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.
Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!
This was a great book! The characters were fun and believable and even though it was a book about monster hunting, you really believed it could happen. The development of the plot was excellent. Can't wait for the next book!
Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him
It's a good story. It's good writing. It can be corny and even stupid, but obviously (looking at my scores), I genuinely enjoyed it. And when it comes down to it, that's what really matters. I wanted to keep listening, I ran through it in two or three days.
The narrator sucks at doing women's voices. He can do two tones: angry, and meek. And they all sound too similar to some of the less-masculine males, like Trip.
The author/protagonist is a gun nut. If you aren't it can get boring and sorta freaky hearing him describing guns forever and as better than porn, etc. (not exaggerating either)
The author is also a right-wing libertarian who hates the government and it is a constant throughout the book. He also worships the South.
Also, for me at least, when I found out that the protagonist was basically just the author, except in better shape and fighting monsters, a lot of scenes just came off as some sort of odd ego-stroking fantasy.
Now for my biggest pet peeve which showed up consistently for the second half of the book: the "professional" monster hunters are ridiculously bad at fighting (master) vampires. The shoot them endlessly, despite shooting (with non-extreme guns) having absolutely no effect and it being utterly apparent (in the description we get). It drove me nuts after a while. Even for the newbies who hadn't fought them before which gave them an excuse, after a while they had been fighting them, and they should be figuring this s--t out. They repeatedly talk about how important staking is, yet they only stake ONE vampire. What? And they constantly unload heavy weaponry, putting the vampires down for a few seconds, and then just stop and watch them heal. RUN UP AND STAKE IT OR CUT ITS HEAD OFF D=
Anyway, lotsa minor issues, and a few rather major ones, but for a first book I was very impressed. If like monsters, action, explosions, and some laughs, put down the credit and grab it.
Good book. I enjoyed it throughly. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to.
Say something about yourself!
Picked this book out of the blue, figuring I would try something different than the Charlaine Harris, Molly Harper and Mary Janice Davidson books I normally buy. I was so impressed, I listened to all of the ones in this series and then downloaded the two in Correia's other series. I'm really looking forward to the next one in this series though. Loved all of the fight scenes, the descriptions of the action make it feel like you can actually see what is going on, I found myself sitting in my car twice, just to finish a chapter (I probably looked like a brainless moron, staring off into space listening.) I'm a serious fan now.
I liked the trips to the other world and to ancient Mexico. I didn't really like the main character. I just couldn't relate to him in a positive way. He seemed like a stupid tough guy. The other characters also did not hook me. I can't put my finger on it, but it seemed like the characters weren't developed fully.
Ancient Mexico tribes and religion and supernatural beings. The main character's love interests.
It moved quickly. I didn't care at some points.
Needed better writing, and less cheese.
Very very Energetic
All the parental drama was almost useless.
Too easy for the characters, no fun in finding the end of the story.
The reader's performance is great, adding depth to Owen that wouldn't be there in the text alone.
The gargoyle attack was pretty awesome.
Oliver brings life to Larry Correia's words in much the same way that a skilled actor brings his script to life.
I wasn't particularly moved by any point in this book; it was like a roller coaster or an action/horror movie. It was exciting and a lot of fun.
This series reminded me of the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. It's nowhere near as sexually charged as that series, but it has the same sense of pulpy fun. This book isn't putting on airs and trying to be great literature, instead it is great at being a fun book to listen to. Many times through the story I found myself laughing out loud, exclaiming in surprised fear at the situation or cheering on the characters as they battle forward. All in all, it was a good read.
I was shocked by how bad this was with all the high marks. This would be a good action MOVIE, not a book. My goodness it was boring and filled with silly try-to-be-funny pokes at various politics. It started off OK, even though a little lame in the funny, but just proceeded to be way too long-winded. Mr Wyman is an excellent narrator, but the substance kind of stinks compared to David Weber's books, so he doesn't really help the story much.
Monster Hunters International is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel about a group who fights against all the monsters of books, movies and nightmares while making a fortune on the bounties provided by the government and private individuals.
The plot is okay and the main character is sympathetic but this book never goes beyond the enjoyable read. The story itself is too long, it drags at places unnecessarily. The characters are all very similar. Also the novel is riddles with stereotypes: The requisite romance, the jealous boyfriend, the negative attitude towards the government, the idea that only the US can actually solve problems... all of these things make the read trite and sometimes boring.
On the plus side, the author writes a good action scene. I often get lost in battles and firefights in other books, but not here. The action was clear and exciting. I also appreciate a story involving vampires that are actually horrific not whiny and romantic.
The reader is okay. He is spot on for the main character but everyone else sounds very similar.
I would recommend this book if you have time to kill.
12 hours in and I couldn't take one more minute...poor quality writing, zero editing, very slow progression. the author is a gun enthusiast that's about the only aspect that is well researched. the one thing I could not get past: the main character is an accountant turned lethal monster killer with seemingly little formal training. Oh...he was an expert marksman who also fought in an underground fight club to pay for college. ridiculous. Same with the rest of the monster hunters, they survived encounters and are now experts in the field.
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