The Brotherhood of the Wheel

  • by R. S. Belcher
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

R. S. Belcher, the acclaimed author of The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana, launches a gritty new urban fantasy series about the mysterious society of truckers known only as The Brotherhood of the Wheel.
In AD 1119, 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 Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.
Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies - any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel. Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He's driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that's not on any map - and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.

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Epic Battle Brewing

Following on the heels of Nightwise, this second novel in Belcher’s new series is a pleasant departure from the formulaic Wizard-Detective story depicted in the first book. This sequel expands upon the minor battle between good and evil begun in Nightwise.
Here we learn of the international network of good guys that have been fighting the forces of evil for generations and their equally organized nefarious foes. I now see the first book, Nightwise, in a different light. The first two books feel like Belcher is still introducing the cast for a grand showdown much later. I feels like the early chapters of Stephen King’s The Stand where the stage must first be set—with all the various characters fully operating in their pivotal roles—before the real story can even begin. The characters in The Brotherhood of the Wheel are much more entertaining than the ones in Nightwise, making this a much more engaging and entertaining novel. Other than a strong sense that something big is brewing I don’t know where this series is heading. I eagerly anticipate the next volume.

Bronson Pinchot’s efforts here surpass even his own stellar standards— putting forth one of the best narration performances I have ever heard. He was wonderful narrating Matterhorn. He was fantastic narrating the Grimnoir Chronicles. And he was amazing in the Dead Six books. His effort here is the equal to any of these. Pinchot’s sense of drama and pacing is amazing. He reads this book better than I could possible imagine it in my own head. One brief example: In the middle of the book there is a minor character, an old woman that has maybe two minutes of air time. Pinchot gives her a voice that made me rewind to hear it again. Later I played this scene to a group of friends and all were left slack-jawed when hearing the authentic voice of an old black woman come out of Bronson Pinchot’s voice box. This kind of dramatic involvement is why I love audiobooks. An audiobook is a collaboration between the author and the narrator. R.S. Belcher has given Pinchot a cast of characters on which he can play with. Pinchot’s performance will be the reason I listen to this again; just to remind myself how good an audiobook can be.
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- Doug D. Eigsti

Amazing

Extremely well written. Character development was very good, even for bit parts. The plot itself is so well thought out that it wouldn't surprise me a bit if it were based in fact. Great book.
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- RB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios