This book was brilliant & I could not put it down. It's an intellectual fantasy novel that only he could write; there is a strong mythical background that is explained so well that a mythology virgin wouldn't even be confused. Shadow is fresh out of prison with nothing left on the outside, as he was told days before his release that his wife is dead. He gets a job working for the mysterious Wednesday. He soon is initiated into the world of the Gods as Wednesday is gathering the world's religious icons together to prepare for a war over the soul of America. There are sub-storylines that are wonderful, plot twists that are totally unexpected & unforeseen. This novel has everything.