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The Brotherhood of the Wheel

(Brotherhood of the Wheel #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,102 ratings  ·  216 reviews
A unique new urban fantasy by the author of The Six-Gun Tarot, exploring the haunted byways and truck stops of the U.S. Interstate Highway System.

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Tor
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R.S. Belcher Thank you for the great compliment! I'm really glad you've enjoyed the books. The sequel to Brotherhood is called "King of the Road" ( at least that's…moreThank you for the great compliment! I'm really glad you've enjoyed the books. The sequel to Brotherhood is called "King of the Road" ( at least that's the working title) and I write it this fall/ winter, which most likely means Tor will have it on their schedule for 2017 or 2018. Thanks again for supporting the books!(less)
Classiccolors Well, it's not like it describes the torture of children in detail, the bulk of the violence happens to adults, but yes, a critical plot point is the …moreWell, it's not like it describes the torture of children in detail, the bulk of the violence happens to adults, but yes, a critical plot point is the fact that young teens are being turned into monsters and then those monsters (who look like teens) are destroyed. There was another reference to a mother and daughter being raped in front of their family, there isn't a vivid description of it happening, just a reference, but still left me feeling queasy. I still liked the book, it's obviously fantasy, not "realistic" fantasy, there's humor and overall lots of good people working together to defeat evil. (less)

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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Updated: Book + trucker hat giveaway (US/CAN) 3/4/16-3/14/16

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
Adam Swift
Apr 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's like a 13-year-old drank too many monster energy drinks then tried to write a Stephen King novel after watching too much Criminal minds and Sons of Anarchy.
The Captain
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ahoy there me mateys! I heard about this book from Tammy @ booksbonesandbuffy and was very intrigued despite that fact that urban fantasy is not usually me thing. But this book deals with truckers, bikers, and other drivers who help protect the haunted U.S. Interstate Highway System. So cool.

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
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Julie Davis
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Knights Templar in big rigs? C'mon! This is begging me to read it!

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
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
R.S. Belcher has now been added to my list of Authors I Really Like.

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
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Templar for the highways is made up of truckers, law enforcement, bikers, RV Gypsies, taxi's and basically anyone that hits the road on a regular basis. They help those that encounter evil while traveling. In this addition there are black eyed children that try to abduct people and take them to a town in another dimension. The demon who creates these scary, sharp teethed minions is sacrificing people abducted from our highways to a higher evil being. If everything goes according to his plan ...more
Cupcakes & Machetes
She looked over the menu at her daughter. “How about this Ed Gein Bar-B-Que? That sounds good!”
“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
DNF at 6%, no rating.

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.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
What an awesome, gritty urban fantasy, peeps!

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
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want more of this yesterday.

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
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I'm sorry here. I really wanted to like this book. In fact I wanted to like it so much I may...later....try it again, but I doubt it.

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
This is a serviceably written contemporary dark fantasy that is saved from its occasional cool-guy posturing by some very fun ideas. Elvis Presley as a Lich King presiding over an exclusive nightclub on an island in the river outside of Memphis. Serial killer hunting lodges disguised as down market diners. Templar truck drivers versus the biker Wild Hunt. It's a fun, easy read. Mostly pretty predictable, and some of the characters are a little thin, but it goes fast enough to be forgivable.

My b
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really 3 and 1/2 stars. Urban fantasy/supernatural mystery about a modern-day offshoot of the Knights Templar, whose members are made of truckers, state troopers, bikers, bus drivers and the like. Their job is to protect the people who travel the U.S. interstate system from evil - both earthly evil ( i.e. serial killers) and the supernatural kind (i.e. demons).

