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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I was hoping for something similar to Larry Correia's Grimnoir chronicles but unfortunately this isn't it. Ray Porter does a good job and is a likeable narrator. The story is pretty dull and is mostly big fight scenes. The characters are uninspiring and not particularly likeable.
"After 150 titles, first review of a fantasy story."
So far, since I signed up to Audible I have listened to ~150 titles.I usually listen to "self help" books and wrote a few reviews for the best of them.
In between I listen to real good fantasy stories like: "The name of the wind", "Ender's game", "old mans war" and "the way of kings" all of which I found fascinating.
Still, it is my first time to come across a great story like this one:
The book is so short, yet, the plot so complicated with many unexpected turns.
I loved the characters and their evolution.
and I must admit I shed a few tears in the end.
Overall it is certainly one of the best books I ever read (if not the best).
"More Madigan's Malcontents!"
Bloody good time!
The comradarie between the men. The mix of fantasy, technology, and history.
Ray Porter is an Audio God. Said it before, and I will say it again. He doesn't read the story, he tells it to you. It's easy to get swept up in the action because of his pacing and intensity. Honestly, he is amazing,
Yes. Sadly real life forced it into two helpings. There needs to be a sequel, I'm not done with Crispin, Raines, Pangborn, Thornie, and Headhunter yet. They are all interesting characters with much more to be revealed about their pasts.
What a fast, furious and fun story. And moving too, in a couple of places. For a shortish story, the characters were very multifaceted and I would definitely buy any books featuring more of the Malcontents.
"Really great stuff."
I haven't read the print version yet. However, it will be tough work topping Ray Porter's performance. Top notch.
Pangborn, probably. He is a character that will sneak up on you. You don't much about him, then boom...characterization.
Ray Porter is easily my favorite narrator. He always delivers a great performance, and this is no exception. It is on par with his Joe Ledger work. If you're not familiar with it, do yourself the favor. Worth it just for the performance alone.
When Wilkins and Rains have chat.
The story caught me off gaurd. The setting of the story is something like, if the industrial revolution took place in the medieval era. Swords wielding lighting, and Steam powered robots. Really caught me by surprise, and a lot of fun.
"Well worth your time and your credit."
This is just a great fantasy novel. Original, but not so original that you spend too much of your time trying to get your bearings. The pace is excellent and had this been a physical book, I would have been turning each page desperately wanting to see what happened next.
Larry, you are just an excellent writer, please keep doing what you do!
This book leaves me wanting more ... much more!
Ray Porter's narration? Wow ... every time I listen to Ray, I feel like I am sitting around a fire, listening enraptured to the telling of a story that actually happened. Ray is a true story teller, bringing this story, as with all his narrations, fully to life.
"Hoping for more"
Awesome, exciting, action-packed (the hyphen makes it count as one).
I won't tell you my favorite scene because I hate spoilers.
As far as extreme reactions to the story go, does trying to duck in sympathy with the characters count? Yeah, ducking is a good idea.
As usual Larry Correia gives you enough information about the characters to get you involved in their story but doesn't bog you down. I'm not familiar with the game world that this story was built off of, but that's not really a requirement in my opinion. If you're leary thinking that you need to know the ins and outs of the game to appreciate the book, don't be.
"A Great Adventure"
The world, the lore, the story, the characters
There are a lot of memorable moments
Ray is perfect for this book!
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!
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"It's just that good!"
This book is my hidden gem for 2014. First off let me say that I enjoy Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Series. That being said, when I first noticed "Into the Storm", I didn't pay it much attention. It was a book I just added to my wish list so that someday I'd take a second look at it. About six months later I did take a second look and was at first turned off by the fact that it is sort of a tie in book to a Role Playing Game (like R. A. Salvatore and Dungeons & Dragons), which I really haven't had good experiences with. Also it seemed a little short for my taste, personally I like my books 10+ hours. Then I noticed Ray Porter was narrating, so I decided to give it a try. It is definitely in my top 3 books for 2014 and so totally unexpected.
The best way I can describe this book is Military fiction in a fantasy setting and while very formulaic, it still gets you invested into each and every trope character. I usually hate cliches & tropes but somehow Larry Corriea makes it fun and interesting. The story is very much "Dirty Dozen" meets "The Devil's Brigade" in a fantasy setting. As mentioned this book is a tie in to a Role Playing Game. I had actually never heard of that particular game before reading this book and at no time while reading did I feel I needed to research the games lore or other information to understand "Into the Storm". Mr. Corriea gives just the right amount of information so you understand the world without having to check a compendium or other book. Since completing the book I have researched the game but mostly to see if any other authors have written books using this world.
Ray Porter's reading was the icing on the cake. Already loved his narrating the Joe Ledger series and Peter Clines "14", and he does another great job with this book. Like I said earlier, his narration was the factor that nudged me to buy this book. The only other thing I would like to mention is the length. I enjoy long books and this one is a bit shorter than I like. Yet when I reached the end, I can see why the length is just right. It covers an entire war an at some points weeks or months are pushed through in a paragraph or two. This is not a bad thing but I'm guessing Mr. Corriea had to create a story that took place during an event in the game and do it in a way that it doesn't interfere with any other stories taking place simultaneously. I could have wished for a longer book but when I reacged the end I felt satisfied. Now I'll wish that Mr. Corriea either changes this into a series or perhaps writes a book that take place in a different part of the game world. Either way I would love to see more from him in this fantasy world. I really can't think of anyone I wouldn't recommend this book too. Either you'll love it outright or it will be a guilty pleasure, it's just that good.
"Great "read", incredible performance"
Story, atmosphere and the narrator's performance. All around great experience.
Hey, no spoilers. Probably several instances of dialogue between the main character where he really drives his point home. The writing & performance make these bits awesome.
Ray's ability to give each character their own distinct voice is amazing. You immediately know who's speaking.
Definitely, I only listen in the car and found myself sitting in the driveway, not wanting to stop the book.
"Funny ... Interesting ... Action Packed"
I'd put this in the top 10
The descriptions of their imbalanced WarJack and his eagarness for battle. They had me laughing all the way to work.
The opening scene was my favorite and the bar. Really set the tone for a great book.
Yes, but time wouldn't allow it so I had to be content over the weekly drives into work.
If you like Mr. Correa books you will love this one too. He has a very eloquant way of describing "manly attributes" and a wickedly good imagination. You can tell that he is definately perfecting his writing craft with each series he produces. I was plesantly surprised with Monster Hunter series, elated with his Hard Magic series and this book really makes me want more of this world with its cleavar mixture of sciece, fantasy and hard hitting action. I hope he makes more books in this world. I will continue to look for and prepurchase all his books as so far, they have all been worth the listen!!
"I Like!! But More Please!!!"
This book is a bit different than Larry's other books. But i liked it!!! Its better that you have a listen to it, its a different work, and cool weapons.
Why am i giving it 4 stars? because it was short!!!! This book could have been 5 hours longer or more... it felt like a short story somehow.. Things happened a bit fast in it and i didn't have the time to enjoy it much.... it finished way to fast.
But for anyone who wants a good shortish story, then this is your pick.
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