Hard Magic

Hard Magic

Book - 2011
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A New Novel of Alternate History/Fantasy Adventure by the Author of the Hit Novel, Monster Hunter International .
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A Hard-Boiled Private Eye Caught Between Opposing Forces in a Secret War Waged by Magic.

Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye--and an ex-con. He's free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jake's in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jake's help.

It got worse. Jake found out that the Feds had lied to him about Delilah being a murderer as well as a bank robber, and they had lied about this being his last job for them--he was too valuable for them to let him go. And things were even worse than Jake imagined. There was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users, and Jake had no idea that he had just attracted the attention of one side, whose ruthless leaders were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live . . .
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781439134344
1439134340
9781451637458
1451637454
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 422 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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RogueJen
Jun 10, 2016

I read this on the recommendation of a friend and didn't read the description in advance, so it took me a while to figure out exactly what era I was reading about. It's an interesting take on an alternate history with magic and I really enjoyed the story, though it was more brutal in places than I expected.

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rene1951
Aug 18, 2012

Mostly inspired by silver age comics. Written magic is basically real magic, not single power that can be depleted and of variable power and controlability.

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