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
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.
I read an Audible review of this book and it piqued my interest. When it went on sale I snapped it up to give it a try - sure am glad I did! It starts out fragmented as the author builds the foundation and from there it blasts off. There were many characters, but interesting and easy to get caught up in. Bronson Pinchot did an OUTSTANDING job narrating this tale. I look forward to hearing more of this! Highly recommended!
As an ardent and enthusiastic audiobook listener since 2007 I have learnt that whilst a great story is important of course, more than anything else, it is the skill and talent of the narrator to transport you and bring to life all the characters in the story that has the most effect on how much pleasure comes from the book. Bronson Pinchot brings to life the people so authentically that sometimes I listen to a chapter again, just for the sheer pleasure of listening to the story unfold through the different voices. His ability to adopt a different 'voice' and accent means that at times i genuinely forget that I am listening to just one man. I will be listening to everything I can find that is narrated by this man.
Subtle humour and the narrator's ability to bring every character to life.
The main man, Jack, is a character who unfolds and catches you as the story unfolds, thanks to the narration of Bronson Pinchot.
I think I will like the storyline once I get into it. As much as I listened to, I liked.
Anyone. Unfortunately, I did not like this narrator at all. So much so, in fact, that I stopped listening and plan to buy the Kindle version of the book. The story is interesting enough that I would ike to read it, but I really did not like the way the narrator droned on. I found myself wanting him to talk faster. Everyone sounded like they were just not in a hurry to say their lines.
I will write an addendum to this whenever I finish reading the book.
Would recommend to someone if they are really into fiction and the what if's that are possible in Science Fiction. A history or purely non-fiction reader would probably not enjoy.
Woken Furies. Completely alternate world but similar to earth.
Main character. But Delilah has a certain longing which makes her special.
Tendrils of Power
Although this was an enjoyable listen for the most part, the character development seems to lag well behind the plot. For a book that is titled Hard Magic, most of the action seems to center around guns and physical violence, and the magic seems to be just an adjunct. When the magic system is explained, the author goes into great details, which are then reiterated later by another character.
A good book but I kinda felt I was re-reading Monster Hunter Intl. Big strong guy who loves guns and gets power from a big octopus thing in another dimension. The steam punk aspects were good, using real history and modifying in to fit the story.
The character voices.
The Young girl.
At first I didn't like the characters, too many, too flippant, BUT suddenly it all made sense. Lots of twists that are fun. Great for the beach.
A really fun book to listen to, a little "comic-booky" if compared to something like Mistborn or Wheel of Time. It made me think of The Fantastic Four or Raiders of the Lost Ark (with magic). I wish it had been longer and had delved a little deeper into the characters lives and the magic system. There is a lot of action, almost non-stop, which I enjoy. Bronson Pinchot does a great job (as usual) and is very funny at times. Worth your time and your credit!
The whole story was told very well.
Hero's (the TV Series), meets Mike Hammer.
He did very good period. He might have had a little trouble with voicing some of the females. Only one that I really thought "nope he kind of missed on that one".
Moma always did like me Best!
If you like the idea of special human Abilities (be they magic, mutant, evolution or GGG)....
You will like this book.
Yes it's a great story well told
The big guy
The grey eyed girl he makes her seem so real
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