The Brotherhood of the Wheel
In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon--a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from t ...more
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Urban Fantasy is such an exciting genre right now because of books like The Brotherhood of the Wheel. While mythological creatures and vigilantes have long been a mainstay, R.S. Belcher has shaken up these conventions and breathed new life into UF by looking at a slice of American culture that arguably hasn’t gotten a lot o ...more
I had previously tried to read this author’s six-gun tarot and never finished it due to pacing but thought the author’s writing was interesting enough to give him another shot. I be very glad that I did. Thi ...more
The nitty-gritty: Another winner for Belcher, a good versus evil story that will scare and delight in equal measure.
“Jimmie, if what the Pagan said is true, then the universe, at its most fundamental levels, is out of whack and is falling apart. We have to do something before it’s too late.”
“Right,” Jimmie said. “Save the universe. Got it, but first we have to merge into the damned right lane.”
I started this book near the beginning of March, and I fully intend...more
I found this when looking for Bronson Pinchot's latest narrations on Audible. If I thought I could handle the violence or sex audibly, I'd definitely listen because Pinchot is superb. But I know I'll want to skim or skip those parts. So I chose this for my March book purchase (yes, I'm still trying to limit my book buying ... and mostly it works!)
The adventure is enjoyable enough but it is ruined by a lack of focus on ...more
What I Liked
Jimmie Aussapile is a great main character. I liked him because he doesn't have any special powers: he's just a man doing a job he knows needs to be done, at risk to himself and his family. Fighting evil might save the world, but it's trucking that pays the mortgage. He's also not some young, handsome hunk: he's married with a loving wife he actually talks to, a daughter and a baby on the way. So, in all wa ...more
“That name’s familiar,” Paul said. “I think he was a governor or something.”
A diner called Zodiac Lodge with entrees named after serial killers, may be a business venture that R.S. Belcher should look into. There are larger take-aways from this book but this may, perhaps, be my favorite.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Belcher is the master of genre mash-ups. The Brotherhood of the Wheel ...more
This book is not keeping my interest at all. I'm not sure if it's because I just don't care or if I'm getting burned out on urban fantasy after reading the entire Daniel Faust series.
Either way, I'm putting it on the abandoned books shelf, but I may come back to this one another time.
R.S. Belcher is an unknown to me author, but I remember that Six-Gun Tarot did get really good reviews from the blogs I trust, so I decided to give this book a go. In many ways it's UF at its purest: hard-driven, packed with elements of horror and really rich on details. God, at some point it reminded me of Buffy so much!
Jimmy is a slightly overweight, middle-aged tracker. An average man who is also a Paladin entrusted to keep the roads of America s ...more
Urban fantasy done absolutely 130 percent correctly, tons of action, fun, great characters I cared about, and a world that hinted at much deeper (which by God, he better go back to)
This tale rocked pretty much from top to bottom, seriously took me about 2 days to read. My issues are few, I only docked it one star, this was mainly due to how things wrapped up. The final act was a bit too tidy and clean, but considering I hope this is a new series, it's e ...more
I am (as I've noted elsewhere) a Christian and I'm always looking for GOOD Christian fiction. Sadly quite often books that are overtly Christian seem not to be quite as good as their secular brethren. The idea here is an excellent one. A brotherhood of Goodguys of the road, truckers, motorcyclists, and others who live and work on the highways in service to goodness ...more
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A highly original take on a familiar fantasy trope. The plot focuses on a large group of missing children and finding the person - or thi ...more
I loved this book. Great urban fantasy that just so happened to give me a serious case of the hebejebes! Why didn’t anyone tell me to pick this up before now? Okay, so maybe you did tell me to pick it up but I’m plain stubborn – sometimes I need more of a shove than a nudge. Urban fantasy with a good dose of horror mashed in for good measure, this is a world that involves all sorts of nightmares, ghosts and ancient creatures. Fortunately the ...more
The story is phenomenal. It's a fun and rowdy and energetic plot that keeps you engaged. I love the characters that go through it, and their own struggles that they're dealing with as they try and wrestle with the larger plot problems the book takes on. I went through it very quickly not because it was an easy read (it actually has some nice and complicated stuff it works w ...more
Readers with (even loose) standards with regards to prose are advised to stay far, far away from this stinking pile of refuse.
Readers with absolutely no standards whatsoever are advised to consult a different review.
The first part was confusing, there were 3 separate things going on, but they didn't seem connected. It was only as Jimmy, Hector and Lovina met up that things started to come together. Part of it was the characters being together, part was that Jimmy ...more
The Brotherhood of the Wheel opens up with a trucker knight hunting down a serial killer that called himself the Markiss. Mr. Snappy killer found a copy of the The 120 Days of Sodom and decided that the Marquis de Sade is really cool. Someone has to get rid of the t ...more
This book is absolutely ridiculous. It totally rides the line of stupidity, but always reins in it just at the right time to instead give us crazy, almost comic book-like action, a bonkers universe of supernatural beings and secret societies, while delivering some very touching, heartfelt moments.
Agnes is a particular favourite character.
I came in hesitantly with this story, taking a show me what you got attitude, b ...more
Rod has been a private investigator, a DJ, a comic book store owner and has degrees in criminal law, psychology and justice and risk administration, from Virginia Commonwealth University. He's done Masters work in Forensic Science at The George Washington University, and worked with the Occult Crime Taskforce fo ...more