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 really enjoyed the first two efforts in the Monster Hunter series. I wasn't sure of this one. Primarily because I wasn't as interested in Earl Harbinger as a character as I was Owen Pitt. And this story focuses on Earl.
I was a little put off at the start. Rather than being a first person narrative from Earl's perspective it jumps across many characters. And that was a radical difference for me. And across multiple time periods.
But it does to a very good job of filling in Earl's back story. From the time he became a werewolf. And also a bit on Owen's Dad. And once the story begins to roll it is really enjoyable.
One other little note. An old nemesis of Earl, the Russian werewolf Nikolai returns. Listen to Oliver Wyman's voice characterization very carefully. It develops into an excellent Christoper Walken impersonation.
Maybe it is because I love werewolf movies so much... I really liked this book. I really like the idea of it and I think it captured my imagination more than the other books in this series.
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
This third book in the Monster Hunter International series is more of a spin-off, featuring Earl Harbinger. Earl is on vacation when he passes through a small town that happens to be under attack by a pack of Werewolves. True to the first couple books, this is also a lighthearted, fun story of monsters and heroes, but really can be a stand-alone story, separate from the MHI series. I actually think I may have liked this one best of all and I hope we see more of these spin off books digging into some of the monster “species.” If Larry Correia keeps writing, I'll keep listening...
At first I was upset that Correia wasn't using the full cast of characters, but soon forgot my worries. Excellent novel, highly recommend the series.
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the third book in the MHI series and it was an excellent one. This book is all about Earl Harbinger and what a ride it is. I listened to it on audiobook and the audiobook was incredibly well done (just like all of the previous books). This is one I highly recommend listening to if you enjoy audiobooks.
Earl gets a call that there’s some bad werewolf stuff going down in Copper Lake, MI. When he arrives in the town there is an all out city-wide brawl between him, his Nemesis, and an uber-werewolf who calls himself the Alpha. If the Alpha isn’t stopped then, of course, the world is at stake. The whole city is isolated when a winter storm knocks out all power and communication and Earl has no one but the town’s residents, himself, and some competitive Monster Hunters to help him out.
I missed the normal group of Monster Hunters (Owen and Julie and crew) and was a bit cautious going into the story. I shouldn’t have been, getting to hear Earl’s story and meet some wonderful new characters more than made up for the absence of the other characters.
Each chapter starts with an excerpt from Earl’s journal, slowly telling his history as a werewolf. At first this is just really interesting, then as time goes on it starts to really tie in with current events. The chapters are told from multiple POVs; we hear from Earl, the Alpha, Nikolai (Earl’s Nemesis and a fellow werewolf), Heather (a deputy in the city), and Stark (an MCB member). It mostly works for this book as the different POVs let us know what’s happening in different areas in the town and really makes the story come together (although sometimes I got sick of hearing the bad guys’ POVs).
There are some truly excellent fighting scenes in here. There are also some truly gory and violent scenes as well. Seriously there is a scene with a ginormous snowblower and a hoard of zombie werewolves that had me grinning gleefully with the creative, yet utterly disturbing gory imagery. I did notice that there isn’t as much gun speak in this book as in the previous ones. Not sure if this is because werewolves fight a lot more with their body than weapons, or if Correia tried to tone down all the gun stuff to appeal to a larger audience.
I really enjoyed some of the new characters. Heather is a truly excellent addition to the story, she develops into a powerful and interesting ally for Earl. It was also great to hear some of Nikolai’s backstory and start to understand him more.
The plot was very well done and I loved how numerous storylines came together to create a cohesive whole by the end of the book. I loved the description and the writing as well, this was a truly engrossing book. It’s a long book, but it didn’t feel long at all. Unlike the previous books (which are kind of three separate stories in one long book) this book was one long and cohesive story all centered around the events at Copper Lake.
Overall a stellar addition to this series. I really enjoyed Earl’s backstory and loved the new characters. The plot was complex and came together nicely, the fight scenes were spectacular. Highly recommend to fans of action based urban fantasy/horror. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
This is the third of a four part series, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. It is almost a standalone story and has little bearing on the final story (well, there are a couple of things...). The story is intense and hard to pause once you start. Interesting plot twists as the story unwinds and steeped with suspense. I enjoyed this story very much.
I could definitely see my self listening to this book again. I really enjoy the Monster hunter books, and have listened to them "back to back" and this was a great side story (beeing only about Harbinger) I totally wish this is the first in what would be a great "spin off"
The other monster hunter international books, but it still stands on its own.
Oliver Wyman is brilliant in bringing the characters to life. They all have their own voices and personality. And they all stand out and are easily to recognise. He also has a great way of telling the story so it plays out in your imagination instead of simply reading it.
I keep beeing pleasantly surprised by the high standard of Audible narrators and Oliver Wyman is up there among the best.
The wole story is vibrant and enthralling.
Even tho a few characters are returning this book can be, read seperately from the other MHI stories. But it is a great addition to an all ready superb series.
I might listen to this book again because of its fun action and pacing
When Harbinger and the older Fin grind up zombie werewolves with a huge snowblower and the final show down, of course.
I really enjoyed the Christopher Walken like voice for Harbinger's nemesis: Nicoli.
How about: Werewolf Zombies, bitches
This book lacks a lot of the irritating bickering that occurs between characters in Larry's other books in this series. The abundant bickering in his other books is sometimes so mind crushingly painful to listen/read through that I have to stop listening and take a break. Why, when life and death is at stake, would anyone engage in constant pissing contests? THANKFULLY, that is absent in Alpha.
Yes. While the prior two books have centered around Owen and his experiences, you haven't been able to really get any more than a passing feel for Earl. Granted, I was hesitant to get this book because I've seen authors try to change perspective to continue a story and fail. However, when I picked up the book I was pleasantly surprised to see that as much thought and character progression was put into this book as the last ones. You get to explore the history of a character who, up until this book, has been largely glossed over. While this is a lead in book for the "next arc" in the story line, it's a must read because if you don't you will not only get confused about what happens in the next book, you will miss out on a well written story.
Earl Harbinger, flat out. You have a taste of the guy off of the first two books in the series, but this book further expands upon his history, his curse, and his attempts at keeping humanity.
I can't actively give a favorite character for this performance, but moreover that the performance in general was extremely well done. Oliver managed to get the characters inflected to the point that I was fully able to perceive all of them, and their personalities, in 'full color'
Unfortunately due to my work schedule it's hard for me to do so with ANY book, so I don't put any ambitions on chewing through any book in one sitting.
This is the best among this genre!
Great story! Usually around the third book the writer slips a bit. This might be the best of the first three books. I really like the lack of Owen's angst.
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