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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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.
These are great
He does an excellent job on all characters. Oliver is really good!
Can't wait to get through the next and last one that's on audible hopefully there are more and this series continues to be 4-5,stars.
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 book is the third in the series and focuses on a different character than the first two books. I like how the author changes his writing to reflect a more serious main character. I also liked how the main character is insightful and seemingly wise. I think this author is great. Just finished this book today and already have downloaded the next.
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.
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