READ AUDIOBOOK ✓ American Craftsmen - by TomDoyle #2020

  • Title: American Craftsmen
  • Author: TomDoyle
  • ISBN: 9780765337511
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover

  • American Craftsmen By TomDoyle 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 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, aIn 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 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 .
    Tom Doyle is the author of AMERICAN CRAFTSMEN He writes science fiction and fantasy in Washington, DC He has won the WSFA Small Press Award and the Writers of the Future Award.

    American Craftsmen By TomDoyle


    At the ripe old age of 36, the fact that I have purchased books than I can read in this lifetime has begun to nag at me There was a time when I would have persevered through anything I picked up because a younger me would have thought, Oh, but I have all the time in the world to read all the books Onward And like a dung beetle, I would have continued to tumble that turd to the finish line But the older, wiser me is determined not to let the time suck that was The Age of Ra happen again So about [...]

    Never read a military fantasy, specially one set in the present day The premise is really interesting some of the oldest families that founded the US were and are magic users and set up secret dynasties that serve the government That are two rival families, the Mortons and Endicotts Think of Gryffindor and Slytherin, but with soldiers, guns, secret ops and the like serving the British government.I really liked the House here It s the mansion where the Morton family lives, and it s actually a liv [...]

    Beth Cato
    This is a gritty urban fantasy that reminded me of other excellent books like Chuck Wendig s Blackbirds and Zer0es though with less profanity The world building is really intriguing old American families carry not only prestigious name but craft, distinct types of magic Two of those families are vital to American security in the modern military, though they are also intense rivals Dale Morton s family is notorious for its Left Hand Morton branch that turned to dark magic centuries ago Dale is st [...]

    Ryan Lawler
    Do not let the cover or synopsis put you off, American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle hits big where it counts Cool magic, interesting political games, and great action scenes, American Craftsmen is like a cross between Alvin Maker and 24.

    originally posted at thebookplank 2014There are two elements that I find very cool to read about Magic and soldiers This is exactly what the synopsis of American Craftsmen offers I have been searching for these types of books and luckily I came across this one Though don t let the synopsis of the story take you in too much as this is only the tip of the iceberg of the story that Tom Doyle touches The best thing is, American Craftsmen is only Tom Doyle s debut into the fantasy fiction and is he i [...]

    Fantasy Literature
    Tom Doyle is a very creative author and his blending of historical fiction and urban fantasy is a really nice combination American Craftsmen is an exciting blend of two genres that kept me interested and excited for .The idea of magic having existed throughout history, just never openly exposed is a well used plotline, but Doyle is able to explain it in a new, interesting way that does not feel stale or repetitive In American Craftsmen we are shown a picture of the United States and how the pilg [...]

    Laura Montgomery
    I can easily see this as a movie Doyle uses an interesting device to cut quickly between some scenes, just like a movie does, to show us the actions of bit players, villains, heroes and heroine It gives the narrative real drive, and I had a hard time putting the book down once it got going.Dale Morton is a craftsman, a member of one of the craft families with a covenant with the military When his last mission ends in a disaster, complete with a curse, he seeks to find the person behind what happ [...]

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    a very interesting world and a fun ride I hope this grows into a series Both prequel and sequels would be welcome to flesh this out glad I was along for the ride.

    Megan Baxter
    This is an interesting concept, and the execution is, well, it s not great It s not execrable, either It s the kind of book that you don t mind reading, but really wish that it was about 30% better, and then it could get an enthusiastic recommendation as a good pulp read I like good pulpy fun, but those books really have to embrace that aspect of themselves This comes so close to being rollicking, but not quite, and at times, it tries a little too hard to be serious, and it s not that either.Not [...]

    I found this to be thoroughly entertaining This is everything I had hoped the execrable Control Point by Myke Cole would be Wizards, warlocks, witches and weathermen working as black ops in the military, plenty of action and a cool Secret History angle utilizing magic All of these magic users are called craftsmen in Doyle s world, hence the title.In the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P Kinsella which was turned into the excellent fantasy movie Field of Dreams , Kinsella seamlessly incorporated J.D Sali [...]

    Mon avis en Fran aisMy English reviewI did not know anything about Tom Doyle or his novels, and it s true that I usually avoid books that are or less connected with the army, but the synopsis immediately intrigued me when I read it I was therefore curious to see how the story would be I must say that in the end I really had a good time with the novel.Dale Morton went through many hardships in his life, and his last mission proved to be a total failure Being cursed and hoping to leave the army, [...]

    Really, I d give this one two and a half, if I could.This is one of those books, and you run into them a whole lot in SF and fantasy, where the author has done an excellent job with building a world and a magical system enough to make them absorbing and intriguing in their own right and thent lived up to them when it came time for character and plot The alternate magical history, with wizard families interwoven into the great conflicts Really cool The actual plott so much It comes off as an insp [...]

