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.
34-yr old African IT professional who relies on great audiobooks to get him through boring and repetitive work days. Also while driving!
An excellent listen filled with great characters that are expertly voiced by Mr. Oliver Wyman who delivers the right amount of gravitas, humour and various inflections to give life to myriad cast of both men and women. The story is rich and well-thought out with no plot holes or inconsistencies that I could think of and is one of those rare books that balances fantastical, over-the-top situations and realities with both seriousness as well as a healthy dose of excellent and well-placed humour in order to make it both memorable and highly enjoyable.
I also like how Mr. Correia has created strong female characters among the supporting cast that aren't cliched or objectifying as I've come across several sci-fi books where that isn't the case which detracts from an otherwise good listen.
The one slight criticism that I have is that you'll find that the character of agent Franks isn't completely established as his voice and presence grow in the subsequent (excellent) books to what it ultimately becomes. I say this because he becomes quite important from the second book onwards and it looks like the author hadn't yet mapped out his role within the series and only really establishes it after the first book, which is slightly unfortunate.
This series is also one of the rare few that I am able to read/listen to back to back and I can't recommend all 5 books highly enough. Worth every penny and highly addictive as I've listened to the first 4 books twice each now.
Love scary stories and thrillers.
Exciting, fun and humorous. It keeps you wanting more and rooting for Owen all the way.
This story doesn't slow down too often, and because of that, I kept wanting to listen more, to see what would happen next.
Great job of adapting to different personas.
Monster Hunter International
My only complaint is that I would sometimes miss part of the story because I couldn't stay awake for 24 hours straight. Stupid body wouldn't let me get enough of the story.
Its honesty. It's an action story, with just a touch of right-wing (or rather, rational) political commentary. It's fantasy monster fighting in modern world. Great book with no aspirations of being Literature.
He reads just fine (except for when he announces 'Chapter 1', 'Chapter 2', etc., which come out a bit too-macho.
"Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time" - and this book is a brilliant example thereof.
Exciting, unsuspecting, awesome.
Um spoilers! Knowing even when evil is removed the bad guy bites it anyways.
Um a great personality to Owen.
Could have but its like a movie mini series each chapter is like an episode. So if I was binge watching it I could do it in one sitting. But in this case binge listening.
Larry your fantastic. I wish so much for a few more narrators at least one for the female lines. Oliver is okay in his female voice. But I felt Julie needed more justice to her beauty
Let me first say that if you want high fiction, look elsewhere. This story is FUN. It's interesting, it possesses some plot twists, but ultimately it is an action-packed, good-guys-win-bad-guys-lose adventure.
The story made me bark out laughter several times. Pitt can be a wise-ass, and in keeping with the mostly light, fun story, the bad guys get what's coming to them. I got a warm fuzzy feeling when Pitt threw Grant Jefferson off the ship, and I might have even said,"Ha, the prick deserved it" out loud.
If you like guns, explosions, guns, violence, guns, and an easily accessible love story with likeable characters and guns, this one is for you.
I thought this was going to be a fluff type of book, and in a sense it is. But I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is a great combination of underdog story, love story,and mercenary story overlaid with a rich supernatural tapestry. I guarantee this is one book that you will have a hard time putting down.
Oh, and if you like guns, this book is for you! The author knows his stuff and there are lots of descriptions of the firepower1
If you like 80's action movies, horror movies, guns, comedy, and awesome, then you need this book.
This is the first three books of the "Monster Hunters" series. If, like Larry, you like b-grade horror movies and guns, you'll love this series. In a world where monsters are real & the government is keeping them secret, Monster Hunters International can be thought of as being along the lines of Blackwater with silver bullets. Great action scenes, compelling characters, and enough humor to keep things from being too grim. A great read!
Yes. Great story, full of action and humor. Lots of language though, FYI.
Pitt - He's a bad-A
great voice variation. Added a lot of life to the characters.
MHI is a fast and loose. Its like the A-Team crashed its van into Sam and Dean from Supernatural, and splattered gore on a bunch of frat-house girls crossing the street, and the whole lot of them stopped to laugh at the scene.
Seriously - Great book. Larry has a great style. Yeah, he's known for describing the hardware, but, well, that's awesome.
The plot is solid, the humor is good, and there were even some nice twists salt and peppered throughout the novel. I'll certainly be picking up the next book in the series.
If I had to sum it all up, I'd say this is pure entertainment.
Also, I've had the pleasure of attending some conferences in which Larry spoke. He's a great guy, and I saw the same fun spirit with which he writes come out in person.
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