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Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles | [Larry Correia]

Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Larry Correia has already made a name for himself in the sci-fi/fantasy world with his Monster Hunter books, but now he's written the first in new series that takes place in New York in the 1930s, filled with dubious federal agents, hardboiled detectives, and dames with a whole lotta chutzpah. Except this isn't quite the New York you might expect, but an alternate universe where zeppelins moor at the top of the Empire State Building, the Titanic never sank and mad scientist Nikola Tesla has created a devastating weapon called the Geo-Tel. Oh, and people have magical powers. They are known as Actives. It's become commonplace for some people to defy gravity, teleport, manipulate animals, and heal by touch. The hero here is Jake Sullivan, a detective and ex-con who is set free by the FBI to track criminal Actives, which J. Edgar Hoover (yeah, he's still around) would like to eradicate.

Actor Bronson Pinchot has become a regular go-to for audiobooks and the reason is obvious – the guy knows how to bring a story to life. Far from his manic days as Balki on Perfect Strangers, Pinchot is a warm, imminently listenable narrator. He's obviously having a ball with Hard Magic, gruffing up his voice for the hardboiled Jake and the various G-men and employing a countrified voice for Faye, a young farm girl who can teleport across great distances and becomes vital to saving the world from destruction by the Geo-Tel. Pinchot gives each character a different voice, so it's easy to keep up with the big cast. Correia writes long, colorful descriptions of his characters and their situations, but those passages never become boring and never get in the way of the action, thanks to Pinchot.

Steampunk lovers will find much to love about Hard Magic, but listners who love big guns and explosions will be in hog heaven. There are epic, cinematic battles including one over-the-top of a dirigible that is audaciously impossible. Hard Magic almost defies categorization, because Correia has no problem blending science fiction with more fanciful fantasy, even managing to slip in double-headed dragons and imps. The second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles, Spellbound, is coming and let's hope Pinchot has signed on for the audio version. —Collin Kelley

Publisher's Summary

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someone to go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

Problems arise when Jake discovers the bad girl behind the robberies is an old friend, and he happens to know her magic is just as powerful as his. And the Feds have plunged Jake into a secret battle between powerful cartels of magic-users - a cartel whose ruthless leaders have decided that Jake is far too dangerous to live.

©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Brian White Kingsland, GA USA 10-02-12
    Brian White Kingsland, GA USA 10-02-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    Bronson did great job bringing the story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story flowed well and the author keeps the action going


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    Michael Beulah, Colorado, United States 10-01-12
    Michael Beulah, Colorado, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Hard Magic?

    I have to admit that when I read the premise of this story, I was a little sceptical that it would be my cup of tea. Boy was I wrong! Larry Correia really comes through with this story of a an anlternative depression era America, where magic is real and Tesla's death ray actually works! The story takes on a noirish style as the protagonists attempt to figure out how to overcome and defeat the nefarious "Chairman", the magic imbued leader of an alternate post world war Japan. This is an action laced story from beginning to end, but Mr. Correia takes the time to create a thoroughly interesting story with characters that engage the listener right from the start.

    In additon to a great story, this audio book is presented by Bronson Pinchot who delivers an outstanding performance. Pinchot brings the characters to life in such a way that the listener might actually believe it is the characters themselves that are speaking instead of the narrator. This is the first audio book I have listened to performed by Bronson Pinchot and I was very impressed by his narration talents. I can't wait to listen to more books performed by Mr. Pinchot.


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    jamie 10-01-12
    jamie 10-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "wow... really really good"

    The reader was amazing - the story even better. I bought this during the 4.99 sale. So glad I did. I now have a new author in my collection. You need to listen to this book (and second in the series)!

