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 have said before that this series is not my norm. I enjoyed the first 2 in the series. I didn't like this book in the beginning, it was a little slow to start. Earl's backstory is the only thing that kept me interested at first. Once the story got going though, I couldn't stop listening. Wyman did his usual fantastic job.
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.
Deborah E. Alexander
Yes, and I have!
The truth and fantasy intwined!
Belief in the older, darker existence of our belief in nightmare creatures.
All of it!
We all love a love story that ends well.
I love to read a well written book! Audible has made my life ever better by having process that allows me to enjoy a good book on the road!
I found myself trying to find things to do just so I could continue listening to this book. I can't wait for the next.
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.
Yes, love all the books in this series.
I have listened to Monster Hunter International and Vendetta. I loved both of these. The Alpha book is different than the first two with the book being told by Harbinger and you get to know him much better. But I did miss the other characters from the other two books. I did enjoy this book and look forward to the next one, since I feel this one left you with wanting to know what happens to a few characters at the end. I still love the narrarator, he makes all the books great listening.
Yes. The third book give us an in-depth look at Earl's character and reveals various facts here-to-now unknown to the reader. These
As always, the fight scenes are one of the outstanding aspects of the book, and they make the reader feel as if they were present.
The final conflict between Earl and the entity.
If you are a fan of the series then you will not be disappointed with this offering. The reader will gain a new appreciation for Earl and a much greater insight into his thoughts and feelings. Of course, you will still be swept along on a fast paced, hard hitting series of confrontations and gut wrenching situations that you have come to expect in this series. Definitely a MUST READ!
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about the author switching his focus on a supporting character from the Monster Hunter series, but it was genious and I hope he continues writing this way. I'm a huge fan and can't wait to see what's next!
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