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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.

Track down another Monster Hunter title.

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

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    Brian Centreville, VA, United States 03-07-13
    Brian Centreville, VA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great installment to the series"
    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    The narration for this series continues to be one of my favorite parts, especially given that this is the third in the series and certain characters have really developed through the addition of the vocal talents of Mr. Wyman. It really helps the listener to jump back into the story when you can so quickly identify the different characters. Although this book had a lot of new characters I found them all to be distinct and didn't feel as though he was "borrowing" the voices of my favorites to fill out the cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I admit that I was concerned when I started listening and within the first few minutes knew that this wouldn't be following the same format or characters as the first two books in the series. I was very happy with the result though. This novel follows Earl Harbinger, instead of Owen Pitt as the first two did, but the author is able to fit more background and character moments in for Earl than he would have if it had been filled with the usual MHI cast of characters. The story was interesting and I would say it's half side story to delve more into Earl's history and character, and half adding to the overall Monster Hunter world and the greater impact that these stories represent within the world. There were a few predictable moments in the story, but no more than in any of the other installments. They didn't take away any enjoyment from the reveals though, so the payoff was still enjoyable to listen to. I would highly recommend this book to any fans of the series.

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    Gwyn Okatie, SC, United States 03-06-13
    Gwyn Okatie, SC, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Top Notch"
    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    5 stars all the way...


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

    The challenge at the grocery store.


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

    Oh yeah...All have been edge of my seat riveting


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

    The whole book was awesome. Moved me? The whole freaking ride moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    My expections are over the top so far on this and his previous works. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE !!!!
    Don't loose your edge. My heart could not take it.

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    Shelly 03-03-13
    Shelly 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic read couldn't stop"
    Where does Monster Hunter Alpha rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the top books I have read this year..


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

    I have listened to all of the books in the monster hunter series so far and they are all great


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

    I was in shock for a little bit during the middle of the book but I won't spoil anyone else's reading/listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Belleville, MI, United States 03-03-13
    Spencer Belleville, MI, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Unexpected pleasant surprise"

    I must admit I was a little skeptical about this book when I realized it focused only on Earl.
    I've been a fan of the series since the beginning and liked all the characters especially Owen and Julie. Having said that I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. It explains alot about companies origins and sets up future events flawlessly. As well as introducing some very intresting new characters.

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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-24-13
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-24-13

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "Highly recommended, keep them coming!"

    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!

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-13-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2013

    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 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cornish, NH, United States 01-23-13
    John Cornish, NH, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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