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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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.
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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.
"The weakest of the series, but needed in the story"
I feel that this book is the weakest in the series so far, and to stretch into a whole book something that could have been a short story, and rather like other series (like the Dresden Files or Iron Druid) that have a book of side stories, it could have been a compendium - this story just felt dragged out, and overly long, covering things that just didn't need to be there
This is a complete departure from the formula that made the first 2 books so enjoyable, with only one member of MHI, although the oldest & strongest, and being used to introduce new members of the company & upcoming important cast
Certain parts of the story were rather obvious, and telegraphed chapters before they happened, but without Oliver Wyman's reading this would have been nowhere near as enjoyable
If this wasn't "required reading" for the next book, I'd suggest skipping this one, but you need to know several things that happen in this story, several characters, and what happens along the way, or parts of the following book kind of makes no sense
"Best so far!"
More than exceeded my expectations. I can only hope that there will be another novel where Earl is the lead character. Wow!
Yet another "Monster Hunter" great by Larry Correia with brilliant narration by Oliver Wyman. Best if you've heard the previous books but not essential.
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