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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Confirmed me as a HUGE fan of RS Belcher
This novel confirms me as a big fan and supporter of RS Belcher after just discovering for myself the similarly wonderful Nightwise. I took a shot at Brotherhood out of curiosity to see if I dare hope that Belcher really was what I thought he could be. And I dare say now he is. Belcher is the best new writer I’ve come across on a long while. Certainly the best I’ve come across who didn’t already have a huge following, several books deep in a series, or movies made of his work. That’s part of the exciting thing. He feels fresh.
Belcher seems like he could go either way from here -- become a strong voice like Stephen King or sorta coast on easy genre expectations like Charlie Huston (sorry, C.H. fans, don’t mean to be rude, but Huston feels like a guy who doesn’t try very hard anymore if he ever did). Brotherhood feels like it could take place in the same world as Nightwise (in fact there is a passing mention of NIghtwise’s protagonist), but it’s FAR from a cut and paste/Mad Lips recreation. So many genre writers feel to me like they they have a template where they just switch out character names or remix plots of other novels. I get the feeling we won’t get that from Belcher. He’s too good a writer. These ideas are too strong and bold (even if the influences are fairly obvious many times).
Take a shot, guy. The story is a little off center. If may leave you hanging in terms of showing you what’s going on longer than you normally like. But in the end, you will probably be very happy you rolled the dice.
- Bradley P. Valentine "Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work."