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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (286 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Claude Bemis Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Clockwork Dark Series Release Date:
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What if John Henry had a son?

Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog. Why the Gog wants the Siren, they can’t be sure, but they know it has something to do with rebuilding a monstrous machine that John Henry gave his life destroying years before, a machine that will allow the Gog to control the will of men and spread darkness throughout the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda:
  • A rigorous adventure set in our own country’s folkloric past, when the sons of John Henry and Little Bill fought a desperate, fantastical battle for the soul of America. A series which any self-respecting middle school book nerd would wolf down eagerly. Books Ahoy:
  • This is one of the best books I ever read! There are many twists and turns throughout the novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. Once I started I couldn't put it down until I was finished."

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherrie | 2/11/2014

    " The Nine Pound Hammer is an eclectic mix of American Folk Lore and Steampunk which adds up to a charming story. I listened to the audio CD version of this book and it was excellent. John Mayer did a great job performing the characters voices which helped add to the down home feeling of the book. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Camille | 2/6/2014

    " Loved the American folklore premise. Sort of Lionboy meets Levon Helm. Could have been because I was listening to the audiobook, but I had trouble following the storyline. Ray walks and talks to a lot of people and learns things about his missing father. Now that the characters are established the action will rev up in book 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hanna | 1/30/2014

    " Overall, the whole plot was interesting, but the book kind of just ended in the middle of nowhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/29/2014

    " Local Hillsborough author (and nice guy). The first of a YA adventure trilogy that pulls inspiration and references from American folk tales. I think people have been calling it steam-punky, that may be a stretch, but a train is heavily featured in the plot. I'll read the next one, The Wolf Tree, which came out at the end of this Summer. "

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