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They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the ...more
Kindle Edition, 381 pages
Published August 27th 2011 by World Castle Publishing
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Jane
3.5*

My initial thoughts were ‘wow’ this is a long book!! I can’t say I find the cover art particularly appealing I think it is aimed at men, it has a very masculine feel……..I know for sure had I seen this book in a shop I would not have given it the time of day.

The book is split into 3 ‘books’….. Book one ‘Arrowhead’ is set in 1932,… Book 2 ‘Katana’ takes us to 1943 and Book 3 ‘Mjollnir’ seven years later in 1950…so it does span over many years including the time of World War 2 and the Nazi’s.

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Sinn
I keep coming back to this trying to compose my thoughts, but everything is just jumbled. I guess, to start, I don't like Kader. While it seems to be his character -- and maybe the author's attempt to show the adepts feelings towards "lesssers" -- I found Kader to be extremely arrogant, an unsympathetic character, and an asshole. If the author really was trying to show the contempt adepts felt towards "lessers," I think he did an excellent job in Kader. That being said, Kader is a very strong ch ...more
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I liked: 1) The historical aspect. This book spans a huge amount of time, at one point I think Francis (Frank, Joe, he goes by many names) mention 18 years. Typically, I get really frustrated by really big lapses in time, but it worked in this book. Additionally, the history itself seemed to have been very well researched and accurate. 2) The action. This book was seriously non-stop. There was something new and exciting (or terrifying, at times!) on every page. 3) The creativity. Mr. Townse ...more
Valentina
There’s a little bit of everything in this book. Espionage, magic, mythology, romance and all kinds of amusing characters.
Something that caught my attention from the moment I started reading, was the way the author sent us back in time with his writing. The protagonist speaks and even thinks the way someone in the 40s would and it helps set the mood extremely well all the way throughout the novel. This is not as easy to do as it might seem since our modern brains are so used to being politically
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Dellani Oakes
Hammer of Thor is unexpected. I thought it would be about gods and goddesses of Norse mythology, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being all about Valhalla, it's about a man named Frank Kader. Frank is an ordinary guy—except for the fact he wields magic. An adept, he heads from Minnesota to California to join the West Coast Guild. The year is 1939.

Frank's skills save him from a long series of incidents that would have killed a lesser man. He travels the world across the U.S., to war tor
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Fran
THE HAMMER OF THOR
AUTHOR: SHELDON TOWNSEND
REVIEWED BY FRAN LEWIS


Tag line: WARNING: ONCE YOU START READING THIS BOOK YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN! SPELL CASTED BY THE ADEPTS SO THAT YOU WILL BE TRANSFIXED TO THE PRINTED PAGE UNTIL YOU COMPLETE READING THE NOVEL! THE HAMMER OF THOR: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Imagine being able to use an object or a spell to control the actions of another person or being. Imagine going after the most coveted object that ever existed. Going up against all adds, the
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William Bentrim
Hammer of Thor by S. Evan Townsend

This book is an interesting alternative history of 1930’s to 1950’s leaved with magic users.

Joe Kader, not his real name as real names are prone to misuse, is an adept. He has control over various powers and those powers are enhanced by talismans. He is arrogant and thoughtless about lesser, those who have no magical abilities. Adepts seem to be above mundane law and among themselves might makes right. I enjoyed the way Townsend developed the character of Kader
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J.M. Scheirer
Disclaimer: I know this author personally. That said, I approached the book as I would any other author I might read. I found the story, though somewhat convoluted, to be an interesting take on an alternate Earth. He starts with a fast pace and continues it all the way through. The attention to detail, overdone a little at times, draws you into the world so that you almost feel like you're there. I also thought his spin on explaining mythology within the terms of the world was unique and fascina ...more
Sarah
A sprawling fantasy, "Hammer of Thor" follows adept Francis Kader's journey across two decades, from the war-torn villages of occupied Korea to the remote and forbidding mountain of Valhalla; from the skies over San Francisco to the Icelandic permafrost. Traveling by ship, train, flying magic carpet and cloud, Kader races against time, rogue adepts, and the gods themselves to save the hammer of Thor, learning a few lessons about love and humanity in the process.
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Toni Sinns
Story Line: Kader moves away from the bitter cold of Minneapolis to the warmth of San Francisco. Shortly after his move he meets a lady that will start him on a journey that never ends. Each event he finds himself in the middle of leads him to another event. Using his powers and skills to find a way to get through each obstacle he faces. Along with the friends he meets and gains along the way to his encounter with Thor himself.

Characters: Kader and many more.

My Favorite Character: Dagmar. Or Dor
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Frances
This is the first book in the adepts series, a thoroughly original take on magic in contemporary settings. Townsend weaves a plot that does not stop, full of myth, magic and alternate history, and guaranteed to entertain. Could not put the book down.
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S. Evan Townsend is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program fo ...more
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