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 read all three of these in print before getting the audio version, and while I liked them very well in print, they are even better in audio format. Reader Oliver Wyman nails a wide variety of voices and personalities for everything from subhuman monsters to crusty century-old werewolves and a combat accountant.
Monsters of all types are real, and outbreaks are quietly suppressed by the various government agencies for multiple nations as well as private contractors. Monster Hunters International is one of those private groups, recruiting constantly to keep up with demand for their services and to offset the inevitable losses of personnel. Bounties are paid at varying levels for confirmed kills of the different species, and business is pretty darn good. MHI personnel can rake in a lot of cash as long as they survive.
One of those recruits is Owen Zasava Pitt, self-described combat accountant. He survived a werewolf attack to be recruited by MHI, and he is the focus of books one and two.
He turns out to have some special qualities as he goes through training, and he also finds his one true love, Julie. Julie is already in a relationship with Grant Jefferson, and he doesn't feel like he really has a chance to catch her eye. Big, ugly, scarred from the werewolf attack, he's no competition for movie-star handsome Grant.
Julie is a sharpshooter, an important part of the Monster Hunter International team based in Alabama. There are other teams based elsewhere in the US, but Alabama is the primary base and the training center.
Owen does make some new friends in the latest training class, all of whom are also survivors of their own monster attacks. As the book states several times, it takes a flexible mind to handle the existence of monsters. Most people become monster chow in an attack, and a few manage to survive, even fight back successfully. Those few get recruited, though not all of them can handle the training. Kind of like the Seal Team from Hell, or to Hell as the case may be.
Correia knows his firearms, knows how to write adventure, and really takes you into the world where monsters lurk just around the corner and under the bed.
Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta should be read together, as they are a continuation of Owen's story. Monster Hunter Alpha tells the story of the boss of MHI, Earl Harbinger, and while it builds on elements developed in the first two books, it is a stand-alone story.
I really love Skippy and his tribe, a group of allies that find alongside the humans of MHI. So as not to spoil the surprise, we'll just remember that they are fans of Lord of The Rings as well as fierce warriors.
The author creates a very believable story, if monsters were real this is how it would probabley all go down.The characters are unique , flawed, funny , and strong. There is alot of volence but its very well written and not
The characters and story were great! A little too gun-totin'-shootemup for my taste but I still really enjoyed it. it was just the right length too (that's what she said)!
Fast moving, always waiting with anticipation of the next threat to pop up. M.H.I. has to save the world while fighting the bureaucratic Washington D.C and the demons from beyond. A lot of twists and turns but overall just a great story.
This book is so over the top, off the scale ridiculous that it is a pleasure to listen to. Werewolves, zombies, elves, orcs- it has them all. I've never read or enjoyed so many fantasy in-jokes in one place.
Movies rather than books come to mind. I might compare it to Army of Darkness, but much funnier and more intelligent. Also a small sprinkling of Shaun of the Dead.
He delivered a great performance- Mordecai's voice is probably my favorite part.
MHI- You have a monster? We have a gun for that!
I was unsure when I got this book but I really enjoyed it.
Looking forward to the next book
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This is one of the best book I have listened to in the past few years. It holds a special spot on my iPod. Monsters, guns, blood and lots of fun. Spend your money and hold on for a wild ride.
A twelve year old or younger boy might like it. Trite subplots combined to sort
of make a story...this didn't take much talent to write, I think. Seems to have
been written so the author could start his own multi-volumed series. Excep;t for
pounding in the message that "capitalism and free enterprise" trump all else, character's
motivation was, frankly, cartoonish. As were characters, themselves. Can't decide
whether narrator helped or hindered book. I couldn't finish it. And, I tried.
The overall writing and story was enjoyable. But I just cannot get into a story that has the protagonist so often getting pummeled into near death and utter submission, only to miraculously land a sucker-punch and turn the tables to save the day. How many times can your bones, joints, and connective tissue be torn, broken and shattered before the healing process reduces you to a limping arthritic old man before your time, especially in the midst of battle with creatures that are flat-out deadly when facing them at full health??? It just stretches the heroism-aspect to thin and places it on par with the metal-chair-to-the-face chicanery of professional wrestling. I expect more from my books... and the EPIC nature of EVERY encounter with the super-natural element would imply that the mortality/morbidity rate for the hunters would be just too high to ever maintain an actual hunting organization.
As for the narration, it was okay, with the exception of over-acting and zealous yelling of the narrator in times of stress. When will producers realize that most people listen with headsets and having someone yell directly into your ear is just not pleasing and yanks you right out of the fantasy. "macho-bravado" is not achieved by the volume of the voice but rather it's in the simple nuance of voice inflection.
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