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Hammer of Thor Paperback – August 28, 2011
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About the Author
S. Evan Townsend is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and two teenage sons and has a son attending the University of Washington in biology. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.
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Mr Townsend takes some shortcuts with the narrative, and his female characters tend to be more placeholders than anything else - but the effect is reminiscent of 40's-50's hardboiled detective stories. I think in some ways its more a result of the development of the character than any specific intent of the writer. Francis Kader, the main character, shows himself to be racist, misogynist, and very much a privileged jerk... but I don't see this a shortcoming in the story, but instead as success in the author's ability to make a flawed character come to life. And the character does grow and better himself through the events in the story.
The story itself is packed with action, a creative magic system, and a complex web of shifting enemies/allies. The locales and details of technology and culture are spot-on, and the places where the story touches history are well chosen. There's a dark thread of humor through the story, and some interesting ideas about the series' mythology are hinted at.
Well worth reading, and I look forward to buying more books by Mr Townsend!
Hammer of Thor is so much more than just a fantasy book. It is a novel that touches on war, history, culture, and even language. It has great twists you don’t see coming. It is obvious that a great deal of research went into the novel. Townsend takes history and manipulates it for his own ends, and the end results are amazing. The writing style is immediate yet visual. I highly recommend this novel and can’t wait to read more of Townsend’s work.
On the other hand, while I understand why many of the characters are the way they are, I didn't find any real likeable ones. I had a hard time empathizing with any of them, so I wasn't really invested in any of the failures or successes. The story spans eleven years, but aside from his opinion of other skin types, and a little about the "lessers," changing, I didn't see much development in Kader's character. Townsend also introduces a character in the beginning that screams "plot point" and seems to have no other purpose when re-introduced toward the end.
I intend to keep reading the series to see how he expands the world and what he does with the magic system.
This book is an interesting alternative history of 1930's to 1950's leaved with magic users.
Joe Kader, not his real name as real names are prone to misuse, is an adept. He has control over various powers and those powers are enhanced by talismans. He is arrogant and thoughtless about lesser, those who have no magical abilities. Adepts seem to be above mundane law and among themselves might makes right. I enjoyed the way Townsend developed the character of Kader. He showed a progression in the character that was enjoyable to read.
The book covers a lot of ground and every bit is enjoyable. The characters are interesting and don't smack of comic book origins. The mix of magic and technology was well done. The potential for a Jim Butcher type series is obvious.
A little more polish and I think Townsend will be a major force in this type of book.
I recommend the book.
Frank's skills save him from a long series of incidents that would have killed a lesser man. He travels the world across the U.S., to war torn Europe, and all the way to China. Along the way he makes an interesting group of friends as well as some powerful enemies. He must pit his skills against theirs in order to save himself and his friends from disaster.
Hammer of Thor is an incredibly complex novel that intertwines true events with a great deal of imagination. Spanning eleven years, readers watch Frank as he grows more powerful and finally faces the ultimate foe--a god of Valhalla!
I greatly enjoyed Hammer of Thor and recommend it to anyone who likes novels that pair recent history with a paranormal twist.
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