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 a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
Once someone has delivered a huge setpiece battle that culminates in the vanquishing of an Old One, it seems hardly fair to ask them to just turn it up a notch one more time for the next sequel.
This is why I can understand the different approach to Alpha, as well as the desire to tell Harbinger's origin story with as little intrusion as possible. Unfortunately, the result is somewhat darker than the previous installments, without the ensemble cast of the whole MHI team to lighten the mood. Instead, we have bumbling MCB agents, a crew of hapless psychopaths trying their hand at monster hunting and a newly turned werewolf that can't get over how the change will mean no more need to diet. Tipping the scales the other way, way over the other way, is a far more concentrated story taking place over about a day in an Upper Peninsula town beset by werewolves and some other supernatural baddies. This A plot seems to have far more in common with the series B movie source material than the world-saving heroics of previous outings, including improvisational weaponry that leads to incredible levels of gore.
As one would expect with a book where every chapter is prefaced by a story from Harbinger's past, even the narration seems to be grimmer. With the series venturing into third person narrative, thankfully not the case in Legion, we get to drop in on other people's headss and Wyman does a great job bringing them all to life.
This entry isn't one I'm bound to go back to again and again for entertainment. It is important set up for the big picture events that seem like they'll be steering the plot from here on out though. So if you're invested in the characters, it's a must read.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
I liked the break from the rest of the monster hunters. Earl is a great character and I appreciated his backstory. Can't wait to see where the story goes from here!
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I liked the story, It was definitely interesting
I hated the flashbacks, they were informative but very annoying.
Well written. Ah...when gun nuts write books! Kind of messes with the whole stereo type of 'gun nuts' though. Great read.
I read this book out of sequence, I read Monster Hunter Legion before reading this one, but it wasn’t that big a deal. In Legion they mention what happens in Alpha but most of it is kept a secret from the rest of the team, there are a few things that did not make sense, but not enough to make it awkward.
This story shows just how smart Larry Correia is, the first 2 books (and the 4th one) focused on the trials and tribulations of Owen Pitt, but the 3rd one focuses on Earl Harbinger for a change of pace and a chance to delve deeply into a different character. If he wants to, Larry Correia will be able to write Monster Hunter books forever changing the focus of each book at will.
I am now really excited to read the book that ends the Owen and Julie line and begins a new focus for the series, if that ever happens.
I love the Monster Hunter Series... its about a group of good guys who fight the mystical forces of evil. The characters are likeable and the stories are great. Larry Correia has a great sense of humor... his characters have some funny one liners from time to time, which makes it more amusing. And I really enjoy the reading by Oliver Wyman.
This Monster Hunter Book is better than the others for two reasons: 1) the main character (Earl Harbinger) is more likable than the main character in the other books (Owen Pitt). 2) Oliver Wyman chose to use a voice similar to Christopher Walken for one of the characters, and it really help bring the book to life!
This is the best book so far in a really great series. I highly recommend the Monster Hunter Series!
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
This was another good entry in the series. I got a little tired of the seemingly constant and endless battles but it was overall a fun book.
I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) This series is entertaining, just think about the scene as in an alternate reality. If you're interested about more of my thinking, read my review of "Monster Hunters International". Thank you.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Another awesome book from Larry Correia. I love his stuff. This book was a little different than the others since all the action happens in one night and is confined to one small town. This book has some great new characters and a few of the old too. The book leaves you hanging some and I'm immediately ready for the next one. I have all my friends and family reading this series. Fun and imaginative. Keep em coming Larry. Oliver Wyman is also awesome, cracks me up that his russian accent sounds like Christopher Walken's voice.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I bet others have commented, but one of the main protagonists sounds JUST like Christopher Walken. It couldn't have been by accident. Listening to a KGB dual personality werewolf Christopher Walken talk about his feelings sort of took on a story of it's own. It sort of made me love and hate this book, without giving too much away, I was totally rooting for Nick by the end.
The main protagonist, Earl, bothered me, as I considered him a hypocrite, and I couldn't get Alabama in his accent, but maybe it's a part of Bama I haven't been? Maybe it's the character's history, which makes him naturally pushy and assuming, that irked me.
The plot is pretty straight forward; big bad monsters, with many monster minions, attack quaint town, in flawless plan of world domination. Insert small group of first and second level protagonists, who don't like that kind of thing.
The government gives assistance, sending a handful of douches in Brooks Brother's suits, who maybe want to call Armageddon on the protagonists, and shut the party down, because their suits give them a false sense of superiority. Or something to that effect. Some of my best friends are feds, and they laugh about always being portrayed as the bad guys.
There were some interesting creatures, psychological situations (you get glimpses into the antagonist's heads, which are satisfyingly complex), and good plot twists.
Oliver Wyman is a Good narrator, but I have trouble paying attention to him. I've heard the term, 'paint the walls in exclamation marks!' but this is the first time I've heard someone who can paint the wall in periods. Even during frantic Darwinian fight scenes it sounds like Earl, Heather, and most of the developed characters (except Nick) are about to lounge against a wall, and maybe feel vexed about things. Perhaps this was a gimmick for Earl's character, since he's so bad at feeling fear, but it makes all the 'SISS! BANG! BOOM!' moments turn into 'Siss. Bang. Boom'
I'll probably increase my performance rating from 3 stars, cause his voice acting is good, I just think I'd be re-listening to the story Right Now if it wasn't for the monotone.
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