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Monster Hunter Alpha | [Larry Correia]

Monster Hunter Alpha

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Jason United States 06-25-13
    Jason United States 06-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just great...again!"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter Alpha?

    I LOVED the different POV. This book was gripping, and showed some awesome history from 'Mr. Wolfs' past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    ...really?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say the fight in the supermarket parking lot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the whole book :P


    Any additional comments?

    Its a must read imho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 06-23-13
    Geoff DENVER, CO, United States 06-23-13
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    "Monster Hunter Harbinger Edition"

    If you like the Monster Hunter series up to this point you will like this. It's not like the other two entries in that you follow Pitt around, but once you get over this (I'll admit I was a little disappointed at first) the story is fantastic. Lots of blood, gore, undead and werewolves...lots and lost of werewolves. Harbinger has been a good character so far, but his addition puts him over the top. I enjoyed his backstory and struggle dealing with being a werewolf. As always, the Narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William United States 06-07-13
    William United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "MHI Awesome"

    MHI is the one of my favorites and Larry is one of the best as well really good and they get better if they could

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike NORTH LOGAN, UT, United States 05-16-13
    Mike NORTH LOGAN, UT, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "These books are way better than they should be"

    Wow, that was maybe the best book of the series!

    "But Mike," you ask, "The other books in the series were awesome! How could this one be better?"

    Funny you should ask. One reason: Christopher Walken.**


    **applicable only to the audiobook version, though if you're reading it you could imagine everything Nicolai says in Christopher Walken's voice.


    In fact, read the rest of this review in Walken's voice and note how it awesome-ifies it.

    Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job . . . with the voices. Crazy . . . when you think about it.

    This book follows Earl Harbinger and leaves out the rest of the characters from the earlier books. Harbinger's character was definitely worthy of his own book and Wyman's voice for him works extremely well. Nicolai, who sounds like Walken is a bad guy, no wait, he was a good guy . . . wait, which was he? Exactly.

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    Jamie Alameda, CA 05-12-13
    Jamie Alameda, CA 05-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More Fun with Monsters and Guns"
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Alpha in three words, what would they be?

    Earl F'n Harbinger


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you liked the previous Monster Hunter books, you'll enjoy the focus here on the backstory of MHI's werewolf boss, Earl Harbinger.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    You know what Oliver Wyman's performance needs? More Cowbell.
    Another outstanding ready by Wyman - he does a fantastic job with all the character voices. Though the character Nicolai sounded exactly like Christopher Walken!


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    Kenneth Buffalo, NY, United States 05-08-13
    Kenneth Buffalo, NY, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a professional driver so I have a lot of time on my hands, and I love Sci-fi and Fantasy

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    "Was good, but the flashbacks were overdone."
    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Oliver Wyman's performance is top notch as always. He portrays most of the characters as if they had their own separate actors doing the voices, making each unique.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My biggest hangup was the overused flashbacks. Switching between up to six or so groups/time periods, if I remember right. Was off-putting and a little confusing at times.


    Any additional comments?

    The action was good and the backgrounds of the characters were consistent with the previous books. This book unlike the previous books did not focus on Pitt but on Harbinger instead, which I didn't mind too much. I loved Harbinger and his interactions with Heather. Overall good listen.

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    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 04-27-13
    MARCIA LINCOLN, NE, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Already on to the next one"
    Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

    These are great


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    He does an excellent job on all characters. Oliver is really good!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to get through the next and last one that's on audible hopefully there are more and this series continues to be 4-5,stars.

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    CatW USA 04-22-13
    CatW USA 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Off the original path... sort of...."

    In the beginning I wasn't sure that I liked this book because it was focused mostly on just one of the characters from the other two books. I have grown fond of all of the hunters at MHI and missed them.

    Nevertheless, I am glad I didn't stop listening, not that I could have, the story grabbed my interest pretty quickly.

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    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Kimberly Sylmar, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the best but still great"

    This one was a tad slow and drawn out but I guess the author really wanted us to know the back story of the wolf. I still enjoyed it but I was really missing the rest of the gang.

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    Kelly Howard Oregon 03-24-13
    Kelly Howard Oregon 03-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Mr Correia phoned this one in"

    I don't know what happened with this, the 3rd book of the MHI series --"Alpha" is simply Omega. It is dull, boring, bland. If the other 3 books are spicy 12-course International dinners (& they are), this one is a bologna sandwich on white bread. Stale white bread.

    This MH lacks most of what made the others great; fascinating & varied cast of monsters & monster hunters in interesting settings. This book focuses solely on Earl, and he spends the entire book in a tiny northern town. He fights a coupla guys, a coupla critters. One of the apocalyptic fight scenes is Earl vs a Russian guy...2 old white guys brawling in a grocery store. "Earl throws canned corn!" is actually one of the big moments in the scene. Sheesh. Compared to the incredible battle in the other dimension at the end of book 2, with a number of different monsters, human-creatures, lycanthropes, demons, a humongous evil alien sort of insect/tree hybrid thing, etc, two old dudes in the vegetable aisle simply does not cut it.

    There are a large number of 5/5 star votes for this one on Amazon; the only thing I can figure is that people were just so carried away by how great the first two books are that they can't bring themselves to harshly criticize the author for this clunker. George RR Martin has a similar thing going on with his series that begins with "Game of Thrones;" the 1st 3 are amazing, then the series goes completely down the commode. Quite a few people tie themselves in knots in their reviews, trying not to say "these books are nowhere near as good as the first ones!" A few brave souls come out & say "these stink!"

    But Larry Correia has done one better than George; he pulled the plane out of the flat spin of #3, & the 4th book (Legion) is another winner. But those who loved 1 & 2 could well give this one a miss & go straight to Legion and not miss much of anything at all....except boredom & some wasted money. There are 2 characters introduced in "Alpha" that appear in "Legion," but Correia fills things in well enough that anyone who skipped 3 wouldn't be lost at all. And okay, the robo-skin-walker things are sorta creepy, but not nearly enough to salvage this yawner. This book smells strongly of a decent idea for a short story that got turned into a novel...with all the defects, lacks, and rip-offs that implies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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