Ahoy there me mateys! I heard about this book from Tammy @ booksbonesandbuffy and was very intrigued despite that fact that urban fantasy is not usually me thing. But this book deals with truckers, bikers, and other drivers who help protect the haunted U.S. Interstate Highway System. So cool.
I had previously tried to read this author’s six-gun tarot and never finished it due to pacing but thought the author’s writing was interesting enough to give him another shot. I be very glad that I did. This book was filled with excellent characters, fun world-building, and is what I consider urban fantasy at its best.
This story follows Jimmie Aussapile who is a truck driver who is pudgy and chews tobacco. He is an unassuming guy who does his best to save the world and bring down the bad guys. He is all heart and seriously made the book for me. The other characters were great too. There be Heck Sinclair, a biker who has a bit of PTSD from his tour in Iraq and loves to create mayhem. There is the cop, Lovina Marcou, who is trying to track down missing children nobody else seems to care about. There is also a late addition of Max the Builder who was delightful.
The plot was excellent and I very much enjoyed many of the blended ideas. Ye have internet myths, serial killers, ghosts, secret societies, a town not on any maps, and an ancient evil. Now normally the ancient evil trying to take over the world bores me. But this time there is a nice blend as to why the evil is going to take over and how it wants to do it. The antagonist in this book was rather creepy and I liked how it all played out.
I don’t know if I will read the second book because this one satisfied me rare urban fantasy craving. But I do know that this was an excellent read that I would recommend to all fantasy readers due to the characters and world-building. Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel (edited by me):
A unique new urban fantasy . . . exploring the haunted byways and truck stops of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [A] group . . . have returned to the order’s original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.
Theirs is a secret line of knights: truckers, bikers, taxi hacks, state troopers, bus drivers, RV gypsies–any of the folks who live and work on the asphalt arteries of America. They call themselves the Brotherhood of the Wheel.
Jimmy Aussapile is one such knight. He’s driving a big rig down South when a promise to a ghostly hitchhiker sets him on a quest to find out the terrible truth behind a string of children gone missing all across the country . . .
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