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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I love a funny story that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I can get caught up in a good mystery or a romance too. And of course I feel obligated to pay my respects to the classics, no matter how sleepy some of them make me.
The narration was excellent, but the author's wry sense of humor was wonderful. The characters were fleshed out and each had their own story and quirks. The monsters were awesome, and the pervasive and often joyful violence throughout the book was something I thought would put me off but really didn't.
I honestly can't think of any book I've read that is similar to this one and that's a good thing. It's sort of genre bending.
Amazing book! I highly recommend.
Correia loudly and proudly proclaims his status as a prince of pulp with this book, and it's a good thing. It is a fun and rollicking ride from start to finish, keeping you riding right along with interesting characters and fast action.
Monsters are real and there is a thriving business on the underside of society made of killing them. We enter into this world of deadly monsters and even deadlier government agents through the eyes of one Owen Z. Pitt, combat accountant after he kills his boss by throwing him out a window.
Read by the always wonderful Oliver Wyman, the characters come alive to your ears and it's fun to visit again and again.
Into the fantastical world of monsters, down the rabbit hole, Alice..... Love all the books in this series. WRITE FASTER, Larry! Many thanks.
That the main character remains humble, and that his character has two completely opposing talents. I also like that the story is fast-paced.
Some of the better vampire books.
I can tell which scene was NOT my favorite... a description of a sacrifice. But the whole book moves quickly, so it won't take long to get past it!
The first book was a little gruesome in spots. I like the second book better and am about to start the third. I was surprised that I liked this series. I thought the title was a little cheesy and almost didn't buy it!
I might listen to this first one again -- when I'm involved in a long project and am only seeking background noise to work by. That's not an outstanding recommendation and I know it may keep some from giving this series a try, but there you have it. It's too long. MHI suffered for want of an editor to rein in the author's need to over explain every single action, reaction, breath, thought, snort, burp, giggle, growl, and fart that the main character experienced. The novel's climax takes over 3 hours. That's just plain wallowing. If a judicious eye had convinced the author to trim it down I could see this book having been a break out award winning first novel. This book was fun; it shows a lot of promise for the series and it will give blow by blow fight/action/shooting fans a great tale for their money. In a time when every urban fantasy is looking to make monsters the feel good sex-gods of the writing world -- Larry gives us a world where monsters are just that -- monstrous.
Great narration, really nice voice capable of multiple accents (believably), male or female, his voice is well matched to the material. I could do w/o all the yelling though. I realize the character is excitable, but I don't need a volume change in mid-sentence. Emphasis can convey the same thing.
It's a funny story -- it's irreverent where it should be, campy in all the right places, and has characters you root for. All essential ingredients to any good adventure.
This is just a fun book. I had read Heavy Magic and really liked Larry Correia's style of mixing genres together. In many ways, this is a typical story of a normal guy who deals with unexpected adversity with unexpected skills. We've read it all before. But Correia does a great job of bringing the fantastic (vampires, werewolves, orcs, etc.) into the real world that is both entertaining and plausible. There are a lot of ups and downs and a few episodes of deus ex machina, but that is sort of expected from this type of book. I would just say that you will enjoy the story and cheer for the characters.
Wyman does a very creditable job here. He is very strong on the narration and handles most of the accents well. He could be a little stronger with his female voices - they do not have distinct enough characters. But overall, very enjoyable.
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
This story reads like an adult version of Robert Heinlen pulp fiction without all of the wierd sexuality. Just an all-around adventurous and funny story with great characters.
John Scalzi and now Larry Correia are becoming two of my all-time favorite writers.
This story is filled with interesting characters that I quickly started cheering on through the many battles with werewolves, vampires, zombies and any other supposedly imaginary creature that I've ever heard of. There is an excellent balance between conflicts and personal relationships, making connections with each character come easily.
The action seems never ending, and Oliver Wyman makes the story come alive.
I purchased the book as a "maybe I will listen when I have nothing else to listen to" book on special during one of those buy three for cheaper type deals. I like to listen to books as I drive and also sometimes as I work. I finally didn't have anything else to listen to and was despaired. The book caught my attention and I was hooked. It was funny, entertaining, action packed, and sad to some parts. It had everything in the story. The narrator Oliver Wyman lifted the words off the ground and the character became 3 dimensional giving them life. Author Larry Correia can tell as story. He described the details so creatively that it had you wanting more. I hated to come to the end of the book. I am just glad it is not the end of the story. I am looking forward to going with the team on the next adventure. Listening to the adventure and tell, I felt as if I was there, listening to Pitt tells everyone what happened. It was an awesome book. I really did enjoy it. Thank you Larry Correia for giving me an adventure with a Monster Team and Oliver Wyman, thank you for moving me closer into the world with your voice. Both of you are awesome story tellers.
Books of every sort. Particularly paranormal mysteries, contemporary fantasy, J. d. Robb, and interesting new authors of urban. Fantasy.
I listened to this book traveling across country. It was a great choice. The story was original. As noted in other reviews, a lot of detail given to weaponry at times--but oddly enough, I felt this helped me better understand the attitudes and characters better.
In regards to the narration, Mr. Wyman's characterizations were engaging and his choices helped me engage in with the characters and care about both the plot and them.
"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.
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.
"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!
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