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Larry Correia
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25 décembre 2012
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. From the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International: Book  #2 in the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles. Jake Sullivan is a 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, Angels and Demons and Twilight.

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in #2 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. 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.

Things go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former PI 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.

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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Biographie de l'auteur

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 very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah.

 

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  • Poche: 656 pages
  • Editeur : Baen; Édition : Reprint (25 décembre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1451638590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638592
  • Dimensions du produit: 4,3 x 10,3 x 16,5 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jouissif 25 mars 2012
Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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"Spellbound" est le deuxième tome d'une série de Larry Correia, donc le premier tome, déjà excellent, se nomme Hard Magic en anglais, fort bien traduit par Magie Brute en français.

A noter que même si vous n'avez pas lu le deuxième tome, je pense que vous trouverez quand même beaucoup de plaisir à lire ce tome. On continue dans un univers parralèle, en 1933, où certains humains se sont trouvés doués de magie. Ces "Actifs" comme ils sont désignés sont à peu près l'équivalent des "Mutants" chez les X-Men, et comme chez les X-Men, leur pouvoir est convoité et/ou redouté. Dans ce tome, on en arrive à l'esquisse d'un traitement similaire à ce qu'ont subi les Juifs pendant la 2ème guerre mondiale: inscription de tous les Actifs, port d'un badge, regroupement des Actifs dans des camps, extermination.

Nos héros: Sullivan, un "Lourd" (qui peut manier la gravité) aussi dur à cuir qu'analytique, Fay, la jeune "Voyageuse" qui peut se télétransporter à toute allure où elle le souhaite (à la hauteur de son pouvoir) ainsi que leurs amis "Bouche" (qui peut convaincre par la parole), "Soigneur" (qui soigne les blessures les plus graves d'un coup de magie) et autres vont devoir joindre tous leurs efforts pour mettre à bas ce complot politique et policier.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 nos meilleurs ennemis ... 29 février 2012
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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Pauvres héros, à peine débarrassés de la menace que représentait le chairman Tokugawa et plus ou moins réhabilités auprès des autorités, voilà que ça recommence. Pauvres héros de papier, que ne doivent-ils pas endurer pour notre plus grand plaisir.

Mais cette fois-ci, les tentatives de l'Imperium (dans Hard Magic) de retourner la société américaine contre les « Actifs » ont réussi, souvenez-vous de l'affaire du Rayon de la Paix retourné contre le territoire américain et attribué à ces dangereux individus.
Pire, il apparaît rapidement que des gens hauts-placés dans les sphères gouvernementales américaines ont lancé une nouvelle agence, l'Office de Coordination de l'Information devant laquelle John Edgar Hoover, le maître, a même été obligé de reculer dans ses prérogatives.
Le but de cette agence : contrôler les « Actifs », et s'inspirer de tous les autres tyrannies du temps qui ont enrôlé de force leurs propres population ainsi affectée, dans l'intérêt du plus grand nombre, bien entendu ...

Voici donc nos Chevalier du Grimnoir confrontés à la pire des situations : l'hostilité grandissante de la population mais aussi et surtout la vindicte de l'ensemble de l'appareil d'état en ses diverses incarnations légales : police et justice, mais aussi illégale : la nouvelle Agence ne s'embarrasse guère de scrupules, au point d'être à l'origine des attentats attribués ensuite aux Actifs (une valeur sûre).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Spellbinding 1 novembre 2011
Par Nickolas X. P. Sharps - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What an amazing year for author Larry Correia. First the release of Hard Magic, book one of the Grimnoir Chronicles and an epic start to an epic new series. Then Monster Hunter Alpha, a novel featuring everyone's favorite werewolf Earl Harbinger. Next came Dead Six, a military thriller collaboration with Correia's close friend Mike Kupari. And now this, book two of the Grimnoir Chronicles: Spellbound.

How best to describe the Grimnoir Chronicles for someone yet to read Hard Magic? Take the X-Men. Then throw them into an alternate reality noir version of the 1930's. Instead of evolution though the super powers are granted by a vast alien entity that is part parasite/part galactic voyeur. Then add some guns. Scratch that. Add lots of guns. And airships. And Tesla super weapons. And robots. Then of course there is the growing threat of the Imperium, a Japanese empire that makes Hitler's Third Reich look cuddly. As if that weren't bad enough the United States government is moving toward a Registration Act for the magically active citizens that will surely trample all over individual freedom in the pursuit of "security and safety." Oh, and that vast alien entity that is enabling ordinary people extraordinary powers? It's being hunted by an even bigger alien entity that wants to devour it and all who come into contact with it.

