Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1)

Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1)

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by Larry Correia
     
 

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#1 in the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. Jake Sullivan is hardboiled private eye at war with evil magical powers in a dark and gritty urban fantasy that’s a cross between the The Maltese Falcon and Twilight.

Twilight meets The Maltese Falcon <

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#1 in the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. Jake Sullivan is hardboiled private eye at war with evil magical powers in a dark and gritty urban fantasy that’s a cross between the The Maltese Falcon and Twilight.

Twilight meets The Maltese Falcon in the first entry of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles urban fantasy saga by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International.

Magical creeps dispatched in heaps! Jake Sullivan is a war vet, a licensed private eye, and the possessor of a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also happens to have the magical ability to make anything in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium. While a range of enemies natural and supernatural wants him deep-sixed, Jake likes living, and his days in the trenches and his stint in the stir for manslaughter have only made him harder, leaner and meaner.

The first entry in the new, hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the Larry Corriea, breakout best-selling author of Monster Hunter International.

About Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series
“[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.” –Bookreporter.com

“If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.” –Knotclan.com

“A gun person who likes science fiction—or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction—will enjoy [these books]…The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters…I read both books without putting them down except for work…so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some…for yourself and for stocking stuffers.” –Massad Ayoob

About Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter Vendetta:
“This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.” –Publishers Weekly

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Library Journal
Jake Sullivan, a war hero, private eye, and now an ex-con assisting the government, accompanies a team of special agents as they attempt to bring down Sullivan's former friend Delilah Jones, a notorious criminal possessing special powers. Jake also has a unique ability: as a "Heavy," he can increase or decrease gravity. When Jake and Delilah meet, however, the consequences launch a chain of events that lead the pair to their unforeseen and shattering destinies. Set in an America circa 1930 in which dirigibles are a standard mode of transportation and FBI tsar J. Edgar Hoover spins a dark web of intrigue, this series debut by the author of the popular "Monster Hunter" titles (Monster Hunter International; Monster Hunter Vendetta; Monster Hunter Alpha) exemplifies the best of the superhero noir genre. VERDICT Steampunk meets the hard-boiled detective story with a strong flavoring of superpowers in a tale that will please Correia's enthusiastic fans as well as lovers of Glen Cook's "Garrett, P.I." noir fantasies. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451638240
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Grimnoir Chronicles Series, #1
Edition description:
Baen
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
348,933
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.34(d)

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Meet the Author

Larry Correia is an award-winning competitive shooter, a movie-prop-gun master and, yes, an accountant by day–but an urban noir adventure master by night. He is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling Monster Hunter series as well as urban fantasy hardboiled blockbuster saga, the Grimnoir Chronicles. Correia is very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah with his wife and family.

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Hard Magic 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Matthew_Mayner More than 1 year ago
Hard Magic is an action packed 1930's alternate history pulp novel with gangsters, magic, ninjas, and dirigibles! How awesome is that? Jake Sullivan, is an ex-con, and a veteran of World War One. Except in this timeline the Kaiser had a few Necromancers on the payroll. As soon as his soldiers were killed they were raised from the dead and sent back into the fight. Sullivan is a Heavy, though he prefers the term, "Gravity Spiker." He can alter the pull and direction of gravity, which can lead to making his enemies fall up, turning his body as dense as a rock, or just straight up squishing the bad guys. Faye is a young Okie farm-girl who's family sells her as they're running away from the dust-bowl. Fortunately they sell her to a man who also shares her power of teleportation. They're called travelers and they're some of the rarest forms of Actives, people who have magical abilities, because they usually end up teleporting themselves into something and dying before they figure out how to control their magic. Faye became my favorite character, she learns how to seriously kick butt, and she does! The list of awe inspiring powers goes on and on, Torch, Cog, Crackler, Healer, Brute, Fade etc. Each of the powers is weaved into the story each filling a part of the greater power. Unlike most "urban" fantasies this one has everyone out in the open. People take for granted the fact that there's magic in the world. Some people embrace it, others fear it. And the bad guys, well they obviously want to use it to control the world. I almost forgot to mention the Dirigible pirates, Tesla super weapons, John Moses Browning, and General Black Jack Pershing, are all in this book. I don't know how he managed to cram so much awesome into one book but he did. Also firearms play an important roles in the the book. Because sometimes it's just easier to shoot the summoned demon with your Thompson Sub Machine Gun or Browning Automatic Rifle than go toe to toe with him magically. So if you like depression era private eye stories, awesome fight scenes, historical fiction, fantasy, and shootouts then pick up Hard Magic yesterday because this book has something in it for you. Just don't forget to fasten your seat-belt before your start reading. ;-)
Twin_Terror More than 1 year ago
This book tells an awesome story. What makes this story great isn't the shooting or the explosions (not that these, and the exemplary way he writes them don't help) , but the reality of the characters. All of his protagonists have realistic flaws, which sometimes cause major problems for the characters. The villain honestly believes that his actions are for the betterment of mankind. All of the other parts of the book mesh into an exciting whole that will eat up your free time (especially if you go on to read his other books).
JBLJR More than 1 year ago
If you&rsquo;ve ever wanted an alternate history on the early 20th century replete with magic/super powers, then Hard Magic, the first volume of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy, is the book you&rsquo;ve been seeking. Written in a lean straightforward &ldquo;pulpy&rdquo; style, Hard Magic is an engaging and fun read with appealing characters. Characters that are a bit more rounded than one might expect in a pulp style novel. For example, Jake Sullivan, the main character, is on one hand the quintessential &ldquo;Big Lug with a Heart of Gold&rdquo;. However, he is also possessed of a keen analytical mind, which gives him a greater understanding of the nature of his world&rsquo;s magic than also any other character. All in all, highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing 1st book of a great series. Detailed magic physics and characters you can root for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much
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Fast paced and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher is reading this book to us in class, and althogh we are barely into th book, i very much enjoy the plot, and theres wonderful character development. Very enjoyable, cant wt for more.
Nerdlor More than 1 year ago
Hard Magic has an interesting take on practical magic and plenty of face-punching action. The characters are memorable and the action is perfectly paced.
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Gryblin More than 1 year ago
If you like firearms, freedom, and urban fantasy, this book is perfect for you! I very much enjoyed the characters. The only thing I didn't like was how late I stayed up reading to find out what happened next. Correia is very thoughtful about how he reveals clues so you may want to read it twice once your heart stops pounding from the first reading. I can't wait to read the next one and I'm going to pick up his other series, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, one of the best I read last year. Sequel is just as good.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story! I couldn't put it down! Mr. Correia writes an excellent story that combines the 1930's with the world of magic that is very realistic. I can't wait to read the others! I have read his Monster Hunter series which was awesome as well! I was glad to see Mr. Correia didn't overwelm the reader with all the gun information that he put in his other series, which was awesome as well!
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Great read. Delightful characters. Tons of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
David_L_in_Ca More than 1 year ago
Jake and his lady are one of the finer items in here. This how history should have been. Lots of action, guns and babes.