Into the Wild Paperback – April 13, 2016
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Into the Storm started by introducing an awesome character with wonderful flaws. Lots of fights and action. Lots of conflicts. And wartime politics. But ILoH fooled me. That first guy was a setup to build stories for other characters. And we discover the Malcontents. So there were a lot of people I had an interest in. And fun action. And cool weapons. And ummm explosions. And a pugnacious mecha.
And character and plot resolutions that were great but also a bit tough emotionally. That’s the closest I’ll get to spoilers.
When I finished that book I instantly loaded up Into the Wild.
Into the Wild takes place maybe a year later. The Malcontents are given a mission to go well...into the wild are of the country as a protective escort for archeologists of a sort. And then magical bad stuff be happening. Actually it happened at the beginning. And a good story was told with all kinds of world building hooks for future stories and/or anthologies (PLEASE!!!)
But I’m not posting about that. The voice actor for these books did an incredible job. Ray Porter is his name. Through the first and part of the second I was thinking “wow, this guy is pretty good giving every character a unique voice” then I was gobsmacked.
During a fight scene one of the main characters got heavily concussed. What Larry wrote is - exactly what I’ve felt the few times I’ve done silly things like hit the planet with my head. And Ray, well, he took what Larry wrote and since it was narration it was in that voice. He was able to exactly and properly sound how a concussion just slows the world down and makes it seems far away and a little fuzzy and odd.
That one bit was amazing. So then I paid more attention to what Ray was doing.
I counted somewhere around twenty voices that he had to manage for the book. I’m no judge of voice actors but that seems insane. And he gave life to each voice.
It’s been a week since I finished Into the Wild and I can still hear Acosta and Pangborn’s voices making their own remarks in my previously concussed skull.
Short version: I strongly recommend the Malcontents audio books
The preceding book, also by Larry Corriea, Into the Storm was GREAT. It was what finally broke down my elitist aversion to tie-in fiction. Granted, I'd read plenty of really crappy tie-in fiction for nerdy things I love (Star Wars, Star Trek, etc.) and you can only get burned so many times before you say enough's enough, I'm done throwing money at this stuff.
These two books are, by far and away, my favorite tie-in fiction ever. Because they aren't about being tie-in. They're about telling great stories that I would read even if I didn't love the setting. The setting DOESN'T sell these books. The story does.
'Into the Wild' is exactly what you're looking for if you want a yarn that is not only fast-paced and entertaining, but clever. I read a lot of books, more than most, and usually I can see reversals and plot twists coming a mile away. Guess what? 'Into the Wild' got me so sucked in I stopped looking. There were MULTIPLE twists I couldn't see coming. Do you know how badly I miss a good twist in my literary life? How bored I've been with the same tired cliches? There was one reversal so brilliant, so smack-you-upside-the-head PERFECT that I laughed out loud with pleasure. I hardly ever get to laugh out loud anymore!
Funny? Yup. Adventure? Yup. True to the source material? Yup. Characters with very real motivations and actions? But of course.
Buy it. And buy the first book too. Among the best dollars I've spent on entertainment in a long time.
I would really like to see this one adapted into movie, as it's action are blocked well for that medium as well.
Thought author did a nice job with plot and sub-plot, keeping it simple, uncomplicated and entertaining. Good action, some twists n turns with like-able characters. Throw in some steam, add a little fantasy, maintain solid mil and put some mystery n intrigue and you've got a winner.
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Oh boy after half a dozen pages, who cares how the first book finished.
Epic, action fest.
And Head Hunter is back.
Cleasby, the lieutenant from the first book, is now the leader of the Malcontants, after Mad Madigan died at the end of the previous book. He's been tasked with providing security for a University professor and his team of archaeologists as they investigate a ruin thats been discovered in the mountains.
Unfortunately for the Malcontents, there is a tribe of skinwalkers who consider the mountain and ruins sacred, and they are determined to kill ALL of the interlopers. In a series of battles, Cleasby, Acosta, Pangborn, Thornbury, and Headhunter, the homicidal stormjack must find a way to survive, and save the lives of the civilians under their protection.
It's a great read, and Larry certainly knows how to write an action sequence in such a way you feel like you are there right in the middle of the action.