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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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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-13-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2011

    LauralOlivia

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    "Where there are Werewolves you can't go wrong"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have brought the likable, characters that could be invested in for the long hall into the story sooner. The story was a bit boring prior to the other characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Correia? Why or why not?

    Yes. I like his development of characters when he chooses to do it.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I would definitely seek out him again.


    Was Monster Hunter Alpha worth the listening time?

    Yes, absolutely!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Good diversion and feels in some of the questions left from Monsters Hunter Internacional, in which was a cross the board 4 and 5 star listen.

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    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-11-13
    Jarod Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A big change from previous books, but very welcome"

    This installment follows a a very different form from the previous books, and i actually preferred it. I was somewhat disappointed that the author returned to 1st person in the next book in the series.
    As with each title in this series, this was a very fun read. While not quite as epic in scope as the second book, it does a much better job flushing out some of the background characters.
    I would highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dogs & Horses 01-31-13

    Spanish Norman Horses

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    "Excellent addition to the series"

    Normally with a series of any length the third book is far weaker than the first. The characters and plots become slightly worn and predictable... NOT with the Monster Hunter Interntional gang! MH Alpha stands solidly and brings the same humor, wit and fast action as the first two books. Alpha also changes perspective from Owen and Julie to Earl Harbringer which can be a tricky move in a series. Correia does this smoothly and it's clear he loves Earl as much as the readers do. We also lose MCB Agent Franks and get MCB Agent Stark instead - I admit that I missed Franks like crazy and desperately wanted Earl to just eat Stark, but perhaps that is just me. I could stand an entire book about Agent Franks and his history.

    It's pretty rare that I read a series one after the other - think the last one was the Bill Travis Mysteries by George Weir last year and I love the Monster Hunters just as much!I listened to Monster Hunters Alpha on Audible Audio and the narration was really well done - smooth transisitions in accents from character to character and dead on humor timing & sarcarsm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sumner 01-26-13
    R. Sumner 01-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great addition to the series"
    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say, this one is really good, but comparing this to The Wheel of Time just isn't fair to either series. That said, I love this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter Alpha?

    The second Alpha werewolf and Heather becoming a werewolf. The battles between Harbingener and Petrov were great.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like this series, the characters are likeable, in a smart mouthed fashion, and the story is slightly plausible; slightly...
    It's just a really fun read (listen) that doesn't stop at the end of the book. Being a retired Infantry soldier, I like guns and this series doesn't dissipoint with descriptions of guns and the use of guns in all their forms.

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    John Cornish, NH, United States 01-23-13
    John Cornish, NH, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Welcome Change of Leads"
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter Alpha in three words, what would they be?

    Harbinger rocks


    Any additional comments?

    While I do like Z, I found Harbinger a much more compelling lead character. I was uneasy going in, concerned about deviating from the other two books which I had found fun if not exceptional. But those fears were quickly dispelled. Earl and the new characters were each compelling, a welcome break from what seemed to be destined to become another formulaic fantasy series. This book was at least a full star better than the previous stories.

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    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Paul D. Singleton Dallas, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men

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    "Fun. Another enjoyable read."

    Departing from the story of Z. Pitt and his life as a monster hunter, Correia gives us more of the story of Harbinger. This story was much needed and I actually liked it more that the rest of the series. Harbinger is a bit more believeable and understandable after hearing this side of his story, and the idea of an alpha being challenged. If you like the story so far, jump in to alpha, you'll like it even more!

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    Jeff Wilkes 12-24-12
    Jeff Wilkes 12-24-12
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    "Monster rocking madness!"

    Want to know how Earl Harbinger became the most bad-ass monster hunter on planet earth? Find out here - in his own words.

    This novel continues the fabulous Monster Hunter International and focus on the enigmatic leader of MHI - Earl Harbinger. There's a kinds of MHI fun in this book. If you've enjoyed the previous books you'll enjoy this one as well.

    If you like Urban Fantasy but haven't experienced MHI you should start with Monster Hunter International.

    The performance by Oliver Wyman is - as always - absolutely top notch. Highly recommended.

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    DB PA, USA 12-05-12
    DB PA, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2008

    Knuk

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    "Hello Earl!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter Alpha to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Mr. Wyman is a perfect selection for this work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know the Harbinger back story.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Each character has their own...personality that Oliver brings clearly over the speakers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ...


    Any additional comments?

    This sets apart from the series. It fits as a piece of the overall puzzle, however it is more or less its own book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Cary, NC, United States 11-30-12
    Bill Cary, NC, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Christopher Walken!?!!"
    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I just wanted to comment on Wyman's performance -- I did a veritable double-take and a big grin spread across my face as I heard his portrayal of the character Nicolai. He gave one of the two voices for the schizophrenic Russian a distinct impersonated inflection like the actor Christopher Walken -- how oddly appropriate! It gave me a good chuckle.


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    Bryn 11-25-12
    Bryn 11-25-12
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    "Best of the series (with added Walken)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Even though it's the third, it's a great intro to the series. Book one starts with a werewolf attack; this book is all werewolf. Backstory for Earle; origin of werewolves, why the MCB are so distrusted - a great introduction to the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Earle - he's a far more likeable lead than Owen... I was getting pretty sick of the "I'm a big guy" thing non stop. It's nice to have a 'reluctant hero', a hero that does it because it's the right thing to do not because it's all he can do.

    Don't get me wrong, I like Owen - but sometimes I get the feeling he is just the author's fantasy version of himself. In this book Larry is forced to write a main character that isn't just 'Larry'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Nikolai. The narrator's Walken impression added and extra dimension to the unhinged character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listen to books whilst driving; it's pretty rare far me to carry on listening in the house. This one doesn't want you to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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