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Monster Hunter International | [Larry Correia]

Monster Hunter International

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. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 03-12-12
    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!

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    "Don't let the hokey title fool ya! A great read!"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 03-07-12
    Ben United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2014

    Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him

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    "A fun read...with some drawbacks"

    Pros:
    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.

    Cons:
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Reno, NV, United States 03-01-12
    Heidi Reno, NV, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Fun"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Minnie SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12
    Minnie SPRINGBORO, PA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "So Surprised"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Shane United States 02-21-12
    Shane United States 02-21-12

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    "A lot of action yet it really didn't catch me."
    What did you like best about Monster Hunter International? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Ancient Mexico tribes and religion and supernatural beings. The main character's love interests.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It moved quickly. I didn't care at some points.


    Was Monster Hunter International worth the listening time?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 02-17-12
    Julius 02-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "No...No...NO"
    What would have made Monster Hunter International better?

    Needed better writing, and less cheese.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Neverwhere.


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?

    Very very Energetic


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Monster Hunter International?

    All the parental drama was almost useless.


    Any additional comments?

    Too easy for the characters, no fun in finding the end of the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason United States 02-10-12
    Jason United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Solid fun, surprisingly interesting story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?

    The reader's performance is great, adding depth to Owen that wouldn't be there in the text alone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

    The gargoyle attack was pretty awesome.


    What about Oliver Wyman???s performance did you like?

    Oliver brings life to Larry Correia's words in much the same way that a skilled actor brings his script to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 02-02-12
    Lisa 02-02-12
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    "This is truely awful"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 01-26-12
    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "An okay action story, not particularly memorable."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 01-25-12
    Kenneth ROCKAWAY, NJ, United States 01-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "really wanted to like this..."

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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