Dirty Harry meets Twilight. Number 3 in the break-out series and a follow-up to Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta.
Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger's stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.
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This is the third of a four part series, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. It is almost a standalone story and has little bearing on the final story (well, there are a couple of things...). The story is intense and hard to pause once you start. Interesting plot twists as the story unwinds and steeped with suspense. I enjoyed this story very much.
I could definitely see my self listening to this book again. I really enjoy the Monster hunter books, and have listened to them "back to back" and this was a great side story (beeing only about Harbinger) I totally wish this is the first in what would be a great "spin off"
The other monster hunter international books, but it still stands on its own.
Oliver Wyman is brilliant in bringing the characters to life. They all have their own voices and personality. And they all stand out and are easily to recognise. He also has a great way of telling the story so it plays out in your imagination instead of simply reading it.
I keep beeing pleasantly surprised by the high standard of Audible narrators and Oliver Wyman is up there among the best.
The wole story is vibrant and enthralling.
Even tho a few characters are returning this book can be, read seperately from the other MHI stories. But it is a great addition to an all ready superb series.
I might listen to this book again because of its fun action and pacing
When Harbinger and the older Fin grind up zombie werewolves with a huge snowblower and the final show down, of course.
I really enjoyed the Christopher Walken like voice for Harbinger's nemesis: Nicoli.
How about: Werewolf Zombies, bitches
This book lacks a lot of the irritating bickering that occurs between characters in Larry's other books in this series. The abundant bickering in his other books is sometimes so mind crushingly painful to listen/read through that I have to stop listening and take a break. Why, when life and death is at stake, would anyone engage in constant pissing contests? THANKFULLY, that is absent in Alpha.
Yes. While the prior two books have centered around Owen and his experiences, you haven't been able to really get any more than a passing feel for Earl. Granted, I was hesitant to get this book because I've seen authors try to change perspective to continue a story and fail. However, when I picked up the book I was pleasantly surprised to see that as much thought and character progression was put into this book as the last ones. You get to explore the history of a character who, up until this book, has been largely glossed over. While this is a lead in book for the "next arc" in the story line, it's a must read because if you don't you will not only get confused about what happens in the next book, you will miss out on a well written story.
Earl Harbinger, flat out. You have a taste of the guy off of the first two books in the series, but this book further expands upon his history, his curse, and his attempts at keeping humanity.
I can't actively give a favorite character for this performance, but moreover that the performance in general was extremely well done. Oliver managed to get the characters inflected to the point that I was fully able to perceive all of them, and their personalities, in 'full color'
Unfortunately due to my work schedule it's hard for me to do so with ANY book, so I don't put any ambitions on chewing through any book in one sitting.
This is the best among this genre!
Great story! Usually around the third book the writer slips a bit. This might be the best of the first three books. I really like the lack of Owen's angst.
I've never read any of this series in print form.....the audio form is fantastic and narrator is great. Larry Correia is a word smith with urban para normal. Each story gets better and better. So far I've followed the Grimnoir series, and the Monster Hunter series, both are great both read by fantastic narrators.
Finding out who set Earl up.....don't want to say more.
Since I never heard him before this series I was concerned that I wouldn't care for the narration because there were so many characters and accents. But he pulled it off great, with emotions and even the female voices.
Seems every book of Mr Correia's is something I want to read in one sitting. Just not enough hours in the day....:(
I do hope that Mr Correia writes more for the Monster Hunter and the Grimnoir series....I do so enjoy each and every one.
I haven't read the print version.
I liked the story being told from Earl's perspective.
My favorite part was the humor. There is a lot of action, and some crazy monster extermination methods.
The ending. I should have seen that one coming.
I have no idea why the narrator would switch from a Russian accent to an immitation of Christopher Walken for the character Nocolai, but I found it odd and distracting. I also missed the other characters at first, but in the end I liked the in depth story of Earl. Another winner, but not my favorite.
MH Alpha is the one book in the series in which Pitt does not make an appearance. Rather, this story is completely about Harbinger with his past, present, and future. Now just because the rest of the MHI staff isn't in the story (other than random references), doesn't mean this story is less. Quite the contrary, I found it to be a very compelling and interestingly complete guide to werewolves. We learn much more about the history of MHI, the MCB, the relationship between Stark and Harbinger, and much more detail on the MH universe while being introduced to some new characters from the past and present.
I actually enjoyed the continuity of this book more than the others and was very satisfied with the climax and conclusion. Now I need an Alpha 2 to find out what happens next.
Regarding the performance of Wyman, it was top notch, as usual. I did find his voice for Nikolai to be a bit distracting because, to my ear, it was a rather good impression of Christopher Walken so that's whom I pictured Nikolai as looking like as well. LOL!
It's certainly worth your time as you'll be sucked into it in no time. Just be aware going in that it's not the exact formula as the other MH books in the series but it does maintain the timeline.
Absolutely. This is a highly entertaining book though more predictable than the previous Monster Hunter books. It is just a fun ride by someone with a wild imagination about a world I'm glad I don't live in, or do I?
The Monster Hunter series stands by itself, but if you liked the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you'll proabably love this series.
Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job with all the Monster Hunter books and this is no exception.
If this doesn't make you laugh sometime and cry others, you might want to check for a pulse. It great to see the mighty Earl Harbinger get a love interest though it was somewhat disappointing that he was the only one from MHI in this book. I missed Owen, Julie and the rest of the MHI gang.
Can't wait to start on Monster Hunter #4!
I enjoyed the mix of action and intrigue. Mr. Correia does a nice job with plotting. Earl Harbinger is a compelling character and deserved his own book. I hope the author revisits Harbinger as a protagonist.
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