Audie Award, Paranormal, 2013
Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir. The knights must become fugitives while they attempt to discover who framed them.Thing go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former P.I. and knight of the Grimnoir, receives a telephone call from a dead man—a man he helped kill. Turns out the Power jumped universes because it was fleeing from a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. That predator has just landed on Earth.
©2012 Larry Correia (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I loved the premise of the story. The alternate world, the interesting ways people live in the story, all imaginative and interesting.
I loved Bronson Pinchot's little southern girl. I found her believable, he totally made her come to life. Every time I heard him voice her character it made me smile.
Normally I am not a great fan of the walking dead or demonic ogres. They're not generally my cup of tea. I like hard science connected to my Sfi-Fi stories even if is has a littel Hard Magic. There should be a plausible connction to science. The series has that and adds a little bit of "who done it" with flashes from a Mike Hammer novel with maybe a little Joe Friday saying, "Just the facts madame, just the facts." Here, you have a Heavy dude Jake Sullivan with his Grimnoir buddies throwing, punching shooting and tripping up the bad guys with guns blimps and magic. In a word, ACTION! I like that. And he uses a special gun made by the gun maker, Mr. Brownie himself. The Grimnoir Chronicles Series brake all the rules I have against fantasy mixing wiht my Sci-Fi. Oh yes. It is a Sfi-Fi fantasy per se but it is also all the other stuff, aliens, mystery, bad cop-good cop and fighting women. Lots of good looking fighting women, especially Faye and Whisper, which works well in for my tastes. It's a little heavy on the Mike Hammer thing such as you can hear in the voice-narrator, Bronson Pinchot in our hero Jake Sullivan. It is a reminder of how much I still love a Bogart character in my stories. OH! Those evil creatures, dead and alive are there but with a plausible explanation. Aliens caused their existence and who really knows what a good alien is going to look like when they do decide to appear to us someday. And before I go to far, I'm not giving anything away for free, This is a page turner or in my case, I can't turn it off to MP3 Player. Since, I drive a big rig for a living this story makes a usually miserable, mundane and boring daily drive pass by in a flash. And it's that what a ggod story is suppose to do, suspend your disbelief and keep you spellbound to it? All I can say to the author, Larry Correia, is you've got me hooked now hurry up and get Book III out for sale. However, you should make sure Bronson Pinchot has a first copy, and tell him to read it out loud. I'm listening to him intently. Thank you for a great story.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
If you like guns, and action then here's your story. The magic is just a bonus.
It had good flow, and while it was predictable in most parts, it's what made it enjoyable too. I grew up reading the John Carter of Mars books. Capture/escape/capture/escape It's what made Indiana Jones so much fun to watch. And then there's the 1930's alternate history. It's well done as a whole.
I would have never imagined Jake's hayseed drawl. After the description, he would have had a Brooklyn accent. I liked Bronson's narration.
No, it's not a book that you are moved by, just thoroughly entertained by!
Listen to it, then thank me.
The Reader's performance combined with fun writing made it a great listen. His ability to do multiple accents and change his cadence and tone made it fun.
The build up to the last battles, starting with the assault on the Government facility.
The book works as a whole making multiple story come together with a ensemble cast.
SPOILER: Near the climax. One character makes a tough decision
This is the Author's best work yet. Combined with the Reader's performance, this is easily the best audiobook out of 50 that I have heard.
The author really makes an ensemble cast fun to follow in a story that makes every character relevent/relivent (Important).
I have listened to all the Harry Potter and Dresden books. I enjoyed the writing (no audiobook for me) in the Iron Druid stuff a lot also.
I have recommended this book to others.
the book is really well written and the story is really well thought out.
I would have to say I really liked the main character, Jake... he has just the right combination of smart mouth attitude and ability to be likeable without being a pain
I listen to these books while in the gym, just to let my mind wander while abusing my body, this one was taken to work and finished in too short a time
Great book, great series, great author.
While it took a long time to get into the first book of the Grimnoir series, this book hits the ground running. I liked the first one in the series and liked this one even better. I can't wait for a 3rd!
These books were a nice diversion from the norm for me and I will look forward to the next installment. Bronson Pinchot was also a most excellent narrator and I would not hesitate to listen to him again.
I definitely would recommend this book but would advise reading the fist in the series before you do. I read a lot of books and probably listen to even more but I can easily say that this is one of my favorite books to date. In this case it was the combination of a great book, even greater characters and subperb narration. This is definitely a book that is better listened to than read. Bronson Pinchot could not be better as a narrator and he just brings such life to these characters. Jake and Fay are wonderful characters and the voices that Pinchot uses for them make them two of my all time favorites.
Any scene with either Jake or Fay is a good one. Fay is always funny when she gets frustrated with people who think or do things at a normal speed.
Jake and Fay. The voices and cadence that he has for both of them fits them perfectly.
On the one hadn, yes, because it is so mych fun. On the other hand, no, because you don't want it to end.
I can't wait for the third book. May have to check out Monster Hunters International in the meantime....
Again Larry Correia keeps the pace going with his 2nd installment in the Grimnoir Chronicles. The story is well thought out and planned, no lagging parts to speak of in my opinion as everything fit together perfectly. Bronson Pinchot is my defacto choice as the number one narrator in the Audible book experience, his portrayal of character personalities is top notch and adds so much realism to the whole story line.
Fay has to be the best character, her spunky personality and resilience are force to be reckoned with and to not be taken lightly.
Only my second experience listening to Bronson Pinchot, but it certainly won't be my last. He is the best so far.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
Very entertaining listen! Action, G Men with X Men powers are part of a secret society out to save the world while Roosevelt's governmet wants to register them. Great twist on history with a supernatural thread. Worth the credit. Try it. You'll like it!
Jake, the Heavy, & Faye, the Traveler, of course (the 2 main characters)
Toss up between Jake, the Heavy who can alter gravity, & Faye, the Traveler, who can travel (of course) by jumping. The southerner in me just loves their accents . Bronson Pinchot is really a good narrator. If you like Michael Kramer, Kate Redding, or James Marsters then you will enjoy Bronson Pinchot.
It really was & I rarely say that about a book!! I finished listening to book 1 & couldn't wait for this.
Try this authors Monster Hunters series. You won't be disappointed
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