Book Review: The Brotherhood of the Wheel

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The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher


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.



Templars meet Teamsters

quote from chapter 1: “Apparently … Triple A has some kind of black ops division.”

So I was reading the anthology “The Weird Wild West”, going through the “about the author” section. Mr. Belcher’s book title of “The Six-Gun Tarot” caught my eye so I went looking and ran across this gem.

Each of the first four chapters are dedicated to introducing a new group of characters, after that the stories start to merge, with the first chapter intense enough to make me buy the book.

The bikers use a lot of R-rated language.

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