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.
I am so glad I found this author on Audible oh my gosh I do love a wild story loved the characters and you can't go wrong with Orcs as heroes.
A must for any horror fan the book contains equal parts horror, action and humor. Mr. Wyman is superb in his narration. Highly recommended.
I am not saying that Larry Correia is a bad writer - honestly, he tells a pretty good story. However, as a liberal, I found the right wing mentality of this novel distracting, alienating and not really necessary to the plot. Every time I would start to enjoy the story, the author would clobber me over the head with more Clinton-bashing, Libertarian rhetoric. Sadly, what could have been a fantastic and unusual piece of pulp fiction felt like a lengthy editorial on Fox News
At some point in the story I started to hope the monsters would win... I could not help myself!
Anyway, I should have looked at Correia's blog before purchasing this novel - a quick perusal reveals plenty of angry, highly-partisan conservative rhetoric. Thus, I sincerely recommend this story to right wingers who enjoy geeky pulp fiction. But if, like me, you were uncomfortable with the Glenn Beck Show, you might consider skipping this one.
Here comes your standard american tough guy with the no-bs attitude, cliché dripping "insights" and 1-dimensional "opinions". If there is a problem, the gun will solve it. Thinking is for p-ssies.Oh and the weapons. He couldn't just said: "Then he drew his shotgun and fired ten bullets into the vampire". He has to say (regularly) something along the lines of: "Then he drew is 8-4-2-inch-special-force-xYZ-2p from his holster and fired a couple of special-yadda-yadda-2.5-9-yadda-yadda-whatnotkindoffancyammo into the vamp". A solid third of all fight scenes is useless glibberish unless you have a weapon catalog at your disposal or you have the wrong hobby.
I got a chapter or two into it and couldn't continue because nothing interesting happened in that amount of time.
After the 20-min point Correia could have stopped and the story could have been fine. but after that point (not just the action which was fun but it was the characters I found interesting) the writing felt awkward and often contrived or even downright immature to adolescent. In fact that is it for me, this book was not about the characters, it was bullet porn (pointless descriptions of weapons and ammo) and the story felt not bad really, but also it was not captivating with far too many evil everywhere but the core characters were somehow immune. I also was put off by the poor to mediocre character development. OK, so for me, it was not a great story and perhaps not credit worthy especially given the series nature, sill the narration was good and I will give the 2nd in the series a shot but if it is just more bullet porn for Idaho survivalist sorts, it's all 1's for the ratings. Hey I like the fun "Son's of Gun's" TV series but I don't need weaponry descriptions as part of what is supposed to make the story good...I suppose Correia is just not the polished writer I prefer, or he needs a better editor.
Yes, but hesitantly for Correia. Wyman is pretty good.
Employed a good editor and eased up on the adjectives.
Some pronunciation is off. Otherwise pretty good performance.
Bang my head against the wall over the dialogue.
After finishing the grimnoir series I went into these books with enthusiasm only to be disappointed by the writing. Could have been so much better.
The overall story is not bad, but it gets almost "preachy". We get it. Correia loves guns. Guns can solve any problem. The bigger the gun the better. Also, the American government is evil and out to get you.
His portrayal of women is also cliche at best.
On the other hand, Oliver Wyman is magnificent as a narrator.
Probably not. Like I said the story is not bad, but the politics become overwhelming.
It already has 2 or 3.
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
I think people who love explosions, are big into guns and want to read about vampires that require all but nuclear weapons to take out. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun book but it's very cliche. It reads like an 80's action movie where the hero saves the day and gets the girl for no other reason than the fact that he's the hero. If you read it like said 80's action story you'll probably take it far less serious than I, and enjoy it far more.
Nothing surprised me at all and that included the ending (which I saw coming before the mid point). I knew the foil characters before the came on scene (Grant for example. I'd even guessed what he would be like personality wide) I guessed the generalities of back stories before they were revealed (Holly's for example - I was surprised Owen hadn't figure it out before she up and revealed it) and there were times when I was screaming at the main character for not seeing what I thought was obvious several chapters ago. In addition it felt, to me, like the main character is just a passenger in the vehicle that is this story. He doesn't really drive the plot or learn anything on his own, he's told information and told what to do with information only he has. He's probably the most passive action hero in history.
He was one of the best things about this entire book. He almost sounds like an 80's action hero in style and attitude. If anything he helped take most of the seriousness out of this for me so that I could roll my eyes without guilt because it made me feel like I was supposed to find it cheesy.
I would have cut just about every scene with Grant in it as he did nothing for the story at all. I'd also cut the Deus Ex Machina from every chapter it appears in (and they are a lot!). I'd then ask Larry to make his hero do something heroic and not just be lucky enough to get saved in the 11th hour. Honestly, I can think of at least 3 times this happens in the book without even really thinking about the story again - they're that glaring to me.
Let me start by saying I think Larry is a good writer, does great dialog, and his ideas are very creative and well thought out. The story is well paced and there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, but I guess I'm too serious of a reader to appreciate this book. The book is well paced and there are some fun ideas thrown in but there are just way too many cliche's for my comfort.
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