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Tokyo Raider is another of Larry Correia’s audio “shorts” in his popular GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES series. There’s not much to these little stories, but they’re hard to resist because they’re narrated by the amazingly awesome Bronson Pinchot and they give fans a little fix while we wait for another GRIMNOIR novel.

A couple of decades have passed since Warbound, and the United States and Japan are not friendly. But that doesn’t stop Japan from asking Joe Sullivan, a heavy, for help in banishing a demon summoned by the Russians to terrorize Tokyo. Joe is the son of Jake Sullivan, the protagonist of the previous GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES books. Joe’s mother is Japanese. The Imperium has built a 12-story high robot to fight the Russian monster and they need someone with Joe’s skills to deftly maneuver it into position to challenge the huge toothy demon who has risen from the sea. If Jake can’t do it, Japan will be forced to use Tesla’s peace ray.

The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry CorreiaThe best part of Tokyo Raider is simply the vision of a gigantic robot (representing Japan) fighting a huge amphibious Godzilla-like monster (representing the USSR) in the streets of Tokyo as people run screaming. That’s awesome. It’s also fun to meet Jake Sullivan’s kid and to find out who is running the United States and Japan (hint: we know those guys). Supposedly, Correia is planning another trilogy set in the GRIMNOIR world, so I’m wondering if we’re getting a taste of it here.

There’s not much else to say about Tokyo Raider. It’s only an hour long. It’s fun, it’s action-packed, and it’s a nice way to reconnect with Correia’s world while we wait for the next novel. Bronson Pinchot is fabulous with the narration of Audible Studio’s version. I wouldn’t think of reading THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES any other way.


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