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.
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.
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.
Indeed I would. The story is really good. I bought it for Audible on sale, as a "Ok I will have it as a waste of time" book. But, it was good... Really good.
Enjoyed how the story develops. The book does not do anything to be correct. It is gory, funny, and a surprising story.
I will be trying the Next one in the series as well :-)
There would be too many spoilers to start talking about my favourite character. They are all really interesting and funny. Sometimes they are too much, but it works, and it works well.
When he started I thought "OMG. 23 hours with this guy! I will not make it", but a few minutes into the story I was convinced that he is the right one for this story. He gives the characters life, and the story depth :-)
Something containing "Abomination". You will know why when you here the story :-)
A good story. Funny, and it was fun to imagine all the monsters real moving around in our world. The side story where Lord of the Rings suddenly takes a twist is brilliant.
The fight on the ship.
His voice fits the character role perfectly!
I actually really enjoyed the plot of this book. I didn't get it for the longest time because I thought the cover looked dumb (I know, don't judge a book by its cover). As with the Hard Magic series, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It reminds me very much of the TV show Supernatural in that it is about hunting mythological and fantasy creatures. I think Larry Correia has a thing for making huge male protagonists, because Owen is a giant like Sullivan from Hard Magic (except Owen is apparently very ugly because they make this point like 10 times in the book). And this kind of brings me to my dislike of the book; the romance. The plot line of the story is very interesting, and I enjoyed all 23 (?) hours of it. This being said, the romance portion of the story felt very juvenile and half-baked. We were constantly reminded of how ugly Owen is and how beautiful his love interest is, and we kind of go from nothing to everything in terms of their relationship. I was kind of left scratching my head going okay that is a giant leap in their relationship. Personally it just annoyed me and didn't add much to the story. Other than that my only complaint is that the narrator's "yell" reading was rather annoying, but I'm sure that is a totally personal problem. I know my tone seems very negative, but I still bought the second book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I would hardly recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence about it like I was for so long.
Get paid to hunt monsters. This books works on pre-established ideas about monsters. They take the idea of hunting monsters being turned into a private enterprise. The author is definitely either very much a fan of both monster mythos and guns or has quite the research team. The descriptions that go into the weaponry is quite impressive. This book follows the Owen Z. Pitt who is thrown into this world and doesn't hate. He is put up against a host of different monsters, and finds a place in his new world.
Franks is the most interesting character. Tragically you don't find out why until book 2.
Harbinger is portrayed very well as a tough no nonsense southerner.
This books has several points in it where you really don't know what will happen. It is well paced and worth a listen for the run time.
If you are like me and really enjoy Harbinger as a character book 3 is a real treat.
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