What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Hammer of Thor by S. Evan Townsend

Wow, there was a lot going on in this book! When I was first approached by Mr. Townsend to read his book, The Hammer of Thor, I was a bit skeptical, because it's outside the genre that I spend about 75% of my time in. But check out the summary from Goodreads, and you'll know why I wanted to read it: They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the world is The Hammer of Thor and Hitler stole it from its rightful owners, the Valkyrie. When American adept Francis Kader is reluctantly drawn into the effort to retrieve the Hammer from the Nazis, he begins a journey that leads him to a confrontation with Thor himself. Can a mere human hope to defeat an immortal god?

What I liked: 1) The historical aspect. This book spans a huge amount of time, at one point I think Francis (Frank, Joe, he goes by many names) mention 18 years. Typically, I get really frustrated by really big lapses in time, but it worked in this book. Additionally, the history itself seemed to have been very well researched and accurate. 2) The action. This book was seriously non-stop. There was something new and exciting (or terrifying, at times!) on every page. 3) The creativity. Mr. Townsend's idea to take these parts of history and infiltrate them with magical beings (ah! Frank would be offended if I called them that) I mean, adepts made for a really appealing storyline. 4) Frank. I don't know what it is, but sometimes I have a hard time relating to books where the story is told from the perspective of a guy. Not so in this case. There were times I was holding my breath for Frank, my heart broke for him a few times, and I was always rooting for him.

What I didn't like: I went back and forth on this a lot, because I just wasn't sure about it. But when it came down to it, I didn't like the cover of the book. To the point of, I couldn't post it here on the blog. I appreciate the artistic freedom of the author and cover artist. And I understand that it was historically accurate. But even so, I couldn't bring myself to post anything with that particular symbol on my blog. Here's a link to the book on Amazon.com should you choose to check it out for yourself. A big part of the book refers to WW II, so I get why the symbol was included on the cover, but all the same, it wasn't to my taste. *note - my opinion of the book cover did not change my rating.

Overall thoughts: This story is on par with some of the action novels of David Baldacci. There's great action, historical accuracy and (unlike David Baldacci), supernatural elements. Not to mention something like epic battles from nearly the very first page. Guys and girls alike will enjoy this high-energy thriller.

My rating: 4 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Sounds fascinating! I love it when I wind up reading something out of my usual comfort zone and it winds up being awesome!

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