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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In the beginning I wasn't sure that I liked this book because it was focused mostly on just one of the characters from the other two books. I have grown fond of all of the hunters at MHI and missed them.
Nevertheless, I am glad I didn't stop listening, not that I could have, the story grabbed my interest pretty quickly.
This one was a tad slow and drawn out but I guess the author really wanted us to know the back story of the wolf. I still enjoyed it but I was really missing the rest of the gang.
I don't know what happened with this, the 3rd book of the MHI series --"Alpha" is simply Omega. It is dull, boring, bland. If the other 3 books are spicy 12-course International dinners (& they are), this one is a bologna sandwich on white bread. Stale white bread.
This MH lacks most of what made the others great; fascinating & varied cast of monsters & monster hunters in interesting settings. This book focuses solely on Earl, and he spends the entire book in a tiny northern town. He fights a coupla guys, a coupla critters. One of the apocalyptic fight scenes is Earl vs a Russian guy...2 old white guys brawling in a grocery store. "Earl throws canned corn!" is actually one of the big moments in the scene. Sheesh. Compared to the incredible battle in the other dimension at the end of book 2, with a number of different monsters, human-creatures, lycanthropes, demons, a humongous evil alien sort of insect/tree hybrid thing, etc, two old dudes in the vegetable aisle simply does not cut it.
There are a large number of 5/5 star votes for this one on Amazon; the only thing I can figure is that people were just so carried away by how great the first two books are that they can't bring themselves to harshly criticize the author for this clunker. George RR Martin has a similar thing going on with his series that begins with "Game of Thrones;" the 1st 3 are amazing, then the series goes completely down the commode. Quite a few people tie themselves in knots in their reviews, trying not to say "these books are nowhere near as good as the first ones!" A few brave souls come out & say "these stink!"
But Larry Correia has done one better than George; he pulled the plane out of the flat spin of #3, & the 4th book (Legion) is another winner. But those who loved 1 & 2 could well give this one a miss & go straight to Legion and not miss much of anything at all....except boredom & some wasted money. There are 2 characters introduced in "Alpha" that appear in "Legion," but Correia fills things in well enough that anyone who skipped 3 wouldn't be lost at all. And okay, the robo-skin-walker things are sorta creepy, but not nearly enough to salvage this yawner. This book smells strongly of a decent idea for a short story that got turned into a novel...with all the defects, lacks, and rip-offs that implies.
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!
"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.
"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
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