Daniel O'Thunder

Daniel O'Thunder

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:

An Amazon top 100 book of 2009!

A rollicking, comic and ultimately haunting tale of fist-fighting, faith and fine madness

In the 1850s, in the slums of the great city of London, Daniel O'Thunder, a troubled but charismatic former prize-fighter turned evangelist, runs a safe house for those in need of food, shelter, prayer and good counsel. But in London's dark streets, an ancient evil is wreaking havoc, throwing into peril the lives of its most vulnerable souls. O'Thunder, getting on in years but still wielding a right fist dubbed "The Hammer of Heaven", returns to the ring to start training for his greatest fight yet - with the Devil himself.

Surrounding O'Thunder is a strange collection of people who love him: Jack, a spectacularly failed cleric and worse actor who is the compiler of O'Thunder's story; J.T."Jaunty" Rennert, one-time recruiting sergeant, shady small-time operator and O'Thunder's self-styled best friend; and Nell, the gold-hearted, foul-mouthed young prostitute who ultimately carries her love for O'Thunder into the wilds of the Cariboo gold-rush in faraway British Columbia, where the novel reaches its extraordinary apotheosis.

Daniel O'Thunder is a novel of amazing wealth of character and variety of voice. Comedy bumps up against cruelty, tragedy against farce, inhumanity against love--a dazzling debut that is hilarious, harrowing, and deeply moving.

Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2009.
ISBN: 9781553654353
Characteristics: 385 p. ;,23 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Daniel O’Thunder was a rollicking good read full of suspense, humour, and history. It’s 1851 in London, England and an evil force is stalking the city and preying on its more vulnerable inhabitants. Enter former boxer and recently devout Daniel O’Thunder and his band of merry followers as he challenges Satan himself to a match. The battle of good versus evil enters our backyard when the characters make their way to Barkerville, British Columbia. With vivid imagery and fantastic wit, Weir has crafted a fantastic story. (submitted by MS)

Sep 13, 2012

Great read for fans of historical fiction. Quite dark, but that should be a given considering that it is set in Victorian London.Told from many points of view, and some are more objective than others lending a pleasing subtlety to the story.

Sep 08, 2010

I couln't get into this novel. I don't know if it was the era of the setting or the way that the author chose to portray the characters and align his chapters.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top