Murder on the Orient Elite : Grimnoir Chronicles

  • by Larry Correia
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • Series: Grimnoir Chronicles
  • 1 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?
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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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- Jim "The Impatient"

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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- Matthew E. Bowman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios