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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I was surprised to find that Owen is barely mentioned in the entire book, and the premise is completely different, and even the style the author is writing in has changed. Never fear, the original style comes back in book 4. And even though I am ~not~ a fan of two stories told at once, alternating time and voice back and forth, it works pretty well here. Also, the narrator is just perfect, and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who hears Christopher Walken in the Russian character (don't worry, it works very well too!)
Earl is such an old character with such control over MHI, it makes sense to me for him to have his own story, which happens to allow the author to explain a few things he's had to speed by before.
Figuring out the identity of the bad guy involves a lot of past history being explained, and it also is a wonderful setup for book 4. Underneath the blood and gore are some very fun characters and a rather well organized story. I'm hoping he keeps this series going for at least 15 or 20 books! Meanwhile, I'll see what his other series is like.
By the way, there is a LOT of blood and guts in this series, but mostly it avoids being gross. It is more like an animated cartoon than a slasher movie. I have a lot of respect for an author who can make me wince and say "ew!" in one bit, and then literally cry over a character going off to die in the next - and then laugh out loud a minute later. This is just fun to listen to!
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.
Yes. I like his development of characters when he chooses to do it.
No. I would definitely seek out him again.
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.
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.
Spanish Norman Horses
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.
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.
The second Alpha werewolf and Heather becoming a werewolf. The battles between Harbingener and Petrov were great.
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.
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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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!
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.
Yes. Mr. Wyman is a perfect selection for this work.
Getting to know the Harbinger back story.
Each character has their own...personality that Oliver brings clearly over the speakers.
This sets apart from the series. It fits as a piece of the overall puzzle, however it is more or less its own book.
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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