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.
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The many voices from one person.
Too many to count.
Laugh and wanting more
Have not been disappointed with this series.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
This was a good story, but not for me. It was like a boy's grown-up fantasy. Regular guy gets to fight monsters AND get the girl.
Um, nothing really. There's a lot of muscle flexing and weaponry. Not really a "girl's story" It had some fun moments, but.....
The main character was pretty cool. Very "aw shucks" type, and kinda sexy, in an understated way.
Yes, get a "chic-lit" book. haha
This was a good story, for the right audience. Lots of action, monsters and fun!!!
Like many, I had seen this book series a few times and finally caved when it went on special one day. Pleasantly surprised, it was a great book! Be warned though, Correia has a very violent, gory style of writing and the characters take a real beating through the whole book. It's also pretty clear through the book that Correia is a real gun enthusiast. The book could have been half the length without all the intricate gun descriptions. If you liked this book you should definitely try the Grimnoir series and vice versa. Correia has a great way of twisting the stereotype plots and what you might expect to happen, although in this case, it took Owen quite a bit longer than I thought it would to figure it out.
Larry Correia has a wide knowledge of guns and he uses it at every opportunity. The conceit of the tale is amusing enough and the pop references are fun but I read the Hard Magic books first and really enjoyed them, so this title suffers by being the second sequence I have read by this author.
I would recommend this book. The reading is great (love the voices and the accents), the story has a nice mix of humor and excitement. If the story keeps to the tropes, that's part of why I enjoy it :)
I joined Audible to make my commute between work and home more bearable, and I'm glad I did. However, Oliver Wyman's reading of Monster Hunters International is the first book that I had playing even when I wasn't commuting.
All of them. He did a great job with Julie (too many men have a hard time doing women's voices).
We'd tell you about monsters, but then we'd have to kill you.
One of the better ones. Good character development & humor. Accept one preposterous premise, (monsters are real), and the rest works really well.
When Pit recognized who he was.
Enjoyed the book
It was so wonderful to see a new take on traditional characters. The twists and turns are good and the characters develop well. The excessive gun info is fantastic!
The unveiling of Skippy's origin is a special moment....
Definitely the battle with the vampires in the house...master vampires rule.
MHI takes care of the things that go bump in the night....with High Explosives...
The audio reading is superb.
A most enjoyable book, just couldn't stop listening in case something else happened. Narration is worth a mention, now to move on to the next.
This is a long one, Great for a road trip. The story takes place in my home state so that was even better! Reader does really well and the story is fun.
"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.
"Made me want to eat my ears"
The creepiest thing about this book was the protagonist.
This will probably spoil the book for anyone reading this and about to listen to it, but I imagined the narrator delivering all of his lines like he's looking at an imaginary camera, head tilted slightly forward with one eyebrow raised and saying the word 'Duh-uh-uh!' Over and over again for twenty hours of my life that I'll never get to spend with my family.
If you're from Texas, you'll love it.
"Gun porn and uncreative violence"
The first half is very good but then it gets repetitive and the ending just end up feeling so drawn out.
Also a bit too easy to figure out the premise and the fact that the only thing that makes all the monsters "superior" is they all have super fast regeneration.
Good bit of cheese, well read with all the monsters, gore, quips your need. The narrator did an impressive job with the different voices. The pace was good. The only trouble with this book is I couldn't stop listening. Download in book 2 as we speak, enjoy.
Good action packed monster killing fun! Gore, guns n girls. Not a master piece but a fun ride with bad arse bad guys and heroes battling against the odds. Well read and the pace was perfect. Now need to listen to the rest.
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