    American Craftsmen, Tom Doyle s debut novel, is about occult operatives, known as Craftsmen, and it s terrific work Out from Tor Books in May as the first part of a three book deal, it s very, very good I wish they d toned down the Baen ishness of the cover, which will no doubt put some folks off, because this fantasy government conspiracy thriller has a lot of interesting stuff about powerful occult families woven through American history Starting in the middle east in a classic op gone horribl [...]

    Samuel Lubell
    This is modern military fantasy with a twist all the things Hawthorne and Poe etc wrote were true, some names were changed, and a group of old Craft families in America have been helping fight its wars since the founding While the plot is interesting and does eventually tie into the history, I found the historical background much interesting than the characters I am glad that Doyle chose not to follow the easy path of making all the middle eastern characters villains one is actually the book s [...]

    Elizabeth Fisher
    Excellent speculative fiction with real characters Lots of military aspects, but fortunately it didn t go super heavy into that stuff just enough to make it real So, yes, macho men, but also women who aren t totally secondary.

    Patrick Hurley
    Military thriller meets American Gothic meets Magic, with shades of and Poe and Hawthorne thrown in the mix Sign me up for another tour, please Also, the author Tom Doyle is one hell of a cool guy to have a beer with.

    I was really looking forward to a good adult urban fantasy novel with a male read I steadfastly made it a quarter into the novel when I finally gave up If at 25% in I do not understand what in the world is going on, it s time to cut my losses I m all about withholding information from the reader for him her to discover it as they progress on the plot But when you refuse to explain the basic foundation of said plot which in this case is a hell of a lot backstory, as well as military and family hi [...]

    Patrick St-Denis
    A few months ago, I first heard of Tom Doyle s American Craftsmen when SFF readers were bitching about the fact that the upcoming novel appeared to be a rip off of Myke Cole s excellent Shadow Ops series Being a Myke Cole fan, I must admit that I was intrigued by the cover blurb and wanted to give the book a shot If only to see if indeed it was a rip off or not.I m glad to report that Doyle s American Craftsmen is an original story and it has absolutely nothing to do with Myke Cole s series Othe [...]

    John (JP)
    When things go bump in the night these are the men and women who fight back They are soldiers trained in ordinary fighting skills and gifted magical fighting skills They have been in the service of this country since before its founding They represent and are powered by many religious traditions from Native American to Persian roots and Christianity By the time of this story the relationship between the craft and mundane military is formalized with offices and divisions in the Pentagon which onl [...]

    This is good stuff I don t think I ve ever read a military fantasy Milscifi, sure, but fantasy Dale Morton is a modern day military Craftsperson, a pagan magician in service to a secret branch of the US military During the Revolutionary War, George Washington forged a treaty with America s magical families, sparing their lives from witch hunts in exchange for service to the new nation Morton is descended from a long line of magical soldiers, but some of his ancestors served the Left Hand Path Mi [...]

    You can see that the author is new to this game and the book seems to create polarizing opinions Yet I for one enjoyed it.Some people have mentioned the circumstances of the plot almost appearing as coincidences and somewhat disjointed at times, but I chalk that up to the use of oracles in the book I agree that it could be done better, but I ll hold judgement until the second book Until then, it was a nice quick read on a 6 hr plane layover

    This is the best debut, best series starter I ve read in a couple years The mix of military, magic, terrorism, war, politics and personalities character is very, very good Then the author throws in a fabulous twist.Best of all At the end of this story I m already impatient for the next book Now, Please

    Good action story with a nice addition of magic or craft I like the history built up for the families in the book I liked the main characters a lot, and enjoyed many of the background characters I would like to see further stories in this world For informational purposes, I was one of the winners of a free copy of this book through GoodReads.

    Great read Really fun and patriotic.

    One of the original entries into the Urban Fantasy genre and or military fantasy Tom Doyle has created an intriguing world, that I can t wait to dip into again with a sequel.

    Not bad, I wanted to like it than I did, but the writing style didn t mesh that well with me There was a lot of historical name dropping, and I got the impression I was supposed to be impressed with the magical rewrite of American history butI didn t find it very accessible or engaging The character development felt thin as well, though I liked the premise of two rival craftsmen from rival families, working under the same colonel for the good of America, though they both wanted to kill each ot [...]

    A good read The concept is a group of old families with magic powers work for the US Military over the centuries The magic system is cleverly done and consistently presented sadly, it suffers from a bad case of Magic Indian Syndrome Several call outs to American history, myth, and legend.Downside the characters are all pretty much Tom Clancy style lantern jawed warriors without all that much personality.

    Norla Chee
    It was good Surprising based on cover pic Wasn t expecting supernatural Sometimes the language big words were distracting from the context, and I wondered if they were really necessary Sometimes they were, but some I don t think so.

    Brilliant Thoroughly enjoyable military urban fantasy Loved the writing, the creative nature of the magic, and the influence of religion on practitioners Really great book.

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