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Hammered (with bonus short story): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Hearne
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

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BONUS: This special eBook edition includes a bonus short story set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles: "A Test of Mettle."

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully—he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plain of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

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    "Hearne provides lots of zippy plotting and rocking action scenes...fans will be thrilled."--Publishers Weekly

    “A page-turning and often laugh-out-loud funny caper through a mix of the modern and the mythic.”—Ari Marmell, author of The Warlord’s Legacy

    “Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Three Days to Dead

    “Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”—Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising


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    About the Author

    Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3124 KB
    • Print Length: 338 pages
    • Publisher: Del Rey (July 5, 2011)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004J4WLOQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,312 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Modern Day Odyssey. July 7, 2011
    By Kale
    Format:MP3 CD
    Odysseus Who? Atticus continues his modern day odyssey in Hammered, and Hearne's druid is making Homer's hero look like a little punk with his epic adventures. After all, even Odysseus didn't go after a full fledge god like Thor.

    Too bad Dos Equis isn't an Irish brew because Atticus could definitely win the bid for the Most Interesting Man in the World. Delight in the oddities and misfortunes that have become Atticus' life. Drinks with Jesus. A Shakespearean duel with a vampire. Suggestive salad spinning with a young beautiful apprentice. A bareback ride on a giant squirrel. And getting slapped around by the Morrigan. Sounds like just another day for Atticus O'Sullivan.

    The Iron Druid is a man of his word, and it's time to make good on some promises he made. Even if it kills him. First he has to retrieve a golden apple for a certain witch. Then Atticus is to escort Leif to Asgard to take on the patron God of Jerks. They'll pick up some backup along the way and introduce us to some new and endearing characters all with a grudge against Thor. And honestly when someone like Jesus concedes your a thundering D-Bag, you probably deserve the angry lynch mob coming for you.

    But O'Sullivan's actions aren't without consequence. Not everyone will come out of the fray alive and with the possible relocation of the local coven, pack upheaval within the werewolf community, and vampire unrest in Arizona the cost of revenge could be too high. The wait for the next installment definitely too long.

    Again I have to reccomend the audiobook version of this series. Hammered was just as excellently performed as Hounded, and Hexed. Kevin's words are pure magic when Luke Daniels is narrating them. He did another outstanding job with Atticus and company.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted to Love This Book April 29, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Books 1 and 2 were amazing, and I had such high hopes for book 3. Sadly, this one does not live up to the previous 2.

    It seems like Atticus does not do anything in this book. He's involved only because his friends need him to be, but without his own dog in the fight, he just sort of drifts along though the plot. It was great to find out why Thor had to die, but that could have easily been covered "off-stage." The fight with the Norse gods, which was supposed to be the climax of the book, was over too fast, and little was done about the character deaths. ** SPOILER ALERT ** Those deaths were just glossed over; more time was spent trying to put Leif's head back together than was spent discussing the death of Gunnar! He just dies and Atticus goes on to the next step, as if the loss of his friend was nothing. (He seemed more concerned about how Hal would react to being alpha than he did about the fact his friend was killed in front of him.)

    Also, Oberon, who was my favorite character in the previous books, barely appears in this one. I understand why Atticus could not take him, but not having the dog's comments left a hole in the book.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific 3rd book in the Iron Druid Chronicles September 12, 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    With Hounded & Hexed, Kevin Hearne has pretty much established himself as one of urban fantasy's best new voices. Not surprisingly, expectations were sky-high for Hammered, the third volume of The Iron Druid Chronicles.

    Hammered begins with Atticus O'Sullivan undertaking a reconnaissance mission in Asgard. The plan is to retrieve a golden apple that would cancel his debt with the Indian witch Laksha, while also relieving Thor of his power and godhood. Unfortunately, like many of his past outings, the mission doesn't go as planned and Atticus ends up making things worse. His plan botched, Atticus returns to Arizona to settle some business before dealing with Thor. This involves Atticus' Third Eye bookstore and Granuaile MacTiernan, the latter of which is further explored in the short story, "A Test of Mettle". The book also features the return of the Jewish demon hunters from Hexed as well as the appearance of someone who will surprise many readers. Meanwhile, joining Atticus in his quest against Thor is Lief, Gunnar and three other very powerful individuals, thus setting the stage for Hammered...

