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The Headlock of Destiny: An Epic Fantasy / Pro Wrestling Mash-up (Titan Wars Book 1)

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Some say titans are descended from giants. Others say they are risen from men. But theres never any debate about where to find them. They will be in the center of a roaring crowd, beating the hell out of each other. From contenders like the Savage and Scott Flawless to pretenders like Richard the Living Portrait and Troll-Blooded Thom, a titans lot in life is the same: To ...more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published March 5th 2020 by Cylinder Publishing
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Jim Phillips
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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An excellent well written wrestling fantasy with great world building and well developed characters. A fast paced story that was unique and very enjoyable. A quick read that I highly recommend and will definitely be looking for the next book in this series. What more trouble can Van get into?
Jacob Heiner
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book. It is fast paced, clever, and just enjoyable.

I enjoyed the characterizations of each of the wrestlers. I feel like it would be easy to have a bunch of professional wrestlers be pretty much the same, but they had distinct personalities and goals, which really made things come alive.

I thought the main character was relatable and well developed. The book isn't very long, but he still has very clear character development that is well motivated and believable, which is
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like wrestling and always wanted to see it over the top in a world where that seems normal. This is the book for you. If you like fantasy and world building you will have fun with this. This is absolutely a chocolate & peanut-butter mashup.

This book was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. It was fun goofy reading. It had characters that were exactly what I would expect from the late 80 mid 90s WWF (WWE) TV spots. The heels were extraordinarily over the top and exactly what
Eli Kay-Oliphant
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a tremendous page turner. It grabs you by your shirt collar and lifts you off the floor. I couldn't put it down.

It's been a long time since I've watched wrestling, but it was fun to follow the loose references incorporated into this fully immersed fantasy experience. You don't have to know, like, or understand wresting to love this book -- the wrestling element does provide a unique and interesting layer, though.

I really enjoyed this one. Such a cool story, an interesting
Lee Fritz
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This. Is. Amazing. I got an advanced review copy after reading Sams other offerings. To be frank I am not now, nor have I ever been, a fan of professional wrestling - thus I began reading with some skepticism.

The story that unfolded was completely original and thrilling, carrying a standard of ethical integrity and raw violence. The backstory with lost love was a jump start to our hero who protects the innocent, embraces diversity, and serves as moral compass with his every decision. All that
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off, this book is just awesome. Fast paced, great story. Entertaining as hell it doesnt matter what kind of reading you usually do.

If youre a wrestling fan, or more specifically, ever had even a passing interest in the golden era of wrestling (80s to early 90s in my book)this books is for you. I caught several Easter Eggs, with characters inspired by Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon and a bunch of others.

Dont get me wrong, the book in no way relies on that nostalgia. The fights and scenarios
Calvin Park
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Headlock of Destiny is unique, and clever, and fun, and enjoyable, with a lovable cast of characters that draw you in to a zany concept that ends up being more epic than you expect. That admittedly long and winding sentence is the best way I could come up with to express my enjoyment of Samuel Gately latest. Created as a sort of mashup of pro wrestling and epic fantasy, the story begins personally, grounded in the main character, Van. But it expands rapidly without every losing that personal ...more
C.D. Gallant-King
You don't need to be a fan of pro-wrestling to get this book, but if you are you'll appreciate some of the inside jokes and references.

Van is a titan, a giant ten-times as a strong as a mortal man, destined to fight and entertain the masses in a wrestling ring. Despite his humble beginnings working at a brewery in a backwater village, he is of course swept up into the politics and show-biz of the fighting circuit, thrust into the biggest tournament in the world, the Headlock of Destiny. Van
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was skeptical going in but this book was awesome! I had read some of Gately's other books (Spies of Dragon and Chalk series) which were great, fast paced fantasy/spy novels. I was looking for some entertaining quarantine reading and saw that this had just come out but I wasn't so sure how well fantasy and pro-wrestling would work together. I shouldn't have been concerned. Gately is so skilled at mixing genres. Just like he blended 007 spy tropes into his previous novels, Gately takes ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pleasant surprise. A mashup of two genres that work so perfectly together it's amazing it hasn't been done before.

I really enjoyed this adventure story. The main character, Van The Beer Man, is vulnerable, endearing and impossible not to root for. If you're a wrestling fan, the references will jump right out at you. Some of the liberties taken with familiar archetypes are very creative. If you're a fantasy fan, you'll enjoy a rich world that slowly unfolds as giant Titans fight,
Asit Goswami
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This tale is terrific. Titans. Beer. Wrestling. What's not to love?! I enjoyed following Van, the lovable misanthropic main character on his journey through this fantastic society that I can't wait to read more about.

This is a creative story that is fun and carries more depth the deeper you go in.

Now, I hear the crowds in the wrestling pit calling for more from Gately!
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Samuel Gately is a writer of novels and short stories in the fantasy genre. Most have spies in them. Samuel lives in Oak Park just outside Chicago with his wife, daughters, and overly fluffy dogs.

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