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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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.
All 3 Monster Hunter books were Awsome and I cant wait for the 4th thru.... I will be purchasing all of them as I can't imagine the story line ending or flattening out. High action, great characters and great story from the "get go" to "get done".
I read all three of these in print before getting the audio version, and while I liked them very well in print, they are even better in audio format. Reader Oliver Wyman nails a wide variety of voices and personalities for everything from subhuman monsters to crusty century-old werewolves and a combat accountant.
Monsters of all types are real, and outbreaks are quietly suppressed by the various government agencies for multiple nations as well as private contractors. Monster Hunters International is one of those private groups, recruiting constantly to keep up with demand for their services and to offset the inevitable losses of personnel.
Earl Harbinger is in charge of MHI, and this book is largely devoted to his story, how he became a werewolf and learned to control his homicidal urges, and how he became a recruit for special forces that dealt with monstrous situations.
He's come to Copper Lake, Michigan, at the height of winter, traveling solo, and finds himself at the center of a werewolf outbreak. A competitor in the monster hunting business has also arrived with a crew, and a contingent of government monster hunters is on hand. Earl finds that he knows some of the other players, including another aggressive and evil werewolf, Nicolai. Nicolai wants to settle a very old score.
Meanwhile the townspeople find themselves being attacked, turned into werewolves, and they have to fight or die.
There's a magical amulet involved, and the magic associated with it strips Earl of his werewolf curse. Human for the first time in many years, he's having trouble adapting to his new weaknesses, the injuries he's acquiring in this battle, and though he's wanted to get rid of the curse, it's obviously a mixed blessing. Deputy Heather has been turned in the process of fighting the werewolves, and she's displaying special powers, perhaps related to the amulet or the strength of the alpha werewolf in the town. Earl is going to have to kill her, though, because she's been turned, and that's his job. Very few of the supernatural beings have ever qualified to be safe from eradication, and Earl himself was a rare one. Now he's just another human, struggling to stay alive while trying to save the town and conquer evil.
In that fight, it turns out that a snow cutter, a big snow plow with rotary blades, really kicks butt when tackling werewolves!
Yes! It is a story that has everything. Humour, thrills, suspense. And Oliver Wymann tells the story masterfully....conveying every emotion that the author put to words. He brings the characters to life.
When the heroine begins to change into her new form.
yes. As I said, he has the ability to breath life into a story's characters.
It made me anxious for the next installment in the MHI series!
This is one of my all-time favourite stories.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
Buy now - very fun. Would help if you started with the 1st 2 books but not 100% required
Electro-mechanical manufacturing engineer. Mother of 2, grandmother of 3. Avid reader/listener of books, love to escape into video games on my PC. Hmm, not what many would consider when thinking of their own grandmother. :)
This is an incredible series of books. I've come to truly appreciate how critical the narrator is to an audio version of a story no matter how wonderful the written version may be. This narrator makes you see what's going on and feel the fun and horror of the story. I have become totally immersed each time and look forward to each episode with great anticipation. A stellar performance each time and wonderful story lines make this series one you shouldn't miss.
audible fan :o)
This was a great little story. Good for your commute or working out in the gym.
The characters are well done, and I had a good time listening to it. Give it a twirl.
different from the first two books, not telling the story of owen pitt but telling a story from a few different characters...the story seemed to jump from character to character and back an forward in time from all different perspectives...if the story just followed Earl Harbinger i think this book would be awesome but because it jumps around to other characters i think it seemed to lessen the greatness of the series...but overall was still a great book and hope to listen to more from this series in the future
Great story by Larry Correia and narration by Oliver Wyman. The series gets better with every book while offering more details about Earl Harbinger's past and possible storylines for the future. As an shooter, I hate to read a book written by an author that has never fired a weapon and you can tell by the writing. That is not the case with Larry Correia. He knows weapons! Great fun and I look forward to the next book in the MHI series.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
Larry Correia has an amazing ability to describe scenery and action. This third Monster Hunter book focuses on Earl Harbinger, the elder werewolf and many of the other characters introduced in the Monster Hunter series are not in the story since the setting is an out of town trip Earl has taken.
The new characters introduced are great and I love the description of the northern weather, the equipment, clothes, and different lifestyle which are in opposition to the previous southern humidity and greenery described in Alabama.
The imagery, fast moving and intricate plot, and insightful character descriptions make Larry Correia's books fun and exciting.
I'm not interested in horror, or bloody action movies or books, but the writing in these books make me interested and the imagination and descriptive ability of the author keep me going.
The first Monster Hunter book was good, but I felt the romance bits were predictable, a tad awkward, and weren't as sophisticated as the rest of the book. The writing has improved, with the second book being a lot better, and this third book I've read is good too. I still think the Grimnoir trilogy is better, with more iconoclastic characters, but since I've finished those I've come back to read the Monster Hunter books and finish this series.
The imagination and interesting plots are the best feature of Larry Correia's work. The underlying humor is spice. The writing of women characters and bits of romance will hopefully evolve and seem to be improving in comparison to the first MH book, but the female characters have been at times depicted in a stereotypical and one-dimensional manner. In this book, it was all too predictable that the "cradle-robber" joke was going to be made, and I just shook my head when it happened.
Narration was good. I had thought the northern accents would have been more like in the movie "Fargo" but accents were lightly used.
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