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 really enjoyed it. I wouldn't rank it up there with Enders Game, or books of that ilk. If you are looking for something not so serious, has lots of action, some good humor, and all kinds of monsters, this might be what your are looking for.
Earl, you'll find out.
He was just all around good.
It really was a good book. I have already order the rest.
I say "3/4 of an outstanding series" because I thought the 3rd book stunk. But this one definitely does not; this is an incredibly good audiobook, combining an excellent, exciting, extremely creative book with the kind of performance that elevates mere reading into life; each character has a distinct, believable voice, and the pacing and emphasis are as perfect as human endeavors get.
Larry Correia manages to roll out a fairly large cast of characters without being confusing or leaving the reader constantly thinking, "Now wait, who's this guy?" The main character, Owen Z Pitt, finds out the hard way that monsters are real, that werewolves really do exist. He goes on to discover that there's a whole business of monster hunting, and his upbringing turns out to have been perfect for him to excel as a monster hunter.
The characters are fairly complex for an action/thriller/monster book and they sound like real people talking. The monsters are seriously monstrous, a mix of the familiar (vampires, werewolves) and some brand new doozies right out of Correia's subconscious --I'd hate to do a ride-along in one of his nightmares!
This & the second & fourth of the MHI books are just great, fun, stick-to-the-earbuds books that beg to be described as "rollicking," if the word was still used (#3, I fear, was just boring, though still well-read). Misters Correia & Wyman together have created great examples of how audiobooks CAN be, but all too often aren't. They make a high bar, though, and are a real treat for the listener!
Software Designer & Armchair Philosopher
Entertaining book. I liked the sense of realism regarding the weaponry, tactics, and fights.
It reminded me to some extent of the Dresden Files, but it is definitely its own thing.
There was maybe a little too much deus ex machina type stuff going on, but it's okay.
Would recommend it to folks who like this sort of thing.
Aboriginal descendant of the peoples Native to the Hawaiian Archipelago. Libertarian. Avid student of Mises, Hayek, Browning, Ruger, Stoner.
I liked the over all tone and pace of the book. It's very male oriented lots of testosterone. It's a man's man's type of book. I also like the curves thrown in every once and awhile. It took what could have been a very mediocre and over done topic/story and laid it out with a lot of finesse and forethought. I was hesitant when I saw the cover art. The book/books were a delightful surprise.
I have been on a Zombie reading binge as of late and I think that it comes the closest to that genre, That being said I would compare this favorably to the ZF series (Zombie Fallout) by Mark Tufo. The earlier books especially.
I am a huge Oliver Wyman fan from the Z.A. Recht series, It was the deciding factor in whether to purchase the book/books. As usual he definitely "brought" it. I can say that he made the book in my opinion. I always enjoy his range of dialects male and female. Just his general interpretation of the material, he knows when to add the little "something" at the end of the sentence or the chapter to either highlight a point or to add just enough of an infliction to a point that it keeps you in the story. You never have to jump in and out of belief to enjoy the story. That being said it's very hard to "put down" an audio book he's reading. I would recommend everyone who hasn't heard him, listen to the Z.A. Recht series I believe they are some of his earliest works...you can hear his progression over time. All in all he kicked ass. Listen to this book, you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
I wasn't expecting to listen to it in one sitting...The end result was I did. It's a looong book. But it really didn't feel like it...it was that enjoyable.
Any kind of fantasy book that has weird creatures in it.
It was one hell of a Christmas party!
MHI wants you! We just can't tell you!
I liked it. It had action, creatures, a little comedy, and it kept moving. There are many different types of events that lead so fast to the main event that you won't believe it's a 15+ hr book.The narrator was consistent, well paced and consistent.The down side is the gore. I just pushed through it but there is A LOT. However, I didn't just stop listening to it like I have with other similar types of books. The other part is the gun fascination. I got bored with the authors need to describe every gun and knife with precise detail. I'm more of a "see monster, kill monster" kind of reader. I don't care about the existential's.Overall, It's a solid well written, well narrated book. If you can handle the existential's, give it a shot.
Pretty close to the top.
Harbinger, because he's Harbinger.
He is an excellent narrator. Everything comes to life.
I have have to say this rates pretty high for this genre. It was a really pleasant surprise.
Narration was great!
There are so many books in this series and so many good reviews that I thought getting this book was a no-brainer, but I couldn't get through more than an hour of this. I just couldn't get into it at all!
Great stuff. The stuff of "b" movies......especially if you like guns..I don't. Worth a second listen.
The narration, and the author's sly sense of humor...
The dead Russian guy..
I didn't quite like that he killed Conquistador, after his cursed was lifted, oh well..
Yeah an engaging listen afteran improbable opening , though its a story that must have been told , hundred times though,it was very entertaining and flawessly read.
Though also it was a bit unimaginative for the author to have to use firearms so much throughout the story, he mus tbe a real gun nut. You wonder what kind of munitions and firearms would take out a vampire?
I wasn't sure if this was a book I would enjoy. The premise seemed interesting, but...but...I wasn't sure. I'm happy to report that the story immediately grabbed my attention and held tight throughout most of the book. Like several other series I've read, present-day earth is inhabited by monsters. However, the public isn't aware of the dangerous creatures lurking in the dark. The government wants to keep this information a secret. Yes, the same old story, but told in a fresh and interesting way.
I love that monster hunters is a family-owned/run business. As with all families, there are some members that we would call the "black sheep" of the family. As the story unfolds, there is much action, humor and even a little romance. The characters are very likeable, even though some of them are a bit more military-minded than I usually enjoy. However, the paranormal storyline does explain the need for the gungho approach to things.
When I first started listening I wasn't sure if I liked his reading of the story. However, I quickly forgot that I was "listening" to a book. I soon found his reading so well done that I became absorbed in the story and forgot there was a "reader" involved. That is the best compliment I can hand a performer. Well done, Mr. Wyman.
How about "You should be afraid of the dark"? Or possibly "It's raining frogs!"
I look forward to reading book two of this series.
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