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American Craftsmen: A Novel (American Craft Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
In modern America, two soldiers will fight their way through the magical legacies of Poe and Hawthorne to destroy an undying evil—if they don’t kill each other first.
US Army Captain Dale Morton is a magician soldier—a “craftsman.” After a black-ops mission gone wrong, Dale is cursed by a Persian sorcerer and haunted by his good and evil ancestors. Major Michael Endicott, a Puritan craftsman, finds gruesome evidence that the evil Mortons, formerly led by the twins Roderick and Madeline, have returned, and that Dale might be one of them.
Dale uncovers treason in the Pentagon’s highest covert ranks. He hunts for his enemies before they can murder him and Scherie, a new friend who knows nothing of his magic.
Endicott pursues Dale, divided between his duty to capture a rogue soldier and his desire to protect Dale from his would-be assassins. They will discover that the demonic horrors that have corrupted American magic are not bound by family or even death itself.
In Tom Doyle's thrilling debut, American Craftsmen, Seal Team Six meets ancient magic--with the fate of the United States hanging in the balance . . .
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"Tom Doyle's American Craftsmen is an exciting crossbetween dark urban fantasy and special ops thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyedit." Eric Flint, New York Times bestselling author of the Ring of Fire series.
"Tom Doyle has taken every Sci-Fi Channel and Coast toCoast radio show concept and incorporated them into a very entertaining novel.At first I was startled to encounter so many themes, then I was drawn to admirethe skills he used to weave them together, and then I just sat back and enjoyedthe show. I also learned the truth about how Stonewall Jackson was killed.Great fun." JerryPournelle, New York Times bestselling author.
"Tom Doyle'sAmerican Craftsmen is a fast-moving and intriguing novel that incorporatesfeatures of combat fantasy, special-operations, alternative history, block ops,and even a touch of romance into a seamless action tapestry offering a farricher read than most action adventures without sacrificing either action orspeed." L.E.Modesitt, Jr.
"Tom Doyle is an American Brother Grimm. It's almost asif Edgar Alan Poe and Philip K Dick teamed up to write a militaryaction-thriller." Nicole Galland,author of I, Iago and The Fool's Tale.
"A seamless blend of military SF and urban fantasy thathad me riveted from the get-go. Like so many hidden corners of America,Tom Doyle's imagination is a strange and marvelous place!" Jeri Smith-Ready,award-winning author of Wicked Game and Shade.
"From his secret history of the Pentagon to his elaborate depiction of ghostly power in the world around us, Doyle orchestrates a gritty, believable novel. Plus, his craftsmen employ some kick-ass magic tricks!" Mindy Klasky, authorof The Girl's Guide to Witchcraft and How Not to Make a Wish.
"The story is poised at the junction of at least twogenres--military thrillers and urban fantasy. American Craftsmen is politicallysophisticated while still being a hot-blooded, quintessentially Americanstory." Stephanie Dray,author of Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile.
"Like some mutant blend of Fringe and Tom Clancy, Doyle's AmericanCraftsmen rides the urban fantasy wave in a whole new direction." David J. Williams, author of The MirroredHeavens and The Burning Skies.
- ASIN : B00HTJ03YS
- Publisher : Tor Books; First edition (May 6, 2014)
- Publication date : May 6, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 971 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #612,258 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing here is sharp. The characters are interesting and come alive. There's humor. And it's all done pretty smartly, too.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series....
Where many of these types of books focus mostly on the fighting we can see - bullets flying and swords swinging - American Crafstmen engages much more with the internal conflict that goes on beneath the surface. That's not to say there's no action, because there's plenty, but it's all well considered and planned. These characters know what they're doing, where they come from, and what's at stake. So does the author, and his knowledge of history and magic shines through in the text. At times, when darkness threatens to drown the story, the author even sprinkles in some genuinely funny bits.
Good writing, solid characters, and a promise of a great series to come.