Alternate history and 1930's film noir are super collided with a magic and incredible action in a tale that keeps you wanting more. Original Characters in a fiercely original world, and guess what? Book 2 is even better! Get in on the ground floor and enjoy the ride. Oh and big ups to Broson Pinchot, the narration is perfect.
The Characters! You will come to love them like friends. Book 2 is great fun, and you will look forward to seeing the characters evolve and grow.
The end is an epic finally!
Where does lively writing end and great narration begin? I don't know, but the true voices of a deep-throated ex-con and an Oaklahoman school girl come shining through in this light and fun piece of fiction. Pacing is great and it left me wanting more.
Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
I was introduced to Larry Correia's blend of fantasy and modern weaponry in the Monster Hunter series and picked up the Grimnoir Chronicles because I enjoyed the Monster Hunter series so much and had exhausted all current books in the series.
Anyway, the Grimnoir Chronicles sets up an alternate universe story where the world and history of the 1930s has been changed due to people suddenly gaining magical powers sometime in the past.
Part hard-boiled detective story and part fantasy novel, the book follows Jake Sullivan, a "Heavy" in the sense that he can control the strength and direction of the gravitational pull exerted on people and objects in his vicinity. The story is classic Correia, with lots of action that pulls you in, some genuinely interesting concepts and a story arc that is slowly revealed with each book. Great read and highly recommended
I've listened to the other stories by Mr. Correla (monster hunter series) and I felt that this was a better story due to the original perspective and character study of the pulp superhero.
The performance by Mr. Pinchot is terrific. The range of voices ranging from the manly hero 'Sullivan' to the country hick female 'Fay' is believable and easy on the ears.
I'm glad I have this in my library.
Bravo! I'll be looking for the second story.
Story was probably even better than I realized, but the narrator made it hard to concentrate. His characters often sounded the same and he read the main character in Forrest Gump's voice. Not to mention he would read lines deadpan and monotone that began with, "he shouted" or "she screamed out". First time I've ever been truly distracted by a narrator. I'll be reading the second book in print form.
Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
I couldn't remember anything about this story when I started listening to it. It's set in an alternative past where the Hindenburg didn't explode so blimps and dirigibles are the dominant form of air travel.
Each chapter starts with a quote from the "historical" record -- Darwin, Einstein, Freud all make an appearance.
This alternative place has magic in it and it's the Knights of the Grimnoir versus the Imperium.
The narrator has a fantastic knack for accents. His characters are beautifully played.
I suppose it's a bit like a steampunk version of Lian Hearn set in the US instead of Japan.
I'm two thirds through the first part of the first book and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. And if I find Bronson Pinchot reading another story, I'm going to get it. This guy is amazing.
Creative Urban Fantasy
The growth of Faye as a character
He gave each of the characters a very unique voice and personality through his performance
One of the best pieces of crossover fiction ever produced
I listed to this on Audible and while it took about 2 hours to get rolling once I fell in love with the characters I was hooked. This book was not at all what I was expecting in the best way possible. The narrator is particularly fond of souther accents, but once I grew accustomed to his slightly slower pacing the last half of this book was amazingly exciting and somewhat surprising.
The reader is excellent with male voices. All of the male characters are so clearly drawn with his voice. In comparison, the female voices aren't quite as good.
The book read like a screenplay. It could easily be made into a watchmen-xmen type movie.
This was such a fun book to read, I can't wait for the next! The characters are exciting and in depth. The story is fast paced but you still get engrossed in the story. The only complaint I have is that the cover illustration is terrible, I almost didn't download it because it looked so cheap! I'm glad I did though!!
We live in the information age, yet the biggest challenge facing humanity is communication. - Self.
The book did start off with a bang. It was great - amodern world history re-written where people had magic.
The book has great character shells. There's so much interesting stuff in the book. However, the author's execution was lacking. The novel had so many interesting scenes and set pieces, but the author leaned towards the character brooding and big noting themselves, that after a while it got too much.
It always helps in fantasy novels if your main character has the biggest power and thus can claim omnipotency. This was certainly the case in this book.
The book definitely started lagging and I really felt the author needed to get a move on. Larry focussed too much on repeating each characters - he could have done a flashback to the original fight for the Tessla device. But instead, there were multiple references to it. For all its worth, nobody talked about how Tessla ended up with the device, etc.
However, in defence of the author, he had enough characters in the book to deal with. The audiobook is also well narrated by Bronson Pinchot.
Overall, it's not a bad book. It has interesting characters (some better developed than others), cool magic system, interesting re-written world history and strong fight scenes (where some main characters die). It's biggest negatives remains its dragging pace in certain sections and some execution and scene selection issues.