodies...

But this group had prepared, bringing magical weapons as well as those men or creatures that could use magic against the enemy, for surely the enemy came from none other than the realm of the chaos lords! And when they did, they were grotesque, loathsome creatures that immediately began to tear the soldiers apart...

Two men stood out in the ensuing battle: Sir Gabriel Garn, House Weapons Master and close friend and mentor to Claradon, and Lord Angle Theta, a knight-errant and nobleman from a far-off land. In fact, he was a stranger to most and was not fully appreciated as a peer--until he began to share his great magic and slice through the creatures like butter...

In the constant fight between good and evil, The Gateway takes you into one both mystical and bloody. Be prepared, ye readers, lest you be attacked by one of the creatures coming through to Midgaard... 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!

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Franz McLaren reviewed on Sep. 25, 2010

The Gateway is fast paced and exciting with characters real enough to leap out of the pages. It leaves the reader craving more.
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Tracy Falbe reviewed on Dec. 16, 2009

Solid heroic fantasy. For readers desiring battle with beasts of a chaos lord, this is good reading.
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