Larry Correia have stated that he writes "pulp", but Monster Hunter International is too good to be "pulp".
The premise is simple: The world we live in is monster-free, because government agencies keep the existence of werewolves, vampires, zombies and so much more, secret from the public. Larry's protagonist is himself, just younger, with another name. Larry Correia is a gun-geek, and as such, his descriptions of guns and gun-handling, have an undertone of intimacy and love.
The story is in many way's "Harry Potter for adult men". Owen Zastava Pitt is a big dude, with a gun-fetish. He works as an accountant and one Friday evening he's working late, his boss changes to a werewolf and attacks Owen, who, through luck, kills the near-indestructible monster before passing out. Owen wakes up in the hospital, meets the government goons who, under threat of death, impress upon him that he needs to keep his mouth shut about the existence of monsters. Owen gets recruited by a private monster hunter company, operating out of Alabama. Things get progressively horrible, and ends in a spectacular climax, after it's revealed that Owen has a destiny to fulfill. (yeah, Harry Potter, just with guns not wands).
It's easy to be offended by the political views of the protagonist, (which is Correia's too), but I'm a Norwegian social-democrat, and had no problem with the ultra-Libertarian, gun-nut views, that are a big part of this book. But if you can't get your mind around the Libertarian mindset, you might not be able to enjoy this book; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The premise is good, the characters are fleshed out just right, and their motivations are believable and sensible. The book holds up well, and have a wide array of antagonists, and the monster lore is what you expect, (vampires die in sunlight, and are vicious; no sparkling eternal high-school vampires). The book book i written in first person perspective, and so it could almost be a true story from Larry Correia's recent past, due to it's level of beliveability; yes, it's so well-written that you'll think/hope it's all real.
If your life is boring, then buy this book and imerse yourself in a world of horrible wonder, action, and gun-porn!
Not a commuter so listen to audible books when I'm in the car driving on a long trip or at home housecleaning (not as often as I should). Love reading a good book and love the riveting suspense of listening to a good mystery, but hate not being able to race to the end like I do when I read - but it does make a good book last longer.
Guns, guns and guns. I was in the Marines for 8.5 years, but come on. The kind of gun, the ammo, the damage the ammo does, how fast it can be fired and reloaded, the look, the color, the size..... Methinks the author is compensating for something. Cliched characters - tiresome. I didn't find it remotely (okay, maybe remotely) funny and I know the author thought much of his "witty" dialogue was humorous, but I didn't think so. I bought it strictly on the stars, neglecting to look at individual reviews - Big mistake. Tonight, I decided to look at reviews to figure out how it was rated so high. I looked several of the lower rated reviews over and decided that I blew it and should have read them thoroughly before - it would have saved me several hours of my life. Totally in agreement with the reviewers commenting on all the rightwing and libertarian slant - it didn't mesh and didn't fit - seemed to be tossed in so the author can make his hard driving point. I also don't find myself attached to, or caring about, the main character Nate. I don't even care if he dies (I'm sure he won't). I enjoyed the first chapter or so and then to me it just sailed off into boredom shortly after the werewolf episode. I just don't care.
Undecided between serious "The Lieutenants" and escapist "Stay Close."
Some of the voices were pretty decent, but unfortunately I found Nate's voice to be irritating/grating. It always seemed a little too much... too much drama, too much of a chuckle in the tone, just too much.
Boredom. So poorly written that I thought I missed a section and went back and forth on my iPod and realized, I hadn't missed anything - just a disjointed, dull, book.
Spoiler - I didn't finish and don't plan on it anytime soon. I just don't care. Not scary enough or funny enough to interest me. This comes from a Buffy and Evil Dead lover - those were done right, this wasn't. I also enjoy Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, John Connolly (mostly), Laura Lippman and Robert Crais - to name but a few.
oh. my. lanta.
the plot has so much potential... but you could play a drinking game with some of the over-used words and repeated terms.
if i don't hear, "torn asunder" for at least 20 years, it will be too soon.
the cycle of dying and coming back to life seems like a cheap way out instead of writing a creative way out of dire situations.
I so want this to be a first draft so I can await the improvements. /le sigh
I listen to this series once every month. Yes it is that good. If you like guns, good book, you like real life problems with some great one liners, really good book. If you like hearing the case make fun of Twilight then this is the book for you.
Milo, or Z, I'm a gun nut at heart plus i like making things.
Used this book to drive 400 miles on a trip. never once wanted to stop, just because I would have to stop it!
Reader has a good voice, and the characters are exciting and fun
This is a very inventive series, written with the same kind of humor as Lawrence Block, just applied to a new reality of the monsters that live around us that we don't recognize. The narrator is a painfully slow reader, but increasing the read rate to 1.5 takes care of that, and makes the characters really POP! I will listen to every book in this series. I cannot wait for book number 4!
read it again.
Love his interpration of the characters of this book, he brought it to life and made me like the main character
All of this series are excellent as are the other books by Larry Correra.
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I would put Monster Hunter International up there with the Joe Ledger novels, action packed, technical, great characters, and a storyline that could go anywhere at anytime. Could you imagine going to work and finding out that your boss was actually a monster? Then finding out that it was not a dream and there is a secret organization devoted to slaying monsters of all types. This is what happened to Owen Zastava Pitt, or “Z”, went from accountant to monster slayer. I could not stop listening to this audiobook, every second that I could I would stick in my ear buds and be transported to another place, that could be right now couldn’t it? I just purchased the second book in the series because the combination of Wyman and Correia are gold in my book