The Traiteur's Ring

The Traiteur's Ring

by Jeffrey Wilson


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ISBN-13: 9781936564170
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication date: 09/09/2011
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Traiteur's Ring 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
BrettJTalley More than 1 year ago
A man who chose to defend his country as a Navy SEAL discovers that fate has in store for him an even higher calling. In the Traiteur's Ring, Jeffrey Wilson weaves a masterful tale of Ben Morvant, a Special Forces operator from Louisiana whose Cajun ancestry carries with it both a mysterious gift and a dark secret from his past. It is only on a covert mission in the art of al Qaeda controlled Africa that Ben comes to learn the true power that resides within him and the higher calling that he must answer. The Traiteur's Ring is a unique blend of several different genres. It manages to meld elements of action-adventures, military thrillers, and mystic horror into one coherent and entertaining plot that envelops the reader. We care not only about Ben, but also his wife back home, the team of SEALS that are his brothers, and the innocent people they seek to protect. And Wilson's background in the military shines through on every page; we believe in Ben's gift because we believe in Ben. The Traiteur's Ring is a truly unique story in a genre that so seldom produces uniqueness. I recommend it highly, my only caveat being that there are some genre fans who may find the depth of character development to be simply too detailed. But if you are the type of reader who wants characters that are complex and developed, with back stories and real lives beyond the glimpses we see in the pages, then Wilson has crafted the perfect book for you.
Bailey737 More than 1 year ago
This novel is part thriller, military study, horror, and a small dose of love story(although the latter is not the focus). There is nothing like it. The scenes with the SEAL team taking out Al Qaeda in Africa are riveting and it is obvious that the Author has been up close and personal. The bond between the members of the SEAL team just felt so real. The emotional roller coaster that this novel takes you on is amazing, and it certainly reminds me of Stephen King in Dr Wilson's depth of character development. You will feel like you've known them your whole life. A perfect read in every way.
GatheringLeaves More than 1 year ago
The Traiteur's Ring By: Jeffrey Wilson ISBN: 9781936564170 Published September 9, 2011 by JournalStone Available Format: Paperback, ebook My Rating: ????? Ben Morvant is a member of the Viper Team of the United States Navy SEALs-a strong, brave soldier with an admirable sense of justice and morality. He's also a Traiteur or spiritual healer. He has worked very hard to distance himself from his painful and confusing past in every possible way. When he is confronted with all sorts of demons on the battlefield, he finds he must finally face his past and the truth about who and what he really is once and for all. I was truly impressed with this book! I don't read a lot of military type stories with war and blood and guts. Since the main character is a Navy SEAL, and they are out in the field for a good bit of this book, there is naturally war and blood and guts. I found myself genuinely interested in the story, even the military parts (I even looked up a few terms!), which says a lot for Wilson's stimulating writing style. I hate to sound like a big prude, but I'll admit at some point (maybe when there was a certain "splat") I got a little bored with all the sex between Ben and Christy. I mean, I get it, but I don't necessarily want to keep hearing about it. If I wasn't proofing, I might have just skimmed through those parts completely. Ben is an amazing protagonist. He is young, a Navy SEAL (which means his body is taken care of, right?), sweet and sensitive, thoughtful, strong, and some kind of magical healer/warrior! How in the world did a male author make up such a perfect guy?!?!? I love my husband, but man, I certainly was jealous of Christy for a while! My favorite part of Traiteur's Ring: it evoked almost every emotion possible. The easy, playful banter between Ben and his fellow team members had me laughing quite often. His relationship with Jewel and Christy made me feel those warm fuzzies. I loathed the terrorists and the destruction they caused. I cried, honestly, at least three different times in the story (don't want to spoil anything, though!). And, the action and suspense had me hanging on the edge of my seat. Not every girl out there will be able to appreciate this story as much as I have, but it really has something for everyone. Jeffrey did an amazing job. He is a wonderful storyteller. I think if you decide to try this one out, you will not be disappointed!