    Like its predecessors, Hammered features a liberal does of humor, which is one of the most consistently fun factors in The Iron Druid Chronicles, with the Irish wolfhound Oberon once again stealing most of the show with lines like "Anyplace is good so long as there's sausage and bitches", "Oh look it's a dead guy and a wet dog", and "Pai Mei's probably on Facebook right now, look him up." Despite the humor, The Iron Druid Chronicles has progressively become darker with each volume with Hammered the darkest book yet. The author never descends to all-out gore in Hammered, but there is lots of violence and death, tragic histories, depressing futures, and a more overall serious tone.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Someone give that dog a bacon latte! July 10, 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Don't think that Atticus O'Sullivan is letting his recent impressive deeds go to his head. In past weeks, the world's last Druid had polished off several gods and taken out a slew of formidable supernatural foes, all the while his snarky one-liners having reduced readers into stitches. Atticus, whose life span stretches back to more than two thousand years, clings to that bromide about discretion being the better part of valor. It's how he's survived this long. But the flip side is that he'd given his word, had vowed to a fearsome witch and to his undead attorney that, for services rendered, he would storm Valhalla (quietly) to steal Idunn's Golden Apples (which would confer immortality to the witch) and to slay Thor (because the thunder god is a callous asshat what vexed the attorney mightily a thousand years ago). HAMMERED tracks Atticus's attempt to live up his promise.

    In the course of two books (HOUNDED and HEXED), writer Kevin Hearne has been subtly shaking things up. And, in HAMMERED, we learn that Atticus's recent actions have fair wrought worlds-shattering consequences. One of the best things about the Iron Druid Chronicles - and there's a lot here that's brilliant - is that Hearne has got this wild, all-inclusive mindset when it comes to building his world mythology. He inhabits it with bickering pantheons from diverse cultures, as well as various cultural folk heroes (like the Coyote who makes another cameo here). In HAMMERED, not only do we get practically the entire Norse divinity but, among others, appearances by the vengeful Roman god of wine, an obscure Slavic thunder god, an immortal Chinese kung-fu master, and the most influential Christian figure of them all (who ends up tossing down a brewski with Atticus).
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Book One...good; Book Two...very good; This one...Outstanding!
    Inventive, extremely humorous and filled with modern references. Loved books one and two, but this one was the best so far.
    Published 7 days ago by Darcy Raymond
    4.0 out of 5 stars Whiskey and Wolfhounds are my new love.
    Worth the read. Fun, unique, and quick. You'll be on the look out for an Irish-Wolfhound for the rest of your life.
    Published 9 days ago by Andrew Monroe
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great Yarn
    A great fun series - well written, with an interesting mix of ancient traditions and cultures as a base for a modern story line.
    Published 15 days ago by Rob McA
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    It was good, not as good as the first few. But good. On to the next one.
    Published 19 days ago by Bentley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful characters and story. Just a little drag in the middle!
    I flew through the first two books of this series with anticipation, but this book started out a little slow for me and dragged for a long time. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by Prospero
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hammered !
    Another well-written, action packed Atticus adventure. I'm hooked and looking forward to the next book in the series. Great read.
    Published 28 days ago by Christian Turleypepper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and suspenseful read
    A nice surprise. Picked this up from some of Amazon's recommends. Great writing. Some suspenseful moments, some twists, some predictable, some surprises - a bit of everything. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by C. T. Lee
    3.0 out of 5 stars The third book really wasn't as great as the first in this series
    The third book really wasn't as great as the first in this series. I didn't particularly care for the storyline. Read more
    Published 29 days ago by hrdryd
    5.0 out of 5 stars I have trouble putting this book down
    I really REALLY enjoy these books! Kevin Hearne has created an intriguing world with a well-defined magic system, multi-dimensional characters, a great balance of suspense and... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Willster
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    If you like dresden, then you'll like these. They're very similar style.
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    Kevin Hearne is a middle-aged nerd who still enjoys his comic books and old-school heavy metal. He cooks tasty omelets, hugs trees, and paints miniature army dudes. He lives with his wife, daughter, and doggies in a wee cottage.

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