The Grimnoir Society has a lot of trouble on its hands. Not only have they been framed for an assassination attempt on the President of the United States but they are still preparing for all out war against the Imperium. Heavy Jake Sullivan has been labeled Public Enemy Number One, and has lay low while a new secret policing force for dangerous magicals scours the country for him. Faye Vierra is still trying to recover from the massive amounts of magic she expended saving her allies at the end of Hard Magic. Enemies close in from all sides and the Society must fight to clear its name.

I wondered how any sequel could possibly top Hard Magic. I was honestly a little worried. The last fifty pages of Hard Magic are the most exciting moments of any book I have ever read and it seemed like an unlikely feat that Correia could top himself this time. I needn't have been concerned. Spellbound takes the world Correia built and makes it even more dangerous. Answers are given and even more questions arise. The characters continue to develop and progress. Jake is still guilt ridden by the death of a close friend but knows that he must set aside his grief to continue studying magic so that he can defeat the evil that is yet to come. Faye proves once again to be not just the most badass female, but character in general, in the entire Urban Fantasy genre. Another interesting development for Faye is the explanation for why her powers are so much greater than everyone else's. Correia writes these characters with such distinctive voices that they grow to be real people with real personalities.

Perhaps one of the best parts of Spellbound is the assembled cast of villains. There is no shortage of bad people in the alternate history world that Correia has imagined. From eugenic imperialists to thuggish law enforcers and political visionaries the Grimnoir Society has a colorful and interesting rogues gallery. Some of the villains even turn out to be uneasy allies, as an Iron Guard turned ronin has the potential to be one of the best characters in the entire series. Evil as they may be the villains are never bad solely for the sake of being bad. These corrupt characters have true motivation behind their actions and they prove to be an excellent foil for the forces of truth and justice.

The plot is very tightly woven across multiple perspectives encompassing the two main characters (Jake and Faye) as well as a number of the secondary cast. It is apparent that Correia loves writing this world just from the sheer soul and enthusiasm put into each page. The pacing is excellent and a dedicated reader will be sure to have the book finished in no time flat. Perhaps the best thing Spellbound accomplishes is that it sets the foundation for the next book in the series. Don't confuse this for typical middle book syndrome however. Spellbound tells a self contained story but prepares readers for even greater things to come.

And at last the action. The last fifty pages of Hard Magic encompass the greatest action scene ever written, hands down. Though Spellbound doesn't quite measure up it does provide insanely intense battles, culminating in a show down with an epic demon in Washington D.C. that is a real homage to King Kong. That is, if King Kong had fought the X-Men...and could fly...and breath fire...Needless to say Correia approaches the action with the same skill and dedication that makes all of his books so fiercely enjoyable to read. From gunfights to magic fights, there is a seamless choreography that is unmatched in its ferocity as well as its clarity.

Spellbound, book two of the Grimnoir Chronicles is an amazing story. As prequel to what I would consider the perfect book, Spellbound had a lot to live up to and it did not fail to impress. As great as Correia's Monster Hunter series is, the Grimnoir Chronicles is just better in every way. If you've read Hard Magic you will not be disappointed. If you haven't, go buy both right now. You can thank me later.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Blown Away 11 novembre 2011
Par zoomreader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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How this gentleman came come out of nowhere and take launch not one but two stunning series at the same time is amazing. This second volume in the Grimnoir Chronicles picks up where the first left off and doesn't slow down. Jake Sullivan is still a hardcase but we get to see he is more than just a "Heavy", and the rest of the (surviving) supporting cast is equally well developed. I personally love Sally Faye Vierra, though she is rightfully considered the most dangerous being on the planet. The author manages the near impossible of making her funny, adorable, and as bloodthirsty as a Viking with a toothache with the correct stimulus.
This author is one to watch, and his other series, Monster Hunters, is equally engaging. As long as he keeps writing them, I will keep reading. I think he will soon be in that category of writers (think Weber or Ringo) that can publish his books as soon as they are ready, and not have to wait a year to release the next one.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Read this in audio! 3 avril 2012
Par Kat Hooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
"You're Heavy Jake Sullivan, aren't you?"
"Yep."
"I was afraid of that."

