I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
I did not know what to expect before reading this delightful book. I found it a totally yummy delight for the mind and imagination. There is depth and character development. The plot has a direction and a story to tell. The journey of Owen is the journey of many who bravely attempt to live life to the fullest and so find the answer to the question "Who am I?" As Owen finds out, you are who you decide to be. Sometimes bravery is involved in becoming all that you can be. Owen's decision lies between staying safe and being an Accountant, (no disrespect to any accountants who may see this), or taking one hell of a risk and becoming a Monster Hunter. Owen becomes a Monster Hunter and we all feel better that he made this decision by the end of the novel. We have made this journey with him. So, at the end, my mind, my imagination, and my soul were chocked full of yummy goodness. So, much so that I had to have two more helpings,( I read it twice more).
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
yes - if they are a whacky/weird, sci-fi/fantasy loving sort. The hero, Pitt, is like a grown up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is a man and an accountant. Oh, and a gun nut.
There is definitely a more than a hint of Buffy in this book. not just the monsters, but the conflict between desire for a normal life and the calling of monster hunter, the camaraderie between the team members, and the whole saving the world, now let's party bit...
I really liked the gargoyle shootout.
Earl's speech before the big battle was excellent.
After reading this I got the others in the Monster Hunter series. Oliver Wayman is wonderful in his narration. Has a bit of everything. (If you have a weak stomach, and don't enjoy graphic horror descriptions this may not be for you) However there are some laughs and nasty bits, but full of action. Larry Correia knows how to keep a story moving. If you enjoy urban horror fantasy, this is for you.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
This book was EXCELLENT. It was a little bit slow at times, but more than made up for that with the action-packed battles. If a book could be badass, this would be that book.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Two things I disliked about the book. First is that monsters are suppose to be a big secret but about half the world seems to know. Second, I am so tired of the standard fare of monsters, vamps, werewolves, ghouls, etc. I really wish more authors that could be more creative.
Other than that once I got started into the book it was not bad at all. I like the fact the book keeps a pretty fast pace. I did not care the for last battle though, the fight dragged for more than two hours and could have been a little more condensed. Sometimes the book could be a little predictable. The narrator very is good, but, for me, there was just that spark missing that really makes an audio book shine. His voice is clear and understandable and he does a pretty good with female voices. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
If you like this book I recommend the Joe Ledger series or if you like a like more fantasy mixed into your military battles try the Black Company. If you're more into urban fantasy with a little more magic and less guns try Dresden files or Iron Druid.
It was written for a younger audience
disapointment. I liked the Hard Magic Trilogy by the same author.
I really wanted to like it, I tried to muscle through it but gave up. Life's too short to read bad books.
never trust reviews from the bi-polar
Can 5000+ppl be wrong? Well, george bush got elected…
this book is a meld of Saturday morning cartoons and pop vomit that you might find on the OC. Way too good guys always win. Way too see everything coming. Way too much of a waste of time for me to finish.
I'm such a sucker for advertising; I fell for the onslaught of praise. I was wrong. This is a goof, a joke, a silly story.
Try American Elsewhere or the Rook. They've got monsters and they've got material with some meat to it. And you don't feel stupider when you finished
I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!
The characters and plot were very poorly developed and were incredibly stereotypical Marty/Mary Sue characters. It's not to say that there is not a place for such characters/plot lines, it is rather a poor execution of the idea. It was a struggle, even with fairly passive listening to finish to the end.
No. I do not find him to be a good writer.
Maybe, given the poor source material, there wasn't much for him to work from.
All of it.
I listened to the Grimnoir Chronicles and really enjoyed the series. Itching for more, I decided to give Monster Hunter, International a chance. I don't know if I could have been more disappointed. I devoured Mr. Correia's other series, listening every chance I could get - listening to this one feels like a chore. I started it two months ago and am only three quarters finished.
I find Owen, the main character, to be completely unlikable. The unnecessary romantic subplot is almost offensive - Owen is an unrepentant jerk who seems to think he deserves the woman in question, often leading to really uncomfortable scenes. Like Owen hitting on her in the middle of a mission where the other team (including this girl's boyfriend) has gone missing and may be dead. There is a rivalry established, an alpha male fight over "rights" to the girl, that is never really expanded on. We're told that the rival is a total jerk, but Mr. Correia doesn't spend enough time establishing it. We're just to take for granted that the POV character is right - which is hard to do when the audience doesn't find the character likable.
The plot itself is okay, not great. It jumps from spending too much time on nothing to accelerated backstory and forward momentum. There are a few awkward conversations that are clearly meant to fill the reader in on events in the characters' background, but they're poorly executed and feel shoehorned.
The last thing I want to comment on is contractions. Mr. Correia seemed to heavily avoid contractions in this novel. It doesn't sound like a big thing, but - especially for an audiobook - it really drew me out of the story. The next time you're having a conversation with someone, note the use of contractions. In informal speech and writing, people tend towards contractions - these characters don't. It was very distracting, and made the dialogue seem forced and lifeless.