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Monster Hunter International | [Larry Correia]

Monster Hunter International

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
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Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

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Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

It's actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries-old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way.

With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good.... Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

©2009 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Konstantin United States 02-17-12
    Konstantin United States 02-17-12
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    "Suprizingly entertaining"

    Why should I buy this book? A valid question I had to ask myself when I was reading the description. Let's face it, if you like werewolfs, zombies, vampires etc. then the title alone was sufficient to suck you in. However, if you, like me, were looking for something in the science fiction genre and was surprised to find this so highly rated and furthermore having great reviews by most that read it then I will answer the other question: How can it be?
    How can it be that a book that talks about vampires, guns and gore is so highly regarded? How can it be that a book that has a story out of every other book in this genre is so entertaining? How can people like such literature?
    Let me tell you something. There is a lot worse out there and this book is actually an oasis among them. The reasons are clear to me and they boil down to this: A cult classic B-rated movie. For those that have seen The Blob or any of the Evil Dead movies this is the feeling you get out of this. Something so bad it is actually good. Let's look at the list.
    Monsters out of handbook. Check. Endless beating of main character throughout the book (if you don't like him I would say this is a big plus). Check. Reminding us how awesome he is. Check. Anti-goverment remarks at every chapter (can't wait for a movie to play the drinking game). Check. Classic boy meets girl theme. Check. I can go on and on.
    And yet we also see clear writing without straining the language and without taking the reader for a fool. Many different locations and a story that is not boring one bit from start to finish. Entertaining. Good jokes, some I have heard before but the context makes them better. Added bonus - great voice acting by Oliver Wyman.
    This is not a masterpiece for sure but I sometimes want something entertaining that I can relax with. This series provides me that pleasure and therefore adds something to the world.

    53 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Mariya Rockaway, NJ, United States 04-01-11
    Mariya Rockaway, NJ, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Killin’s my business and business is fine"

    This audiobook has monsters of impossible, mind-bending proportions. The main villain, the “Cursed One,” is not just a mwahaha villain – we also get inside his head through his memories in Owen’s ghost-guided dream/nightmares that recall C.O.’s journey from a “mean son-of-a-bitch” conquistador to one very megalomaniacal, unearthly, tentacled, flesh-wriggling being who is intent of stopping time itself. I think I’m in love with Owen Z. Pitt, who’s inherently epic, but it’s hard to let the listener know how epic Owen is through first-person narration without it sounding over-the-top or silly. Like when a master vampire tells Owen he has the strongest will of any mortal she’s ever met, or when one guys says to the other that he shouldn’t mess with Owen because he has “one hundred pounds of muscle” on him. Or worse yet, when Julie reads his file and we find out Owen’s a marksman/genius. This book is cliché in the best way possible. It's like 1 part monsterish gore, 1 part comedy, and 1 part all sorts of artillery. It's like Hot Fuzz.

    Oliver Wyman is great. This is the first time I heard him read, and his style is perfect for Monster Hunter International. He has a rather macho tone with just a bit of immaturity, and again, the term “epic” comes to mind to describe his style. His reading of female voices didn’t make me burst out laughing, which is what usually happens when I listen to male narrators read girls’ voices. The only thing that jarred me was how seriously Oliver Wyman took those vocal direction. I usually comment on whether narrators do a good or bad job at distinguishing internal monologue with external speak when audiobooks are in first-person, like this one. The listener has no problem with distinguishing the two in Monster Hunter International, because Oliver Wyman reads the directions in a rather calm soft voice, while reading the actual words with the proper emphasis, instead of splitting the two.

    67 of 77 people found this review helpful
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    William Wright Whitehall, PA United States 11-26-11
    William Wright Whitehall, PA United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Did not meet my expectations, thankfully!"

    I originally purchased this book when I saw it "on the cheap" on one of Audbiles specials. I had the lowest of expectations just judging from the cover art and the name of the book but as I drive allot and the price was right I figured I would give it a try.
    MUCH to my delight this was a fun, action packed and funny as hell book. I ended up well hooked on the series and have now read them all. Larry has a good imagination and a heck of a sick sense of humor, which I can relate to.
    Bottom line............Loved it.

    43 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-18-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Monsters, Monsters everywhere."

    This was a fun and gory romp of killing the bad monsters. There was comedy, horror, adventure, romance (enough to appeal to us girls), and good vs. evil all the way through. In a way I was reminded of the movie Hell Boy (which I liked). Very bloody and gory but what do you expect with a name like Monster Hunter. Although at no time was I bored, the book is long. The characters were all very real to me and felt like people I knew. Narration is great. I have already purchased the next two in the series and am going to try his other one soon.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Rob L boston, ma 03-08-14
    Rob L boston, ma 03-08-14
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    "Why didn't I like this?"

    Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.

    In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.

    And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.

    Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States 02-06-14
    Jessica SPRINGFIELD, VA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved his other stuff, but..."
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Absolutely.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thoraro Iceland 04-08-11
    Thoraro Iceland 04-08-11 Member Since 2007

    Thoraro

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    "Gory fun"

    Fast paced pulp fiction, filled to the brim with every satisfying B-movie monster-clich?? out there, good humor and great gory fun as legions of undead and interdimensional beings meet inventive, usually explosive, ends. For those interested, the book is peppered with gun-trivia. Mr Wyman does a good job narrating. At 23hrs its good value as well.

