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Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.

One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona. There’s a vampire turf war brewing, and Russian demon hunters who call themselves the Hammers of God are running rampant. Despite multiple warnings and portents of dire consequences, Atticus and Leif journey to the Norse plane of Asgard, where they team up with a werewolf, a sorcerer, and an army of frost giants for an epic showdown against vicious Valkyries, angry gods, and the hammer-wielding Thunder Thug himself.

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©2011 Kevin Hearne (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.”(Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising)

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    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-27-12
    Cidney New Orleans, United States Minor Outlying Islands 02-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So glad I discovered this series"

    If you've been keeping up with the series you'll know that our favorite Iron Druid is somewhere in his 21st century of life, and what a century he's having so far!

    Living in arid Arizona to avoid the fae hasn't really worked out for Atticus O'Sullivan in terms of peace and quite since he has encountered, so far, gods, witches and demons, as well as faeries, who would like to kill him and in some cases also eat him. It's a good thing he's got a werewolf biker gang, a vampire, a death goddess, his dog Oberon and Jesus on his side!

    After tangoing with Thor in this book, Atticus is going to have hell to pay! It ends with a cliffhanger and some upcoming big changes in the life of the Iron Druid.

    Kevin Hearne is a fabulous writer with a rich imagination. I can only wonder who, or what, we'll meet next in Book 4. I can't wait!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elle OREGON 05-06-12
    Elle OREGON 05-06-12
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    "The saga continues"

    Atticus O'Sullivan is a funny druid..and I like the communication he has with his dog..but this book relied a bit too much on they telepathic link and it got to be too much for me..or it could be that I listened to all 3 books in a week, one after another.

    I might have OD'd on druids..or maybe Hearne listened to all the reviewers who demanded more more more of dog and master by play. I felt Hearne tried too hard with this novel...the plot wasn't as strong.

    Character development was as good as the first two books though-and thats important to a series.

    Maybe I need to take a druid break...

    BUT-still worth the listen and also a second listen next winter I think.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-15-12
    Tim Poulsbo, WA, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Little too much otherworld"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoyed the first 2 books of this series. Light hearted and under control. This book seemed to try to cover too much ground in a relatively short period of time. what would I change? Less Gods, Less traveling outside the real world (thats one of the endearing things about the first 2 books), fewer characters and a better understanding of our centuries old young man.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great reader, fun use of voices for characters, especially Oboron and the Irish neighbor


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great main character, Excellent narration"

    I just finished this 3rd book in the series. I find myself missing the story. The main character is charming and funny and his dog Oberon is great. The story meanders around a lot, but there's lots of action.

    Luke Daniels is one of the best Narrator's I've ever listened to. He really brings the character to life. He has voices for all the characters even with different accents. Oberon is maybe a little too Skooby Doo, but it's also charming.

    I'm looking forward to the 4th in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren 06-12-12
    Lauren 06-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't live up to the last two."
    What would have made Hammered better?

    I don't think I've ever said this about a book before, but it should have been shorter. The story started to drag, I really really don't care how much of a dick Thor was, for hours, I want to hear what Oberon has been up to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Oberon!


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 04-25-12
    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 04-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An unexpected disappointment"

    I really enjoyed the first two books in the series (and the narrator is excellent) with their mix of mythology, humor, and high-stakes paranormal adventure. Sadly, this installment was a let-down for me--it was oddly-paced, with lots of starts and stops, and it turned Atticus into a bloodthirsty jerk with a serious case of hubris.

    There were some brilliantly funny parts (Atticus's conversation with Jesus, and Oberon's bacon latte riff), but the book just didn't work for me as a whole. For example, the story comes to screeching halt for three or four chapters as a several characters we've just met sit around a campfire and tell stories about how Thor done 'em wrong. I didn't know these guys, so that section really dragged, and it killed the forward momentum of the plot.

    Also, Atticus is visited by several deities in advance of his ill-advised hunting party, and warned that killing Thor is a Really Bad Idea. But he shrugs off the warnings, and goes his merry way--and the predicted doom never materializes.

    But the major problem I had with this book was that there wasn't anything real at stake for Atticus. He's made a promise to help his lawyers Gunnar and Leif in their attempts to assassinate Thor. Atticus himself has zero personal stake in the outcome--to quote a friend, he's like a guy who's promised to give his buddies a ride so they can rob a bank.

    For being the one person in the "hunting party" without a personal grudge against Thor, Atticus causes an awful lot of collateral damage during his visits to Asgard, killing and maiming beings who never did him any harm and who were just trying to protect their turf. I finished listening to the book thinking that Atticus richly deserved whatever vengeance the surviving gods were going to wreak upon him.

