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They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the world is The Hammer of Thor and Hitler stole it from its rightful owners, the Valkyrie. When American adept Francis Kader is reluctantly drawn into the effort to retrieve the Hammer from the Nazis, he begins a journey that leads him to a confrontation with Thor himself. Can a mere human hope to defeat an immortal god?


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They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most powerful talisman in the world is The Hammer of Thor and Hitler stole it from its rightful owners, the Valkyrie. When American adept Francis Kader is reluctantly drawn into the effort to retrieve the Hammer from the Nazis, he begins a journey that leads him to a confrontation with Thor himself. Can a mere human hope to defeat an immortal god?

55 review for Hammer of Thor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    THE HAMMER OF THOR AUTHOR: SHELDON TOWNSEND REVIEWED BY FRAN LEWIS Tag line: WARNING: ONCE YOU START READING THIS BOOK YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN! SPELL CASTED BY THE ADEPTS SO THAT YOU WILL BE TRANSFIXED TO THE PRINTED PAGE UNTIL YOU COMPLETE READING THE NOVEL! THE HAMMER OF THOR: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! Imagine being able to use an object or a spell to control the actions of another person or being. Imagine going after the most coveted object that ever existed. Going up against all adds, the THE HAMMER OF THOR AUTHOR: SHELDON TOWNSEND REVIEWED BY FRAN LEWIS Tag line: WARNING: ONCE YOU START READING THIS BOOK YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN! SPELL CASTED BY THE ADEPTS SO THAT YOU WILL BE TRANSFIXED TO THE PRINTED PAGE UNTIL YOU COMPLETE READING THE NOVEL! THE HAMMER OF THOR: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! Imagine being able to use an object or a spell to control the actions of another person or being. Imagine going after the most coveted object that ever existed. Going up against all adds, the gods themselves, using his skills as an adept, Francis Kader takes the reader on a journey that no one will ever forget. Imagine using an amulet, charm or any object called a talisman, whose presence is thought to exercise a powerful influence on human feelings or actions in order to change the outcome of an event in your favor. Are you ready to learn what it takes to become an adept? Are you ready to enter that world and take the journey from 1932 to 1950 and follow the life of one young man for two decades and find out if he can save the Hammer of Thor? An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards is the definition of a guild. Each adept belonged to a guild and was trained by someone referred to as the Teacher. However, training was not that simple and could often cost someone their life if they were not alert, aware, skilled and definitely adept. Joe Kader is the first young man we meet who has earned his place in The West Coast Guild after leaving the one he was in for many years. Meeting a young lady named Pak at the hotel he stayed at allows the reader to understand from the start the full scope of his powers and that of others. But, when she disappears he loses focus and what happens next will definitely change his perspective on things as he finds her, goes into battle with Nakamura a powerful adept in the most powerful guild, loses his talisman and is left in a state of pain he cannot fix without it. What will happen next and will he ever find Peg? Why, if she is an adept does he claim she is his property? Just how far will Joe go to get her back? As Book One draws to a close our main character learns many hard lessons that land him not only in the hospital, banished from his guild, needing medical treatment after losing his talisman and having to find refuge somewhere else. Having been told where to find Pak by someone named Takada he finds him receives a more powerful talisman in exchange for going after Nakamura and hoping to kill him while finding Pak. From the many people he meets along the way and the warriors, battles and history he learns some starling information as to why she left with him and how he gained control. Meeting a man named Wagner who is part of a Christian Brother Group Joe soon realizes that it is going to take more than just physical force, fear, truth and persuasion spells to defeat his foe, find the woman he loves and become part of another guild. Told in the first person author Sheldon Townsend allows the reader to hear the voice of the main character, graphically describes his battles, injuries and fears as we take the first part of our journey from 1932 until 1943 which is where the story continues. Just how dangerous is it for someone to know your real name? Just what is masking and how can that hide who you really are? What other powers this will reveal adept? Would you like to enter his world and have these powers? Meet Francis Kader/aka Joe who is traveling by train realizes he’s in danger and uses some really cool spells and moves to escape the Negro/adept /Porter hot on his trail. Fighting warriors, getting away from the Negro guild and using spells to get the taxi driver to take him where he needs to go and others to fall by the wayside, Francis is one clever adept. After meeting with Beverly Morgan who was behind his problems on the train, offering him a position in her guild, realizing it