I wasn't sure what to expect, but this story was great! The 1st chapter was action packed and it never stopped. Awesome characters ands story line... let's hope there isn't a big conspiracy covering up the truth about monsters really existing!
If you have had a horrible day and need some fresh horror coupled with mayhem, this is your read. The concepts are fresh, the violence is over the top but the story contains humor and insight. The human condition is well observed. There are always victims and survivors. The characters are believable in their various bizarre contexts and the story is fun.
This will make a good, entertaining series. You just need to overlook the glaring fact that in today's technologically advanced society with cell phone cameras, the internet, etc. that there is no way monsters could remain a secret. Correia drops the ball if he assumes the audience will buy into that belief. But overall the story is good, very entertaining and keeps you guessing (except for the whole prophecy bit that was never a surprise). I plan to listen to the rest of the series.
Oh, near the end of the book the narrator says "...I could care less..." when the correct phrase is "I couldn't care less". I was a little surprised that Correia wouldn't know this.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Big characters, big monsters, big guns--bring it! In Correia's urban-fantasy-meets-military-sci-fi series, monsters are real, and mercenaries are hired to kill them. A lot. With explosions.
And--get this--engaging characters, mystery, romance, jokes, and true heart (and I'm not just talking about the ones that get staked). It's just fun.
I was a little skeptical on the premise but this was a good fun read. A little predictable in the plot line but also imaginative and interesting in the story telling.
I read all three of these in print before getting the audio version, and while I liked them very well in print, they are even better in audio format. Reader Oliver Wyman nails a wide variety of voices and personalities for everything from subhuman monsters to crusty century-old werewolves and a combat accountant.
Monsters of all types are real, and outbreaks are quietly suppressed by the various government agencies for multiple nations as well as private contractors. Monster Hunters International is one of those private groups, recruiting constantly to keep up with demand for their services and to offset the inevitable losses of personnel. Bounties are paid at varying levels for confirmed kills of the different species, and business is pretty darn good. MHI personnel can rake in a lot of cash as long as they survive.
One of those recruits is Owen Zasava Pitt, self-described combat accountant. He survived a werewolf attack to be recruited by MHI, and he is the focus of books one and two.
He turns out to have some special qualities as he goes through training, and he also finds his one true love, Julie. Julie is already in a relationship with Grant Jefferson, and he doesn't feel like he really has a chance to catch her eye. Big, ugly, scarred from the werewolf attack, he's no competition for movie-star handsome Grant.
Julie is a sharpshooter, an important part of the Monster Hunter International team based in Alabama. There are other teams based elsewhere in the US, but Alabama is the primary base and the training center.
Owen does make some new friends in the latest training class, all of whom are also survivors of their own monster attacks. As the book states several times, it takes a flexible mind to handle the existence of monsters. Most people become monster chow in an attack, and a few manage to survive, even fight back successfully. Those few get recruited, though not all of them can handle the training. Kind of like the Seal Team from Hell, or to Hell as the case may be.
Correia knows his firearms, knows how to write adventure, and really takes you into the world where monsters lurk just around the corner and under the bed.
Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta should be read together, as they are a continuation of Owen's story. Monster Hunter Alpha tells the story of the boss of MHI, Earl Harbinger, and while it builds on elements developed in the first two books, it is a stand-alone story.
I really love Skippy and his tribe, a group of allies that find alongside the humans of MHI. So as not to spoil the surprise, we'll just remember that they are fans of Lord of The Rings as well as fierce warriors.
The author creates a very believable story, if monsters were real this is how it would probabley all go down.The characters are unique , flawed, funny , and strong. There is alot of volence but its very well written and not
The characters and story were great! A little too gun-totin'-shootemup for my taste but I still really enjoyed it. it was just the right length too (that's what she said)!
Fast moving, always waiting with anticipation of the next threat to pop up. M.H.I. has to save the world while fighting the bureaucratic Washington D.C and the demons from beyond. A lot of twists and turns but overall just a great story.
This book is so over the top, off the scale ridiculous that it is a pleasure to listen to. Werewolves, zombies, elves, orcs- it has them all. I've never read or enjoyed so many fantasy in-jokes in one place.
Movies rather than books come to mind. I might compare it to Army of Darkness, but much funnier and more intelligent. Also a small sprinkling of Shaun of the Dead.
He delivered a great performance- Mordecai's voice is probably my favorite part.
MHI- You have a monster? We have a gun for that!