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
Lynn Williams
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars
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
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2018
This is a straight-up riot, just so many wonderful characters, some really fabulous dialogue, and the compelling conceit that a member of the brotherhood of knights who defend the road & all who travel on it has to join together with a monster-hunting biker, a Louisiana cop, a kidnapped college student, and an elderly MI6 agent to save the universe. ...more
Siona St Mark
I remember why I DNFed this book the first time. The first chapter is soooo interesting and then the next one is just so cringey to me. I really really love Belcher’s Golgotha series and would go so far to say that it’s one of my all time favorites, and I would recommend that in a heart beat. This series has a lot of potential for me, enough that after I DNF’ed it the first time I kept thinking about it and rebought the book to give it a second chance. Which says something, I suppose.
Gillian Murrell
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Urban Fantasy/Supernatural/Horror which at times made me think twice about opening the door is someone knocks at night. Jimmie Aussapile the truck driver who seems to spend more time chasing bad guys than he does picking up loads, is joined by Heck the some what off the rails bikie and Louisiana cop Lovina Marcou. Together they set out to solve a mystery involving missing children only to discover a heap of B.E.K (black eyed kids) The story is creepy and then in walks Elvis wtf so thats where ...more
Tim Martin
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, horror, fantasy
Fast-paced and enjoyable urban fantasy, this was a good melding of some of the elements that make up the TV series _Supernatural_, Neil Gaiman’s _American Gods_, Sarah Beth Durst’s _The Lost_, and Dyrk Ashton’s _Paternus_ series. Maybe a little also of the 1996 movie _From Dusk till Dawn_ as well. Also _The X-Files_ too, as well as the The Checquy Files series by Daniel O’Malley. Basically it brings to mind a lot of the urban fantasy (and horror, definitely horror) novels, movies, and TV series ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
So here's the deal with this book. It falls into the pile of books that I think of as emotionally good, but technically bad.

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
Jeff Suwak
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've enjoyed a fiction book this much in probably five years, and I read a lot. The opening line is just absolutely killer, and the book just kept drawing me in from there. The story itself is terrific, but what is possibly even more enjoyable in this age of homogenous prose is the author's stylistic proficiency and flare. Dude can just straight-up write. Every single character is recognizable and feels "real," which goes a long way in making the fantastical elements of the story s ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: failed-to-finish
Remember that time when you were a teenager browsing online fiction, and you found something so horrible and badly written but consoled yourself with the naive notion that nothing like that could get published and have real money put behind it? WELL GUESS WHAT, life is cruel and this book proves once again it's possible. Don't be lured with the promises of urban fantasy noir, this was so atrocious I couldn't even stomach slogging through the first chapter, and that's without even broaching the q ...more
H James
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: forsaken
The only crime in this novel worth investigating is the one the author has committed against the English language. Nicholas Sparks and Dan Brown look like modern-day Melvilles when viewed alongside this R.S. Belcher fellow.

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.
When this book came out I added it to my maybe shelf. The description intrigued me, but I just didn't make an effort to read it. Then in the last week it showed up as the daily deal at audible and I grabbed it and looked forward to listening to it.

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
Nick Spacek
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This book could have been an absolute winner, but Belcher repeatedly shot himself in the foot. Be it his need to constantly mention what song by what artist is playing, like a freshman creative writing major trying to create a sense of place, or his overly-expository dialogue, it seems like the author doesn't trust in his writing -- or his readers -- enough to just let characters and plot roll on and get shit accomplished. When Belcher stops trying and lets the story get going, it's fun as fuck. ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another work of brilliance from R.S. Belcher. I loved this book - its story, its characters, its setting. The way Belcher begins with numerous narratives and weaves them together is so well done, and it feels like you are immersed in the world he has created. My only complaint is that there is a great deal of violence and at times it felt gratuitous. But overall this was a fantastic read and I can't wait for more Belcher!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars! Review coming soon.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In actuality, I must have listened to 90% of this story more than 12 times. Bronson Pinchot does a great job narrating the story. It made it easy to fall into the world and characters that Belcher created and hang on for a wild ride.

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
Tobin Elliott
I have zero experience with Belcher's novels, but damn, man! That's gonna change.

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
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R.S. (Rod) Belcher is an award-winning newspaper and magazine editor and reporter.  
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

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“Oh, very nice to see I was afforded a few scraps,” she said, smiling and plucking a chicken leg out of Heck’s hand before he could take his first bite. “Don’t get between me and my chow, old lady,” Heck said. “We’ll tussle.” “You’ll lose,” Agnes said, taking a bite. “Food’s always better after a battle. Sex, too.” Jimmie’s horrified face came up out of his plate. Max, Ava, and Lovina laughed, and Heck hugged Agnes and leaned in close to take a bite of her chicken leg. “Aw, a lassie after my own heart,” Heck said. “Care for a quick snog, you fiery vixen?” 1 likes
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