I came to this book after listening to Correia's Hard Magic series, which were fast-paced and fascinating. The story in this book is hampered by frequent diversions into dime-store libertarian polemics and exhausting, jargony descriptions of firearms.
If you read all of that and it made you go "Woo!" then have at it, but it really deadens the narrative. Especially when I'm wondering how these characters resolve their hatred of government with the fact that most of their income comes from government funds.
But there's a great story here and a lot of potential for the rest of the series, so I will probably keep reading in the hopes that Correia becomes more interested in the story than he is the ranting.
This was a great book, very accurate in the details, especially of the firearms and weaponry. The story is quick, gripping, funny, and very well written. I would put Correia in the same class with Butcher, Eddings, Salvatore, and a few others in his ability to get you involved with the characters and the story.
Owen's original scuffle with the werewolf was exciting and entertaining.
I haven't heard any of Wyman's other narrations, but he did one of the best jobs of any performer for an audiobook that I have ever listened to. Very good with the many different character voices and interactions. Great story teller.
I laughed all of the way through this book. I didn't just chuckle, but several times this book elicited a belly laugh.
Great audiobook all the way around.
Definitely top ten.
Hmm....I'm halfway through the second book, so I'm not really sure now what happened in which one. Either way they're full of action, with a healthy dose of humour.
I wasn't sure about him at first, but I quickly got used to the way he talked and now I love him. He's very good at differentiating between the characters, at emotion, at humour, and at yelling. That's strange to say, I know, but he has a good yell :)
Like I said, I'm having trouble remembering what things happened in what book - these are long books with lots of stuff happening, and I'm not sure if 'moving' is what Larry was going for here :)
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves monsters, action and humour. The characters are great, and they maintain their integrity well instead of changing just to suit the story. Can't wait to get into the third book!
In a book about killing the undead you think that after shooting something in the stomach only to have it heal immediately you think that they would change tactics. In the other wise fun book I found myself frustrated at the characters at times. However it is still a good and I enjoyed the narrator as well.
If your a fan of complicated fantasy with blurred lines between good and evil, shades of gray and intricate plots(George RR Martin etc.) this book is not for you.This is something that someone might write for bad prime time TV. Shallow characters, basic love interest and all the good guys are politically correct. I think this would be good for teenage males who think the "twilight series" is too sappy. Lots of guns.
This is a horrible book. Don't know how else to describe it - the movie would go straight to VHS tape and it would star Van Damme and Seagal and maybe Burt Reynolds chewing on a cigar. The story, the language and the characters are mind-numblingly stupid and shallow. What a piece of crap. It gets one star because I have too. I want my money back.
I found this book to be average. Maybe the most damning description of a book. The characters are ok, not great but they exist and interact with each other, there are monsters, they die. If you are looking for a monster book that is a bit more interesting I would try the Dresden Files.
I am really shocked by all the praise this thing has gotten. Why? It is not special in any way.
The characters are so one dimensional and cliched. The female characters are completely defined, excusively defined, by how attractive they are and if they like guns. The love interest of the main character and his object of affection (truly just an object, not a developed person) is because she is pretty and likes guns. His love rival is the most cliched, arrogant, predictable, easy target anyone could imagine.
The plot progresses as slow as dripping molasses on an very chilly day, with stupid, endless action descriptions. Action and fight scenes are NOT plot progression and can be as boring as watching paint dry sometimes. Listening to 20 - 30 minutes of the logistics of who shot who and where was the monster now and how hard did he hit me, is mind numbing, at that is about half of this book - particularly the opening chapter action scene. Stupid detailed action sequences aren't a subtitute for story, characters and plot... There are SO many dull action scenes. And the stuff in between just seems a formality to get to the next idiot action description. I honestly could not care less about these lame, one dimensional, uncompelling characters at the end.
The characters are as shallow as a kiddy wading pool and as dull as dish water and there is virtually NO plot whatsoever.There is some stupid mission to kill monsters and a bunch of gun nuts sign up and then the endless action sequences, and side stories in investigating it that go no where.
I really am surprised and saddened by all the positive reviews and these reviews swayed me to buy it. I don't get it. It is awful, and dull as can be. I had to force myself to pay attention, it was like hard work to follow this dull story and stupid characters. There is nothing compelling or original or interesting or exciting about it. It was a listening chore and didnt improve.
Audible junkie, history buff, esp. wars through Korea, scifi/fantasy fan, lover of *most* things new & interesting.
To all reviewers who gave 4-5 star ratings, you confirm my contention that the dumbing down of America is a complete success. I'll never trust ratings here again & frankly, you folks scare me more than monsters.
Note regarding Oliver Wyman's narration: In fairness, I can't really give Mr. Wyman's narration much of a review. He has a pleasant voice & did a good job with the material he was given. I look forward to listening to him narrate again.
