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The Titans - The Kent Chronicles, Volume Five, Book Club Edition Hardcover – Jan 1 1976


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Nelson Doubleday; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0000000000
  • ASIN: B000ND0JNW
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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WHEN JEPHTHA KENT started across the morass of Pennsylvania Avenue that Monday morning, he wondered if he was the only person in the whole town who was out of step. Read the first page
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By David Cook on Dec 8 2013
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I found this another excellent novel in the Kent Family Chronicle series. John Jakes is a very good story teller and even though the character are fictional he is excellent at describing historical events.
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The Titans begins at the very beginning of the American Civil War and continues until 1862. Louis Kent, son of Amanda Kent, has taken control of the family business and fortunes, but, despite being his mothers son, is turning out to be a heartless, profiteering opportunist.Jephta Kent is working on the familys newspaper when, through dramatic circumstances, he meets his son Gideon from whom he has been separated for many years. His former wife has remarried to an actor named Lamont, who is a fanatical supporter of Southern rights and who is secretly plotting to seize the fortune left to Jephtas sons, to further the Southern cause. As America is drawn into a war between the North and South, Gideon becomes a cavalry officer and takes part in many terrible battles. The book ends with the news that Gideon is missing in action--can't wait to start Book 6-The Warriors.
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This book was one of the best I've ever read. Not only were the characters interesting, but the historical backround was extensive. I learned and understood many more facts about the Civil War that will help me in school. I finished it quickly and was disappointed to see it end. I have not read the other books in the series, but I will now. It would make a great movie. This is the perfect book for anyone intersted in history, scandals, or conspiracy.
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By Jeffrey Roberts on June 24 2002
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the entire series was great....would be a terrific mini-series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Kent story continues April 9 2003
By Beverley Strong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Titans begins at the very beginning of the American Civil War and continues until 1862. Louis Kent, son of Amanda Kent, has taken control of the family business and fortunes, but, despite being his mothers son, is turning out to be a heartless, profiteering opportunist.Jephta Kent is working on the familys newspaper when, through dramatic circumstances, he meets his son Gideon from whom he has been separated for many years. His former wife has remarried to an actor named Lamont, who is a fanatical supporter of Southern rights and who is secretly plotting to seize the fortune left to Jephtas sons, to further the Southern cause. As America is drawn into a war between the North and South, Gideon becomes a cavalry officer and takes part in many terrible battles. The book ends with the news that Gideon is missing in action--can't wait to start Book 6-The Warriors.
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Switching the focus to Jephtha and fam ... July 9 2011
By Billie Rae Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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John Jakes charges onward in his chronicles of Kent family, jumping ahead a few years for the fifth book (Amanda's son Louis is now a grown, married man) but slowing the pace down and really digging in. It's no wonder -- the setting for this one is the Civil War, and Jakes keeps it mainly at the beginning of the war, 1861.

Whereas the fourth book was fully Amanda Kent's story, "The Titans" trades off with her cousin Jephtha -- seen only in letters and brief encounters until now -- and his ex-wife Fan, her new husband Edward, and Jephtha's oldest son Gideon Kent, now a soldier following, certainly, the family legacy. On the ugly battlefield, Gideon comes of age and learns his true merit in much the same way Philip Kent did a hundred years earlier. Woven through the story of Gideon and the young lady he loves, Margaret Marble, is an argument on the brutality, honor, but seeming futility of war. Unlike Anne Ware, who had only admired Philip after he uniformed up, Margaret can't stand the thought of Gideon taking to the battlefield, seeing it as the most foolish form of self-destruction.

Even more important than this issue of war, though, is the idea of truth being revealed, of deceptions being uncovered, as Jephtha struggles to reconnect with the sons he's been separated from. The redemption of this "fallen" clergyman (now serving as a journalist, of all things) is cathartic for several people.

I'm loving this series, and I'm charging onward, myself, to the sixth book ...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Jan. 3 2014
By Sue of SC - Published on Amazon.com
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Wants again ,John Jakes best series, this is second go around for reading the Kent Family Chronicles. I normally don't read books a second time around.
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Great family saga - bringing history to life. Feb. 15 2013
By Lottie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read and own all 8 books of the Kent Family Chronicles - I have them both in original paperback and on my kindle - I have read the series several times and having it in my kindle is much easier than carrying around my dog-eared, much warn copies.
What a mess! June 5 2014
By E. B. MULLIGAN - Published on Amazon.com
Taking the reader 8 years after the close of THE FURIES, opening in 1860 with the country on the verge of Civil War and takes us to the first battle of Bull Run aka Manassas in July 1861.

Book 5 in what would become an 8 novel series (The Kent Family Chronicles or the American Bicentennial Series) stretching by the end of book #8 to Christmas in Boston Massachusetts 1890, 5 generations of the Kent family concluding with Philippe's 48 year old great great grandson Gideon and his grown family. I read this as a teenager when it was first published in 1976, it was a tie-in to the excitement generated for the nation's bi-centennial in 1976. I was utterly consumed with the story telling.

The Titans is centric to the great grandson of Philip Kent, Jephtha, the only child of Jared who was the son of Abraham. Jephtha's life is a complete mess and his sanity is hanging on by a thread. 10 years earlier he stopped ministering to his parishioners in Virginia when they did not support abolition of slavery. He deliberately alienated his wife and consequently his 3 young children when he enabled the escape from slavery of a woman belonging to his father in law. Even though he is a rich man from investments made by his father's cousin Amanda Kent and revenue from his father's gold mine he lives like a pauper. He doesn't share the wealth on his children but holds it over his wife's head that when he dies they will get it. Just give it to them now I want to shout. The story proceeds from there. It got to a point where Jephtha behaves horrendously blaming her for evil that befell him and this action incites his children to come to her defense so strongly that later actions by the children didn't add up for me. Jephtha is a bit too human, he is personally insulted that his ex-wife has remarried to a lowly actor. Still, everything else was fabulous and epic and wonderful. I would say more about why but I try to keep the suspense going for the reader by not putting in spoilers.

The mixing of historic events and people with Kent family's day to day life is terrific and fun and very believable for example Jephtha is a reporter for the Kent newspaper and is based in Washington so he has access and interviews President Lincoln and another time travels to Arlington home of Robert E. Lee for an interview. Very exciting stuff.

The prologue tells us that Louis, Amanda's teenage rapist son is now 24, married and has not responsibility for his actions resulting in the death of his mother 8 years earlier - this was pretty much a sure thing but still very sad considering what an honorable man his father was and what a delightful youth he was only 10 years ago.

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