Coming from the Dresden files to this felt like a thorough let down. Boy was I wrong! The story itself is quite amazing amazing. This is quite obviously a phenomenal book if you can stick with it past the first few hours. Initially I found it completely implausible that people would rate it so highly but it's obvious that the author put a LOT of thought and effort into making his impeccable "world". It feels so full of little details and nuances I almost felt like going through it again.
I wouldn't want to give anything here away. So I'm not going to spoil this for anyone.
There are obviously two main characters Jake and Faye and I can honestly say that I enjoyed both tremendously.
Honestly I don't think I could think of anything that would do this justice.
Stop reading this and go and get the book.
If you're in to a good listen this is a great book.
The character development
The way he was able to bring the characters to life for me.
I really loved the way Larry Correia tweaked real historical events to fit his version of reality. A little bit Paranormal, detective story, alternate reality...can't wait for the next book! The only draw back was the narrator's pronunciation of 30.06. Which happens A LOT. Please, please, please have that fixed. Otherwise, it is a terrific story with Heavies, Toughs, Movers, and scary bad guys! You'll love it
This book will stick with me for a long time. For such unbelievable abilities and magic this book was totally believable. I could almost see the zeppelins. Larry isn't afraid to tell it like it is, he pulls no punches. This makes his characters very real flaws and all.
Riveting, great plot!
I don't want to give the plot away, but the scene with Faye and The Chairman is awesome. There are so many cool characters in this book that memorable moments happen frequently.
I have not heard this reader before. I have almost 300 audiobooks and have heard some great readers, and have developed some faves, but Pinchot is one of the best I've heard. He was perfect for this book because the characters, in my visualization are cartoonish, and what he adds with his character voices is fantastic. Because the narrator is so good, I would recommend listening instead of reading for this book.
Roger Rabbit meets Scareface"
Don't make me waste my time writing this, I never write reviews, so you owe it to yourself to listen to it. My only caution is that there is a lot of fighting and the violence scene are a bit epic, which some readers might not care for. If your one of those, be prepared, but listen to it anyway, you'll be glad you did.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
I know everyone else seems to love this book but it didn't do it for me. Every time a character got into a tough situation someone has another super-power and saves the day. It was much too contrived for my taste.
I am a big fan of Larry Corriea after reading the Monster Hunter International books and I thought that this book would be similar enough to calm my addition while I wait for the new MHI book. I was so wrong.Yes, his sense of humor, love of guns, magic and magical creatures are very much present in this book but the story it's self could not be more different. It took me a little while to get into the book because of the differences but it was worth the effort.It is your basic good-v-evil story with a magical twist and Larry Corriea makes it fun. I enjoyed his take on the world and historical events altered by magic and his characters are, as always brilliant.The book made me laugh and cry and I now have a new addition, curse you Larry Corria :-)I'm off to get the next book
Only Pinchot, he was excellent!
His use of racial slurs were an accepted racial or nationality term would have sufficed.
At least 5 voices and a feeling of certain characters.
It inspired me to stop listening on many occasions and only due to the good narration did I get through this one.
If you think you need to use slurs even the one's from the 1920's to keep your book authentic maybe you should just write something else. No one listening to this book is living in that era, or maybe the author is. The name calling is not integral to the story, LET IT GO!
Yes, if you like action, the 30s and do not mind a bit of "borrowing" from other series.
Especially this audio edition has a exceptionally good speak performer. The accents and different voices are very good (don't mind that the german sounds like french, I get the idea).
not surprising, but looking forward to the continuation
The introduction of Jake Sullivan. His style makes me smile.
It obviously is written as part of a series, so why not?
Except for the setting, which is good, there are many things "borrowed" from the X-Men especially. Except, here it is called "magic", there it is called "gift". The story-arc has amazingly lots of parallels...
Nonetheless, told well, so no harm done.
Most definitely would recomment this book as a delightful adventure perfectly blending allegorical fantasy, great dectective noir and science fiction. It is well balanced and reminiscent of the Fire Fly series on HBO.
I never have one favorite character To me a good story relies on the interplay between many good characters.
The ability to commute and to not even complain!!
No! I love anticipating getting in to my car and enjoying my drive. I admit several times I took the long route home to get to a good stopping place in the book.