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.
Cool story that wraps fantasy creatures into the real world but not in a dark shadowrun way. Well written, with some great surprises and promise of more cool adventures in the next books.
Tay and Zi's Mom
I had to restart the book several times. it is a slow starter, but once I got into the later chapters the action and plot picked up. I may listen to another one. The narration was good. He is great at doing different voices.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I am in Awe of Monster Hunter International, this is a monster of a book and a great read. Owen Zastava Pitt is the perfect unassuming hero with penchant for each and every one of them. Correia’s love of guns is clear. I was gripped by each and every page of this seriously, hardcore fight against everything that goes bump in the night. Oliver Wyman delivered a wonderful narration. I have listened to and loved the entire series so far and so hope there will be more books to come. :)
This book was a surprise for me. A good one but still a surprise. I did not expect much when I purchased it (it was on sale) even with the high reviews, but I am truly glad that I did.
If you don't like a fast paced fantasy with blood, gore and grossness (without making you up-chuck), humor and good triumphs over evil in spectacular fashion kind of book then look elsewhere.
This book has a main character that I could root for. Yes he seems like a superman character. He is big, super strong, smart, fast for his size and has super powers even he didn't realize he had. Basically an all around fictional character. However, that didn't bother me a bit and that is what truly surprised me. The author and the narrator made me not care. I was to caught up in the action.
The narrator really fit the voice of Owen Z. Pitt. The narrator also made me forget to be frustrated with my Windows phone because I cant adjust the speed of the narration. That takes some doing. I enjoyed Owen Pitt because of both them and will re-listen to this book again and will also purchase the next one! I want to hear Owen Z. Pitt's story. I want to hear his take on his world some more.
I didn't like the love interest aspect of the book. I think it actually took away from the story and made some parts feel as though the characters were in junior high. There weren't many of those scenes thankfully and they didn't last more than a sentence or two when they did occur.
I will be listening to this book again.
I'm a computer technician, gamer, and fantasy enthusiast. My favorite series recently has been the Monster Hunter International Series.
I highly recommend this audiobook to EVERYONE and I do, in person, in emails, over the phone. When I first started listening to the story I was very reserved and even tempted to turn it off with the presumptions I made within the first 20 seconds, however after that I was shocked that it kept reeling me in. It was like the first time I discovered reading for fun in the 2nd grade. I just couldn't stop listening. Between the AMAZING story and the AMAZING Voice Actor (Oliver Wyman) Oliver IS the BEST voice actor I have ever heard and he was perfect for this book. I felt the different personalities in all of the characters very easily.
This is a very tough call. All the characters are fantastic. Owen being the protagonist and being "fat" & "Unattractive" hero I found very appealing! Don't get me wrong super sexy six pack wielding super heroes are awesome, but Owen in his uniqueness makes him hard not to like! So he easily became dear to my heart. Second would be Harbinger...for obvious reasons (once you read/listen)
Everything! He goes through each and every character keeping their voice perfect when reading. He brought them to life and made it much more like living in virtual reality. He made the world and characters so vivid (though this wouldn't be possible of course if the book were bad!) He read the characters emotions as true emotions as though while he was reading he himself was feeling them. From this series he has become my favorite voice actor!
Read the whole series, and LARRY I'm looking forward to the rest of the monster hunter series! When you finally finish them all. It should be TV, Movie, and most especially Video Game! (Though I'm also looking forward to the P&P RPG) You ROCK!
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
This is one of those series that I picked up as lighthearted fun and a good distraction from the drudgery of everyday life. Not at all cerebral, this is a fun story about a company of mercenary monster hunters. The author packs an awful lot of mythology and lore into one story. The series delivers a little bit of comedy, action and mystery in these books. In the first in the series, we meet Owen Pitt, an accountant/UFC pit fighter, who was attacked by a werewolf and lived to tell the story. In the hospital, he is visited by a strange man who wants to hire him as an official Monster Hunter because, obviously, he must be pretty tough to survive a werewolf attack. Owen eventually agrees and we are launched into the improbable world of monsters, Monster Hunters For Hire, and government cover ups. Monster Hunters International is a fun story and enjoyable read if you love monsters, creatures and heroes.
For starters, Oliver Wyman NAILS this. With a big honkin' hammer. At no point does it sounds like he's reading from a page. There are no failures of direction or editing. Owen Pitt is talking to you, telling you about what happened, and Pitt is good with voices. Okay, some of the women are a little weak, but... it doesn't distract because it's Owen doing the voices. On the rare occasions that he shifts narrative characters, it's that other character talking. It's flawless.
As for the story-- the author does an amazing job at creating the universe without bogging you down with exposition. You're sucked in along with Owen, and it happens with amazing speed and craftsmanship without feeling forced. The plot itself, of course, lends well to to exposition, but Correia doesn't lean on it too heavily. Characters, concepts, and relationships are established firmly, but the plot advances even when he occasionally stops for Backstory.
The dings it gets are for unoriginality. Part of the reason that it is able to accomplish so much exposition in so short a time is that the Monster Control Bureau is one part Men In Black and one part Bureau 13, with standard government paranoia sprinkled in for cohesion and flavour. And the big bad is unapologetically borrowed from Lovecraft, falling juuuuuuust short of calling the thousand foot squid god Cthulu.
But don't get me wrong, that's almost part of the charm. A few brief references and you've got a wider universe in place. Not all the gaps are filled in, but there's enough that you fully understand that there's a lot different from this world and the one we live in. But the story itself is excellent. The romance is a little forced, but not overly so, and the author resists the urge to establish a will-they-or-won't-they dynamic. Some might be bothered by the right-wing rhetoric, but it is not only in character for the people, but it's appropriate for the world they inhabit.
Interestingly, the most overused tropes-- vampires, zombies, and the undead in general-- are handled INCREDIBLY well, as well as the characters' interactions with them. The temptation is to compare it to a summer blockbuster film or a pulp fantasy is strong-- it has the fun of the first and the archetypes of the second (and a few other pulp genres), but it's way more than you would expect from such comparisons.
Also, it does an excellent job of balancing between being a book in its own right and the first book in a series. It serves as an excellent introduction to the universe while telling a story of its own. Yes, it's the story of how Owen joins MHI, and his journey from newbie to full fledged Monster Hunter, but it resists the urge to leave the overarching story unresolved. There are plenty of open threads, and of course the epilogue is a set-up for the next book, but you buy the next book because you want more of what this book gave you, not because you are hanging on the edge of your seat for the cliffhanger.
Truck driving biker, former submariner in the Navy. Ex-bouncer and night club owner who loves a good read, and enjoys writing and art.
Like a lot of other reviewers, I was a little wary of purchasing this. The premise seemed a little hokey, but Correia really made it work. Interesting characters, intriguing sub-plots, good story, well written an paced. I really can't ask for much more in a book. I will be following this series.
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