Bronson Pinchot gives a great performance and gives great voices to Larry Correia's characters. I really enjoy the Monster Hunter series and this has a similar flavor with some great new characters.
Don't be fooled by the cover which really really doesn't convey what's inside. Seriously please don't judge this book by its cover.
This was a surprisingly fun steampunk/alternative history, post-WW2, with the dark noir atmosphere magic/scifi comic book like action. And the enemy is the EVIL Japanese lord which I'd like to object to. However, to be fair I can totally imagine Japan under a dictatorship and become a nation blindingly following him. Unfortunately the author seems to have forgotten to check names so the main evil guy has a name with two last names instead of a first name but I can live with that.
In spite of all the cool gadgets like dirigibles, machine guns and nuke like bombs, I was most attracted to the characters in the book. They are in a way cookie cut superheros but are portrayed in a way you actually see them as people. On the other hand the villans were sort of predictable and boring.
Scenes and setting are definitely and deliberately described and set like a movie. Readers who are comicbook and managa readers will have just imagining the scenes.
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I also have to say that I found the explanation of the magic talents and how they develop is very interesting. The magic is caused by an entity that actually is alive and like a parasite they symbiotically live off human beings who can take magic power from it. It resides in a realm between life and death and only "very special" people can perceive it. However I would like to reread it to understand it better!
I can see how this book would be fun and inventive in its alternative history and magical flavor. I bought it thinking it to be along the lines of Dresden Files. But it's totally different. Not one to give up easily, I plodded on for 7 chapters but eventually the unrelenting violence and gore got too tedious. If you like shoot outs and stake outs and big guns and lots of macho violence, then this is one for you. Looks like mine will be the exception amongst all the rave reviews. This book is like a comic book audiobook. Full of Kerpows! and Bams! and Ouch! and non stop action.
Um ouvinte do Brasil. Que curte livros de fantasia e ficção. One listener from Brazil. Who enjoys fantasy and sci fi books.
I walk into this audiobook based on Monster Hunter Internacional addiction.
But I was marveled to discover a very good plot with a new magic system that hooked me.
Don't let the illustration fool you. I thought it was going to be a humorous book but it was a fantastic alternate history of Earth. Surprisingly good! It was really interesting to see familiar characters from history in different circumstances. Pinchot is a good reader.
I am always looking for something new as I am a voracious reader and I am currently running out writers that I know..... But this one was just dumb. Sorry! I'll read almost anything but I just gave up about half way thru. The story line just wouldn't hold my interest.
Plenty of inventive fights
Each characters "magic" and the techniques they employ it in fight scenarios.
If you tried Monster Hunters International and found the action good but the storey a bit weak you might find this much more entertaining as well as more interesting characters.
Yes. Bronson is a STAR reader. He makes an already good story spring to life. You feel like you are there. Bravo!
I almost didn't get this one because of the cheesy title and cover art. I'm glad I listened to the many great reviews because it knocked my socks off. I think fans of Dresden or the Iron Druid Chronicles will enjoy this. There is a lot of great imagination on display with an interesting take on revisionist history with supernatural powers and magic combined with a fast paced suspenseful story.
I really don't care about whether a book is perceived as high literature or not. For me it is all about entertainment value and I determine that by how much I look forward to listening to the book. I could have easily gone through this book in one sitting. That means 5 stars all the way!
I missed much of the monotonic narration especially when spoken softly. However, the story seemed nicely inventive.
Bronson Pinchot's performance is outstanding. He brings every character to life. Each character has its own fascinating story.