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.
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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.
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“Our business is monsters. And business is booming.”
Owen Zastava Pitt was just trying to be normal. He used to be a bouncer who spent his evenings participating in illegal pit fights, but he managed to earn a CPA and became a boring accountant for a big corporation — pension and dental benefits included. Being tall and weighing in at 300 lbs, he didn’t quite look like an accountant — and he still spent his weekends as a gun hobbyist — but he was making progress…. until his boss turned into a werewolf and Owen managed to defeat him and push him out a window on the 14th story of their office building.
That caught the attention of a covert freelance organization called Monster Hunters International. In contrast to the secret government organization that hunts monsters, MHI is a family business. The Shackleford family has selectively recruited and trained a group of highly skilled men and women who work in teams to rid the world of all sorts of dangerous supernatural creatures. Then they collect large bounties from a special government fund. It’s extremely lucrative, but extremely dangerous, too.
Owen’s stature, militant upbringing, gun expertise, quick wits, and tenacity are exactly what MHI is looking for. When they send Julie Shackleford to interview Owen, he can’t resist her good looks and her guns. So Owen signs up for the craziest job in the world and is soon dealing with vampires, gargoyles, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, meddling government bureaucrats, and the insects of the Deep South. He gets some help from his diverse set of MHI colleagues and the good supernaturals — head-banging orcs, trailer park elves, and the ghost of a dead Jewish man that lives in his head.
In the past the monster incidents that MHI has dealt with have seemed like random infestations, but now it’s becoming clear that there’s a coordinated attack going on. Agents of the Old Ones are searching for an ancient artifact that can stop time and open a portal to a source of infinite power. They’ve tried it before — back when the Nazis were in power — and now they’re back to try again. Fortunately, MHI is standing in their way…
Monster Hunter International, the first inLarry Correia’s MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL series is high-octane non-stop action-packed fun. Blazing assault weapons, monsters of all sorts, and plenty of blood, guts and brains. OK, honestly, this is not typically my thing — it’s really violent and gory — but after enjoying Correia’s GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES, I decided to give MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL a try, especially since I found them on sale at Audible a while back.
I felt like I was hooked up to a testosterone drip, but I cringingly admired Monster Hunter International. The plot is tight, exciting, and unpredictable. The writing — especially the dialog — is excellent. Correia’s characters are complex and engaging and the women are just as competent as the men. Best of all is Larry Correia’s dry irreverent sense of humor. I wouldn’t call Monster Hunter International a comedy, but I chuckled all the way through. It was this comic relief that made the violence tolerable for me.
MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL is a series that is even better in audio than print. Audible Frontiers produces the audio version and it’s narrated by Oliver Wyman. Keep in mind that I listen to about 150 audiobooks each year when I say that Wyman’s performance is one of the best I’ve ever heard. He handles both the male and female voices with ease and effortlessly shifts through several accents including a Southern drawl and some Eastern European dialects. His pacing and inflection is perfect. If you’re planning to try MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL please consider the audio version. You will not be disappointed.
Monster Hunter International is a little too violent and gory for me to count it as a true favorite, but it excels at what it does. It’s highly entertaining dude-lit that is well-written and humorous enough to appeal to a much wider audience.
Publisher: Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth 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.
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!
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.
My favorite books are when rational characters are put into an interesting world and let go. Favorite narrators: Bronson Pinchot, Tim Curry
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.
I don't remember how I first discovered Monster Hunter International. Maybe it was as an ebook, maybe an audiobook. Regardless, it was a terrific introduction to a writer whose work I've come to enjoy, read by a reader I've always enjoyed.
A bit about the book: It is Larry Correia's first book, and has the rough edges you'd expect. You can definitely see the improvement in his craft as a writer in later things he's written. But that said, this was still a fun book. I loved the idea that there are secret Monster Hunters out there, protecting us from the things that go bump in the night.
Now some people get spun up about the guns in these books. If guns bother you, don't read or listen to anything by this author. I, on the other hand, felt truly educated. And one of the things I learned is if I ever become a writer of urban fantasy myself, I'm never going to mention guns in more than a cursory way. Because I just don't know them like he does, and my ignorance would show.
Now on to the reading. As I said, Oliver Wyman is one of my favourite readers. I loved his reading of Anathem, and he was one of only two listenable readers in the Safehold series. He does a killer job of vocal characterisation. You always know who is speaking, just by how they sound. And he takes the time to learn the correct pronunciation of words, which is one of my bugbears. I hate readers who get words wrong. But that is not a failing you can ever accuse Oliver Wyman of.
So I urge you, o fan of urban fantasy, to take a listen to this series. Understand that the author was just getting started when he wrote this, and that he continues to improve with every new book published. So listen, enjoy, and Good Hunting!
If it were actually good, well written and funny.
