It's hard to pick one thing that I liked "best" about this book, but I think it would have to be Bronson Pinchot's incredible performance narrating the story.
The story itself is rich, original and highly entertaining, set against the backdrop of a lushly imagined 40's-noir world with. The stakes are high, the characters are interesting, and the "magical" aspects of the world are so well-written that they seem believable and plausible, even in the most extraordinary moments. You'll find yourself grinning subconsciously at the imaginative and novel ways that magical powers enter the story.
Bronson Pinchot's narration is flawless. He is such a skilled performer that listening to him read any text would be interesting, but he takes this already highly entertaining and compelling story to the next level. He brings life to an entire world of characters, male and female, never failing to find the distinguishing vocal trait that makes them easy to identify in the midst of a plot that jumps around multiple locations and countries. And all the while he avoids the pitfalls and cliches that would be easy to fall into while juggling so many different characters. It is not exaggeration when I say that his narration was as big a factor in my decision to download the rest of this trilogy as the story itself was, after finishing this first book.
If you enjoy science-fiction you will enjoy this book.
The various abilities placed into the alternative 1930's setting.
I love the main character, Jake Sullivan.
The way Bronson Pinchot voices him, he sounds like a mean Sheriff Andy Taylor.
Can't spoil it.
Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
This is great pulp junk food fantasy. the performance has to be among the very best ive heard of over 50 books from audible. if you are looking for war and peace look elsewhere, but if you want a fun book for jogging on the treadmill this is it. i'll be getting the rest in the series
The story is excellent ... complex and detailed pulling you deeper and deeper as you listen. I cannot wait for the second edition to start in 15 minutes and intend to listen to it all front to back when it is over ... Clean language, interesting mix of history distorted only to the probability of the story and the reading was absolutely magic ... the first book out of hundreds that I have taken the time to rave about. Well Done and thank you for the talent of the author and the reader ... a great mix.
I approached this book with apprehension. I am a hesitant Sci/fi, Fantasy fan, and am generally not a fan of revisionist history. I was also questioning the choice of narrator.
All I can say is how wrong I was. This book blew my mind. I was totally drawn in to the world that Larry Correia has created. I fell in love with the characters, and can't wait to follow them through the rest of this trilogy. I will not give anything away, I will just cation you block out some time, you will not want to turn this one off, also have the time for the other two books as you will want to listen to the rest of the series.
Had no idea that Bronson Pinchots voice would make the story so entertaining! thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the characters! cant wait to start the next book.
I loved the revisionist aspect of history, with the introduction of magic, the whole world developed at a different pace.
Of course you have to say it compares well with the Monster Hunter series also from Larry Correia. His style is so fresh and fun, even when people are getting hacked to death and blown up.
I got the book from the library after listening to the audible version. Don't get me wrong, Larry Correia has a fantastic imagination and a great gift with language, but Pinchot brought these people to life! I was particularly fond of the way that he presented Faye. I found myself laughing out loud as she taunted the shadow warrior. Trying to read the book without his interpretation is now impossible. Kudos Bronson!
Larry, keep on writing! This series may be wrapped up, but keep the villains coming and give me heroes to root for.
I don't often listen to stories more than once (Roger Zelazny excluded), but if i did, then i would listen to this again.
The characters are real people that you really feel attached to, even the bad guys. The action sequences don't trigger my suspension of disbelief filter - they all seem to be reasonable given the magic system being used.
Just absolutely great from timing, to pitch, to different voices for different characters.
Laughed a couple of times.
I've put Larry Correia on my read-the-next-book list. In fact, I'm downloading the next one now!
Even though I'm a fantasy/sci-fi fan, I really didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but I was persuaded by all of the raving reviews this series has received. And...I'm totally hooked! I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as the third book was just released, but I will be catching up shortly because I can't wait to listen to the next book. I'm glad I listened to all the reviewers because I've found a new series to love. Larry Correia is original and Bronson Pinchot is perfect. I've already recommended the Grimnoir Chronicles to a friend.
Fantastic and nothing like what I expected, the series just develops and the third book is great and sad that the series ended. Such a nice change having a book set in the 30's. Really cool, the history, characters and events are all woven through masterfully.