American Craftsmen

American Craftsmen

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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 . . .

The American Craft Trilogy
#1 American Craftsmen
#2 The Left-Hand Way
#3 War and Craft
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 25mm | 467g
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 076539801X
  • 9780765398017

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"Tom Doyle blends an intricately re-envisioned history of America with literary references, some bold, some sly, in this genre-bending thriller. It's a feat of craftsmanship to be celebrated!" Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel series.

"Tom Doyle's American Craftsmen is an exciting cross between dark urban fantasy and special ops thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyed it." Eric Flint, New York Times bestselling author of the Ring of Fire series.

"Tom Doyle has taken every Sci-Fi Channel and Coast to Coast radio show concept and incorporated them into a very entertaining novel. At first I was startled to encounter so many themes, then I was drawn to admire the skills he used to weave them together, and then I just sat back and enjoyed the show. I also learned the truth about how Stonewall Jackson was killed. Great fun." Jerry Pournelle, New York Times bestselling author.

"Tom Doyle's American Craftsmen is a fast-moving and intriguing novel that incorporates features of combat fantasy, special-operations, alternative history, block ops, and even a touch of romance into a seamless action tapestry offering a far richer read than most action adventures without sacrificing either action or speed." L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

"Tom Doyle is an American Brother Grimm. It's almost as if Edgar Alan Poe and Philip K Dick teamed up to write a military action-thriller."Nicole Galland, author of I, Iago and The Fool's Tale.

"A seamless blend of military SF and urban fantasy that had me riveted from the get-go. Like so many hidden corners of America, Tom Doyle's imagination is a strange and marvelous place!" Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of Wicked Game and Shade.

"From his secret history of the Pentagon to his elaborate depiction of ghostly power in the world around us, Doyle orchestrates a gritty, believable novel. Plus, his craftsmen employ some kick-ass magic tricks!" Mindy Klasky, author of The Girl's Guide to Witchcraft and How Not to Make a Wish.

"The story is poised at the junction of at least two genres--military thrillers and urban fantasy. American Craftsmen is politically sophisticated while still being a hot-blooded, quintessentially American story." Stephanie Dray, author of Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile.

"Like some mutant blend of Fringe and Tom Clancy, Doyle's American Craftsmen rides the urban fantasy wave in a whole new direction." David J. Williams, author of The Mirrored Heavens and The Burning Skies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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About Tom Doyle

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. He is the author of American Craftsmen and The Left-Hand Way.
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Rating details

286 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 16% (45)
4 33% (93)
3 37% (105)
2 11% (31)
1 4% (12)
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