His attempts at humor fell flat and he seems to have an agenda in the way he writes. His constant reminders that his character is libertarian and anti government get really old, really quckly. He subtly interjects little things related to Mormonism as well, perhaps in an attempt to make people curious to learn more about it. As an ex-mormon, I assume he thinks he's doing God's work by trying to spread the word about mormonism through his writing. Any non-mormon would perhaps not notice these cues from mormonism, as some are very vague unless you've been a member and recognize the jargon and such.
I didn't connect with the characters whatsoever, like, when people die that you're supposed to want to live, it didn't matter to me. I was just begging for the the story to end. I listened to it all just to appease a friend who'd recommended it to me. It feels like he tries to emulate the Dresden Files type humor, banter and action, and fails completely. Though I'm not sure which came first.
maybe. as long as it's not written by Larry Correia
anger and ambiguity. I hated the characters and couldn't have cared less what happened to them. Just wish more of them died instead of being saved by one Deus ex Machina after another.
it sucks, don't read it.
This was a big commitment and with the reviews, I thought it would be solid. The narrator, often sounding like Nick Offerman, I thought I'd give it a try. The story offered a fantasy based typical hero who doesn't know he's a hero, with classic guides, love interests and teams. I often felt, though, like I was listening to a low budget shootem up film dialogue with cliché fighting dialogue. It was entertaining enough to get me through the first one, but I'm not interested in any sequels.
I wanted to like this but I just couldn't stand the way the narrator swaggers through the text. It's pretty juvenile to begin with and the narrators style just makes it impossible to take. If you enjoy paramilitary drama saturated with simplified macho dialog and endless weapon-porn maybe it's to your taste. I think a more subtle and swagger free narration might have saved it for me but the characters just had no personality in this narrators interpretation.
The premise of this book could be a great series. Unfortunately the main character is a Mary Sue, the author's political views dominate the book, and there's some weird gun fetishes going on. I read plenty of scifi/fantasy and strong libertarian views are prevalent in the genre, this book takes things too far. It's a shame because the premise could have led to a cool series.
The narrator is pretty good.
Good bit of cheese, well read with all the monsters, gore, quips your need. The narrator did an impressive job with the different voices. The pace was good. The only trouble with this book is I couldn't stop listening. Download in book 2 as we speak, enjoy.
Good action packed monster killing fun! Gore, guns n girls. Not a master piece but a fun ride with bad arse bad guys and heroes battling against the odds. Well read and the pace was perfect. Now need to listen to the rest.
"Great book well written"
Great book good twists, well worth the time to listen to, starting next book now
"Now this book is alot of fun"
Monsters, Guns, Fun
There was a real balance of horror, humour, adventure and a little bit of romance thrown in. It reminded me a lot of the Bureau 13 books, the same sort of wisecracking adventures, throwing monsters, mayhem and maidens into the mix
I loved the way he opened a new chapter, like he was dropping a bomb. For a guy with such a deep voice, his range is amazing
Laughter! The book was filled with a lot of humour. You sometime wondered if you should find a scene funny, but hey it was
"Lots of fun!"
This book is a great laugh and about as fast-paced as a book can get. I love this writer but this series is just a tad less good than the Grimnoir chronicles, so just 14 points out of 15. Given that I rarely give any book more than 12 it is an achievement. Unpretentious amusement with lots of sweat and blood, great distraction from your office job!
"Great books! "
I've listened to several of the Monster Hunter, Inc., books - several times - and I love them. I hope a new one comes out soon.
"When you find a good book, share it..."
I'm starting this by not talking about the book, but about my reaction to it - I got this as it was suggested from other books I had seen, so thought I'd pick it up and give it a try... BOY was I surprised!
It's one of those books that I had to talk about it to friends, and not only has a friend at work picked up the series, but his mother has now read the entire series - it's one of those infectious series that as soon as you start, you can't stop going through them
The book itself is funny, smart, has good pace & is well written, but the narration suits the style amazingly well, the characterisation is superbly done, with accent switching being seamless and pacing of the reading fitting the action brilliantly
As with all narrators, each has their own odd pronunciation, and Oliver Wyman is no exception, something that rather than distracting, it made me smile because of the bad grammar of the word use - the book talks about someone being close to crying, so they "tear up", but instead of it being pronounced as "teer", it's pronounced "tare", as in as though something is torn
Overall though, this book is a high recommendation from me, if you like the type of fantasy books set in the current era, this series is great, going over government cover-ups, the company, old gods and much more - once I had this book I HAD to start on the others
Listen, enjoy & smile
"Not bad but corny."
The idea behind the story of this book I found solid. Just bad dialogue overall spoilt it a bit. But a good thing is how the story draws upon classic horror literature such as hp love craft , shelly and bramstocker. its just a shame that the execution was not a little more poe. But overall good.
"Great audio book!"
I was recommended this audio book by a friend and I must say it was brilliant from start to finish, now I want the next one!
"Actually really good!"
Yes, I possibly would. It was interesting, the voice acting was good and I was compelled to listen to it as much as possible until it was finished - and then buy the sequel!
Hard to say - it was a deviation from what I would normally listen to, so I can't really compare it.
Good accents, easy to understand, good flow/rate.
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