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.
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.
My friends enjoy reading action with fantasy and a lot of gratuitous violence.
I liked the main character, Owen, but I think my favorite was Earl. No-nonsense and stops an argument with a well placed look rather than fist.
He did a great job with the voices and the dialog flowed very fluidly.
Overall, an AWESOME thing to listen to while stuck in traffic! The gratuitous (and detailed to the level of the serial numbers of the guns) violence really helped diffuse the traffic tension!
"If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.
They need to rewrite the whole thing over. Oh and maybe give me a refund.
Certainly not another story from Larry Correia.
ORIGINALITY!!! The narrator sounded drunk or maybe bored the whole time. I usually listen to these books at work to keep me awake and help the time go faster. I fell asleep twice listening to this book.
Well, let's see: I was desappointed, irritated, bored and angry I wasted a whole $17 on such a bad book.
Save yourself a headache and take your credit/money somewhere else.
long haul truck driver with eclectic tastes and numerous interests
Would recommend this one for someone who likes a little blood with their humor. Stretches belief occasionally but strength of the characters pulls it off
Oliver was great, perfect reader for this book. Good variety in characters and great rhythm.
"They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?"
This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!
A good story, densely plotted, and a great reading by Oliver Wyman makes for an enthralling listen. So why only three stars? Well, partly because I think the book could have done with some stricter editing. It's a long, long journey with a number of diversions which, though entertaining, would have improved the pace of the book by their absence.
But the main reason for my docking two stars from my review is the barely hidden subtext. Anyone with any understanding of the last decade will spot the right-wing, redneck militia-leaning protagonists. For 'monsters' read 'terrorists' and for 'Monster Hunter International' read 'Anti Government vigilante militias' who operate on the basis that 'my gun is bigger than yours'. It was as if the author was channeling the spirits of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as he wrote.
I realise that for many this aspect is probably an attractive and positive part of the story, but it left me feeling slightly uncomfortable while enjoying the mayhem. It is possible to write exciting monster hunting and supernatural mayhem books. I need only mention Jim Butcher and early Laurell K Hamilton as prime examples of politically neutral masters of the genre.
Having said all that, I'll still go for the second volume!
"Fantastic, the hunt is on!"
This is a face paced story, although you need to get over the fact that you will know your guns by the end. The Hero Owen Z Pitt is both funny, humble, arrogant and fantastically violent. The rest of the gang is just brilliant and the banter will keep you giggling, The story has enough complexity to keep your interest and the characters are sufficiently rounded for you to care what happens to them. Urban fantasy at its best!
"Book 1 sets the bar high. "
A great first book in MHI series. Larry Correia has a great imagination and brings a fresh take on the classic monster type book. As I've bought all the books in this series and listened a few times I can highly recommend them. Narration by Oliver Wyman is great and all characters are easily recognisable he really brings them all to life.
A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.
"I think this simply wasn't for me"
Having listened to this I think I simply don't like the protagonist. I'm sure the whole macho shoot first think eventually thing will appeal to some but didn't for me. I found myself constantly hoping that something would manage to kill pitt for good which sadly didn't happen.
The unhealthy obsession with guns, barely hidden political views and telegraphing of events to come throughout the book left me disappointed. This was topped off by one of the most inexplicable romance angles I have ever listened to and terrible attempts to build emotion with characters before something dreadful happened to them.
However it's all fine because guns are cool, especially if you are shooting guns and even more so if you are shooting them at something that doesn't require a moral justification on if its right or wrong. I will be sticking with Harry Dresden where good story, character development and well written action blend together into an interesting and gripping read. It's a shame this book lacks any of those.
"Made me want to eat my ears"
The creepiest thing about this book was the protagonist.
This will probably spoil the book for anyone reading this and about to listen to it, but I imagined the narrator delivering all of his lines like he's looking at an imaginary camera, head tilted slightly forward with one eyebrow raised and saying the word 'Duh-uh-uh!' Over and over again for twenty hours of my life that I'll never get to spend with my family.
If you're from Texas, you'll love it.
"Gun porn and uncreative violence"
The first half is very good but then it gets repetitive and the ending just end up feeling so drawn out.
Also a bit too easy to figure out the premise and the fact that the only thing that makes all the monsters "superior" is they all have super fast regeneration.
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.
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