was a trap he manages to contact the head of his guild and return home. I love the spells, the intrigue and the suspense of not knowing what Francis can expect next but what I really loved is the fact that he gets even with the man who banished him. Arriving back to his guild with his teacher, he learns of the connection to Hitler, the Germans and is presented with a talisman so powerful that links what is happening to the Japanese, the war and supremacy over the guilds. One three inch piece of a Japanese Katana (sword) changes things around for not only Francis but for one man named Young Fat who gives him the background behind the sword, agrees to help him with a persuasion spell and much more. But, when he returns to his restaurant what happens next will definitely give him more than just a wakeup call and let him know that those in charge are playing for more than just the talisman. Young Fat is captured and will be interrogated. Francis is dealing with his captures but uses his resources and powers to overcome them. Learning that the owner of the Talisman was a woman who is dead the intrigue continues and there is so much more to come. Just what is Hitler after, which guilds are working with him and feeding him information and when will Francis remember to tell the Teacher about Morgan? Everyone wants the most powerful talisman the Hammer of Thor. As Kader escapes one group of people he falls prey to another. From being held captive on a ship to winding up being interrogated by the Negro Guild to offering his assistance and help to unite to get the talisman of choice, this book encapsulates the essence of Harry Potter and magic spells, the cleverness of my favorite sleuth Pierot to get figure out solutions and the inventiveness of one creative writer to keep the reader guessing, on her toes and those unexpected twists and turns as you turn the page. Where will he wind up and whom can he trust? A member of his own guild turned traitor, everyone out for his or her own good. Each guild wanting the main prize to achieve supremacy: Sounds like Hitler right whose main goal is to rule and inferior class and in this case do the Valkyries have the Nazi’s doing their bidding? Just how powerful are these spells? Fantasy or reality? Which is it? So many situations described that lead the reader and the cast of characters from war-torn villages to areas of occupied Korea spanning from San Francisco to the permafrost in Iceland. No planes needs for these adepts as they can travel by magic carpet or cloud, travel by ship or even by train as Kader races to get the Hammer Of Thor and place in the right hands. Lessons learned by many as Joe/Francis must decide who to trust, where his life will go, the importance of the talisman and understand the power of objects as each individual talisman has its own special powers used to protect the holder from harm and much more. Imagine having an object that can control the actions or thoughts of another or even kill them. The FBI, the police and different guilds are all after the Kader for one reason or another. Bodies piling up, adepts easily spotted, spies on the run and several disappearing acts that leave the reader spellbound and wondering just who is visible and who is not. One woman who seems to be three steps ahead of Kader and who has something he so desperately wants and needs to survive. What will happen if he does not come through with the Talisman and Fritz cashes on knowing his real name? Just what would happen and how powerful would Hitler become is he could collect and own every talisman using them to read the minds of the members of the Supreme Allied Command? Kader continues to hunt for Morgan, finds her and together with other members of her guild form what most would say an unholy alliance. Kader wanting the Katana Samurai returned to him and Morgan the Hammer of Thor. The web of deceptiveness increases, each side using different spells to control the others. Who will come out ahead as we move forward to 1950 but before we witness the dramatic ending to part two one which you will not believe and cause the reader to be under the spell created by Kader to keep you glued to the printed page. Will the Talisman be returned to their rightful owners and what will happen if they are? Part three begins in 1950 and there is much more to tell before all is said and done. Trips to Korea, Japan, the states and even meeting with the Icelanders and Thor himself as well as battles of the Hammer and who will finally possess this powerful talisman. Battles won, lost, friendships destroyed, deceptions revealed and one final encounter that will send the reader over the edge of more than a snow bank as many worlds collide and only the best will survive. Who lives, who comes out in one piece, what will the fate of the guilds be? The author and Kader invoked a SILENCE SPELL on me and made me promise never to reveal the explosive ending and all that happens in Book Three for fear of losing the Protection Spell around me preventing me from any harm. Watch out for the adepts, lesser and even more let’s hope Kader survives to come back for more. Lessons that can be learned by world leaders and countries today regarding peace and understanding and even more as one man seeks to unite all of the guilds under the umbrella he created called the American Meta Association. Will that unite everyone? Could we use a Kader? You decide! Fran Lewis: Reviewer This book gets: FIVE GOLD HAMMERS FOR KADER

