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The Titans - The Kent Chronicles, Volume Five, Book Club Edition [Hardcover]

John Jakes
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kent story continues April 9 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book July 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 24 2002
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the entire series was great....would be a terrific mini-series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kent story continues April 9 2003
By Beverley Strong - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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 ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kent Family Chronicles-thru the Civil War -The Titans #5 Oct. 2 2008
By Connie's Timeless Treasures - Published on Amazon.com
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The entire American Bicentennial Series by John Jakes is exciting, especially for someone who is interested in American History.Once you start you won't be able to put them down. The Titans is #5 in The Kent Family Chronicles and takes you through the troubles of the Kent Family during the Civil War: Raging with the hearbreaks and tragedies of our nation's darkest hours, this passionate saga follows a dynamic generation of Kents through the hell of Civil War---As the story begins, the Kent dynasty has fallen into the hands of the late Amanda's opportunistic son,Louis...and Jephtha Kent has come North, leaving his three sons at home in the South. A nation torn asunder by holocause and devastation..a family divided by hatred and greed. Where one battle ends, the other begins, in this turbulent, unforgettable tale of "THE TITANS"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as captivating as the others Dec 20 2012
By Silver M - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved all the Jakes Kent books so far especially in the aspect of his presenting people who's lives change drastically through their lifetime. This book had some of that but I'm just not that into war scenes or military battles. The Alamo and Civil War battles seemed to drag on for someone like me who would rather get on with the story. Of course for those who enjoy the military I think you'd give this a 4-5 star rating. I also wish he had gone a little more into the politics of all the other issues besides slavery that caused the civil war. He touched on it a little but I'd rather have read that than about a battlefield. Altogether though it was a decent saga.
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