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 is a horrible book. Don't know how else to describe it - the movie would go straight to VHS tape and it would star Van Damme and Seagal and maybe Burt Reynolds chewing on a cigar. The story, the language and the characters are mind-numblingly stupid and shallow. What a piece of crap. It gets one star because I have too. I want my money back.
I am really shocked by all the praise this thing has gotten. Why? It is not special in any way.
The characters are so one dimensional and cliched. The female characters are completely defined, excusively defined, by how attractive they are and if they like guns. The love interest of the main character and his object of affection (truly just an object, not a developed person) is because she is pretty and likes guns. His love rival is the most cliched, arrogant, predictable, easy target anyone could imagine.
The plot progresses as slow as dripping molasses on an very chilly day, with stupid, endless action descriptions. Action and fight scenes are NOT plot progression and can be as boring as watching paint dry sometimes. Listening to 20 - 30 minutes of the logistics of who shot who and where was the monster now and how hard did he hit me, is mind numbing, at that is about half of this book - particularly the opening chapter action scene. Stupid detailed action sequences aren't a subtitute for story, characters and plot... There are SO many dull action scenes. And the stuff in between just seems a formality to get to the next idiot action description. I honestly could not care less about these lame, one dimensional, uncompelling characters at the end.
The characters are as shallow as a kiddy wading pool and as dull as dish water and there is virtually NO plot whatsoever.There is some stupid mission to kill monsters and a bunch of gun nuts sign up and then the endless action sequences, and side stories in investigating it that go no where.
I really am surprised and saddened by all the positive reviews and these reviews swayed me to buy it. I don't get it. It is awful, and dull as can be. I had to force myself to pay attention, it was like hard work to follow this dull story and stupid characters. There is nothing compelling or original or interesting or exciting about it. It was a listening chore and didnt improve.
Let me say this first - The narrator is amazing. His skills alone almost allowed me to get through the first part. He just got stuck with an awful book.
I had such high expectations going into this book. It was highly rated, it had an interesting premise, and the start was interesting. Yet after 1 hour and 45 minutes, I had to stop inflicting myself with such painful prose.
1. The main character just annoyed the crap out of me. He was basically whiny throughout the recounting of his tale. If it wasn't the guv'nment's fault, then it was his father's fault, or his work's fault that he didn't live up to his potential. And don't even start about guns, because he will go on for years about them. I am surprised he had any interest in the female "love interest" at all. From what I read, they get together. I guess she sleeps on the other side of him as he cradles his guns.
2. The story did slow a bit and it shouldn't take nearly two hours of audiobook time to get him in Blackwater, I mean MHI. Unless there is a hook later, the whole family bit could be taken out.
3. Did the male characters have to be cliche cowboys with the maturity of a 14 year old boy?
4. There seems to be a weird dichotomy between hating the guv'nment and taking money from them (i.e. reliant on them).
This story had a wonderful premise and a lot of support; but if you want something more than secessionist, dumb cowboy storytelling, move on.
I found this book to be average. Maybe the most damning description of a book. The characters are ok, not great but they exist and interact with each other, there are monsters, they die. If you are looking for a monster book that is a bit more interesting I would try the Dresden Files.
An ok read that use's every "monster" cleche' in the book. (pun intended)
This is a good pass the time book, but if your looking for something original and new keep looking.
This is by far one of the best new series I have come across. It's great to see a new genre emerge in a cluttered world of fantasy novels. The gritty edge and believable fantasy combined with government bureaucracy and manifest destiny all play out in a non stop thrill ride. Loved every minute of it. Hope Larry gives us some more eventually.
A real story
Voices were believable
I've always been a fan of Baen books and their hardcore science fiction offerings however I was not sure how they'd do in an audio format. If you're in the same boat, rest easy for Monster Hunter International was perhaps the most entertaining audio book I've ever listened to.
The story involves, we'll you guessed it, lots of monster killing. Nothing we haven't seen on any Sci Fy movie of the week. But that's just the setting, for what makes this book stand out is the clumsy but lovable hero we experience this adventure through. Owen Zastava Pitt is your average humble accountant and part time championship shooter who one day happens to kill a wear wolf with his bear hands... yadda yadda.... saves the world... yadda yadda...
You know the saying "you can't make this stuff up?" We'll, Larry Correia can. And rather than rolling your eyes, you find your self listening just a little longer to find out what happens next.
The action scenes are superb and plentiful. The monsters themselves are ripped straight from pop culture with nothing surprising or new (these vampires don't sparkle which is a plus.) What's nice is the fact that most modern monster lore is included. From mythology to fantasy and Bram Stoker to HP Lovecraft, this book has it all. It's rednecks vs vampires and orcs vs the old ones.
This book is a B movie plot with an A list cast who gets it just right to be solidly entertaining.
And the narration is some of the best I've ever heard. This is my first audible book read by Oliver Wymen, but it won't be my last. When it comes to dialect, the guy's got range. I found my self listening to an oafish weight lifter, a trailer park red neck, and a German aristrocat having a conversation. I had to double check the book information thinking it had multiple readers.
No wonder this book was a 2012 Audies finalist.
Just a fun read. A bit different than others of the genre. I enjoyed it.
At first I was a bit put by the reader's voice but it really grew on. It really this first peson told story come to life.
The main character is really likable despite being a bit of a caricature but well done.
The alternate secret history is really well dreamed up and quite believable in the context of the story.
Honestly, I really wasn't sure when I purchased this book that I would like it. I don't care for "light" fantasy type stuff at all but the reviews just raved about it so I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did... what a great series. This is one of those books that make you enjoy traffic because you're able to listen longer. It's honestly one of the most entertaining books I've listened to since the last Joe Ledger novel (if you enjoy the Joe Ledger series by Mayberry you'll love this).
The author never takes this book too seriously... there's plenty of humor throughout and the man knows how to pace a novel. The action starts within a few pages and never lets up. This is not meant to be a work of literary genius, it's a summer action book and the author understands this. Don't get me wrong, he can actually write too... but he understands that the pacing and action is first and foremost and does this very well. It also helps that the author is a firearms expert and it shows with his detail to the firearms throughout the book.
Narration is well done for the most part. He loses a star because he sometimes make the main character sound too much like a stoned surfer, but most of the other voices he does very well. While he does "act" out the book, it's usually not over the top.
Highly recommended series.
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