One of the best so far. The alternate history is very cool, and the magic system is very interesting. There is a great cast of characters that aren't of the cookie cutter variety. Some of the writing decisions do seem stereotypical for the genre, but I guess that gets filed under 'What did you expect?' The narrator really shines; he really uses great inflection, not just in dialog. The accents and such are well done, and makes it easy to differentiate each character. Well done.
I like the cast of characters, and who the heroes really are.
Any scene that involved Harkness.
I'll be looking for more in this series, and also the Monster Hunter series (I have listened to #1 of both) and will look for this narrator as well. (Is that Balkie?)
My favorite authors are JKR, GRRM, RA Salvatore, Lian Hearn, Brandon Sanderson, Conn Iggulden, Dan Abnett, and John G. Henry.
I would put Larry Correia on my list of favorite authors. I was entertained by this book but I am not entirely convinced continuing reading the whole series after reading the summaries and the various reviews for the sequels. I'm going to try his other novels though like Dead Six and Into the Storm.
I know it's very contradictory but I'm very picky with me Audible credits and I just didn't think the sequels were worthy.
This book is raw and full of thrills. I often finished parts of the book feeling exhilarated.
For those who think this genre is not necessarily for them, I shared the same concern. But I come out feeling no regrets and hope the sequels continue the excitement.
Initially Pinochet's voices made me feel uneasy, especially the Pale horse's (though I guess that's the point). But by the end each voice was so distinctive you just knew who was speaking.
Its a book that blends magic into fighting. Ironically it answered the question I always had with Harry Potter- yes they have magic, but sometimes wouldn't it be easier just to use a gun. Well this book combined both, to make adrenaline filled fight scenes. The world is not necessarily as complex as it could be, but it is well thought out and not difficult to understand considering how fast the plot was moving.
Although quite a few characters stand out, Faye has got to be my favorite. She is so lively and reckless. Her adventurous nature is infectious, and in the end she obtains full badassery.
If you are looking for a fun ride, read this book, now. Like right now.
I had already enjoyed Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series, so when he came out with this new series, I had to at least give it try. The premise is that people with magical abilities, called Actives, began to appear in the mid-1800s. By the time of our story (1929 or so), the Great War (aka WWI) had been fought, and won, but this time, with magic on both sides. The German Kaiser had the ability to turn his dead into zombie soldiers, and it took a miracle weapon from Nikola Tesla for the Germans and the Imperium (Nipponese) to be defeated.
Our protagonist, Jake Sullivan, was a much decorated soldier in the war, then spent some time in prison, before being "paroled" to J. Edgar Hoover's Bureau of Investigation to help catch other Actives. Things go wrong, and he winds up getting caught up in a battle between two groups of Actives. He begins to understand the nature of magic, and along with a band of especially talented Actives, fights the Imperium, it's Iron Guard, and most of all, it's Chairman. Lots of guns (scant surprise, given the author), and lots of good fighting. Rock-em, sock-em action from beginning to end.
The narrator, Bronson Pinchot, does an excellent job of giving each character a distinct "voice" and mannerism, making it easy to tell at any time who is speaking. My only complaint is a minor one. Mr. Pinchot apparently doesn't know some of the more esoteric vocabulary terms, and thus doesn't know the correct pronunciation for them. But it's only a few words, and the rest of his reading is excellent, so we'll forgive him those few errors.
Over all, an excellent new series by an author I've already come to truly enjoy, and a great performance. If Urban Fantasy is your thing, this book is worth your time!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The classic noir take on Urban Fantasy was nostalgic, yet fresh. There is plenty of action to off-set an interesting magic system.
One of the best things about the story was how well the characters were portrayed to fit their magic class. for example, Sullivan's methodical manner of speech, brute force strategy, and weight of the world attitude all bespoke his depiction as a "heavy," a large magic user who manipulates the forces of gravity. At the same time, the characters also fit the time frame. Delilah, for instance, was just what you would expect when someone refers to a dame.
The 1930's setting gave the book a unique flavor for the fantasy genre. The setting was familiar, yet it had just enough alt history to make it work. The world was vivid and well-crafted. I especially loved the dirigible scenes and the challenges of fighting upon them.
Of course, I always do love great action sequences and there was no shortage of them in this book. It was a great blend of story and adventure.
I really think that Mr. Correia has something here and I look forward to exploring this world further.
A note about narration: Bronson Pinchot put in a top rate performance on this book. He gave the characters distinct personalities and speech patterns that fit the story to T. The result was an outstanding audio book.
Normally I prefer to read books myself rather than be subject to another reader's verbal interpretation. Bronson however is superb at making the book come alive.
This is a classic "can't judge a book by its cover" case for me. I looked at the cover of this book, read the blurb about a magic private eye, and I doubted. I doubted a lot. Happily, I was desperate for something to listen to/read, and I had credits to burn, so I figured what the heck - and I was treated to 16 hours of one of the most entertaining stories I have ever heard.
Bronson Pinchot is a virtuoso of audiobook narration. He is a genius. He was born to read books to people. I will listen to him read cookbooks. It's worth buying this book just to hear audiobook narration done amazingly, crazily right.
The story: the description makes it sound like this will be like "The Maltese Falcon" with magic in it, but it really didn't have much in common with a detective novel or the noir genre. It's more of a speculative fantasy thing - if I were describing this to a friend, I'd tell them to think "The Untouchables," except with magic powers, and instead of Al Capone they're trying to stop a shadowy cabal based on WWII's Axis powers from destroying the world. If you mashed "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "The Wizard of Oz," you'd get something not totally unlike this book.
So: fun, fast-paced and totally over-the-top story plus mind-bogglingly good narration. Fantastic combination! I'm glad I stumbled upon this deservedly well-reviewed book!
Mr. Correia does it again. I have become a big fan, and I approach each of his new series with trepidation expecting a disappointment. I was far from disappointed. This series is as good as Mr. Correia other series. It re-writes history and covers it with a blanket of magic. Any fans of super powered heroes fighting super powered foes will love these books. The characters are great and the action is furious as the author manages to pull you into his new imaginary world while keeping you on your toes with plot shifts. I gave the performance a 4 instead of a 5 because the narrator, from time to time, reads with a certain sarcasm. This sarcasm does not fit the characters he's narrating. It is not frequent, but it can be quite distracting.
I bought this audio book, because of the good reviews. I have tried and tried, but fell a sleep after 5 minutes of listening, which was good since I have sleeping problems. I finally got to finish 1 hour and 27 seconds, but the story and the narrator aren't for me.