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End's Beginning (The Gathering #1)

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Robert Williams didn't expect an early honorable release from his mission, but upon his return home, he sees the reason for the surprise decision. Unemployment, rampant violence, and frequent food shortages have put the United States on the brink of another civil war. As the threads of society unravel, the Williams family must adapt to drastic changes as the long-foretold ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (first published January 7th 2014)
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Brock Booher
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you ready?

This LDS fiction made me wonder if I was ready, or more importantly if I had prepared my family. Randy Lindsay uses the power of his imagination to put you into the final days before the second coming of Jesus Christ. He picked several POV characters that help us feel the varied emotions of a family as they deal with unraveling of society and challenges associated with a world spinning out of control. Even though he writes using an LDS perspective, the story is well told and will m
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Adrienne Quintana
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A sobering read, but well written. The story follows the lives of four main characters that experience the chaos that will eventually build to the second coming. I think the purpose of the book is to get you thinking: Do I have what I need? Do I have what it takes? If you like to watch Doomsday Preppers (as I do), this book is right up your alley.
Melanie
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an intense book! It starts out strong and doesn't let up. Robert Williams is sent home six months early from his mission with an honorable release. He's struggling with this because he really wanted to finish and feels that he's done something wrong. He learns that others have also been sent home but they aren't given details as to why. As he comes off the plane, we meet his family: his dad, John, mom, Becky, and siblings Lucas and Sara. Their part of the story takes place in Houston, Te ...more
Katie W
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-fiction
Things immediately happen with a bang--Robert is sent home from his mission 6 months early without any known reason. He's told that he's served honorably and that's it. When he arrives home, he's surprised to see how much things have changed.

Another story is running parallel to this one: one about the government. The Secretary of State is trying to find the truth to what's really going on in the world affairs.

I really enjoyed the characters and the way they each handled their situations. Even
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Kelly L.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Randy engages the reader from the get-go and doesn't relinquish his grip. One of the things I liked best about this story is that the author doesn't waste time with details that have nothing to do with moving the story forward. He respects his audience by letting our imaginations and common sense fill in the blanks. Though an LDS story, "The Gathering" lacks the cheese and sappy content for which the genre is known. A very good read that has created an appetite for Book 2, which, after this book ...more
Julie King
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story will resonate with LDS members. It all begins when a missionary son is sent home early, but told he has served a honorable mission. Violence, food shortages, rationing, and other signs point to a moral downward spiral. Callings from Church leaders soon follow and the family must survive while their faith is tested.
Mike Siedschlag
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
First the disclaimer: I won a print copy of The Gathering: End's Beginning by Randy Lindsay in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I have more mixed reactions to this book than probably any book I've read in quite some time. The most important (at least for me) , the story is very good. The plot moved along at a pace that kept me reading. In fact I read it in one day. The story line is engaging and will hold the readers interest.

Now for my other reactions.

The Gathering: End's Beginning is a pre-apocalyptic no
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Emmy
What would you do if everything you had planned in life suddenly turned upside down.

Robert is serving an LDS mission in Italy when he is honorably released 6 months early but is not really told a reason why. He returns home and over time realizes that he was sent home as the country and the world is falling apart and he is needed at home. Bombings, terrorists attacks and natural disasters are increasing in frequency and the United States is on the brink of another civil war.

In the book of Revel
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Books that have an "end of days", "apocalypse", "second coming" theme have always been a weakness of mind. There are many ways that an author can take a story line. There are many avenues open to interpretation that make for a great read.

Randy Lindsay has written a book that is compelling and entertaining. He caught my attention early in the story by having one of the main characters, Robert, heading home from his LDS mission early. Robert hadn't disobeyed rules, and was confused by the early re
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Stephanie
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book - the "End of Times" - is a subject that greatly fascinates me and often drives the direction of my own creative diversions. One of my favorite research topics is the second coming of the Savior and the signs that will lead up to it. I am a preparation nut (not quite a fanatic, but with each year, each calamity, and each sign that comes to light, I'm edging closer!) For this reason, I was drawn to it, and couldn't wait to read it. And, I'm happy to report, I wasn't disap ...more
Shauna
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is WONDERFULLY AMAZING!

Intriguing!
Riveting!
Captivating!

All things good in a book!

Robert doesn't quite understand why he is being sent home....

And when he gets there it is not the same as when he left...

Unemployment, violence, food shortages, government unraveling, possible war...

People are struggling just to survive

and when they can't provide for their families they will do some pretty drastic things.

When Robert's dad is called on a special assignment his family will soon realize that
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Brooke Berry
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I am always really interested in end of the world books, and this one did not disappoint. The over all story is pretty intense. The perspective changes from 4 different characters. Robert, his father, his mother, and the US Secretary of State. In the beginning it was difficult to figure out who each person was, and get your mind into which character you are reading. After you get to know them each a bit better it becomes easier, but for some reason that stopped me from attaching to much to the s ...more
Laura Walker
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The events that transpired coincided so well with the events that I've read about in the non-fiction genre in respect to Christ's Second Coming. Randy Lindsay describes the political scene well, although I do feel that Asian countries will be involved in the unrest as well as Russia. We as families, churches, and a nation will have to figure out how to pull together in order to be prepared to meet the coming storm.

Although I felt that it was a little unrealistic for
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Hamster
I don't normally read end-of-the world dramas or political thrillers, so it took me a little bit before I really got into this. But by the end I was really enjoying it. The coolest thing about this book was that it made the perilous last days seem real and imminent rather than the usual vague notion that "trials are coming." I'm definitely motivated to get my year supply now. This book should be required reading for all provident living classes.
Jan
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I ended up liking the concept of the novel more than the writing, itself. The characters are fine. A few of the mormonisms irritated me, and the book felt flat overall. I will probably read the sequel, though, to see if the plot holds my attention any better than this one did. The author has a great idea for a series and I hope he can capitalize on it! Let's hope there is more in book 2. More emotion. More depth. More surprises. More vocabulary. This would be better for teens than adults.
Roberta
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lds-fiction
Interesting enough to finish the book, but it was not a well written book. There were basically two separate plots. No real climax. The ending seemed like it was setting itself up for a sequel but I don't think I could read the sequel to this book if there were one!
Melody Abegglen
Ok,

I liked the story line but it bothered me because it was written last year? But events did not match the way things are in the real world right now. Examples, o real use of cell phones in emergency situations, Robert getting on the plane with his family standing at the gate--they would have had to leave him at security. I recommend if you are going to continue this series, please write it as up to date in these times
Susan Walker
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Interesting Sci-Fi about a father and son who deal with the second coming. The son protects his family while the father goes to build "Camp Valiant" a future gathering place for Mormons.
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