Earl Harbinger has been the director of Monster Hunter International (MHI) for many (many) years. Some, but not all, of the employees know that he is a werewolf who has been around for a century. Even fewer of the employees know his former identity and his histroy.
Earl has headed to a remote community in the cold, remote woods of Michigan due to an anonymous tip that an old foe, Nikolai, another legendary werewolf who was his KGB enemy during WWII, is going to be in town. This is a personal issue so Earl hasn’t advised any one at MHI. He arrives in town during a bad snow storm only to discover that Nikolai is there but there are other werewolves and something else dangerous is going on.
Earl meets a local, young, tough officer who is prepared to protect her town. Heather is stressed because her boss, the Sheriff, has ended up in the hospital after dealing with an animal attack at a resident’s farm. Heather isn’t used to strangers in town and she has already been visited by another man - a European stranger who asked questions about her grandfather. Soon she finds herself pulled into a very bazaar … and bloody… situation and the only man who seems to know what is going on is this Harbinger fellow.
Earl thinks he is there to face off with Nikolai, and vice versa. But there is a third man playing the two enemies as he seeks to take his position as the Alpha werewolf. He has brought Earl and Nikolai together so he can take the soul, of the strongest warrior. Earl doesn’t mind facing monsters but it really angers him to have to face dark magic too.
This is the third book in this fast paced, fun series. The story focuses on the leader of MHI, Earl Harbinger, showing his history through brief entries from his journal at the beginning of each chapter. The chapters then proceed with current events and all the action and danger, plus an added bonus of a developing romance! We learn of Earl's past and also learn more about the state agency, Monster Control Bureau. I may have missed the MHI team but I was completely engaged and loved learning the history of Earl as well as meeting new characters.
Correia did a wonderful job of creating an action story around the primary characters. I enjoyed the plot, character development and action supplied by this author – with a touch of humor too! I will definitely be continuing with the series.
Audio Notes: Oliver Wyman does a great job narrating this series. I had to double check that there was only one narrator because he did such a good job with the voices, including the Russian and the females. The narration carries the excitement of the story and adds to my enjoyment of the series.
The book is great & now I understand Earl. A must read before going to listen to the next in the series. As always a great narration.
Plot is good, PoVs from various characters is good.The book needs better editing/correcting. The language, while in some places good, in others is repetitive, to the point of actually using the same words in neighboring sentences. The Russian words were almost all wrong (especially the curses). A bit of better research would have helped.
Oliver Wyman is a good reader/actor, the only thing he does irritatingly bad is reading the chapter numbers - there he sounds as though he were retching or something.
Yes, probably. Although it would probably be drek.
Better editing and research. Seriously.Other than that - great ideas, both plot-wise and ideologically.
I really didn't think I would like this story being just about Harbinger, being that I just read the first two books with Owen being the center of the books. It took me about 1 hour in and I was hooked. I polished it off in about 5 days. Not only was it bloody and fantastic but there were parts that made me laugh out loud.
Don't be turned off about the story not centered around Owen, you will love it. I don't want to give anything away but... You will never looked at a wood chipper in the same way again!
Fantastic narration, great story, an awesome sequel in the Monster Hunter International series. My favorite so far...
This story is only about earl
But like many other reviews say, it's still a very good story
One of the character voices sounds just like Christopher Walken
I don't normally read blurbs before I buy from authors I already know and love, so I was initially bummed that Z wasn't the protagonist for Alpha. Luke tried out some new-for-him writing techniques and they mostly worked, but he didn't follow the single protagonist first person style of the first two books. By the end of the book, I was glad to know Harbinger and the other POV characters much better. I'm looking forward to books from Heather's POV now... Luke has a gift for raising the stakes uncomfortably and delivering on his promises in an unexpected way.
Loved this chapter of MHI series but was strange choice for the narrator to give Nikoli the voice of Christopher Walken. It took me out of the story every time he voiced that character.