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    3.5* My initial thoughts were ‘wow’ this is a long book!! I can’t say I find the cover art particularly appealing I think it is aimed at men, it has a very masculine feel……..I know for sure had I seen this book in a shop I would not have given it the time of day. The book is split into 3 ‘books’….. Book one ‘Arrowhead’ is set in 1932,… Book 2 ‘Katana’ takes us to 1943 and Book 3 ‘Mjollnir’ seven years later in 1950…so it does span over many years including the time of World War 2 and the Nazi’s. It 3.5* My initial thoughts were ‘wow’ this is a long book!! I can’t say I find the cover art particularly appealing I think it is aimed at men, it has a very masculine feel……..I know for sure had I seen this book in a shop I would not have given it the time of day. The book is split into 3 ‘books’….. Book one ‘Arrowhead’ is set in 1932,… Book 2 ‘Katana’ takes us to 1943 and Book 3 ‘Mjollnir’ seven years later in 1950…so it does span over many years including the time of World War 2 and the Nazi’s. It is narrated by an ‘adept’ named Joe/Francis/Frank Kader (he uses many names none are his own) ….‘Adepts’ are magical beings like witches who have powers that are made stronger by the use of a talisman, Initially ‘Joe’ is quite a lowly adept, his first talisman is an arrowhead that he stole when he was young before running away from home to bigger and better things in San Francisco. We follow him through many tough fights across various countries in his bid to become more powerful, he works his way up through the ranks obtaining more and more powerful talismans along the way until he is the almost the most powerful adept in the world. I was totally surprised by this book, oddly I’m not used to reading stories from a male POV, I don’t know why that is and until I read this I’d never even realised before! That’s not a negative comment by the way just an observation. The writing flowed easily, it’s a style I really liked. The book was long but at no time was there any ‘waffle’, everything said was said for a reason and I enjoyed the read. As it was set in a time before I was born I expected it to feel old fashioned but it didn’t, obviously there were comments and ideals relevant of that time but the writing was modern so it didn’t feel dated. I was unsure whether the author was a man or woman and purposely Googled the name for information about other work published by ‘him’ and found there is a sequel to this book out soon …’Agent of Artifice’ release date 15th November 2011 and by the way the cover art on that novel (though not fantastic!) is better! Copy supplied for review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dellani Oakes

    Hammer of Thor is unexpected. I thought it would be about gods and goddesses of Norse mythology, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being all about Valhalla, it's about a man named Frank Kader. Frank is an ordinary guy—except for the fact he wields magic. An adept, he heads from Minnesota to California to join the West Coast Guild. The year is 1939. 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 tor Hammer of Thor is unexpected. I thought it would be about gods and goddesses of Norse mythology, but I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of being all about Valhalla, it's about a man named Frank Kader. Frank is an ordinary guy—except for the fact he wields magic. An adept, he heads from Minnesota to California to join the West Coast Guild. The year is 1939. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sinn

