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've really enjoyed all the the Monster Hunter books, but this was my favorite. Earl Harbinger is one of my favorite characters in the series and he gets his own book here! Not only a plotline that centers mostly on Earl, but we get to learn about his past also.
In classic Monster Hunter style, Alpha has lots of action, guns, blood, and blowing stuff up. Very fun! But also a very engaging story with an ending that satisfies, but leaves it open for more in the series. I'm looking forward to it!
I have always liked Sci-Fi but have stayed away from vampires and werewolves, this book changed my mind. I could not stop listening to it. Although I don't think I will be listening to any of the other authors.
If you are interested in how MHI came to be and, in particular, how Earl came to be the man(?) he is today, this is the story for you. Mr. Correia does another exellent job of weaving a fantastical story onto the backdrop of rural America.
The story's focus is on Earl and a little side adventure he took without the full complement of (or knowedge of) MHI resources. Things quickly grow beyond Earl's expectations and he finds himself in the middle of a battle for the future of mankind. Again. During the course of the adventure, Earl's background is revealed through a series of flashbacks as documented in the journal he keeps. Mr. Correia again generates an exiciting storyline and interesting characters which makes it difficult to stop the book.
Mr. Wyman repeats his excellent performance of the characters From the previous books adding vocal nuances and depth that provides a full dimension to the characters. Truthfully, I struggled between playing the audiobook at double speed to progress the story quickly and playing it normally to relish Mr. Wyman's performance.
It's not necessary to have read the prior two MHI books, however they will provide you useful insight to some of Earl's narrative.
I loved the story, the nods to H.P. Lovecraft, the sweetness within the tough-as-nails characters, and the tough backbone of the sweet characters. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are better, and I love that! Oliver Wyman narrates perfectly!
I like the author's writing skills. He tells a great story and the voice of his main character, Owen Zastava Pitt, comes through loud and clear, in print and in audio.
There are so many, and telling would only give away parts of the story, so I'll pass on this question!
Yes, there were many. Again, I can't go into detail, as it would give away too much. I'd hate to ruin anything for a new reader of this book!
I think Oliver Wyman is the perfect narrator for this book and this series, and I hope this combination continues for the duration of the series.
The one item that bothered me was that Mr. Wyman mispronounced one word in the novel - one word which was used many times and is, in fact, a staple of this sort of story... but I enjoyed the narration so much, I disregarded it and chose to "hear" it correctly even when he didn't catch it...
I'm surprised the editing or directing staff didn't catch that, either. I'll leave the word a mystery... most people might not even notice, unless they are reading along! :)
I did not like the first part at all. The story is light and snarky, but the narration is deep and moody. The incongruity did not sit well at first, but I got into it by the second half. By the last third of the story I was pretty interested to see how it would turn out.
Actually it makes me a little weary of the "modern werewolf " "updated supernatural" genre
Not really. This story might read better than it is heard.
I will have to try another book by Larry Correia. I am not sure if it is the author or the narrator, but the story does not fit well with Oliver Wyman.
I like the story after I got into it, but I had a hard time giving it a chance. I didn't like the way this story was more a branch off the story line started in the MHI series. I felt it messed with the formula of the first two. After I got over that, though it was a good book.
I was a little concerned when I started the book, because I knew that it was going to focus on Earl Harbinger instead of the whole Monster Hunters gang. Well, I shouldn't have worried about it. This was a great one. It was extremely interesting to hear Earl's story. My only complaint is that it left me wondering what would happen next.
Oliver Wyman is an excellent narrator and did a great job with all the characters. I particularly enjoyed his Earl voice.
If you've read the previous Monster Hunter books, don't miss this one!
I enjoyed the book, but when I saw the "Monster Hunter" title I was expecting the same characters. In this one, we just get one character. It was good, but I kept expecting the others to be called in at some point to help out (and couldn't figure out why they never were). The main character from the first two books in the series is totally missing and a secondary (albeit important character) became the focus instead. IMHO, what makes a series work is that people develop an affinity for the characters, which is why they come back for the sequels. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book, but never got over the disappointment of losing the other characters.
I hate when writers do this. The summary makes it sound like this is the next book in the series. It's not. It's a short story that someone gave the writer too many pages to fill with. The main character of the series, Owen Pitt, isnt even mentioned in this book but once maybe twice. The whole thing is about Earl.
Now earl's a really cool character. And a story from his point of view is a good idea. But I just don't care about him enough to last a whole freakin novel. Not only that, but significant parts of the book are from the perspective of a real jerk of an MCB agent and a real jerk of a freelance jerk. Call me old fashioned, but I don't like haveing to switch back and forth between characters in a book, it annoys the heck out of me, especially when half of them don't deserve more than a bullet.
This should have been a short story, or perhaps a first act of a book which then switched back to Owen,(since he is he character we care about) since almost nothing happens in it to advance the overall story arc of the series. Plus, slight spoilers ahead, the ending was kinda lame. We get it Larry, the government is the bad guy, were right there with you on that one, no need to lay it on so thick.
Overall the book is worth a listen, but they should change the description to show that this book is more of an extended short story or spinoff of the series.
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I love the monster hunter series. I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series but was an easy listen and enjoyable.
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