MorHavok on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is having an identity crisis. That's true not only for the main character, but for the story arc of the book too. From the description and cover you expect an action / paranormal / military book. What you get is 1/3rd of what you expected, and then 2/3rds of this crappy sappy love story that is insanely boring and overdone. Add this to the fact that the story is semi generic with a Hollywood ending and Hollywood character development. This stories redeeming qualities are that the parts that are what you expect are decently paced and written, yet brief. While I finished this book I wouldn't really recommend it, but it is still a decent book. Anyway if you have some hard up for this genre or get this for free maybe its worth a read, otherwise pass it up.
meli1029 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was an engrossing novel. I really enjoyed the pacing and supernatural elements. The plot pulled you right in and the world didn't let go until the book was done. The characters were realistic and I felt I could relate to them.The only thing that detracted from the novel were the sex scenes. I enjoy a good romance novel and have ever since I used to sneak them from my mom. However, in this instance, I felt the length and amount of the sex scenes took away from what would otherwise have been a taught supernatural thriller. I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author however and recommend this book as a good read.
Surtac on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Traiteur's Ring is a more interesting book in concept than it is in execution. It is built around the central story of a contemporary Navy SEAL on covert anti-terrorism missions into Africa, morphing into urban (well rural) fantasy as it blends in a backstory of Cajun voodoo magic and folk-healing in the swamps outside New Orleans before taking us as readers into a strange 'reality' where Al Quaeda terrorists in the African jungle are possessed by and led by literal demons. The military terminology is done well and sounds believable, and the fantasy elements work reasonably well and are internally consistent, but the romance elements that intruded in the middle sections (told by the protagonists girlfriend's point of view ) was overdone and left me cold. It reminded me of TV's The Unit with its blend of military spec ops, fantasy and soap opera.
Heptonj on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book has a very unusual theme with excellent interaction of characters. Ben Morvant was brought up in the backwoods of Louisiana with his traituer grandmother who had some kind of mystical power. His memories of his time there haunt him into adulthood especially the vision of his grandmother covered in blood after killing what his mind recalls as a deer.When he becomes a navy seal and is deployed to Africa he encounters a village of jungle people for whom Ben seems to have an affinity and a common ancestry. When Al Queda fighters slaughter most of the villagers the elder implores Ben to use his powers as a `rougarou¿ to save the living jungle from the dark one who is working through the terrorists and ultimately make the world a safer place for everyone.A very unique subject which keeps the attention but I thought a very abrupt ending . A hint of the rougarous power being passed to Ben¿s son and no mention of the startling acts performed by Ben in the jungle by his team mates just leaves you wanting more.
I_AM_ME_200 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book! The Traiteur's Ring really pulls you in from the very beginning --from the second you open the book and you are off on an intense ride that makes you want to get the the end because you just HAVE to know what happens!! I love the way Jeffrey Wilson was able to tie in so many different genres and really make them work! I will be on the look-out for more books by him for sure!
EC130John on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a review copy, read on my Kindle.This was indeed an interesting blend of military and occult, with a little bit of the 'Lifetime Network' thrown into the middle. From the perspective of someone without military experience, the military portions read well with good medical aspects. As a few others have mentioned, it was a bit too 'LifeTimey' in the middle, however, those segments were decently written. The end is plausible comes a bit too quickly. One thing that was never really explained was the feelings of people for the Traiteur's Ring which Ben wears. Why does something that will help a Traiteur focus his power of good, cause such revulsion? I would think this would foster feelings of well being instead.Rated 3-1/2 Stars as a book I enjoyed, could possibly read again.
Hosban on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A good book by Mr Jeffrey Wilson. The book traps you cunningly in a man's nightmare of a life. The book offered quite vivid details of a SEAL's life who has a supernatural ability. The book begins and ends in quite a action packed setting,with finely crafted characters. The author tells a story about the war of human good against ancient, insidious evil. It is certainly a captivating and Compelling read.
tsteele on LibraryThing 10 months ago
If you like books about war and books about the supernatural than this book is definitely for you. Jeffrey Wilson does an excellent job of mixing these two genres to create a book that I found engrossing making it impossible to put it down. The only issue I had with the book is the ending. I found it to end rather abruptly and with less detail than the rest of the book. I am looking forward to the next one in the series; at least I hope there will be a second book. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job of moving between the two aspects of the main character¿s life; i.e his personal and professional lives showing how each one affects the other.
dobee58 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The Traiteur¿s Ring immediately pulls the reader in with a mission of Navy SEALS in the jungles of Africa. Ben Morvant, member of the SEALS, begins his own journey that weaves his SEALS training and that of traiteur, faith healer. The book combines the genres of action, romance, and the occult together nicely. The camaraderie and action of the SEALS team keeps the reader involved in the book; as does the aspect of voodoo and the occult; however, the romance of Christy and Ben is a little sugary. All in all the book is a good weekend read.