Larry Correia delivers another exciting magical alternate history with Spellbound, the second of his GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES. After Jake Sullivan and the gang took care of the German zombies, the Japanese Iron Guard, and Nikola Tesla's peace ray in Hard Magic, the magicals are needed again to thwart new threats to the country. This is hard to do, though, after they've been framed for the attempted assassination of President Roosevelt. Public approval for magicals is low and opposition groups are organizing to march on Washington. FDR decides that magic must be regulated and proposes a new-deal-type law that will require all magicals to register with the government and wear an identification badge.

Meanwhile, after receiving a phone call from Hell, the Grimnoir recognize that there's a much greater magical threat that the American citizens are unaware of. Only the Grimnoir are equipped to handle it. Frustrated, they must take care of this alien evil while hiding from the government. Fortunately, they do have some really awesome magical powers, an unexpected powerful ally, and a lot of guns.

Once again, I'm surprised to find myself enjoying Larry Correia's testosterone-pumping, gun-toting, blood-spurting, heads-rolling story, but there's a lot more here than guns, guts and gore. There's a large diverse set of likeable and fully-developed fictional and real historical characters, an interesting historical backdrop, plenty of action and suspense, some blood-chilling moments, and a few quirky elements, too, such as an army of robots and a black hole.

There's also quite a bit of dark humor, which blends perfectly to lighten the mood just a bit when things get scary. I was always entertained by the scenes in which Lance takes over the body of an animal. I also love the adapted quotes at the beginning of the chapters, which put the story in its historical context. For example, one is from the New York Commissioner of Boxing who explains how, after Jack Johnson beat the Great White Hope, they bribed a referee and snuck in a Brute to end Johnson's career ("Gotta keep the sport pure, y'know?").

Bronson Pinchot's performance in the audio version of Spellbound is nothing short of brilliant. There's a large international cast here and Pinchot handles all of those accents with ease. He perfectly captures the excitement, horror, and humor of Spellbound. If you don't read audiobooks, you might consider starting with this series. It's a perfect example of how good audio can get.

There's danger on the horizon, American opinion about magicals is unstable (are they public heroes or public enemies?), and many questions remain about the Power, its motives, and Faye's ties to it. I'm looking forward to the next GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Correia is magic! 7 novembre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I could type for ages about how incredible this book is. That, however, would ruin the fun for the new readers! This is a definite must read! Any fan of magic and science fiction will quickly be absorbed into the world Larry has created. A promising author with a very promising series. If you love the antics and wordplay of Owen Pitt then you will definitely love Jake Sullivan and his butt kicking friends! Correia is a genius! You will not be disappointed!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What reviews? 10 janvier 2013
Par Carl Abrams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Poche
In complete honesty, I cannot click on any other review and say that it was helpful for me. If you've already read 'Hard Magic', or any other Larry Correia book, then you should have purchased this book without even bothering to read any reviews - because you KNEW it was going to be good.

And you wouldn't be disappointed.

But just in case you're not one of those people who've already read the other books and do like to read reviews, then I'll go ahead and post one before I have a Mouth simply tell you to buy this book and enjoy it.

Mouth? What's that, you say? Ah, but that'd be giving part of it away, wouldn't it? Instead, let's imagine a world where, at some point during the Industrial Revolution, certain magical powers began to manifest themselves in some people. Not everyone - and normally only one power per person. Now imagine this world if someone who was already brilliant - such as Edison, Tesla, or Fuller, has their brilliance enhanced by this magic. At the same time, since this magic does still appear in a world divided by nationalism (late 1800's), you end up with World War I complete with Zeppelins ... and zombies.

Yes, I know, zombies, but not your 'Walking Dead' zombies. Actual, re-animated dead, still capable of feelings - as one of the characters in 'Hard Magic' said, his father came home from the war and still loved to play piano - even though he was dead.

Since real world people - Harry Houdini (albeit only in a chapter opening), Buckminster Fuller, and even J. Edgar Hoover - are characters in this series, and in a believable way given the consistency of the world created here, that also helps. You feel the Oklahoma Dust Bowl like you were there. And with the Grimnoir society once again operating on two different levels, with plots within plots (yeah, I was confused about who was the 'bad' knight for a while myself) - well, I'd suggest you read 'Hard Magic' first, and then this one. But either way, don't miss out on a wonderful world. Really, Dan Garrett says so... :)
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