I was introduced to Larry Correia by reading his Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy. The finely drawn characters, complex plot, multiple storylines & physics as practical magic... I was hooked. I finished the trilogy (40+ hours) in 5 days & went looking for more. There are a couple of 1 hour novellas based on Grimnoir, but I prefer books 15-20 hours, so passed on those.
I found Monster Hunter International (MHI), a self-published book which won praise & launched Correia's writing career. The reviews were good & while fitting the genre's formula, it still promised surprises. The main character in both books are about the same: solo gumshoe, a not too bright, nothing special kind of guy. This is his first line of defense used to separate the foolish from the dangerous. I was pleased to see him throw his boss out a 14th story window in the opening chapter. A bit of clumsy humor, ominous hospital visits from sinister Feds & a snarky representative from a shadow company that wants to recruit Pitt. The writing is not as polished as in The Grimnoir Chronicles, but it was easy to see that this writer was on an upward trajectory. I settled in for another long, satisfying read (um, listen).
That's when I ran into what ultimately caused me to return the book just a half dozen or so chapters in. There were whispers in the Grimnoir books of Mr. Correia's politial views, but they fit the main character's persona & were dropped, almost as quickly as raised, without embellishment. As Mr. Correia states on his website, he is an a convert to a well-known Utah church, a right leaning libertarian, a former accountant & machine gun/arms dealer & instructor. These things give a pretty clear picture of the author's own political beliefs.
Normally, I don't care if the author worships pink unicorns, receives radio signals through his tinfoil hat or is building a death ray in his garage ~ as long as the actual book is politics-free & a great piece of escapist fiction. I'm cool with Correia being a libertarian 2A guy & I know he & other authors have gotten a lot of grief because their books aren't left or right enough. Personally, I object to pressure to self-censor just to gain marketshare. I believe that the very purpose of fantasy/scifi is to make us think of other realities, consider other views & is overall good for the public discourse & evolution.
That is *not* the case here. In MHI, Correia injects his anti-government sentiment into every chapter. As a tool to give anti-establishment cred? Fine. To constantly bash government like any dime a dozen Tea Party RWNJ? Not fine. Same thing with guns. I get that Correia is a Ted Nugent-style gun nut, but the heavy-handed gun enthusiasm here is over the top. Each weapon, lovingly described woodwork, metalwork, bluing, rate of fire, range, ammo, etc., etc., ad nauseam, are excruciatingly detailed each time a weapon enters the story (which is a lot). The weapons are described with carefully crafted passages bordering on the salacious.
In The Grimnoir Chronicles, weapons also play a big part, but again, they were part of the backdrop of the story, not the subject of such intense scrutiny & description. For me, these tedious descriptions of the minutiae of weapons was extraneous & detracted from the pace of the story.
All that said, these books obviously have a wide appeal for individuals with Correia's mindset. I'm not one of them. It's too bad, because I'd come to know & like the characters in The Grimnoir Chronicles & care about what happens to them. I hoped I'd feel the same about Pitt & his eventual band of comrades, but the 2D characters in MHI left little impression in the short time I spent with them. Care about the anti-government sentiments, casual racism & misogyny AND weaponry? Nope.
The author beats you over the head with his politics in this book. It got more tolerable as the book went on, but there was a pretty racist point mid book where he uses a character to explain what in my opinion is covert racism, that really isn't a problem anymore and that politicians who advocates for the poor are racist. So in my mind he's advocating covert racism.
Aside from its politics its an okay smash monsters book. It is a much less well written Dresden Files for gun nerds instead of pop sci-fi / fantasy nerds, and I'm all for having some good bubble gum in my reading diet. If it hadn't been so soapboxy I probably would've enjoyed it.
Also feminists may not like how he relates to women. His attitude toward women seems to be that persistence after being told no is okay with a smidge of butthurtness.
Aside from the politics, the most frustrating part was just how obviously Larry Correia wrote himself into the story. If you take a look at his bio, his character is almost a carbon copy of himself. Maybe he gets better as the books progress (though I don't think I've got the stomach to keep going and find out). He essentially published a dream fulfillment (where he gets to explain to the world just how tough, macho, and right he really is) fan fiction (the quality of the writing) set in a surprisingly rich and inventive setting.
Oliver Wyman was the only thing that made reading this book tolerable. I thought he sounded alot like Ron Swanson reading an audiobook, and it was perfect. I could limp through the storyline and get some enjoyment imagining that the whole thing was a parody.
Given all the good reviews I was disappointed. I wouldn't spend the credit again. The attitudes toward women and hammer to the head politics made me angry. The fact that it has such a large following made me sad.
After some research I found out the author pretty actively promotes his views, villifies people who advocate for progressive issues, and defends people like Vox Day (guy is an overt racist and misogynist) so in the future, whatever likelihood I had for looking past his politics and immaturity is over with. I don't want to give him any money.
Go spend money on Jim Butcher or Brandon Sanderson instead.