Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."
Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.
Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.
Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.
Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
Not the sequels to this.
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.
The story was great for the most part. Eyerolling and maybe groan worthy once ir twice but it was good and theast quarter of the book really sells it. The narrator sucked and used terrible accents that really ruined the immersion. Not to mention his skills at story telling were lacking given that he used the same monotone voice for nearly everything. There was no sense of urgency and yes, sometimes it fit, but not the entire story. And his voice for the main bad guy just made me want to skip over important story bits cause it was just this terrible, god awful british(????) accent when, minor spoiler, he's not fucking British. I'm going to do my best to avoid this narrator but I definitely want to read more of this story.
Yep-- I can be quite a critic since I've read some seriously great works. This book is NOT a great work. It is simply a hyped-up trendy novel geared towards sales instead of substance. It does have a way of creating memorable characters, but it is one of those easily forgotten books that isn't among my list of recommendables/sharables. I can say, "Yeah, I've read it." but not much more. It's just a good-enough work that will entertain if expectations aren't high.
It was just so self-indulgent. The whole way through, there was a vein of perfection in the protagonist, both in action and attitude. It felt like Larry was projecting a lot into this book. There were the odd moments of political lecturing. I happen to be pro-gun, libertarian, etc. etc. but it was just sooo forced, here. And formulaic. You'll get a bunch of gun talk...cause all the cool people love their guns and talk about them all the time. And then you'll have some action with your basic D&D monsters. Throw in some political preaching and odd relationship angst and then repeat. Over and over again.
His manly yells were eye-roll inducing. I get it. Cheese to match the cheesy action lines, but the weird Quartback-esque growling was weird.
I would have established the world and then let the protagonist live in it for a while before becoming Mr. Uber Badass.
Jim Butcher still owns the whole modern-day fantasy thing.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I love Larry Correia's other series, Grimmnior Chronicles, however, this one for me, fell short of his genius. It had a wonderfully intriguing start and then it became too descriptive. The story all in all was interesting but was drug down with gun obsession and long fight scenes. The characters were relatable and could have carried this book fine without about half of the battles.
This is the first book in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International series. Practically my only complaint is that when I stumbled over the series, I couldn't tell which was the first book! This is the third time I've listened to the audiobook, and another very small criticism is that the terrific narrator hasn't yet, in this first book, "found" the distinctive voices he later uses for characters who are secondary here and primary later - Earl and Franks, especially. Doesn't matter - this book lays the groundwork for characters and conflicts to come, with genuinely creative and original events, situations, and characters. If you love urban fantasy like Anita Blake or Carrie Vaughn, Larry Correia is a more testosterone-driven entry - and not at all derivative. Best of all, I come back every so often because the characters come to life and become truly compelling. The monsters don't drive the novels; the men and women called to hunt them do, and with plenty of human and less-human (but very familiar nonetheless) drama. The whole series is terrific; start here!!
The endless masturbatory treatises on guns and hunting strategy were too often interrupted by this weird, hacky and pointless narrative.
Pistol care and maintenance information given in disconnected segments. Stick to a single point at a time, Larry!
The derivative modern day ghost story apparently added as flavour to an otherwise comprehensive field manual on the proper use and handling of weapons, both practical and ridiculous.
Ahh yes, the grand hammer of egalitarianism that is the audiobook. All of a sudden the rabble "can read" and our Hugo Awards becomes the next football of American politics.
This story speaks with the stuttering, broken voice of a gifted 8th-grader with an affinity for hurting small animals. Take a gun magazine and throw a few derivative horror tropes and a white-guy underdog protagonist and you've got this mess here.
That being said, that's the kind of pap that sells to Blue Lives Matter crowd so kudos to Correia for showing much greater acumen in marketing than he did in writing. I'd certainly love to have a chunk of that tasty tasty Tea Bagger cheddar.
JJ Abrams movie?? Great first book to stary a series. Every book in the series does not disappoint for adventure, fun, and down in the dirt knock down drag out gorey evil slaying. best part> Helo ladder head thawck. Yeah. ..D'oh.