Review: Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther

Honestly, I was a little nervous about this book. I’d met Chadwick Ginther through friends at a writing convention. He’s a great guy, from the same province, writing about my hometown. Instant friends. When I asked him what his book was about, it sounded pretty cool: Urban Fantasy with Norse Mythology. Except I don’t read a lot of Urban/Contemporary Fantasy.

Thunder Road

I bought Thunder Road and got it autographed. Then I put off reading it for a couple reasons. How do you read your friend’s book and then review it? What if it stinks? Okay, maybe not that extreme. What if you just don’t like it? What it’s not that polished because it’s a small Canadian press?

What if, what if. Shut up and read the damn book. And am I ever glad I did.

This was an excellent story, engaging from the onset and didn’t let up at all. Dialog had me laughing regularly. I mean, you could read this for the banter with Loki alone (no joke).

The production value was no different than a book out of NYC, with clean, crisp pages and well-edited prose. Canadian small press? I wouldn’t have noticed. My bad for thinking otherwise.

The Norse Mythology is blended in without distracting and adds mystery and wonder, keeping you guessing at what each faction’s next move will be. Some author’s love to hammer you (no pun intended) with italicized words from history/myth and this wasn’t so bad.

Ted Callan’s tale reads like a Sword & Sorcery and reminded me of Robert E. Howard’s younger Conan. Where Ted lacks in experience and guile, he makes up for it with heart and sheer will. And he might be selfishly motivated, but finds a way to help the greater good.

Looking forward to the next book.

Dave

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