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.
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!
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I was shopping around for an fun author / narrator combo because nothing on my listening pile appealed to me at the time, and this audiobook was only $1.99 after downloading the free Kindle edition which made the cost vs reward a no-brainer. MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL was clichéd to the max with a hero that was made for the job, a similarly perfect female love interest, and Larry Correia dedicated more pages to describing the weaponry than to developing the characters or the world, but bottom line—I was wildly entertained!
This novel really was ridiculously excessive, so if you want a little more substance with your laughs then I’d suggest you try THE DRESDEN FILES by Jim Butcher instead. The humour is comparable, James Marsters excels as the reader, but the writing isn’t obnoxiously implausible. This story was complete, there were no cliff hangers, and it progressed from Pitt’s first encounter with a monster to him staving off the apocalypse as a full fledged member of MIH which was again a huge leap, yet also in all likelihood because the author didn’t know if this would become a series.
I really enjoyed Owen as a protagonist; he was fearless, a bit of a show-off, and brimming with snark which is a trait that I LOVE, especially when I’ve opted to go the audio route. The blurb describes him as an “average guy” when the only thing commonplace about him was his job, and even that was by design. After being a competitive marksman, bouncer and cage match fighter in his youth his goal was to pick the most boring profession possible, thus a CPA. The romance between him and Julie was also super stereotypical, however it fit in with the rest of the overkill.
Listening to the sample clip of Oliver Wyman was enough to hook me into signing up for 23+ hours. His macho tone was exactly what was needed for this three-hundred-pound lead, and he varied it enough so that it was clear when the first person POV was in internal monologue or external dialogue mode. The cast was fairly large, and Wyman made sure to work the accents to assist readers with keeping everyone straight. Even his female voices were good which is saying something because as a general rule the majority of male narrators struggle in this area.
MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL was so absurd in its hilarity that it was irresistible.
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.
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.
This is a long book which makes it a better deal than most audible provides add to that how entertaining the story turned out to be and I'm more than satisfied with the purchase. I would like to add that the sample audio turned out to be a good representation of how the book is read throughout the entire story. Kudos to the narrator for carrying such a long performance well.
this book came highly recommended by a friend of mine, and after listening to the black noir I was happy to give it a shot. I liked the story, but after a while it just seemed like it was bashing Democrats far too much. It seems like a personal vendetta on the authors part, and it didn't really add anything to the story.
First of all, let me state that I love the basic genre and am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden and Iron Druid series which drew me into trying this title. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The author used some unusual mechanisms to enhance the story, like allowing the main character to enter the memories of the villain (Harry Potter would observe that its not that unusual I suppose).
In reality, I was mostly put off by the unrelenting gun trivia and gun glorification, sprinkled with Tea Party political views usually stated like "truths" without exploration or justification. Hours would have been taken off the story if the gun trivia (which doesn't advance the storyline) were removed. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against guns per se', but I get far more intrigued and entertained by the creativity of the main character(s) in fighting evil when they are out of bullets.
If you are ardent Tea Party/NRA supporter, then this is the series for you. If not, I recommend you pass on this series.
The author spends his time making things hip and cool and loud, but there's no substance. Yes, I realize this is a book about monsters, but even books like that have to make some sense and must have characters that are more then caricatures. I think the kids might like this book, because they don't pay much attention to those particular aspects.
Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."
Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.
Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.
Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.
Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
Not the sequels to this.
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.
"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.
Returning it for another book.
Can't think of anyone that actually could have made this enjoyable.
Rip it up and start again.
After a string of excellent books i decided to try something a little different. I wanted something fun and entertaining with action from the off. Unfortunately it turned out to be a very bad decision.
I managed to fight my way through the best part of 5 hours before giving up. The writing in general was awful, I could forgive some of this if the story was half decent or it had some likable characters but the whole thing read like a NRA lovin' red necks wet dream.
The main character 'Owen' was like some superhero from the get go which left very little room for development and the supporting characters were horribly stereotypical. The dialogue was worse than a B-movie action film. Speaking of which i suppose it could be likened to a super cheesy horror movie where you spend more time laughing or cringing at just how bad it is. Sadly unlike said movies it goes on for a lot longer than 90 minutes. Leading on to the pacing which is very very slow, we're subjected to chapter after chapter of the MHI training routine, but really what is the point? The lead character is already a world shooting champion, state wrestling champion and holds several black belts in various martial arts, not to mention his prowess as a bare knuckle boxer etc etc. Then the author obviously been a huge gun enthusiast treats us to every specification and bullet type imaginable of said guns.
I'm not going to waste any more time on this review. To sum it up i would say the author basically indulged to play out his own fantasy.
I cannot understand why this got decent reviews. Avoid!
"Difficult to review meaningfully -"
I was initially very disappointed. My fault - for no good reason I was expecting something more Harry Dresden series type witty urban fantasy noir etc.
What this is is an unsubtle romp written by a gun enthusiast.
It's genuinely exciting with some enjoyable minor twists. One does start eventually to care for many of they characters, even if the hero seems a bit dim to have been a successful accountant,but overall its Rednecks do Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossed with the A-team crossed with a touch of the X-files.
Treat it like an antidote to typical Booker short list type books. On the whole fun, decent narration, and will help a boring journey fly by.
"Buffy meets steroids and grows up."
Yes as a fan off badass ness the length and breadth of the written world this book ticks many of my happy boxes and makes me grin and laugh out loud in many points.
I cant really place it in other camps as its like a private mercenary company do what buffy did but for fat bounties which are called "puff"
Agent Franks because..... "classified"
lets introduce what goes bump in the night to a 50 cal,
This book follows a young man (army applicant wash 0ut) who's boss tried to eat him, he then joins a bounty hunter / mercenary band who kill all things supernatural for large amounts of dollar. by the manor of apply extreme fire power and ass whoopings . sound good to you? it did to me. .
Wow Larry Correia really is a gun nut. If you want male macho gun tooting characters in your books here it is. Putting that aside it is not a bad series, good story read quite well. Plenty of action.
"Excellent Monster Book"
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.
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