The Malcontents are back in action!
Into the Wild, the new novel by acclaimed author Larry Correia, picks up the story begun in Correia's previous entry in the series, Into the Storm.
Now under the leadership of the reluctant Lieutenant Kelvan Cleasby, the Sixth Platoon of Storm Knights has been ordered to accompany an archeological expedition from the Royal Cygnaran University deep into the Wyrmwall Mountains to investigate an ancient site of potentially great historical value. But what seems a simple enough assignment will rapidly turn into a test of the platoon's survival skills - an abandoned fort, the lone survivor of a horrifying attack, and a ferociously territorial tribe may be more than even the Malcontents can handle.
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What with the death of Lieutenant Madigan in Book 1 and the subsequent promotion and replacement of him by Lieutenant Cleasby (from Sergeant), I had feared that Book 2 would suffer. While Cleasby had proven himself on the battlefield as a capable platoon leader, he lacked the flair and dashing boldness of Madigan. Also, since this is a military novel, the expectation that it would simply be a repeat of the previous type of battle engagements.
I should have known better.
I had these same misgivings after Book 1 of his Monster Hunters, International. After all, just a chicken wings can be basted and baked in different styles, when you get down to it, they're still, essentially, chicken wings. However, what I failed to realize is that individual chicken wings don't have interesting backstories associated with them and that Larry has a way to make what seemingly should be a predictable continuation into an interesting unpredictable story. What with new character elements along with unexpected new and more deadly antagonists, this was most rewarding.
Again, the book is made even more enjoyable through the excellent narration by Ray Porter.
Lt Cleasby returns, leading Madigan's Malcontents into the wild to escort a university expedition. What could possibly go wrong?
Lots. A thrilling ride with Headhunter the Warjack and the return of Acosta, this one keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Everything involving Headhunter, the rebellious warjack was fun.
It's a split between Acosta and Headhunter. Savio is such a unapologetically amoral presence. They are like two sides of the same extremely violent coin, with Savio being the coldly rational perfection of violence and Headhunter representing the brutal, raging complement.
Solid. Emotive. Inconsistent
I was very disappointed that Raines and Pangborn's voices from the first book were not carried through into this one. I seem to remember their voices even fluctuating during the course of this book
I really liked the story. I have to say though, it really could almost be a stand alone book not requiring someone listening/reading book one. However, book one was awesome, so don't skip, read both. Larry is a very talented writer.
love Correia, just good story telling no matter what. strikes a good balance with moving the plot along and developing the characters. you care about the protagonist.
I love to read and listen to audiobooks. While I have a wide range of interests, I'm very particular about which books and authors.
This book is very well written with an entertaining story and interesting characters. I enjoyed the first book of the series too.
Excellent continuation of the Malcontents' story. The characters and world continue to get deeper, the narrator is excellent, and the action is fast and furious.
The Malcontent's are a collage of characters so interesting you need to examine all the pieces the author provides. This is another fine book from him, and I have to say, I haven't read anything written by Larry Correia that I didn't like.
I'll admit I was disappointed with Sargent Rains voice changing in a few parts especially after listening to the first book. but I am amazed and delighted that a new recording was made to adjust his voice. That's really putting the fans first.
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