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 haven't read the print version.
I liked the story being told from Earl's perspective.
My favorite part was the humor. There is a lot of action, and some crazy monster extermination methods.
The ending. I should have seen that one coming.
I have no idea why the narrator would switch from a Russian accent to an immitation of Christopher Walken for the character Nocolai, but I found it odd and distracting. I also missed the other characters at first, but in the end I liked the in depth story of Earl. Another winner, but not my favorite.
MH Alpha is the one book in the series in which Pitt does not make an appearance. Rather, this story is completely about Harbinger with his past, present, and future. Now just because the rest of the MHI staff isn't in the story (other than random references), doesn't mean this story is less. Quite the contrary, I found it to be a very compelling and interestingly complete guide to werewolves. We learn much more about the history of MHI, the MCB, the relationship between Stark and Harbinger, and much more detail on the MH universe while being introduced to some new characters from the past and present.
I actually enjoyed the continuity of this book more than the others and was very satisfied with the climax and conclusion. Now I need an Alpha 2 to find out what happens next.
Regarding the performance of Wyman, it was top notch, as usual. I did find his voice for Nikolai to be a bit distracting because, to my ear, it was a rather good impression of Christopher Walken so that's whom I pictured Nikolai as looking like as well. LOL!
It's certainly worth your time as you'll be sucked into it in no time. Just be aware going in that it's not the exact formula as the other MH books in the series but it does maintain the timeline.
This is great stuff. Exciting, funny, action. Really enjoyable.
Too many to choose from.
I've got two rules: leave humans alone, and don't get on my bad side.
Didn't think I would enjoy this so much, but yeah, Earl Harbinger has great personality.
Absolutely. This is a highly entertaining book though more predictable than the previous Monster Hunter books. It is just a fun ride by someone with a wild imagination about a world I'm glad I don't live in, or do I?
The Monster Hunter series stands by itself, but if you liked the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you'll proabably love this series.
Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job with all the Monster Hunter books and this is no exception.
If this doesn't make you laugh sometime and cry others, you might want to check for a pulse. It great to see the mighty Earl Harbinger get a love interest though it was somewhat disappointing that he was the only one from MHI in this book. I missed Owen, Julie and the rest of the MHI gang.
Can't wait to start on Monster Hunter #4!
I enjoyed the mix of action and intrigue. Mr. Correia does a nice job with plotting. Earl Harbinger is a compelling character and deserved his own book. I hope the author revisits Harbinger as a protagonist.
I LOVED the different POV. This book was gripping, and showed some awesome history from 'Mr. Wolfs' past.
I would have to say the fight in the supermarket parking lot.
the whole book :P
Its a must read imho.
If you like the Monster Hunter series up to this point you will like this. It's not like the other two entries in that you follow Pitt around, but once you get over this (I'll admit I was a little disappointed at first) the story is fantastic. Lots of blood, gore, undead and werewolves...lots and lost of werewolves. Harbinger has been a good character so far, but his addition puts him over the top. I enjoyed his backstory and struggle dealing with being a werewolf. As always, the Narration is great.
Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.
Wow, that was maybe the best book of the series!
"But Mike," you ask, "The other books in the series were awesome! How could this one be better?"
Funny you should ask. One reason: Christopher Walken.**
**applicable only to the audiobook version, though if you're reading it you could imagine everything Nicolai says in Christopher Walken's voice.
In fact, read the rest of this review in Walken's voice and note how it awesome-ifies it.
Oliver Wyman does a fantastic job . . . with the voices. Crazy . . . when you think about it.
This book follows Earl Harbinger and leaves out the rest of the characters from the earlier books. Harbinger's character was definitely worthy of his own book and Wyman's voice for him works extremely well. Nicolai, who sounds like Walken is a bad guy, no wait, he was a good guy . . . wait, which was he? Exactly.
Earl F'n Harbinger
If you liked the previous Monster Hunter books, you'll enjoy the focus here on the backstory of MHI's werewolf boss, Earl Harbinger.
You know what Oliver Wyman's performance needs? More Cowbell.
Another outstanding ready by Wyman - he does a fantastic job with all the character voices. Though the character Nicolai sounded exactly like Christopher Walken!
I'm a professional driver so I have a lot of time on my hands, and I love Sci-fi and Fantasy
Oliver Wyman's performance is top notch as always. He portrays most of the characters as if they had their own separate actors doing the voices, making each unique.
My biggest hangup was the overused flashbacks. Switching between up to six or so groups/time periods, if I remember right. Was off-putting and a little confusing at times.
The action was good and the backgrounds of the characters were consistent with the previous books. This book unlike the previous books did not focus on Pitt but on Harbinger instead, which I didn't mind too much. I loved Harbinger and his interactions with Heather. Overall good listen.
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