Review: Into the Storm by Larry Correia, read by Ray Porter
Larry Correia is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author. He writes Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror and Thrillers. I reviewed one of his books a few months back, Son of the Black Sword and loving it so much I decided to try more of his works. He is famous for the Monster Hunter series, which I intend to start listening to in the near future, but until that time I will review Into the Storm and Into the Wild, books 1 and 2 in the Malcontens series, both adventures being performed by the amazing Ray Porter.
The story in Into the Storm follows Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a fallen knight of Cygnar, as he is recalled to active duty in order to find and train a squad of misfits with the end result of getting them ready for the upcoming war between Caspia and Sul. The clock is ticking, the men are a mixed bag of thieves, zealots, drunkards and criminals, but the Lieutenant has to find a way to scrounge them into a regiment able to use the powerful galvanic weaponry invented for the Storm Company.
Larry Correia delivers another great adventure, with a compelling story, set in a world where men fight alongside machines and where magic is present, but not yet fully exploitable by everyone. Filled with memorable characters, driven by a well written plot and peppered with funny events and retorts, Into the Storm moves along at a fast pace and becomes unputdownable in just a few minutes…
I loved the world in which the action takes place and the lore surrounding it, I got attached to the different characters despite their flaws and shortcomings, I enjoy very much the writing style of Mr. Correia and the stellar performance delivered with talent by Ray Porter. This book has it all, action, plot, acts of valour, war, friendship, betrayal, drama and camaraderie…
As you probably already know, Ray Porter is a multiple times AudioFile Earphones Award-Winning actor and narrator. He is perfect for Into the Storm, bringing to life all the main characters with different voices and accents, making it easy for the listener to differentiate between them. His sure and steady delivery is very pleasing for the ears and mind alike. Ray follows the events on the page with strictness, fueling the action when needed, dialing down at the dramatic moments or making you laugh or at least smile at the funny exchanges between the characters…
Both the author and the narrator deserve the highest possible rating for Into the Storm: The Malcontents book 1, one for the story, the other for the performance and together for the excellent entertainment!
Author: Larry Correia
Narrator: Ray Porter
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Duration: 7h 55 mins
Series: The Malcontents, book 1
About the Author
Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, and the thriller Dead Six.
Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things, guns and B-horror movies. He is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns), a business specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. He resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family.
A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all.
The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division. In this climate, every soldier is valuable, even those fallen from the honor expected of a Storm Knight. A group of such men – thieves, drunkards, and worse – comprise the Sixth Platoon. All they need is someone to lead them.
Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a peerless warrior knighted during the reign of deposed King Vinter IV, has spent years in obscurity, punished for his loyalty to the former king. Now he has been ordered back to the front and given command of the Sixth, his task to turn a platoon of miscreants into elite soldiers fit to be called Storm Knights. Time is short, and war is coming. One way or another, Lieutenant Madigan must lead his men into the storm.
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