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 would try another book in this series, but only because I am interested in Earl. The hero makes me cringe.
The book could have been better had it more depth and less cliches -- maybe. It is really just poorly written garbage that we have read a thousand times. It contains everything but the kitchen sink, and that includes the old man, orks, and God help me, fairies. Perhaps this mass of creatures is the reason the characters are so flat - too many characters and not enough space. This book lacks subtlety. It's all too obvious with too many words. If someone has an axe planted in his back, "he screamed," will do. No need to write, "he screamed in agony."
It is cool that Wyman has so many voices but his interpretations are stereotypical. I despise the voice of the hero and his exuberant exhilarated arrogance doesn't help.
Owen, the hero is terrible. He is like "look how super wonderful I am. Did you see it? Yes, that's how I do it, because I'm that God-like cool, but I am clueless about it myself. Who me, noooooooo. I'm just a regular guy." It takes real skill to pull that off in the first person, and this author has very little. I could have done without yet another hero chosen to fulfill some sort of prophesy, and I could have done without the f-ing dreams and broken English, You can be preternatural ... preternatural, but you cannot use articles or participles. Honestly, I could do without them all the characters except Earl and that is because he carries a mystery. I could also do without the little forays into reality to preach - crap like God Bless Texas.
Books should teach you something, even just a little something. This book taught me that you can string together a slew of similar lines from other books and get published. Okay, I'll let that go, but for his next book, I hope he has strung together lines from something worthy.
I really wanted to read this a fun action oriented romp into the supernatural, but it told me to go f**k myself because it wanted to be a librarian's with fulfillment circle jerk.
I can stand the main character being an insipid Gary-stu author avatar. I could stand the author's bizarre gun fetish. I could stand the 2D characters who's motivations and actions are practically stapled to their fore head. I could stand the mind numbing love interest/romance and I really loved the action segments and some of the ideas for the monsters. I wanted to like this book, I really did!
but dear mother of pearl why did every paragraph have to be laced with the author's ridiculous need to shove in his views on politics, women and race as heavy handed and awkward as possible. Every other sentence out of a the character's mouth's basically boiled down to "f**k the government" , on top of that the government is depicted with blithering incompetence and the author makes sure you know that, every single character from the government is arrogant, idiotic, a total jerk, or just a mindless grunt and the main characters are never wrong while having this grating "I told you so" attitude about it.
There is plenty of other things too, at one point the NRA literally shows up to save the day and the quip about gun laws before it rides off into the sunset and for some god awful reason this book constantly feels the need to make sure the reader know it's not racist even though the it's entirely unprovoked and unnecessary at best, and borderline racist at worst. The book literally stops at one point so the main female character to go into some diatribe about how unracist the south is, it was like a fist of full of pants on head retarded that comes out of know where and just smashes you int he face. They're literally about to be descended on by powerful vampires but for whatever reason really need to share their views on slavery right at that moment.
This book was frustrating to say the least. Every time it would give you a little nugget of some thing delightful (which their where alot of them) it immediately would beat you over the head with a club as it tried to bury the author's nonsensical propaganda into your head.
I have have to say this rates pretty high for this genre. It was a really pleasant surprise.
Narration was great!
The author seems to obsess on guns. Yeah, Owen got a big new gun. He drooled over it and was very excited for the chance to blow away monsters with it. I don't really care how many pounds of force it takes to pull the trigger or any specifics about the ammo. Just give your character a gun and tell the story about the people and the monsters. If the author had simply said that the gun had a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time, that would have worked. I could have related that the gun was special to our hero and that it was important to him. I really liked the characters and the story, but the author goes on and on about the guns with more care than he does for most of the characters. Yes, this could be a 4 or 5-star story, IF you're a gun nut. It's very funny and entertaining otherwise.
When Owen wakes up in the hospital and is recruited by MHI was great. His disbelief and inexplicable excitement were hilarious.
Mr. Wyman really captured the tension and excitement in the battle scenes. He also had clear separate voices for each character.
The Guns. Those should not be characters, but props.
This story had a great concept and was told very well for the most part, but it was obviously written by and for gun enthusiasts. I'll not be reading any more Larry Correia books.
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.
Its been a while since I tried to listen to this, as I had seen some good reviews I carried on past where I would normally had just given up. Big mistake for me, it means there is more of it wasting space in my brain than there should be. This is the kind of book that makes you worry about some Americans, this kind of gun-obsessive trash is what scares non-Americans. Even now, months after I tried to listen to this book I still rate it as one of the worst books I have ever stumbled across and it was a complete waste of a credit. Unless you LOVE guns and poor character development I would advise giving this series a wide birth.
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.
I had fun with this book but geez, Correia needs to chill out with the anti-government stuff because it really weighs down the book. As someone who doesn't believe that the U.S. government is evil and incompetent, I was really turned off by the over-the-top anti-government sentiment expressed throughout this book.
I would give this book an easy 5 if it weren't the super far-right sentiment that hums throughout the entire book.
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.
Poor wording, cliched dialogue.
Surprised me with dialogue and description. The first chapter is all I could do. Some was too cliche or predictable.
The narrator was great. Narrator was clear and set an appropriate tone.
I wish I could return it for more credit.
"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.
"Great book well written"
Great book good twists, well worth the time to listen to, starting next book now
"Now this book is alot of fun"
Monsters, Guns, Fun
There was a real balance of horror, humour, adventure and a little bit of romance thrown in. It reminded me a lot of the Bureau 13 books, the same sort of wisecracking adventures, throwing monsters, mayhem and maidens into the mix
I loved the way he opened a new chapter, like he was dropping a bomb. For a guy with such a deep voice, his range is amazing
Laughter! The book was filled with a lot of humour. You sometime wondered if you should find a scene funny, but hey it was
"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.
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