    26 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Elkins, AR, United States 04-05-11
    Jeremy Elkins, AR, United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    I have to say that I just wanted something to fill time... After listening to it once, twice... and will do again. I was very pleased. Fast paced action that never seemed to let up. The monsters were as they should be... evil and nasty. The humor was as fast as the action and I found myself laughing out loud at times. I literally could not stop listening to this one. I loved Larry's approach to the MHI crew, and his characters were great.

    Having read Lovecraft and very knowledgeable about the Cthulhu mythos, I was happy to see it incorporated in a way that stayed true to the original but was tailored to fit his story as well. This was a welcomed addition to my library and I will be buying the books also.

    The story was narrated excellently and the characters sounded as I pictured they should. I was very pleased and can not wait to go on to vendetta. I would highly recommend this to any sci-fi fan.

    28 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 12-07-13
    Ronn BRENTWOOD, TN, United States 12-07-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"

    This book was a series of hits and misses for me.

    The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.

    The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.

    Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Fairfield, CA, United States 11-29-13
    Sandra Fairfield, CA, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Meh"

    I got this book because it got great reviews and I had just listened to the Grimnoir chronicles by the same author (which I LOVED). This book was very disappointing!!!! I kept wondering if I was reading the same book as those that had done 5 star reviews. The story was flat, repetitive and predictable. The descriptions of weapons, ammunition, blood and monster gore got boring after two or three times of the same thing. The monsters were unoriginal. The characters were one dimensional. The dialogue was banal. The narration was done way too slowly and was monotone throughout much of the book. I only finished it because I kept thinking that it was going to pick up eventually, but it never did. I found myself just wishing for the end and didn't really care at all what happened to the characters. I have absolutely no desire to listen to any of the other books in the series and can't imagine how so many installations have been written and have sold so well.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Stephen
    Buildwas, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?"

    This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    4/3/11
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    "Hmm, interesting!"

    A good story, densely plotted, and a great reading by Oliver Wyman makes for an enthralling listen. So why only three stars? Well, partly because I think the book could have done with some stricter editing. It's a long, long journey with a number of diversions which, though entertaining, would have improved the pace of the book by their absence.
    But the main reason for my docking two stars from my review is the barely hidden subtext. Anyone with any understanding of the last decade will spot the right-wing, redneck militia-leaning protagonists. For 'monsters' read 'terrorists' and for 'Monster Hunter International' read 'Anti Government vigilante militias' who operate on the basis that 'my gun is bigger than yours'. It was as if the author was channeling the spirits of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as he wrote.
    I realise that for many this aspect is probably an attractive and positive part of the story, but it left me feeling slightly uncomfortable while enjoying the mayhem. It is possible to write exciting monster hunting and supernatural mayhem books. I need only mention Jim Butcher and early Laurell K Hamilton as prime examples of politically neutral masters of the genre.

    Having said all that, I'll still go for the second volume!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ms M. Cowell
    London, UK
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    "Fantastic, the hunt is on!"

    This is a face paced story, although you need to get over the fact that you will know your guns by the end. The Hero Owen Z Pitt is both funny, humble, arrogant and fantastically violent. The rest of the gang is just brilliant and the banter will keep you giggling, The story has enough complexity to keep your interest and the characters are sufficiently rounded for you to care what happens to them. Urban fantasy at its best!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Maghera, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "Decent"

    A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
    3/8/12
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    "I think this simply wasn't for me"

    Having listened to this I think I simply don't like the protagonist. I'm sure the whole macho shoot first think eventually thing will appeal to some but didn't for me. I found myself constantly hoping that something would manage to kill pitt for good which sadly didn't happen.

    The unhealthy obsession with guns, barely hidden political views and telegraphing of events to come throughout the book left me disappointed. This was topped off by one of the most inexplicable romance angles I have ever listened to and terrible attempts to build emotion with characters before something dreadful happened to them.

    However it's all fine because guns are cool, especially if you are shooting guns and even more so if you are shooting them at something that doesn't require a moral justification on if its right or wrong. I will be sticking with Harry Dresden where good story, character development and well written action blend together into an interesting and gripping read. It's a shame this book lacks any of those.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naomi
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/1/14
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    "Excellent Monster Book"
    Any additional comments?

    I don't read this style of book but it was defiantly, enjoyable. It has opened me to a new author. Strong characters, interesting story lines and robust fight scenes - I enjoyed the training scenes and the individual character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny
    Lisburn, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "Excellent Book"
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Liked it so much i bought the next three.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Owen Pitt


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favourite?

    All the characters were play very well by Oliver.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written story, narration is perfect Oliver Wyman brings all the characters to life. Had to purchase extra credits just to get the other three books just to see what happened!! Only problem is there is three more books in this series and they haven't been written yet!! So I think it's going to be a while before we find out whats going to happen to Owen Pitt and the rest of MHI

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    SCARBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    6/18/13
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    "EXCELLENT"

    If you enjoy a good monster book with a great story line you are in for a treat. 5 Star all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    bromborough, United Kingdom
    3/16/12
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    "Wow!"

    What an amazing book, gripped from start to finish. Very clever and kick A$$ hard

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Beaumaris, Australia
    2/24/12
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    "A really enjoyable novel"

    Correia has created an alternative history involving many major historical names it works really well.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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