Bookmyer on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I liked the book, but the settings had some flaws. Jungle in a desert country being the most notable one. It was a bit disjointed and things were sometimes explained for way to long while other things were almost dismissed. Wirh a good edit could be great. I would read another story by this author to see if his world stays the same. I did enjoy the combo of armed forces and paranormal events. And while the feedback with the grandmother was great, I don't understand the girlfriend ar home stuff, It was unconnected.
Jon.Roemer on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Though by far not perfect, I am giving this book three out of five stars. The story does move between paranormal, military fiction, romance, and a few other genres, but a little more editing and the cohesiveness issues could have been addressed. However, the originality of the concept kept me hooked, and I really enjoyed the various perspectives we got on our main protagonist. He is not perfect, nor does he allow his new powers to go to his head as if he is now better than anyone else. Overall, a very good attempt at a novel with a novel concept. It is somewhat lacking in execution, as the romantic interlude in the center of the novel drags on far too long and there are certainly continuity issues, but the originality wins out.
bloodbanker1 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was a blend of genres. If you enjoy military themed and paranormal books this might be one for you. I enjoyed the action and the occult together. I wasn't sure I would like it and was very pleasantly surprised.The bad guys being in a jungle was very strange because I lived in the middle east and there are no jungles as described in the book.That not withstanding I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author.
NKSCF on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really would have liked for this book to have decided just what it was going to be at the end of the day. The vast chunk of the book feels like it's not dealing with what happens at the beginning, and only really gets back into it near the end. The domestic romance came off okay, but I wasn't a huge fan of it either. Other than that, the book was an enjoyable read.
Landwaster on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book was kind of a disjointed experience. The first 10% and the last 10% or so is a military/supernatural thriller. The middle 80% is a long stretch of domestic bliss while the main character comes to terms with the supernatural. This 80% is at best frustrating and at worst boring. Mind you, I'm all for character development - but page after page of a character trying to figure out whether something supernatural is going on, while daily using supernatural powers in noticeable (and even visible to the naked eye) ways... that's not development, it's just frustrating and unbelievable.This period of domestic bliss is completely tension-free. Aside from the protagonist's baffling inner struggle, there's nothing happening. Nothing good happens, nothing bad happens - it's just frustrating, and aside from some pointlessly explicit sex scenes, completely forgettable.Great potential here with some serious editing, namely cutting 90% of the middle 80% of the book. Also problematic: internal dialog was never in quotes, but instead italicized - a common convention, but applied very inconsistently. It needs to be separated from the narration, and if you forget to italicize it breaks the flow badly. Minor nitpick: the apostrophe was missing from a lot of possessive nouns that needed it.
Shoosty on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I received this book through the early reviewers program. It is a story about Ben (a Navy SEAL) and his fight against evil using his suppressed cajun magic.The beginning of the book is set in Africa with Ben and his Navy SEAL team taking on Al Qaeda insurgents. This portion of the book is interesting, develops the characters well and keeps the reader on edge with plenty of action.When Ben and his team head back to the States the book slowly starts to deteriorate. Ben's girlfriend Christy comes into the story and the love story that surrounds them is mundane and unexciting.Towards the end of the book Ben returns to Africa to confront evil and save the world. Although this is an improvement over the love story between Christy and Ben, I find that the novel seems to rush towards the conclusion. All lose ends are too conveniently tied up.Overall I enjoyed the novel, it had a unique storyline and was for the most part well written.
