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The Titans (Kent Family Chronicles #5)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,086 ratings  ·  55 reviews
The Kent Family Chronicles continue as abolitionist Jeptha Kent and his sons find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Signet (first published 1976)
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Thom Swennes
Discontent spreads across the country that fought and won their independence a few short generations earlier. The fourth Kent generation lives and fights in the war that threatened to tear their country apart forever. Individual members of family dynasties often differ greatly in looks, intellect and morals. Amanda Kent was a strong but just woman. Unfortunately she past only the first of these traits to her son Louis and it will force long standing family friends to try to set him onto the path ...more
Amanda has died, Louis has grown up and married, Michael is worried about Louis' unlimited spending, Jephtha's wife has divorced him because of his stand against slavery, and he's now working for the Kent Union Newspaper (having been kicked out of his itinerant ministry because of his stand) out of Washington (D.C.), not having seen his 3 sons for 5 or 6 years now. Jephtha's ex has married an actor (a despicable calling in those days) and Lincoln is in office. Fort Sumter is fired on ... thus st ...more
Dick Edwards
In this, book 5 of the Kent family chronicles, the story begins with the election of 1860. A Kent father/son (Jeptha Kent/Gideon Kent) end up on opposite sides. At book's end, it is 31 May 1862. Gideon and Molly have daughter born that day, which they subsequently named Eleanor. General Joe Johnston received a serious wound, and was replaced by REL. The latter’s reputation had suffered due to some losses in the Valley the previous year. Gideon’s father, Jeptha, had smuggled some money to him to ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Volume 5 of the Kent Family Chronicles covers the early years of the civil war from both sides. Father a reporter from the North who despises slavery and a son from the South who wants the states to be able to choose for themselves.

Jakes does a good job covering the confusion and gore of the battles. The South was winning the early battles but based on resources and sheer numbers the North winning was inevitable.

Treachery thrown in from both sides also. Louis sells goods from the North to the
Tara Hall
I read books 2-7 of this series in the last weeks of Feb 2013. While I liked the continuation of the family name through each generation, I could have done without every single important female of the Kent family being raped, sometimes repeatedly. They no sooner got power and money than they lost it, and family members ran the gamut from good to brilliant to corrupt to sleazy to fierce to insane to bloodthirsty. Lots of historical info, also, which made the story more real and interesting. But I ...more
The Titans is the fifth book in the Kent Family Chronicles, a wildly popular eight book series that my parents read in the 70s. The Kent Family Chronicles tell the story of the Kent Family (obviously!) and its journey from Europe in the mid 1700s, through 1877. The Titans focused exclusively on the months leading up to the Civil War, and the first year of battles, 1860 through 1862.

There are three intermingled stories in The Titans. The first is that of Michael Boyle, a trusted advisor and frien
John Jakes' reputation for historical accuracy, his writing style, and the story he tells of the fictional Kent family combine to makes the entire 8-volume family saga absolutely wonderful. Reading this series was key in getting me "hooked" on the historical-fiction genre.
The Kent family is torn apart as the strife of the Civil War pits a father against his sons. Jephtha Kent is on the side of the Union...his ex-wife and three sons live in the South and favor the Confederacy. This Kent saga expertly dwells on the patriotic lingo used by governments and their citizens to whip up hatred against their perceived "enemies". What was true during the months running up to the start of the Civil War is still true today. The "other side" of armed conflicts are depicted as ...more
This is another of the great books of the Kent Family Chronicles, an eight book historical perspective of life in America from Revolutionary days through the 1800s. This particular one is the first of the two Civil War novels in this series. I had previously read all of the books of the series as they were published in the mid 1970s in recognition of America's Bicentennial around the time that they were published. I decided to reread the two Civil War books as part of a historical fiction challe ...more
Debbie Jarrell
I listened to this as an audiobook. The reader has been the same throughout this series, and does an excellent job. This book focuses on two branches of the Kent family, one who is an unlikable publisher, and the other is a family whose loyalties are split between the Union and the Confederacy. Gideon Kent goes off to war for the Confederacy, thinking of war as an adventure until he sees action at Bull Run. I love Civil War history, so this was a favorite part of this series for me.
April Martinez
The Titans by John Jakes

Sometimes reading about the Civil War we get lost in statistics and battle sites. We often overlook the personal tragedy of simple people fighting a complicated war. It's easy to focus on heroes and villains and myths of war. It's the small details that I enjoyed in this book. It was an easy book to read and hard for me to stop and review, because I'm anxious to read the rest of the story!
This book basically finishes up Jepetha and starts the lives of his children. It is a good book for transition from one generation to the next. However, it tends to be a bit slow at times but worth the read.

