This is the second book in the Monster Hunter series. Owen Pitt, who joined the for-profit secret monster-hunting outfit Monster Hunter International in book one, is now burdened with a Destiny to Save the World, which comes with the power to experience "flashbacks" of other people's memories when he touches them.
Monster Hunter International was Correia's first book. The second book is better, as Correia builds on the history and mythology of his world, packs it with more jokes (like the gangsta gnomes and the heavy metal orcs), and develops several long-term subplots to be continued in future books. Pitt's girlfriend's parents are vampires, his boss is a werewolf, Pitt has come to the attention of a Great Old One who blames him for having a nuke dropped on it, his brother is a rock star, and his father has been grooming him since childhood to die saving the world because dad also had prophetic dreams.
Like the first book, it's a big cheesy action thriller. I think Correia overuses certain plot devices just to keep the story moving, but it does move briskly and entertainingly. There is still a fair amount of anti-government axe grinding, but there are some interesting good guys and bad guys on the government's team.
While it was good for a long car ride and I may read more books in the series, it seems like each book will involve saving the world from an ever bigger, ever badder Big Bad, which kind of reminds me of Star Wars - how many times can you blow up a Death Star before it gets old?
I prefer Correia's Grimnoir series, which seems to have been conceived from the beginning as a complete story arc, whereas MHI seems more like an RPG where the GM makes it up as he goes.
Also, the Grimnoir books are narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Oliver Wyman is good, but Bronson Pinchot is the best.
I am already looking forward to hearing the next book! makes my trips to see my daughter fly by! The narration is excellent, and the story makes me look for reasons to hear it!
I think I have a bit of an addiction to audio books. So, if you have extra credits, I will gladly take them off your hands.
story follows a path that is not necessarily predictable, but a bit formulaic. I enjoyed it but I don't think I am going to continue the series.
Great sequel to the first book. 5x the action, snappy dialogue and plot twists. A little bit of irritating deus ex machina, but even that was measured and contributed to the storyline.
story kept me going and had good sayings to live by. I recommend this to every supernatural fan.
looking forward to the 3rd book, which I'll be starting in a few minutes. The stories are engaging, even laugh out loud funny at rimes, and well read.