I've recently returned from living and working in Alaska. I, my beautiful two dogs, and wonderful three cats travelled together.
I did not know what to expect before reading this delightful book. I found it a totally yummy delight for the mind and imagination. There is depth and character development. The plot has a direction and a story to tell. The journey of Owen is the journey of many who bravely attempt to live life to the fullest and so find the answer to the question "Who am I?" As Owen finds out, you are who you decide to be. Sometimes bravery is involved in becoming all that you can be. Owen's decision lies between staying safe and being an Accountant, (no disrespect to any accountants who may see this), or taking one hell of a risk and becoming a Monster Hunter. Owen becomes a Monster Hunter and we all feel better that he made this decision by the end of the novel. We have made this journey with him. So, at the end, my mind, my imagination, and my soul were chocked full of yummy goodness. So, much so that I had to have two more helpings,( I read it twice more).
I loved it and the narrator made you feel like you're in the story. each characters are very well developed and have their own unique personalities
I loved this book for many reasons. For all the action scenes, for all the fighting and mayhem, for all the passionate emotions, Larry Correia avoids the cheap and easy route of filling the book with swearing and instead is articulate enough to explain frustration, fear, etc. That alone raises it above a lot of contemporary books.
I liked all the characters except the boyfriend, who was about the only cookie-cutter two dimensional character in the book. The rest remind me of my friends; they all have flaws, backgrounds, ugly secrets, wrinkles and failures.
His voice is extremely flexible, and he carried a variety of accents without making them a parody of a stereotype. He knows enough about grammar that he knows when to pause, how to express emotions through tone of voice, and he maintained pace throughout.
There were several. Owen Z Pitt has to continually confront his demons (literally and figuratively) and is surprised each time. I like that a lot.
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!
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.
Middle aged professional with long commute whose goal in listening is to be entertained.
This is not my usual selection - in general I avoid the horror genre and find stories characterized by repetitive gun violence tedious. However I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am contemplating buying the next one.
The characters in this story are a delight. The main character who tells the story in first person is funny, interesting, self-deprecating and anti-authoritarian. He's Philip Marlowesque, although more humble and seems more like someone you might actually know. The female characters are fully developed, capable members of the team and protagonists in their own right and not just placed into the story as either romantic interests or vampire fodder. Some of them turn out to have surprising secrets in terms of undead status, but it doesn't seem like the usual horror-story artifice because they are multi-dimensional friends by the time we find out about their history.
The descriptions of claws, fangs, permutations of skin, limb and eye characteristics, slimy oozing, amputated body parts, 'mists' of vaporized bodies both human and non-human, etc, at times went on a little long for my taste, but that's the advantage of listening over active reading, in that I could just let it pass by, and didn't find it a major detractor from my enjoyment. Same with sometimes lengthy descriptions of battles and battle tactics. The overall tone of the storytelling is light and often funny instead of frightening or sickening.
I found myself surprisingly interested in the descriptions of various guns and their advantages/disadvantages as weapons based on the situation confronted. The author is clearly an expert in this topic, and I hadn't realized how interesting it could be having never thought about it before.
The narrator did an amazing job on a range of voices, both human and not - a real accomplishment of vocal modulation.
This book ranks high in terms of pure entertainment, with a fairly simple and somewhat predictable story line, but engagingly complex characters and a lighthearted attitude.
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.
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
yes - if they are a whacky/weird, sci-fi/fantasy loving sort. The hero, Pitt, is like a grown up Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who is a man and an accountant. Oh, and a gun nut.
There is definitely a more than a hint of Buffy in this book. not just the monsters, but the conflict between desire for a normal life and the calling of monster hunter, the camaraderie between the team members, and the whole saving the world, now let's party bit...
I really liked the gargoyle shootout.
Earl's speech before the big battle was excellent.
After reading this I got the others in the Monster Hunter series. Oliver Wayman is wonderful in his narration. Has a bit of everything. (If you have a weak stomach, and don't enjoy graphic horror descriptions this may not be for you) However there are some laughs and nasty bits, but full of action. Larry Correia knows how to keep a story moving. If you enjoy urban horror fantasy, this is for you.
This book makes modest promises, and delivers on them admirably. If you're looking for an action-packed, if slightly predictable, B-Movie monster romp, this is the book for you. Silly? You bet. Also, lots of fun.