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Publisher's Summary

In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

Murder on the Orient Elite is available free through 01/01/15.

Listen to more hard-boiled dark fantasy in the rest of the Grimnoir Chronicles series.
©2014 Larry Correia (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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An Excellent Teaser

This is an Audible-only novella set in Larry Correia's very excellent Grimnoir universe, a noir alternate history adventure series taking place in a diesel-powered magicpunk setting where the onset of magic in the last two centuries has changed our familiar world in often unexpected ways.

The novella takes place after the first three books (currently the only novel-length installments; I highly recommend those Audible performances as well), and so contains spoilers for that series. In particular, the fates of certain characters are shown, and I would recommend only listening to this AFTER you have finished Warbound. However, if you don't care so much about spoilers, this novella doesn't give away much in the way of plot, just what happens to those characters (which is more than just who lives or dies, but I can't say more without giving it away).

The name gives the impression of a detective story. To some extent, this is true; it's a story with classic mystery plotting and a bit of a whodunnit puzzle, but it won't feel like a mystery. Like all of Larry Correia's stories, this is a rollicking adventure where the good guys square off against the bad guys with clever situations that push the boundaries for all characters involved. There are even a few decent one-liners in it, but I happen to like puns so maybe I have a low bar.

Most importantly, this novella teases Correia's promised sequel, taking place some years after the events of Warbound. The ending left me rather hungry for more. The Grimerse's magic system is one of my favorites (easily matching something out of Brandon Sanderson's books), and I enjoyed watching the way he used modern physics to shape magic as viewed by Depression-era characters, and then continually pushed the boundaries to show how different forms of magic could do different things when applied correctly. In this story, Sullivan -- one of the main characters of the series and a top expert on magic -- encounters something impossible according to everything he knows. I want to know more, and eagerly await any further installments.

If you haven't picked up the Grimnoir series yet, try it out now. If you have, and haven't listened to this novella yet, I don't know why you scrolled down here. The button you want to click is up THERE.

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Wonder If There Will Be More??

Loved this book.. it was quick, but too quick.... loved the quick actions and detailed story... Want more though... I wonder if there will be more of these books, or if there will be a new series in the future in this world.

Go ahead, its fantastic!!!!

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As great as the Grimnoire novels!

If you have read Hard Magic and its sequels, you'll enjoy this story much more. And you're going to love that series!

So go read the series then come back and read this. But that's not entirely necessary.

Pinchot is wonderful as you might expect from one of the best audiobook narrators around.

Bottom line: AWESOME! I'll read every book and short story in this series because I know I'll love it.

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Not For Me

This genre doesn't appeal to me. However, the narration by Bronson Pinchot is excellent. This was a free sample. Thanks to Audible for providing this at no charge.

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  • Keenan
  • Anchorage Alaska
  • 12-07-14

Fun story!

What did you love best about Murder on the Orient Elite?

Tight plotting keeps the story moving.

What did you like best about this story?

The tension between Sullivan and the professor.

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

How very talented Bronson Pinchot is! He puts so much characterization into his voices, its difficult to believe that its only him narrating.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There is something invigorating in listening to this story. Gets your adrenalin going.

Any additional comments?

I will look for more audible books by both Larry Correia and Bronson Pinchot.

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Barely qualifies as a chapter of a book

What did you like best about Murder on the Orient Elite? What did you like least?

It was nice to spend a few more minutes with two characters from the trilogy.

What could Larry Correia have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Larry is capable of writing complex plots with twists you never see coming. Not so in this case - entirely predictable - he wasn't even trying.

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

Bronson has read the Grimnoir trilogy with great success and he delivers again in this tale.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It is so short, it could be made into a commercial.

Any additional comments?

Only for those utterly desperate to hear Jake Sullivan's voice for a few more minutes.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 03-04-15

Jake is back.

An enjoyable short story. It makes me want to go back and read the rest of the series again. Jake is recruited to find a saboteur for an elite airship. With is wit and dry humor this makes for a fun little story. There is new magic in this story, so it makes me hopeful there will be more for this series in the future. I recommend listening to the other books first, there is a lot of references to them. As usual the narrator rocks.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A sip of water for a thirsty reader

What did you love best about Murder on the Orient Elite?

Catching up with one of my favorite characters, Jake Sullivan.

What did you like best about this story?

That I got to find out a little bit about what happened after the last Grimnoir book.

