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American Craftsmen: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Tom Doyle

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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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Biographie de l'auteur

The Internet Review of Science Fiction has hailed TOM DOYLE's writing as beautiful & brilliant.Locus Magazine has called his stories fascinating, transgressive, witty, moving, and intelligent and creepy. A graduate of the Clarion Writing Workshop, Doyle has won the WSFA Small Press Award and third prize in the Writers of the Future contest.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1288 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Tor Books; Édition : Reprint (6 mai 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HTJ03YS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Double-Edged Sword of Magical Folk 28 avril 2014
Par A. Silverstone - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In his debut novel, Tom Doyle takes us on a roller coaster ride full of twists on turns that will leave you guessing what is coming next. Doyle's unique blend of fantasy, alt-history and military action adventure pulls you in and doesn't let go.

The underlying premise of this novel is that the old families of American magical folk are uber-patriots who work for different branches of the American armed forces or intelligence services, a cooperation that dates back to Revolutionary War times. Rather than calling their skills magic, witchcraft or paranormal abilities, the families prefer the term "craft" for what they do. Hence, the book's title, American Craftsmen.

In the alt-history mythology of this world, the families have been responsible for the success of key battles from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War and up to World War II. In more recent wars, they have continued to serve as operatives, often on missions to battle foreign craftsmen.

The narrator, Dale Morton, is the latest generation of Morton family to serve in the Army. After nearly being killed in a mission in the Persian Gulf where a Persian sorcerer sent Morton's mundane team on a civilian killing spree, Morton discovers a conspiracy in the Pentagon that only grows as he peels back more layers of the onion. Meanwhile, another craftsman, Major Michael Endicott is convinced that Morton is part of the conspiracy and attempts to take him down.

While Morton struggles to stay alive and prevent the evil side of his family clan from escaping into the world, by chance (or fate) he meets a Persian woman Scherie Rezvani, who, fortunately, turns out to be much more than she initially appears to be. Alliances switch back and forth and the tension increases. As the story reaches the thrilling climax in a secret, subterranean ring under the pentagon, Morton battles ancient evil to save the old families and the country.

Doyle is able to deftly bring in the weighty themes of right vs. wrong, paranormal vs. science, and love, faith and family, all the while making sure that we have a fun time.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you liked Warren Ellis' Gravel Series, you will like this 18 avril 2014
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This is very similar to Warren Ellis' series Gravel: Combat Magician. There are some differences, but the theme is similar. Special Operations soldiers who are also magicians. Here they use the term 'Craftsmen,' men who know/use 'the Craft.' The author provides an interesting backstory - a mythology that dates back to a craftsman who aided General Washington during the Revolutionary War and forged a lasting alliance between Magic-users and the American Military.

The story in this novel is about a Dale Morgan, Craftsman who leaves the service after being injured in a magical conflict in Iran. He begins to see a conspiracy that could undermine the relationship between all of the magic-using peoples "Craft Families" and the US government. He sets out to discover and stop the plot. The plotters, deep within the Pentagon's magic offices will stop at nothing to have him destroyed and protect their plot.

Unfortunately, there is a wrench in their plan. Endicott, an ancestral enemy of the Morgan clan is a devout and honorable warrior. At first, he is out to stop Morgan, thinking him a rogue sorcerer. As he chases the man down, he discovers that everything is not as it seems.

I will not provide any spoilers here. This is too good a story for that.

This novel works on multiple levels. It is a sorcery/magic book, but not in the "Harry Potter" vein. The author has created a believable mythology that mixes the military and the magical very effectively. It is also a military action story, and like so many of the better ones, there is a conspiracy story in here as well. The author handles all of these aspects well and still manages to move the story along at a decent pace. This is a difficult task, considering the amount of exposition needed in creating a cogent alternate universe with this level of consistency and believability.

It is similar in many ways to Warren Ellis' Gravel series. Again, if you liked Gravel, you will really like this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Balanced *American Craft* +++ 5 mai 2014
Par Kevin Kiersky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This work shows *balance* via a number of aspects. The writing-flow has quick ongoing action ~ military and magical ~ character point-of-view dialog, speculation and imagination mixed-in with well-described worldly settings and vivid military field-ops, equally well-described. Even via the very choice of *craft* for *magic*, *power*, *prayer* or *spirit* ~ Tom Doyle is showing a fine-balance ~ as *craft* is one of the older American names for *the force* [my neutral term] ~ used by puritan pioneers, settlers, masons, witches and [now] [some] modern wiccans. And one of the fine balances of this finely crafted work is that certain USA lineages have and hand down *the force*. These lineages have variable metaphysical biases [Abrahamic or Heathen variants with some virtually agnostic individuals]. But, via usage of *the force*, they look more alike operationally ~ yet dividing-up via military service more by personal specialty ~ like other American military units. Even this American lineage-pattern is balanced via a distinct Native American addition to some lineages and possible new members from overseas once-in-a-while. Some [may] find the admixture of history to destiny / magical to military / psi-tech to hi-tech to be *too much* ~ but, for me, it's an easily readable novel ~ took me only two days via loose, casual but enthusiastic reading +++
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Superb Start to a Fine Military Fantasy Series 18 juillet 2014
Par John Kwok - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Had the pleasure of hearing Tom Doyle read from his debut novel weeks ago at a noted New York City science fiction reading series, and I knew immediately that I had to read this. This is a great blend of military thriller with fantasy; a fine debut novel that someone like Tom Clancy might have written if he was also interested in writing realistic fantasy of the kind Doyle depicts here. "American Craftsmen" introduces us to an alternate history modern America in which "craft" - magic - employed by some of America's most prominent families have played an important role in America's wars, starting with the American Revolution. Doyle's world-building has much to commend, with the pacing and realism fans of military thrillers have read in Tom Clancy's novels. He introduces us to two compellingly drawn American soldiers who are proficient in their craft, United States Army captain Dale Morton, and Major Michael Endicott, descendants of two leading "craft" families which have fought against each other for centuries. After being cursed by a Persian sorcerer in a remote Iraqi town, Morton returns to America haunted by that encounter, and fearful that some of his evil ancestors have returned, intent on ample mischief and mayhem. Seeking refuge, he finds an unexpectedly ally and friend in a young Iranian-American woman, Scherie Revzani, with unexpected secrets of her own, as they embark upon a quest to root out the evil "craft" which Morton fears is lurking inside the bowels of the Pentagon. Ordered to pursue Duncan, thinking that he is in league with his evil ancestors, Endicott questions his mission when he stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens to shatter the centuries-old alliance between America's "craftsmen" and its military forces. Doyle is a fine prose stylist and a compellingly believable storyteller, offering readers the start of what may be one of the most notable fantasy series published recently, and one that will keep readers spellbound with its fine characters and uniquely magical alternate-history United States of America.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great occult military thriller 4 mai 2014
Par Disciple of Poseidon - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tom Doyle's debut novel American Craftsmen is a phenomenal start to a career.This story is about American Witchcraft practitioners that work special ops for the Pentagon. One specific soldier, Dale Morton comes from a complicated family of good and evil craftsmen. After a mission goes wrong in Iran, Dale finds himself cursed and unable to deal with the consequences. He also finds out that these problems are only the tip of the iceberg. Dale also has friends bodies piling up and other military craft families gunning for him and an ancient evil trying to make a comeback. All in all, an exciting and moody thriller that I really loved. I am really looking forward to future books from Tom Doyle. I highly recommend this novel to fans of Justin Gustainis and Jim Butcher or just sci/fi fantasy and horror fans.
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