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Daniel O’Thunder

March 2010

“'Dickensian' is an adjective too often misused in describing books set in Victorian England. It is, however, the perfect word for this superb novel, nominated for the Commonwealth Prize. Weir, an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, takes us right to the centre of London in 1815 with as brilliantly constructed a band of reprobates as Dickens ever saw. Marvellous from the first paragraph."

Globe and Mail, Mar 5, 2010
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Daniel O’Thunder

December 2009

“Weir’s plot steps smartly, and the language crackles with the immediacy of shifting first-person voices… There are murders, rapes, hangings, prizefights, a city-wide riot, and lots of thrilling escapes. “Bangs and whizzes—startling effects—characters who shriek and stab and get on with it,” is how one character, a theater director, explains how to grab an audience; it’s a lesson Weir has already learned. He also has more than a few plot twists up his sleeve. By the time the novel reaches its dramatic conclusion… the story has landed in a place somewhere between dementia and the supernatural. All of which makes for an historical novel that is a lot more fun and thrilling than what we have come to expect.”

Quill and Quire, Dec 1, 2009
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Daniel O’Thunder

November 2009

“If one unreliable narrator is enough to skew a book toward the fantastical, imagine the twists generated by four! In his first novel, veteran screenwriter Ian Weir calls on a quartet of witnesses to deliver the story of godly pug Daniel O’Thunder, proud son of Cork turned evangelical sermonizer, and it’s a sign of his sure command that all are engaging, even when spinning bald-faced lies or subtle prevarications…This is wonderful stuff.”

Georgia Straight, Nov 26, 2009
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Daniel O’Thunder

October 2009

“From the three-mouthed frozen beast in Dante's Inferno to the persuasive rebel in Paradise Lost and onwards to C.S. Lewis' "incompetent tempter" Screwtape, the Devil has taken many guises in Western literature over the years. Until Ian Weir cast him into Victorian England, though, never has the dark one been asked to step into the ring.”

National Post, Oct 26, 2009
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Daniel O’Thunder

October 2009

“Laced with blood thunder, sex, murder, rape, mayhem and miracles, Ian Wier’s first novel is about good versus evil…from the outset, even if we haven’t read the authors biography we know we are in skilled hands.”

BC Bookworld, Oct 1, 2009
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Daniel O’Thunder

September 2009

“Ambitious in scope and structure, the book speaks in pitch-perfect Victorian diction through a wide range of characters to relate the ultimate-stakes quarrel between the pugilist preacher Daniel O’Thunder and his ultimate adversary: The Devil Himself.”

Vancouver Magazine, Sep 1, 2009
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