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.
This book is completely formulaic, completely predictable, and solidly enjoyable. The villains are such complete caricatures, and they often act in completely stupid and inexplicable ways.
The complete and utter lack of surprises, and an ending you see from a mile away. It's not like I was in this for a compelling, edge of my seat thriller, but there are long sections of exposition that only serve to lengthen the book.
The narrator's slow ponderous voice was extremely tedious. He dredged out the material, and seemed to only be able to do one female voice, and about three different male voices.
Definitely! This would make a fantastic action movie. With loving close ups of the guns instead of tedious descriptions of them.
oh. my. lanta.
the plot has so much potential... but you could play a drinking game with some of the over-used words and repeated terms.
if i don't hear, "torn asunder" for at least 20 years, it will be too soon.
the cycle of dying and coming back to life seems like a cheap way out instead of writing a creative way out of dire situations.
I so want this to be a first draft so I can await the improvements. /le sigh
Not the usual short teasing start to a series. This was a lengthy and satisfying listen. Suspenseful, original and not filled with any fluff. I like Oliver Wyman's narration, he brings all the characters to life. I will be purchasing more of this series.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has some really good, original ideas about monsters.It is obvious this was a first book as there were awkward moments, some grammatical errors and times when he was trying too hard but these problems were easy to forgive. One bigger problem is that I'm not a gun nut and the overly amorous descriptions of guns, shooting and loading got very tired very quickly.
I wasn't overly fond of the narrator, I felt he was trying too hard and being overly dramatic even when it wasn't necessary.
I'm a teacher, and it's my policy to NOT give any 100%s for work done by anyone especially me. ( I figure there's always room for improvement.) The story is entertaining, just think about the scene as in an alternate reality. I'm a series fan, and I have several books of this series. I'm looking forward to many more of this series. OK, the guys and girls aren't "super-heroes" and that's another good thing about the series. I can picture myself as just about any of them, but I think I should feel more fear than comes thru. Quite a bit of my personal "book budget" is invested in Audible Books, it's convenient for me to listen while I'm doing "drudge work" or relaxing between classes. I like the balance of action and dialog, but I keep thinking "what is he/she thinking about in this situation?" Or "does he have any plan of action or reaction?" If you're gonna lead a group you need a basic 'op' plan (who takes care of the car, who goes in the back, etc). for the fight. I'm interested in these guys' way of thinking. I like an "action tripod" #1, What (action), #2, Why?, and #3, How? If I got all that I might have to give 5 Stars for the first time in my life. Thank you.
Plot and characters offer few surprises. Language is sometimes awkward. Larry Correia uses the word "was" entirely too often.
Action is good and tense. Narrator does a good job with character voices, but doesn't break immersion.
This reads like a half-decent novelization of a really good action movie.
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I haven't come across a 15+ hour book that I've enjoyed so much since Eye of the World. The narrartor is superb, I was grining from ear to ear within the first chapter thinking "ooooo this is going to be good". The battles are detailed and epic! I've read and listen to tons of monster novels this one still had me saying "didn't see that coming". Loved the entire book and downloading book 2 now ;-)
This is by far the highest ratings that I can give an audio book.
I liked the never ending situations that Z ended up in.
The very beginning. " Is that a hand?" I liked the humor added in to make this book a
I laughed a lot.
This audio was hard to stop listening to. Even to take a break. The last time that happened, was with the Eragon and Harry Potter series. I highly recommend this audio. It is well worth the time.
Writen from a male point of view...so refreshing. The story has a good pace and the narrator does an excellent job.
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?
"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!
"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!
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!
"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.
"Lots of fun!"
This book is a great laugh and about as fast-paced as a book can get. I love this writer but this series is just a tad less good than the Grimnoir chronicles, so just 14 points out of 15. Given that I rarely give any book more than 12 it is an achievement. Unpretentious amusement with lots of sweat and blood, great distraction from your office job!
"Great books! "
I've listened to several of the Monster Hunter, Inc., books - several times - and I love them. I hope a new one comes out soon.
"When you find a good book, share it..."
I'm starting this by not talking about the book, but about my reaction to it - I got this as it was suggested from other books I had seen, so thought I'd pick it up and give it a try... BOY was I surprised!
It's one of those books that I had to talk about it to friends, and not only has a friend at work picked up the series, but his mother has now read the entire series - it's one of those infectious series that as soon as you start, you can't stop going through them
The book itself is funny, smart, has good pace & is well written, but the narration suits the style amazingly well, the characterisation is superbly done, with accent switching being seamless and pacing of the reading fitting the action brilliantly
As with all narrators, each has their own odd pronunciation, and Oliver Wyman is no exception, something that rather than distracting, it made me smile because of the bad grammar of the word use - the book talks about someone being close to crying, so they "tear up", but instead of it being pronounced as "teer", it's pronounced "tare", as in as though something is torn
Overall though, this book is a high recommendation from me, if you like the type of fantasy books set in the current era, this series is great, going over government cover-ups, the company, old gods and much more - once I had this book I HAD to start on the others
Listen, enjoy & smile
"Not bad but corny."
The idea behind the story of this book I found solid. Just bad dialogue overall spoilt it a bit. But a good thing is how the story draws upon classic horror literature such as hp love craft , shelly and bramstocker. its just a shame that the execution was not a little more poe. But overall good.
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