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!
This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
I came to this the the Grimnoir Chronicles, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This, well, it's not that, and it's pretty clear that it's both a first book and self-published.
The narrator gives a stunning performance and as a Southerner I appreciate having a story set thoughtfully in the South. That said, I almost couldn't get through the first few chapters because of the heavy-handed use of simple-minded Libertarian gun nut talking points and knee-jerk anti-government stuff. Fortunately, that tapers off a bit as the book goes on.
Still, the evil uber-villain gets a deeply evolved character where everyone who works for the government remains a caricatured by-product of libertarian paranoia. The eponymous Monster Hunters run around hating and resenting everything to do with the corrupt and incompetent government, all while happily collecting windfall paydays from a government fund. So, there's that.
But the performance is stunning, and the writing is excellent when the characters refrain from talking about politics, pretending to know what liberals actually think about the world, or embodying a self-conscious, wooden pretense that they live in a post-racial world. Seriously, when the book sticks to the fantasy part of the story, it's great.
The gun porn will delight gun nuts, and is probably a great anthropological window into the gun nut imagination for the rest of us. The gore levels escalate to the near comical, and the plot is predictable, and yet somehow fresh.
tl;dr: Awesome narrator. Entertaining romp. Echo-chamber, self-affirming red meat for libertarians, and written porn for gun nuts.
Friends who play role-playing games would like this book. It reads like an RPG plot.
I like the concept of the private monster hunters with the proper backing to make them effective against supernatural beings. Plenty of gun porn. If your into guns, you'll like the toys the characters have, and the author will give you all the stats about them. Plot holes in the story I can drive a truck through. Especially the notion that the US government (as well as all the others in the world) have been able to keep the existence of monsters a secret from the general population even after thousands of people have been exposed to them. But that is the world the author wants, so the plot will reinforce it. A serious outcry of libertarian politics bleeds over the pages could have been trimmed down.
I especially liked when the reader would slowly change his reading from one character's voice to another as the perspective changed from on character to another during a dream sequences.
No. It was brain candy. It keep me entertained while I was doing menial tasks, where my attention can be temporally diverted, but I would not miss anything significant.
However, I did enjoy it. I'm willing to try the next one to see how the storyline progresses.
If you're like myself and have little time to sit down with the dead tree version of the book. Then, yes, this audiobook is better than the print version. The performance is well done and the characters are only slightly different from how I pictured them in my head reading the printed version.
I have to admit, I'm torn. On the one hand I really enjoy the characters and their development over the course of the book. On the other hand, I especially like Mr. Correia's take on the 'classic' fantasy creatures and monsters that the protagonists of MHI have to deal with on, pretty much, a daily basis.
Personally, as I live just outside Pensacola, I especially enjoyed the banter scene with several hunters traveling in an SUV to their target as one of them talks about the Mayor of a small town outside Pensacola stopping the hunters from doing their jobs. As a big Anne Rice fan, she wanted to "talk" to them... with the expected consequences. It's a simple filler scene that gives you an idea of how the hunters have to deal with everyday people. But, throw away scenes like this about how much harder vamp hunting became after 'those books' came out are especially funny to me.
Sadly, no. I had to sleep. But, the book is one that, once you get started, it's hard not to finish.
M.H.I. is not only a great book. But, a great series. A great combination of humor, violence, drama, and even some romance. The unique take on creatures such as Elves, Orcs, and others are especially entertaining.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
I can't believe I've waited so long to try this series. Forget monsters as metaphor, objects of romance or other emotional angst, this book gives you vampires, zombies, werewolves and any number of other more obscure things that go bump in the night as baddies, after your blood, your soul, or worse. But luckily, as long as there have been monsters, there have been men and women who have gone into the dark to hunt them. And nowadays, they have all the firepower you could imagine with which to do it, loaded with silver bullets, of course.
The author has plenty of firearms knowhow to draw upon, and the book brims with terrific details and exciting gunplay. Funny little world-building breaks about common misconceptions about the supernatural world in this universe also provide countless moments that might actually make someone with a passing familiarity with genre tropes laugh out loud. The only hang up might be the drawn out nature of some of the action sequences, which have a noticeable effect on pacing when they slam against slower plot development. Also, don't be surprised if you figure things out before the author quite tips his hand, much less before the characters work it out. All in all though, this first installment delivers a solidly entertaining, action-packed fusion of sci-fi and fantasy that offers the promise of only better things to come, which the series has so far vindicated.
Oliver Wyman is without doubt the ideal narrator for this series, imparting just the right amount of emphasis on the first-person narrative's humorous asides and doing a surprisingly good job with the broad range of character voices.
If you're looking for a fun paranormal thrill-ride written by someone that knows the difference between 45 ACP and 45 Colt, look no further and be prepared for a few chuckles along the way.
I don't like blood and guts, I find two dimensional monsters kind of tedious normally - but I loved this book. I loved Owen, I loved Owen's story, I slogged through all the battles where he gets beaten half to death by a monster which refuses to die or even stay wounded.
I never lost my enthusiasm for Owen Pitt and the good guys nor my interest in the sort-of-bad guys, which is to say, not the bad guys but certainly not friendly to Owen and his team of heros.
Correia's sense of humor is a lovely theme throughout and keeps me smiling.
All 3 Monster Hunter books were Awsome and I cant wait for the 4th thru.... I will be purchasing all of them as I can't imagine the story line ending or flattening out. High action, great characters and great story from the "get go" to "get done".