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5.0 out of 5 stars
O'Thunder brightens London's dark streets, March 10 2011
Reading Daniel O'Thunder is like looking at early photographs of 19th Century London - gritty, grainy, filled with dark shadows and occasional bright splotches of light. In the midst of this seething city, the devil walks like a lord, committing vile acts upon the city's poorest and weakest - until the day Daniel O'Thunder (failed solider, failed pugalist, ex-alcoholic and recently converted man of God) challenges him to a boxing match. Daniel is an all-too human gold nugget of a character. You can't help but love him and fear for him. Whether you believe in God or not, you root for Daniel to win his hopeless, bravehearted battle for the soul of London. Make no mistake - this is in not a religious book. Told through the eyes of several characters affected by Daniel, Weir's novel is rather a complex exploration of faith and deception, courage and weakness - plus a scary glance into the shadows at the all-too-human face of evil.
I found it impossible to put the book down, but wanted to turn the pages as slowly as possible so the book would never end.