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Toward the Gleam
Between the two world wars, on a hike in the English countryside, Professor John Hill takes refuge from a violent storm in a cave. There he nearly loses his life, but he also makes an astonishing discovery an ancient manuscript housed in a cunningly crafted metal box. Though a philologist by profession, Hill cannot identify the language used in the manuscript and the tim...more
The hypothesized existence of powerful secrets in the manuscript arises the interest of a criminal organization, which sets the stage for the philosophical and ethical discussions that are at the center stage of the book - the clash of a Christian and an utilitarian worldview.
The book itself is entertainin ...more
This book was a very pleasant surprise. It had been on my radar for a while and sat on my kindle for a few months. But once I started reading it I could not put it down. I read through my breaks at work an ...more
The publisher and a few other reviewers have summarized the story very well so let me give my impressions.
After I read the first chapter I had this urge to get a cup of tea and curl up in my favorite chair to immerse myself in "the story". I was hooked. The story was well paced and the characters clearly drawn. The suspense gradually built to the hoped for ending without being "over the top". Another reviewer compared it to a "DaVinci Code ...more
Lovers of The Lord of the Rings, of which the author is definitely one, will enjoy this tale the most. The main 'character' is Tolkien himself, under the alias of John Hill which he took from the alias used by Frodo. It concerns pri ...more
The storytelling itself is not nearly at Tolkien's level, however. Foreshadowing is written at surface-level and not merely suggestive. The cast of supporting characters is quite large, involving historical personages as well as imagined ones, but they're ...more
OVERALL SCORE: B
RECOMMEND: Anyone who enjoys a sophisticated mystery read. This is a book for adults, meaning someone who only reads the young adult or teen drama genres that are so popular these days will be bored out of their minds.
I thought the story was very well thought out and very well written. It must have taken the author years of research to get his facts straight.
I must admit I had a hard time ge ...more
This was an interesting mystery read for me, especially the second half of the book. I liked the approach the author used of focusing on an individual day (occasionally two) in each chapter, jumping ahead days, months, or years in between the portrayed events.
The writing was solid mixing the mystery with philosophical discussions, yet keeping them at a level the casual reader (i.e. me) can under ...more
I've read a number of other books that take classic literary works as their starting point, and while they have merits, they normally rely too much on the original story, and don't provide much of their own. This book has some of that problem, but ove ...more
All that I knew going in to this was that this was a special book and that a Tolkien fan should enjoy it. I didn't realize that the book itself was, in a way, about the man himself. A fun fictional piece that follows John through his life guided by an amazing discovery. There's action, espionage, and mystery aplenty in this novel and I'll leave it at that as I don't want to spoil it ...more
But this is one of those incredibly clever books that come out of nowhere and makes one wonder: where has this book been, and why have I not heard of it? Now, I must admit that the author, T.M. Doran, is a bit wordy, and he does get very caught up in sub-plots that invariably ...more
This is a book that demands to be re-read. First, because the ironies in the story and its setting are not evident in first reading, and the parallels with our own time deserve more reflection. Also because the story is so compelling that important details may be glossed over. The time and place mark a significant transitional point in human history, as does our own time and place, when the future of many nations and their peoples hang on the decisions being made by important behind-the ...more
There are weaknesses. Chief among these, to my mind, are the somewhat contrived philosophical/worldview bouts between John and his various antagonists, which are frequent and yet don't convey a deep sense of cosmic spiritual conflict like you would find in That Hideous Strength, for example: in short the conflict is ...more
The audio book was reall ...more
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