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.
*a bit spoiler*:
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.
I would recommend this audio book to lovers of crime novels, sci-fi, and thrillers. It has a great cast of characters and Pinchot is wonderful with all the different voices.
This is more of a story like the Avengers or The Justice League or the XMen. A group of hyper humans who are fighting evil and sometimes the people they are fighting to protect.
I laughed a lot at how Pinchot gave voice to Faye's character.
This book was a great listen and hard to leave. The narration is the best I've heard yet and it brings each character to life.
My husband and I listened to this while driving the hour back and forth to the grocery store and two hours never seemed to be long enough. We found ourselves discussing the plight of the characters in the book, wondering how Jake would ever manage to survive his magically altered nemesis, or whether the Pale Horse was a hero or a villain.
One of the things I liked about this series is the moral complexity; good people can do bad things for good reasons, and bad people can do bad things that may have some good consequences. At one point as we turned off the car I told my husband that I thought the book would kill me, since I spent so much time holding my breath during the intense parts. He informed me that he thought it would kill me because I spent so much time dodging bullets during the fire fights and was going to get in the way of his driving. Much of that is due to Bronson Pinchot's narration, which really puts you into the story. Altered histories and steampunk is a newly popular genre, and in this version, you can easily see the world as though it were the 'real' one, and I could easily visualize the blimp landing platform on the top of the Empire State Building. The quotes he begins the chapters with really add to the realism, reframing a quote from the Scopes Trial as though it were about magic, for example. You can easily see the conflict between 'normals' and 'magicals' and how that would add to the difficulties of race and class already within the 1930's worldview.
Bronson Pinchot is an amazing narrator, and his work added a great deal to the story. Even while playing a young "Okie" girl or a japanese soldier his characterizations always felt real, bringing life to the characters. I would read another book just to hear him read it, so I hope he is selective in the things he chooses to read.
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This book was a fun, well-written read. The alternate historical reality was brilliant, the characters were interesting, and the villains were evil personified. The magic was intriguing. My only problem with it, was the violence, which was off the charts and the gory details got old by the end of the story. I found myself zoning out during the final battles. One of the evil villains used the f-bomb more than I wanted to hear it, but he was justifiably evil incarnate so I guess it was his nature.
I have been very entertained by Mr. Correia's other books so I knew there would be value here, but I did not expect exciting fresh (in certain areas) story I got. I can't reccomend this enough! Please excuse my typos. I am not a writer so my review may not sway you, but let me just say I am purchasing the sequel with cash because I can't wait for my new credits!!
Jack and Fay by far but Tokugawa and Mat were great villians
That Freakin climax was fantastic
Spoiler Alert:...................................................................................................................................................................................the death - rebirt - death of a certain brute connected to Jack
I really enjoyed the Monster hunter books and the Grimnoir series is my new favorite. Gun toting accountants f***in rock.
I enjoyed this book. Wasn't sure about the book or story line at the start. In places the plot felt transparent. That said I kept listening and often in big chunks of time - so clearly something was being done right. Looking forward to listen to the next installment. :-)
Even history buffs would appreciate this story, and maybe get hooked on fantasy too!
An almost wry sense of humor that is essential to the tone and personality of the characters.
I laughed many times.
Had to disagree with a few of the portrayals for some characters, but overall the characters were distinctively clear, and the setting of WWII America with tommy guns and mad scientist inventions was captivating.