Book review: 'The Gathering: End's Beginning'; a thrilling Page-turner

By Micah Klug

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

"THE GATHERING: End's Beginning," by Randy Lindsay, Cedar Fort, $16.99, 272 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)

"The Gathering: End's Beginning" is a thrilling adventure following the Williams family, who are Mormon, and U.S. Secretary of State Calvin McCord as the nation is dealing with terrorist attacks and a civil war.

The oldest son, Robert Williams, is honorably released from serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy after only 18 months. Having a difficult time grasping the cause for not being able to complete a two-year mission, Williams returns home from Italy to find the United States on the brink of another civil war. On the day he returns home, the news of a terrorist attack is broadcast throughout the airport.

The Williams family finds themselves facing the challenges and turmoil of the prophesies of the last days, including being robbed during daylight hours, facing increasing food prices, economic and political turmoil. The family opens a soup kitchen at the local LDS church to meet community demands for helping others in need. His father receives a calling to help build the long-foretold gathering place for the Saints, which requires his departure and absence for an extended period of time.

Author Randy Lindsay guides the readers through the political turmoil by alternating with the perspective of the Williamses and that of Calvin McCord, current secretary of state. In Washington, D.C., McCord is faced with political opposition and increasing terrorist attacks on the United States. McCord, fighting for the safety and welfare of the American people, is a lone man in the political arena while President Nelson Boggs and other politicians appear to care more for their political careers.

"The Gathering" has clean language and keeps the descriptive violence to a minimum. There are a few fistfights and robberies along with a terrorist attack and they are not overly detailed, but Lindsay doesn't sugarcoat the turmoil.

While it is an adventure novel, there is a layer of romance (after all, Robert Williams is a recently returned missionary). But none of the physical romance goes beyond kissing.

Lindsay wraps up the story while setting up the storyline for a possible series. He lives in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife and children.

Micah Klug graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She currently resides in Rexburg, Idaho.

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