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

All of them - I love love love Bronson Pinchot's narration - he could read my grocery list and I'd be happy

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

This book series doesn't really 'move' me (except when we didn't know if Fay was going to live), but they are very entertaining, with great characters developement and story lines. Add in Bronson Pinchot amazing voice and you get 90 minutes of bliss

Any additional comments?

As I wrote in the header, this book was a sip of water - way too short. It was more of an epilog or a novella - but definitely not a stand alone book. Don't get me wrong I loved it - that's why I want MORE of it.

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Fun filler for the next book

This short story, set after Correia's Grimnoir trilogy, was an Audible freebie, and will be quite enjoyable to anyone who enjoyed the previous Grimnoir books. Jake Sullivan is back, and by fairly arbitrary plot manipulation, he's hanging around in Casablanca doing a bad Bogie impersonation when his old "friend" Dr. Wells, the sociopathic mastermind who's now running China's organized crime syndicates, asks if Sullivan wouldn't mind hopping a ride on his expensive new zeppelin full of international high-rollers and figuring out who's brought a bomb on board before it blows up.

Sullivan agrees, with the sort of reasoning that makes sense when the GM is telling you, "Look, if you say no, we're just gonna have to play Munchkin or something tonight instead." Thus semi-railroaded into the plot, the Player Character proceeds to sniff out the villains, of whom there are plenty to choose from, since Wells's zeppelin is carrying Imperium agents, NKVD spies, a mysterious German working for a more mysterious organization which is apparently being set up as a future nemesis for the Grimnoir Society, and various other rich, powerful scoundrels.

Correia enjoys inserting historical figures into his alternate history: here, Lavrenti Beria (one of the original Soviet secret police chiefs) makes an appearance. The story is short but of course ends with a super-powered battle and hints of future conflict with the real Big Bad (or rather, the minion of the real Big Bad) getting away. Nice to see that the Grimnoir series will continue.

Bronson Pinchot continues to narrate, and continues to be one of my favorite narrators.

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I WAS COCKY AT YOUR AGE TOO

Grim, Grimn, Grimoire, Noir
Correia has a huge following and it is easy to see why. He has carved out his own little niche. It is noir detective attitude, with Grimoire Magic, sometimes with grim results. It is not totally Steampunk, not totally Clockwork, but all alternative history. Buckminster Fuller was mentioned in the story and I had to look him up, knowing I had heard the name before. I had thought he invented geodesic domes, but turns out he did not, but he made them famous. He was an inventor and even worked on an air car.

This little story has Germans, Japs, Russian Spies, Commie Bastards, The Titanic (having never sunk), Blimps, Robots, Iron Guards, Magic, Fade Magic and Jake Sullivan who has control over gravity. It is all done in a fifties setting.

If you have not read Correia, this would be an excellent place to start. Some of his other works are fairly long. I am not a big fan of his writing, but I do appreciate his genius and creativity.

Pinchot is a great narrator.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-08-18

Good Story

Ok short story. Nothing wrong with the narration or length but it feels like Correia should have left the main story finished at the end of the trilogy.

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  • Mr. Paul M. Quirk
  • 07-21-15

A great reminder of a very enjoyable series

Where does Murder on the Orient Elite rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Grimnoir Chronicles has been a very enjoyable series of books and the only problem with this last one is that I wanted it to be longer. (It is a short story btw).

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy the whole "Philip Marlowe meets forces of nature altering magic" which characterises this series. Good inventive story telling with good character development and background.

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

Bronson's performance helped bring the story and characters to life in a way I couldn't have done if reading a book. Excellent work.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

If you're new to the Grimnoir Chronicles, don't start here. Get the first book in the series "Hard Magic" and work your way from there, otherwise some of this short story will have little relevance.

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  • A. Davis
  • 05-21-15

Just love this series

It's a cracking short story that reminds anyone who has listened to the novels just how enjoyable they are.

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  • UsefulThings
  • 02-24-15

Fun short story

Quite enjoyed this ans an introduction to the series. Quite forgetable for me though , not sure why.

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  • Jeremy
  • 02-10-17

Great fun - if only it was a full novel!

It was so good to be back with the Grimnoir and Bronson Pinchot again. This was just like old times, with lots of action and excellent narration. I only wished it went on for longer!

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  • GARRY
  • 02-22-15

A great ride

A great listen indeed better when you know the back story can't complain at all do yourself a favour and grab a copy