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.
What a world!!! As a student of history, I loved all the "what ifs"! As a fantasy enthusiast I loved the magic system and the eventual place you find out it comes from. Such a gripping story, downloaded the second before I even finished the first so that I didn't have to miss a minute!
I struggled with the narration for a bit but appreciated it by the end. I hope you all enjoy this series as much as I am ❤
Lots of action. Some tense moments, as various people are challenged in life threatening situations. You can never tell who is going to make it, and who won't.
I love a good mystery, especially series, also a long time Stephen King fan. Enjoy reading and listening to multiple books at a time.
Wasn't sure at first, but was hooked early on, good story and wonderful narration, recommended.
First, I'll tell you that I'm a procrastinator, so I've read all 3 Grimnoir novels before I got around to this review. Like some other reviewers, I thought Bronson Pinchot made most of the characters sound mentally challenged to the point where I didn't think I would make it through the book. By the end of the book, I couldn't wait to start the next one! I just loved the whole alternate history plot twist. Get this book!
Totally out of my genres but tried it on a BOGO sale knowing I could get my money back if I didn't like it.
Revisionist history, magical beings in human form, humor, pathos, superb plot and pacing.
Pinchot brought each eccentric character to life.
Genius book and performance. I am in for the entire series.
A little slow to start but quickly becomes full of action. Love all the twists and turns -- love everything though sometimes the accents grate on the nerves (several of the characters have thick accents). Can't wait to listen to book 2!
This story was a throw back in history within a time in a parallel universe where magic exists and nations are at war. I loved the 2 main characters and I really enjoyed the narrative. This was great and I highly recommend it.
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