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Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles | [Larry Correia]

Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Nicholette Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 08-29-12
    Nicholette Brandon, Manitoba, Canada 08-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a great story!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the premise of the story. The alternate world, the interesting ways people live in the story, all imaginative and interesting.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    T Berkeley, CA, United States 08-23-12
    T Berkeley, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Spellbound"

    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.

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    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 08-21-12
    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.

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    "I Did Not Want it to END!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like guns, and action then here's your story. The magic is just a bonus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have never imagined Jake's hayseed drawl. After the description, he would have had a Brooklyn accent. I liked Bronson's narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, it's not a book that you are moved by, just thoroughly entertained by!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it, then thank me.

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    Amazon Customer San Jose, CA USA 08-20-12
    Amazon Customer San Jose, CA USA 08-20-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Terrific Mix of Action, Humor, Character, Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    The build up to the last battles, starting with the assault on the Government facility.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book works as a whole making multiple story come together with a ensemble cast.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    SPOILER: Near the climax. One character makes a tough decision


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    R. Sumner 08-15-12
    R. Sumner 08-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow!!! really looking forward to the rest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to others.
    the book is really well written and the story is really well thought out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great series, great author.

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    Kirby Timm Milwaukee, WI 08-14-12
    Kirby Timm Milwaukee, WI 08-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "More fun than the first book!"

    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!

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    ahintz17 08-06-12
    ahintz17 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbound is as entertaining as Hard Magic!"

    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.

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    Kathy Austin, TX, United States 07-30-12
    Kathy Austin, TX, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My first review, but it has to be said"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    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.


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

    Jake and Fay. The voices and cadence that he has for both of them fits them perfectly.


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

    On the one hadn, yes, because it is so mych fun. On the other hand, no, because you don't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the third book. May have to check out Monster Hunters International in the meantime....

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    Drewzilla VA 07-30-12
    Drewzilla VA 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic story, does not disappoint!"
    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fay has to be the best character, her spunky personality and resilience are force to be reckoned with and to not be taken lightly.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only my second experience listening to Bronson Pinchot, but it certainly won't be my last. He is the best so far.


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    Skitique 07-11-12
    Skitique 07-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

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    "Spellbound is Great!"
    What did you love best about Spellbound?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, the Heavy, & Faye, the Traveler, of course (the 2 main characters)


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

    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.


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

    It really was & I rarely say that about a book!! I finished listening to book 1 & couldn't wait for this.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this authors Monster Hunters series. You won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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