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 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.
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.
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.
The first scene that comes to mind is the confrontation between Harbinger and Stark. His response to "Who do you think you are?" is classic.
In this particular book, it would have to be the protagonist, Earl Harbinger. Nickolai Petrov and his arguments with the Tvar were enjoyable in print. But, he sounded a bit too much like Christopher Walken early on in the recording for him to be my favorite in this recording.
This is another great installment to the M.H.I. series. Even though the book follows Earl Harbinger on a personal mission and leaves the main protagonist of the first two books sidelined save for a throw away comment or two, it is still a great listen. Alongside the main story, we are introduced to more of the M.H.I. world. With old villains, new villains, pieces of Harbinger's personal history, and our introduction to a seedier shadow agency of the government, there is a lot new and old to enjoy.
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!
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!
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