Cappa-books on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I have never really been interested in books about war/navy etc. But i found this book quite interesting with it having the fantasy /paranormal element as well. I would agree with some of the other comments that maybe this does need a bit of editing and perhaps a little bit less of the romance/sex as it doesnt really need as much as it has, you already get that fact there is a special bond between Ben and Christy. Also i did think it ended rather quickly when it got to the final part of the book, a little bit more information at the end would have been a good addition and finished it off well. I would recommend this book as it is interesting and i did snigger quite a bit at some of the dialogue. I will def look out for more books by this author.
wb75 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Wow, this book pulled me in. Ben and Christy had a fairly tail love relationship that most people only dream of. The bond between the Navy Seals was exactly as most military guys are with their brothers in the military. The Cajun talk had me lost at times. I look forward to more books.
Hardy1111 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The author works very hard to make this book appeal to distinct audiences. Unfortunately, the generalist writing loses the consistent depth of a true military adventure, a paranormal romance, or a fantasy/horror story. The beginning, appearing as a military adventure, has promise as it develops a fantasy/paranormal bent. Unfortunately, the romantic middle section of the book is slow paced and a bit dysfunctional in my opinion. This book would benefit from additional character and story development in the romantic components. This is especially true for the female characters, I didn't feel they were believable in their responses to the main character.
jimleask on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Book review of The Traiteur¿s Ring by Jeffrey WilsonAn enjoyable book which introduced me to the traditions, myths and legends of Cajun faith healing. The story is mainly seen through the eyes of Ben a Navy SEAL. The story starts with exciting military action in darkest Africa.The story then moves to America and the home life of the Navy SEAL team. The brotherhood of the team at home is handled well and the relationship between Ben and his girlfriend Christy are detailed. For me this part of the book was just too long and overly sentimental but that may be my issue rather than the book.The fantasy/myth elements of the book are introduced slowly and in a believable manner. The military and fantasy action of the last part of the book keeps the reader gripped to the end.I would recommend this book to most of my friends.
wb21 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. The writing allowed you to visualize every detail in your mind. I felt the characters pain and joy as the characters felt their own pain and joy and even some confusion.
LindaRollins on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Received as an Early Reviewer¿s copy through LibraryThingThis is an unusual concept for a story: a unique mix of military thriller and supernatural horror.Ben is a rough, tough US Navy SEAL but he¿s also got the mystical powers of a `traiteur¿. It starts in the jungle where a group of SEALs are hunting down members of Al-Qaeda but it quickly spreads out to encompass voodoo, ESP and magical healing.At first I found the military language annoying as I didn¿t have a clue what they were talking about. In the end I learned just to skim over it, which I thought was rather a shame. I¿m afraid I was also a little irritated by the constant repetition of `I love you¿ between Ben and Christy. The sex and relationship stuff took up too much space for my liking personally but I guess some people like that kind of thing.I found some of the writing disgustingly descriptive in places, but in an entertaining way. In fact it started to remind me of slasher-horror b-movies and made me laugh out loud (watch out for the bursting eyeball). Overall, I think this is an entertaining all round good read with a bit of everything for all tastes.
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book couldn't decide what to be. Part of it was a well written military thriller, part of it was a supernatural thriller, and part of it was a . . . domestic romance? Yeah, that part was long, and included a kind of travel log of Louisiana and New Orleans. I honestly didn't know what to think after page after page of the romance part. There was a little supernatural stuff thrown in, just to keep things in that realm, but not nearly enough to justify this middle part of the book. When the story finally does get on track in Louisiana, it moves really quickly to get back into the action. Really quickly. Then the book is over.The mix of military and supernatural is a great idea, and I would have liked to have seen more detail there. I'd like to know more about the bad guys, the good guys, and what is really at stake for the world. Also, a little expansion into the realm of bad guy's power was needed. I didn't feel like I understood the threat, or the power of the bad guys. I think this book needs a good edit, and a lot of flushing out. There are enough interesting things going on in story that need more detail, and too many uninteresting things that need less detail. Expand the supernatural military thriller, contract the domestic romance. Play to the strengths of an interesting idea, and don't over explain the mundane. The writing skills are there, the story just needs a lot of fine tuning. Then, this book would be five stars all the way.