Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to showcase upcoming books you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. Having just received a copy of R.S. Belcher’s latest (Nightwise, which I’ll be reading this month), I’m thrilled that he has another book on the horizon, with a cover and everything! Belcher writes fantasy, but it’s not your usual kind. I find his books to be unexpectedly different, and this one fits that description to a T:
Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher. Releases in March 2016 from Tor Books. OK, first of all, every website I go to says the title of this book is called The Brotherhood of the Wheel. But check out the cover. See my confusion? So I’m leaving out the “The” in this post, because it’s not on the cover. (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!) Hmmm… in any case, this sounds odd and wonderful and just plain crazy:
A unique new urban fantasy by the author of The Six-Gun Tarot, exploring the haunted byways and truck stops of the U.S. Interstate Highway System
In 1119 A.D., a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon–a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and 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. The road leads him to Lovina Hewitt, a skeptical Louisiana State Police investigator working the same case and, eventually, to a forgotten town that’s not on any map–and to the secret behind the eerie Black-Eyed Kids said to prowl the highways.
Let me know what you’re waiting on this week:-)