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 am loving this series. Each book has gotten a bit better, and there has been no let down at all. Great action, great villians, super cool good guys!
The storylines have been consistant and have really shaped up into an excellent universe that stands well on it's own.
This one deals strictly with Earl Harbinger, a smaller (yet important) character from the first two books. It delves both into his mysterious past, as well as giving him an exciting adventure in the present.
Corriea is a fantastic story teller. There is no let down in the plot, and nothing ever seems like filler. It's well paced,
The narration is again top notch, although one particular character sounds like an imitation of Christopher Walken....It still works!!
Great pulp action, fun story, solid narration. Well worth the price.
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.
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.
5 stars all the way...
The challenge at the grocery store.
Oh yeah...All have been edge of my seat riveting
The whole book was awesome. Moved me? The whole freaking ride moved me.
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.
This is one of the top books I have read this year..
I have listened to all of the books in the monster hunter series so far and they are all great
I was in shock for a little bit during the middle of the book but I won't spoil anyone else's reading/listening
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.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
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.
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