Just a few chapters in .. Might find myself skipping here or there on the political jargon or war.

I took a break from the series. The book is pretty good so far. Of course, we know famous people like Lincoln and Lee and other families know Lincoln's killer Booth. But, I'm used to this now a
The Titans focuses on Kent family founder Philip's great-great grandson, Gideon Kent, a cavalary officer in the Confederate Army as the Civil War breaks out. I always enjoyed how well Jakes could show all sides of the issues, especially in the complicated Civil War. He did this spectacularly in his North and South series, as well. On both sides of the Mason-Dixon line are people who are firm in their beliefs, right or wrong, people who respect the other side even when they don't agree, people wh ...more
Maureen Kennedy
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 oth ...more
Drax Goodall
I only read this one out of the series and yet I was not confused or lost when jumping in mid story.
Nov 18, 2012 Tammy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
This is the fifth book of the Kent Family Chronicles. This is the fifth time I have read this book. I started reading it on election day and this book starts out on election day 1860. I wont comment on the results of either election. This book covers from 1860 to 1862. The country splits and the start of the civil war. Louis Kent splits from those his mother left behind. Jeptha and Gideon challenge their own demons and start a reconciliation. It shows some interesting viewpoints from interesting ...more
Caren Capewell

Onward with the fifth volume of the Kent Family Chronicles - Washington City becomes a hotbed of turmoil after Fort Sumter, and of course a Kent is readable as its predecessors, but as with any historical fiction concerning major events such as the Civil War, the sinking of the Titanic, and World Wars I and II, it's really hard to build any genuine suspense about how events will proceed.

You always know that, whatever kind of scrape a Kent gets into, they're usually going to come out
Joy H.
Added 10/24/12. I began reading this book sometime in October 2012.

NOVEMBER 2012 - I've read the first 4 books in the series. I'm enjoying this 5th one just as much as I enjoyed the others.

DECEMBER 2012 - I didn't finish reading this book because other books were calling to me. They were more compelling than this one at the time. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the rest of the book but I had no time for it. Perhaps some day I will go back to it.
Paula Hebert
#5 in the kent family takes us into the civil war and all of the political and familial drama from that time. the story is well told, if in a slightly period soap-opera-ish manner, but the history is spot on. and there are also lots of fun tidbits and factoids to file away and entertain and/or bore your friends with. an entertaining way to pass the time. soft core history for those who were frightened away in high school.
This book in the series was ok, kind of depressing, I'm hopping this book was a setup for book 6 which I hope will have a happier theme.
Wendell Richards
At First I thought it would be a very boring read.... guess I was wrong. on on Book 7 in 8 days. LOL
not as interesting as the previous one about Amanda. Now the civil wars is about to start, and I like this period, but it seems like Mr. Jakes is trying to put too many historical details, and the books looses its pace. But I will definitely continue, I know the book will pick up again!
The Civil War is most interesting from the point of view of a split family. I don't remember this book clearly enough to comment on Jakes' scholarship, but I thought this series was some wonderful storytelling.
Tim "The Enchanter"
Better than the last couple of books in the series. This portion of the Kent Family Saga delves into the Civil War which has always been an interest of mine. A solid volume in the series.
This book started off slow in my opinion. There was a lot of staging that needed to take place, but it ended well. Not my favorite book of the series, but overall a good read.
Amazing fifth book in historical novel series. All about the cicil war in the 1860's. This book is just as good as all the other and has a little bit of everything in it!
Still enjoying reading John Jakes. You feel like you're part of the family when reading his books. Can't wait to start the next book in this eight part series!!!!!!
This was a slow starter. I ended up putting it down for a while so I could enjoy another book for a time. I think I will wait for awhile to pick up number 6.
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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and le ...more
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