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.
Earl Harbinger is definitely one of the best characters in the Monster Hunter series and having a book entirely devoted to him pays off immensely. I didn't feel in the least ripped off in the least that we were following Earl and Owen Zastava Pitt doesn't show up at all. I know some people might, but put that out of your mind. Earl is such an excellent character, getting to hear about his rich history is plenty of reward, and Owen I'm sure will be back in book 4.
Much like the Chronicles of Narnia (Magician's Nephew), you could read this book alone, but it is best to read the other two books first because it makes this tale much richer because of it.
This is the third book in the Monster Hunter series, and I was surprised to find it my favorite so far. After two books narrated by a different main character, I was concerned that I wouldn't like the main focus shifting to another character -- Earl, the head of Monster Hunters, Inc., and King of the Werewolves.
But this book was AWESOME. It was action-packed, had a touch of romance, had sympathetic heroes and even a particularly interesting villian/hero of questionable motivations. This story and its characters were complex, and simple all at the same time, with enough nuggets of humor to release the tension just when you think the story is getting too tense to handle.
If you haven't read the first two books, you'd still be fine starting with this one. It stands alone in its pursuit of kick-butt monstery fun, assuming your idea of monstery fun is guns and gory mayhem in a desolate, northern Michigan town where the undead are running amok.
This book threw me off at first, because its the third in a series, and the main character changes. So it is not from his point of view. But it was very good. It ends up being from the point of view of my favorite character in the book so it worked well for me. Cant wait for the next book. I'm as curios to see what direction the series will take next as I am to see what happens in the story. All in all I can sum this book up in a few words. ACTION, GUNS, AND A LITTLE BIT OF ROMANCE.........
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
I like the Monster Hunter books because they don't require my whole attention. With the first two books you get exactly what you expect: lots of fighting and interesting plot twists, but nothing that will interfere with the occasional attention lapse on the treadmill etc.
This book is significantly different. Pleasantly so. It's evenly wrtten with the same blending of a crisply moving plot and a touch of humor. The narration is outstanding...and I had to laugh when the scene where Nikoli held the gun to his head becasue the narrator makes him sound just like Christopher W as others have already indicated.
I'm a fan of urban fantasy -- and while I really like the IDEA of a werewolf novel, I hadn't really found one until now.
Yes -- there are areas where you're asked to really lower your standards for what's believable (but it's a WEREWOLF novel, okay?) and the characters do some patently out of character things once in a while -- but this is the best of the series as far as I am concerned.
Sleeplady: lover of dogs, zombies and superheroes.
I was a little hesitant after reading some of the less than stellar reviews but I really liked this book. Earl is a interesting character and this book provides a great deal of his backstory. The narrator is the same as the Monster Hunter International books and he is easy to follow. This book could easily stand alone but would be more entertaining as a read in order with the rest of the MHI series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next MHI installment.
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.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
Ys, it is an inttersting series and harbinger is a much deeper character than most in this series. Finding out his history and what makes him tick was very interesting.
This series is unique unto itself.
Just in this series, but he does an excellent job.
I enjoyed when Harbinger finally got to cut looe.
Generally I do not like werewolves in stories. they are usually boring and I avoid them at all costs. this is the first book about a werewolf that is actually interesting and gives you a feel for what the condition would be like. Although it might be said closer to what it would be like if John Wayne was bitten by a werewolf ;)
This book is not going to have the characters you have grown to love in the first MHI book. Its all about Earl Harbinger. I have to admit,for me,it started a little slow. But then once it got going it was great. Some new characters will be moving on to the next book and you will be happy that they do.
Monster Hunter Alpha is my favorite of the three Monster Hunter books written by Larry Correia. Having well established his setting and main characters in the first two novels, he really gets a chance to expand on a character that was he hadn't really focused on, even though he was key to the previous two books: Earl Harbinger. Continually adding detail throughout the book while not getting bogged down in exposition, he really shined the spotlight on this interesting and entertaining character. Earl is intelligent, smart-mouthed, kind-hearted, and very, very competent at what he does: Monster Hunting. As you might expect, there is plenty of action and heroic derring-do. What you might not expect is that it is sprinkled with lots of humor and wit. There are some pretty grizzly scenes worthy of a horror novel, but there is also a bit of mushy stuff as well. The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Delving into the how and why of the character's motivations makes the actions so described actually matter. It's a nice balance of character development and narrative that should appeal to modern fantasy fans who favor action over romance. It also moves along the overall arc of the MHI novels a bit, so if you liked the first two you'll definitely want to pick this one up.
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