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American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
Cover Artist: Dominick Saponard
Review by Jon Guenther
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765337511
Date: 06 May 2014 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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While this was an unusual story to find in the realm of your typical fantasy, there's little doubt Tom Doyle will be a writer to watch. In this debut novel, American Craftsmen, I was immersed in what I felt to be an entirely new sub-genre that I can only describe as paramilitary fantasy.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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