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!
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.
I was excited about this book until about half way through, when I couldn't wait until I didn't have to listen to it anymore. Around then, I started to be embarrassed whenever the audio book was playing aloud and I thought anyone else could hear it. It's just so lame.
The book is basically the writer, childishly portraying himself as the strongest, smartest, and most talented person in the world, who's also been selected as the 'chosen one' to take on some task, all the while referring to himself as dumb and ugly as an attempt at humility. He literally has a conversation where he's comparing his intellect with another character over jeopardy. Give it a break.
Being the protagonist, are you supposed to side with him as he unreasonably hates another character because they're dating the girl he likes? Feels like high school.
He goes on to steal said girlfriend and still hates the other character, wanting to kill them even though they never do anything wrong to him.
I loved the idea of professional monster hunters, but I absolutely hated the main character.
I hope that the author's newer books are better, having developed his skills as an author. Feel free to let me know, because I won't waste my time finding out.
I purchased the 2nd book in the series before listening to the first, based solely on Audible ratings. Not sure I would have purchased it if I waited until after listening to the first.
I would recommend it to those that have a great interest and knowledge of weaponry...for me the amount of the story spent on describing, in detail, the weapons made my brain tune out.
While listening to this title I frequently realized it had become background noise and I wasn't really listening. Sometimes I rewound. Sometimes I didn't rewind and I didn't feel like I missed anything. On the plus side, he characters were engaging and I was very interested in their stories and rooted for their survival.
This book was just ok. I dont even know why i bought it. It was somewhat entertaining but the last 4 hours dragged like crazy; and were so boring for me.
Lord Machado?? really?? this is the worst name for any character in any book ever.
The second book is way over-rated. If you found this one to be just OK, then don't even bother with the second one.
I really enjoyed the "Hard Magic" series so I have the one a try. I guess because I'm not into guns the story slowed down for me when started explaining every little thing about the gun. How he fed Ammo into the gun, the type of gun, the type of ammo, in the gun, how it feels to shoot the gun, etc.. instead of just saying he shoot someone. That's what ruined the book for me. Sort of like "Ready player one" the story slowed down with the over explaining of little details the don't move the story forward.
I absolutely loved Correia's riff on the elves. Like a comic book, there are lots of guns and action, but not much character development, and you pretty much know from the start where you are going to end. I liked the Grimnoir books and expected more from this.
It was just OK. A bit juvenile. Probably better if you are a government conspiracy fearing ultra conservative than just a regular sci-fi/gantasy fan. The narrator also drones a bit.
I am an avid lover of books and stories. Audible has provided a great outlet for me to read when otherwise I couldn't. I love dogs.
Cutting out the political anti-government rants that took up about a third of the book would have freed this captive story and made a decent book.
No, his anti-American rhetoric made both of his books impossible to read.
He is an OK narrator.
There were no characters that stood out sufficient to overcome the books weaknesses. .
The story arc, the writing itself was passable. Then it turned into one long anti government diatribe. Very disappointing, I had expected more.
I was looking for some pulp. I got that. What I didn't expect was hours and hours of Libertarian stump speeches inserted into a supernatural Rainbow Six. Seriously, the book was fine except for this. It wasn't really amazing, but it was doing it's job fine. But seriously the GOVERNMENT-MESSES-EVERYTHING-UP-AND-PRIVATE-INDUSTRY-IS-ALWAYS-RIGHT message is clear from the go. Then Larry Correia goes and has a character literally say just that. Then it happens again. And again. Seriously, Corriea should have gone all the way and renamed "MHI" to "Rand Industries." The plot of this book is like playing D&D with that one weird kid from your freshman dorm. Not recommended.
All that aside, Oliver Wyman is really a great narrator. Big points to him.
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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