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 attempt to keep books only in one format; paperback, audio, or e-book. I love this series so much that it has joined the select rank of e-book and audio. I am not a monster movie fan. I generally don't care for blood and gore. I am NOT a gun nut. Somehow the underlying comic book feel makes it all good.
Something for everyone; monsters, massive firepower, Characters...even romance. (Awwwww....)
This was a surprisingly good listen! A fast-paced action story of a man who gets caught in a world of monsters hidden from most of us. There are a lot of guns, lots of combat, and some great characters.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, I really enjoyed the 2 books of the Grimnoir chronicles that I had listened to before this one, but I just couldn't get into it. Owen (the protagonist) annoyed me - he made too many stupid moves and was too instantly obsessed with Julie. I also found the gun obsession to be a bit much for me. I also found the narrator to be a bit slow so found listening at 1.5X to be much better. Overall it was okay but disappointing. I recommend looking up Ilona Andrews' review on good reads, I found it quite accurate.
Indie filmmaker who loves listening to books on audio
No, I would not. The story was dull and uninspired. I was hoping for something more. The characters are flat and 1 dimensional at best.
I like books with humor and heroics. I like the good old fashion good guy.
Good fun listen.
Red cell books and the Harry Dresden books
Fighting monster with modem weapons rocks.
I just listened to both of Correia's available Grim Noir books and thought they were great! Original, well thought out and, for the most part, the characters were diverse and interesting. I went to the author's website and read him ranting about how he believed that he hadn't gotten some award or another, because of the liberal reviewers or some such and how he was okay with that because he had a big gun collection and a house in Utah. Hey, that sounded bizarre to me as Hard Magic didn't seem to have any sort of political bent at all. Just great fun.
Then I picked up Monster Hunter International and I found out what was going on. I have to say that this book was just simple-minded and had a heap pages wasted on subplot about how the US government wants nothing more than to get in the way of people trying to stop evil monsters. For a plot point, here and there, I think this could work, but Correia just made this more personal vendetta than story. In Ghost Busters, it was great to see the interplay between Walter Peck (the EPA guy) and the Mayor and the Ghost Busters. I get it. This can be funny. But, this book just took it way, way too far.
The point of this book, for me (hey I'm not the author, but I did listen to the whole thing), should be "There's some bad monster dudes, and here is our ragtag bunch of heroes out to save the day". Instead, I found it to be, "The government is actually the only reason we have a problem, because they are whiney liberal idiots who don't let decent Americans shoot things (evil monsters) with guns."
Between that plot and the endless discussion of this gun vs. that gun and which had what size barrel diameter and number of balls of shot in a cartridge and bull-pup configuration or the back blast from this grenade launcher, I was finding myself distracted much more than entertained.
If you just want to hear a book the promotes stereotypical viewpoints about guns and liberals for hours on end, this could be the book for you. I found it to be the work of a writer who has not yet come into his prime that focuses on things that did not advance the plot. This, I find in stark contrast to Correia's "Hard Magic" which was excellent. It's still evident from that book that the author is a self described "gun nut", but it is tempered with an excellent plot, and good writing (in the books, he does a great job of altering writing style to match the perspective of different characters' world view). I suggest that if you're looking for a well-written book that is a great blending of action and fantasy start with that book instead.
I found recorded books as we prepared to drive from Texas to Colorado and back. Since then I dont run into things when reading,
Larry Correia's imagination is as twisted as my own. Then let Oliver Wyman read it and it becomes an instant hit! I am glad O.W. is reading ALL the M.H.I. books. He keeps the characters' voices the same and makes for a most enjoyable listen.
Owen, of course. If you have read it, you know why. If not - you will when you do! Besides, how can you NOT love a story that starts with an accountant throwing his werewolf boss out the 14th floor window! And that is just the first page!
Wyman is a comic genius. Passages that, when read from a book, might have seemed to be throwaways, are quite amusing when Mr. Wyman engages his sardonic vocal talents.
Absolutely, but at about 24 hours, it did take a coupla days to finish it!
This book actually exceeded my expectations... While I thought it was going to be a gun-nut's fantasy chock full of violence and gore, it was that, and so much more. The story was quite sophisticated, and at times it felt almost like epic fantasy. A few of the characters were really enjoyable. There was a ton of backstory to the series, and everything was well thought out.
It also has what are probably the most intense, incredible gun battle sequences I've ever read. They really suck you in and have you cheering for the good guys. The comedic moments in the book were great, too, from the dry humor amongst the team, to the not-so-subtle jabs at paranormal romance series such as "Twilight". Very cool.
While there were some minor deus ex machina moments, the foreshadowing done to build those up wasn't too shabby. The story waxes extremely epic though, as it builds to the end, pushing the bounds of believability, and I think it went a little over the top for an opening book. My other complaint would probably be that I got tired of the main character pining over Julie like a lovesick puppy and acting like a teenager sometimes.
I know they are quite different, but for an opening book I enjoyed this much more than, say, the Dresden Files. The intensity really holds up from beginning through to the end.
Didn't rerad the print version
Pitt, because he was a Bad Ass and a good guy.
Hard to say, he was excellent at performing all the characters
Monsters vie for the end of time
The book was and excellent example of the quality performance level of todays audiobooks. The narrator made the performance, one of the best I've heard. The story was excellent, never a dull moment. Had all the stuff one would want.
I have enjoyed some of the more popular vampire, werewolf, monster books, but this one caught my interest with the first sentence. The books are a fun listen, they keep me entertained and people look at me funny when I laugh out loud (for no reason they can determine). The characters are well written and the narration is excellent. No simple monotone going on and on. I bought this one, then had to have the second and now I am on the third. I am really going to miss these guys when I am through. Hope another one comes out soon.
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