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    milla 10-01-12
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    "Bronson Pinchot brings a great story to life"
    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there with the best. I'm not sure whether or not I would have enjoyed it as much if I had not had it so masterfully read to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are very sympathetic, and the action is non-stop. The re-writing of history around the advent of magic makes perfect sense, and the fiction feels authentic in the context. Correia has a light hand, ensuring the story has all the appeal of classic pulp fiction, but a natural feel for our not-so-distant past, rendering a new reality with all the assurance of an impressionist.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His British accent was a little over the top, but my ear is not fine enough to have picked up any issues with the rest, and both Sullivan and Fay were impeccably drawn, with distinct voices, and warmly reassuring accents. Pinchot brings each character to life, and makes one fall in love with them in the most natural way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    History rewritten by magic


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to any Pratchett fan, any 20th century history buff with fantastic leanings, and anyone who just wants an action-packed romp. Escapist fiction at its best!

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    K 09-29-12
    K 09-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Imaginative story with a great plot"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    The way in which magic is used made this book made the plot exciting and very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the characters, a farm girl had a unique and refreshing outlook on the world. Her injection into the story was by far the most enjoyable aspect.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    While Fey was a refreshing character, the hard, determined and value driven Jake Sullivan was the best character in the book. He carried the plot on his back and left you with the lasting thought that this is the guy you wanted on your side.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is fast moving and enough to keep you guessing. While some parts were predictable, there were other parts of the story that kept you guessing till the end.

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    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 09-28-12
    KLC0712 Chicago, IL 09-28-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I selected this book because it sounded interesting, and I also really do enjoy Bronson Pinchot as a narrator. The story has a great pace and pulls you in.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely everything.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I Didn't want it to end, so I spread it out over several days. But it was very hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are at all intrigued by the description, you should listen to this book.

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    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 09-27-12
    Richard D. Shewman Erie, PA United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2001

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    "An utterly enjoyable listening experience!"

    A week or so ago I purchased “Hard Magic” by Larry Correia as part of an Audible clearance special. It was the best investment in a long time. The book was pure pleasure. There was a good story, plenty of film noir ambiance, magic galore, and action from beginning to end. It was pure testosterone driven escape! As soon as I finished “Hard Magic” I immediately downloaded “Spellbound”, the second installment in the series and found it to be a big second helping of the wonderful confection. Indeed, there were even a few more nuts (literally) in this helping. The second book developed the story began in the first installment with new twists and turns, introduced some great new characters, and allowed all of the original crew to shine.

    My complements to Bronson Pinchot, he did a great job as the narrator. The voices he created were spot on for each of the characters. They may have been a bit exaggerated if these books were more serious literary novels but for the fantasy/detective/magic/syfy genre they were perfect!

    I will wait with great anticipation for the third installment in the series.

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    Amazon Customer bonaire, ga 09-25-12
    Amazon Customer bonaire, ga 09-25-12 Member Since 2005

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    "I loved it!"
    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    For me. seeing how everything was wrapped up was great.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    took me a little bit to like the narration. Didn't like Jake's voice at all. Made him sound dumb. Narratorr did Southern accents poorly.


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    Amazon Customer New Zealand 09-24-12
    Amazon Customer New Zealand 09-24-12 Member Since 2011

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    "More than Pleasantly Surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Really enjoyed the story and the narration.


    What other book might you compare Hard Magic to and why?

    Laurell K Hamilton before it turned into porn so the Anita Blake series 1-8 and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.


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    Elizabeth Dothan, AL, United States 09-22-12
    Elizabeth Dothan, AL, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Harry Potter Meet Guy Noir"

    This is an interesting book that is performed great by Bronson Pinchot to perfection. It is easy to forget that one person is doing all the voices and he keeps in character throughout. This book gives us a look at the world if magic were a reality, the confusion it causes and how things might have been different for us all.

    The Author does a good job of pulling the reader in and quickly educating him or her in the nuances of a world in which people have magic powers. Not everyone has the same power so it is a little like the TV show "Heroes" where normal people discover their particular gift and strive to master it while fighting to survive.

    It is a great adventure that fires the imagination.

    If you like adventure/war stories with a classic (Sam Spade) feel where a secret society takes on Magic filled Imperial Japan, you will love this book.

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