    I keep coming back to this trying to compose my thoughts, but everything is just jumbled. I guess, to start, I don't like Kader. While it seems to be his character -- and maybe the author's attempt to show the adepts feelings towards "lesssers" -- I found Kader to be extremely arrogant, an unsympathetic character, and an asshole. If the author really was trying to show the contempt adepts felt towards "lessers," I think he did an excellent job in Kader. That being said, Kader is a very strong ch I keep coming back to this trying to compose my thoughts, but everything is just jumbled. I guess, to start, I don't like Kader. While it seems to be his character -- and maybe the author's attempt to show the adepts feelings towards "lesssers" -- I found Kader to be extremely arrogant, an unsympathetic character, and an asshole. If the author really was trying to show the contempt adepts felt towards "lessers," I think he did an excellent job in Kader. That being said, Kader is a very strong character, well thought- and fleshed-out, and realistic. Even though I found him to be unsympathetic, I could easily see him a a real person. Of course, the rich landscape of the book also helped with this. I don't know much about 1930s, 40s, or 50s San Francisco, England, France, Korea, Japan, Iceland, or Norway, but it was evident that the author did his research! He was able to paint a very rich picture of the landscape, culture, and the turbulent times. The concept of adepts and the originals coming from Atlantis was a very neat idea! However, I wish he would have spent a little more time exploring that. In addition, the use of talismans to enhance pre-existing talent is something I really haven't seen before. The concept that an object, given enough time and proper stimulation, could become a talisman really made it more interesting. I liked the fact that Kader's letter from Meyoung held the potential to become a talisman. The thing that caught me was the author's knowledge of Japanese. I studied Japanese as my foreign language at the University, so I was happy to see that the author appeared to take the time to understand the language and culture. I especially liked how he showed the Yakuza. I caught myself smiling when the Japanese lady said, "biiru"! It brought back fond memories of silly times in my class! My biggest problem with the book is that it felt as though it just drug on. While I really enjoyed the story, at times I felt really bogged down in the details. However, since the book spans many years, that could contribute to the boggy feeling. Further, with a name like Hammer of Thor, I was sad that he didn't play a bigger role in the book. I found myself frustrated that he doesn't enter until about page 340 or so. Having a little more Nazi Germany would have also added another element to the book. Since the Nazi regime under Hitler has long since been known for their interest in the mystical, it would have been nice to see this side of the novel fleshed out. Even though I was bogged down in the details, I also felt like the book rushed through a lot of things. In some ways, the name and swastika on the front of the book is almost a misnomer. That being said, I did enjoy the book. The author definitely spent a lot of time writing the book, fleshing out Kader, and the spaces where the book takes place. It is apparent that this is the author's first book, and I am very curious to see where he goes with the series and how he matures as an author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Valentina

    There’s a little bit of everything in this book. Espionage, magic, mythology, romance and all kinds of amusing characters. Something that caught my attention from the moment I started reading, was the way the author sent us back in time with his writing. The protagonist speaks and even thinks the way someone in the 40s would and it helps set the mood extremely well all the way throughout the novel. This is not as easy to do as it might seem since our modern brains are so used to being politically There’s a little bit of everything in this book. Espionage, magic, mythology, romance and all kinds of amusing characters. Something that caught my attention from the moment I started reading, was the way the author sent us back in time with his writing. The protagonist speaks and even thinks the way someone in the 40s would and it helps set the mood extremely well all the way throughout the novel. This is not as easy to do as it might seem since our modern brains are so used to being politically correct, that it does kind of shock us to read, let alone write, certain things. Since the Nazis have always been connected in some way to mystical aspects (the swastika is a magical symbol itself), the addition of actual magic is an interesting version to the events of that time period. As I always mention when characters have magic, though, there is a tendency to make them too powerful, therefore erasing some of the tension. It happens a few times throughout this book. Some things are resolved to quickly since the adept, or magical users, can make others do as they like. It’s hard to balance that kind of trick while still keeping the reader on the edge of her seat. The plot is complex and it spans many years. There are a good number of characters that become involved with our hero, and there are many situations that lead up to the climactic scene which might seem at first random, but which will make sense later. It is well-plotted, although sometimes I felt some scenes could have been shortened. All in all, a very interesting read and one that I would have no problem recommending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Hammer of Thor by S. Evan Townsend 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 Hammer of Thor by S. Evan Townsend 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A sprawling fantasy, "Hammer of Thor" follows adept Francis Kader's journey across two decades, from the war-torn villages of occupied Korea to the remote and forbidding mountain of Valhalla; from the skies over San Francisco to the Icelandic permafrost. Traveling by ship, train, flying magic carpet and cloud, Kader races against time, rogue adepts, and the gods themselves to save the hammer of Thor, learning a few lessons about love and humanity in the process.

