The Brotherhood of the Wheel
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...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
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...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
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.
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
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
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
My b ...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
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
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.
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 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
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...
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 ...more
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 ...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