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The Brotherhood of the Wheel

(Brotherhood of the Wheel #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  931 ratings  ·  195 reviews

R.S. Belcher launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as, 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 the Ho

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Tor Books
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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)
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

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 intended to post a review at that t

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
Julie Davis
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)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gillian Murrell
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, reviewed
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Lynn Williams
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
Re-Read before King of the Road comes out tomorrow. It was just as good as I remembered.
Timelord Iain
The Wheel Turns...

Great new UF series about Highway Templars... Truckers, Motorcycle Clubbers, Law Enforcement... they hide among us keeping the roads safe from dangers natural and supernatural...

I can't wait for R.S. Belcher to write more in this series... this story told here is great, and all the unnecessary little embellishments along the way just enrich the world he's built...
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the Knights Templar history, I picked up Brotherhood of the Wheel by RS Belcher on a whim when someone on one of my lists recommended it. I was leery at first because I’d attempted his Six-Gun Tarot and hadn’t gotten past the first chapter.

But Brotherhood surprised me. It’s gritty, horror filled, and keeps the reader on the edge of your seat until the last page. Now I’m not typically a horror reader (my love of Dean Koontz and SyFy’s Haven aside), but Brotherhood really reached out a
Stephanie Embry
DNF at about 45%.
I'm kinda angry. This book had an awesome premise, and a talented writer behind the wheel. I loved Six Gun Tarot by the same guy.

So why are there amateur mistakes left and right? The scene that finally broke the camel's back included no less than half a dozen cases of head hopping, none of which were necessary. The book is not written in omniscient 3rd, these were just sloppy writing.

There were some really great moments and lines, but always broken by clunky description or just
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