  8. 4 out of 5

    PaperbackGoddess

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For my full review look for Paperback Goddess on Blogger Hammer of Thor is a non-stop adventure from beginning to end. It sets the bar high and does not disappoint. There is action and intrigue, and it always leaves the reader guessing. With many books, I figure out the ending long before I get there, but with Hammer of Thor this was not the case. Every turn was a surprise.

  9. 5 out of 5

    M.A Grace

    Story Line: Kader moves away from the bitter cold of Minneapolis to the warmth of San Francisco. Shortly after his move he meets a lady that will start him on a journey that never ends. Each event he finds himself in the middle of leads him to another event. Using his powers and skills to find a way to get through each obstacle he faces. Along with the friends he meets and gains along the way to his encounter with Thor himself. Characters: Kader and many more. My Favorite Character: Dagmar. Or Dor Story Line: Kader moves away from the bitter cold of Minneapolis to the warmth of San Francisco. Shortly after his move he meets a lady that will start him on a journey that never ends. Each event he finds himself in the middle of leads him to another event. Using his powers and skills to find a way to get through each obstacle he faces. Along with the friends he meets and gains along the way to his encounter with Thor himself. Characters: Kader and many more. My Favorite Character: Dagmar. Or Dorothy. Or whatever you want to call her. Tough, hot, action, powerful, caring, loving, and so much more. How could I pick anyone else? My Favorite Part: The beginning. You can feel the power radiating through the two people. The description gives you great insight to how tired and yet how stubborn each is. Of course when death is the other options it’s good to be stubborn. Then you trace back to what brought Kader here and why. It’s a great way to get to know the character in a short period. Full Concept: Action packed. Full of power. Strength and courage. These are just some of the thoughts that come to mind about this story and those in it. It has everything that a good fantasy book needs, action, romance, love, power, and organized craziness. Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. I did enjoy the adventure and thrill and adrenaline rushes I got through the story and it did keep my attention. My only problem was trying to keep up with who was who. These type of people use so many different names it was hard to remember that this person was also this person and this person.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.M. Scheirer

    Disclaimer: I know this author personally. That said, I approached the book as I would any other author I might read. I found the story, though somewhat convoluted, to be an interesting take on an alternate Earth. He starts with a fast pace and continues it all the way through. The attention to detail, overdone a little at times, draws you into the world so that you almost feel like you're there. I also thought his spin on explaining mythology within the terms of the world was unique and fascina Disclaimer: I know this author personally. That said, I approached the book as I would any other author I might read. I found the story, though somewhat convoluted, to be an interesting take on an alternate Earth. He starts with a fast pace and continues it all the way through. The attention to detail, overdone a little at times, draws you into the world so that you almost feel like you're there. I also thought his spin on explaining mythology within the terms of the world was unique and fascinating. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    This is the first book in the adepts series, a thoroughly original take on magic in contemporary settings. Townsend weaves a plot that does not stop, full of myth, magic and alternate history, and guaranteed to entertain. Could not put the book down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Horton

  13. 5 out of 5

    George Lasher

  14. 4 out of 5

    Morrigan Michele

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gustavo Lanzas

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ting

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denett M Pickett

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mori

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Millmore

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joann Buchanan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johnathan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mystic Press

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denise Main

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

  26. 5 out of 5

    J.D. Holiday

  27. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

  28. 5 out of 5

    T.R. Goodman

  29. 4 out of 5

    S. Townsend

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

  31. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jason Jones

  33. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Buike

  35. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  36. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  37. 4 out of 5

    Steffi

  38. 4 out of 5

    Leila

  39. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ware

  40. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  41. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

  42. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Knight

  43. 5 out of 5

    Rayna

  44. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  45. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi

  46. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  47. 4 out of 5

    John

  48. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  49. 5 out of 5

    George Ashmore

  50. 4 out of 5

    Rodney Rodriguez

  51. 5 out of 5

    Chris Vance

  52. 5 out of 5

    Alia

  53. 5 out of 5

    Shante Redden

  54. 5 out of 5

    Mark Lewis

  55. 4 out of 5

    Gerry

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