    I'm going to listen to the next volume in the series, in hopes that the author will regain his mojo, but I was pretty disappointed with this installment.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-22-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much mythology, not enough Oberon"

    I've read the three books in this series back to back. This was my least favorite of the three because it didn't really advance the story of Atticus, and didn't have much of Oberon in it. I like Atticus and want to read about him - I'm not particularly interested in the pantheon of various gods, what they look like, or what their 'super powers' are. And without Oberon, a huge component of the story's humor is missing.

    I was not particularly smitten with the way the story was told around the halfway mark, after Atticus took his "friends" to go after Thor... it remained quite educational, but the story changed from a story of Atticus to a "storytime" with other characters - characters we don't know and don't really care about. This gave the author a chance to share some more mythological information, but it also made the story turn into some sort of "Bard's Tale" a la Canterbury Tales style. While this isn't necessarily bad in itself, I picked up this book because I wanted to follow Atticus' story, and for at least 1/3 of the book, the story has little to do with him.

    The next book in the series is due out soon... I will pick it up because I want to know how things turn out (there are some big loose threads left dangling at the end of this book), I just hope it returns to focusing on Atticus and Oberon and doesn't continue detailing various mythological worlds and their inhabitants.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 04-20-12
    J. Hall Los Angeles, CA 04-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Unexpectedly Disappointing"

    Wow, was I disappointed with this book. I loved books 1 and 2 and was looking forward to this one. The last thing I expected was to be bored.

    The first major problem with this book for me was that it was heavily plot driven but there was no through line to that plot. It was a set of sequences that didn't feel like they tied together. The sequence where Atticus stole the apple. {A sequence that I found completely uninteresting. I began to wonder if all my favorite characters (Oberon and Mrs. MacDonagh in particular) were going to appear at all.} The sequence where Atticus prepared to abandon Tempe. {My favorite sequence because of time spent with the above mentioned favorite characters.} And finally the sequence where Atticus led a bunch of people to attack and try to kill Thor.

    The second major problem was that there weren't any real stakes for Atticus. This section should have been heavily character driven...we were told that Gunner and Lief had very strong personal reasons to try and kill Thor and we should have felt it. But the story was told first person by the one character that had zero personal stakes in the outcome.

    Atticus was like the only guy in the group with a car that promised to give his buddies a ride so they could rob a bank. He promised to 'give them a ride' (so to speak) and that's what he did. He never really seemed to care about what he was walking into, so why should I?

    Jesus and The Morrigan both said....killing Thor is a bad idea, but there weren't any immediate consequences set forth for Atticus himself. The warnings didn't matter to Atticus enough for him to try to *do* anything to change the outcome. There was a lame discussion discussion with Lief, but that was it. "Hey, lets not do this. " "No, I have to" "Okay, fine we'll do this." Then the author stopped the story. He literally parked all the characters by a fire so he could introduce us to three brand new characters we'd met a page or two previously. At a point where the story should have been steam rolling in to a battle that had me on the edge of my seat and unwilling to put the book down I got several chapters, told in an emotionally detached way, telling us why these guys were there. It killed the momentum of the story and killed what little emotional connection I had begun to build with the story. Sadly the biggest joy to listening to this book in audio format was the fact that I could hit the fast forward button.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Thor gets the Hammer dropped on him."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hammered to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrarator adds to the quality of the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    The final fight in Asgard.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final fight in Asgard. (is it just me or are some of these questions a bit repetitious?)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene when each person in the quest told their stories about why they are there.


    Any additional comments?

    Each book in the series seems to improve on the previous one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 09-19-12
    Melissa 09-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hooked"

    I won't go into much detail because, if you've read the others you'll likely keep going with the series and if you haven't, talking about Jesus, a giant squirrel, and a naked Druid and vampire riding a hammer is just going to confuse you. I will say I might have given this one only four stars because Oberon couldn't go on the adventure, but it was right for him to stay home and I always give bonus points for books that teach me new dirty words, so five it is.

    And now, I'm on to Tricked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
    8/3/11
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    "amazing"

    some series i lose interest in but the iron druid series just keeps coming at you making you crave more its a must buy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen P Whittaker
    7/31/11
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    "Amazing book"

    Highly recomened, this book is a brillant squel i would urge to buy the other books of this chronicles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rochelle
    5/10/15
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    "Fantastic story"

    A story full of bad ass characters what more do you need, I recommend you pick the Luke Daniels versions (narration)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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