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've listened to quite a few audiobooks at this point. Okay okay. I'm an audiobook-addict! This narrator is outstanding. His command of voices and delivery of the dry, sarcastic wit the author has written into the main character is perfect. I've not heard better. The title put me off a bit but I am really happy I tried this one. Even if this isn't your favorite genre, you won't be disappointed!
Larry Correia have stated that he writes "pulp", but Monster Hunter International is too good to be "pulp".
The premise is simple: The world we live in is monster-free, because government agencies keep the existence of werewolves, vampires, zombies and so much more, secret from the public. Larry's protagonist is himself, just younger, with another name. Larry Correia is a gun-geek, and as such, his descriptions of guns and gun-handling, have an undertone of intimacy and love.
The story is in many way's "Harry Potter for adult men". Owen Zastava Pitt is a big dude, with a gun-fetish. He works as an accountant and one Friday evening he's working late, his boss changes to a werewolf and attacks Owen, who, through luck, kills the near-indestructible monster before passing out. Owen wakes up in the hospital, meets the government goons who, under threat of death, impress upon him that he needs to keep his mouth shut about the existence of monsters. Owen gets recruited by a private monster hunter company, operating out of Alabama. Things get progressively horrible, and ends in a spectacular climax, after it's revealed that Owen has a destiny to fulfill. (yeah, Harry Potter, just with guns not wands).
It's easy to be offended by the political views of the protagonist, (which is Correia's too), but I'm a Norwegian social-democrat, and had no problem with the ultra-Libertarian, gun-nut views, that are a big part of this book. But if you can't get your mind around the Libertarian mindset, you might not be able to enjoy this book; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The premise is good, the characters are fleshed out just right, and their motivations are believable and sensible. The book holds up well, and have a wide array of antagonists, and the monster lore is what you expect, (vampires die in sunlight, and are vicious; no sparkling eternal high-school vampires). The book book i written in first person perspective, and so it could almost be a true story from Larry Correia's recent past, due to it's level of beliveability; yes, it's so well-written that you'll think/hope it's all real.
If your life is boring, then buy this book and imerse yourself in a world of horrible wonder, action, and gun-porn!
GOOD OLD FASHIONED STORY - HERO BIG HEARTED BIG IN SIZE NOT GREATLY HANDSOME, IN LOVE WITH A WOMAN THAT HAS ISSUES AND OF COURSE A BOY FRIEND, OUR HERO PREVAILS AND OF COURSE TROUBLE CONTINUES TO FOLLOW HIM. THE CHARACTERS ARE INTERESTING.
I HAVE LISTENED TO LITERALLY 100'S OF BOOKS IN THE PAST 10 YRS. LAST COUPLE OF YRS LIKE MANY LISTENERS HAVE TURNED TO THE SUPER NATURAL ONES. I HAVE ENJOYED THE WORKS OF JEANIENE FROST, FAITH HUNTER, PATRICIA BRIGGS, DARYNDA JONES SO MUCH THAT SOME OF THE OTHERS SEEM JUST OK AND EVEN SOME OF THE STAND BY MYSTERIES SEEM JUST OK
THIS ONE KEPT MY INTEREST AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE WHAT COMES UP.
NO DEFINATELY WOULD LISTEN AGAIN HIS PERFORMANCE WAS EXCELLENT.
MONSTERS ARE BAD
Very Good writing, Great performance.
The great writing and Terrific performance makes up for the typical hollywood story.
If you love monster horror movies or shows, you will love this book.
It was very funny & very exciting, but a little shallow.
Fantastic fun books to listen to. The narrator does a fine job and the characters are very well done. Boatloads of great visceral action and a good pace throughout. Love how Larry Correia twists around the old storybook perceptions of the various monsters and fairy tale characters. On book 2 now and buying books 3 and 4. Definitely on my top favorites list.
I picked this up while waiting for the new sixth book in the Zombie Fallout series and I will say that I am very happy I did. This was an extremely good read and I enjoyed the story and characters, I will be getting the other book in this series. I really enjoyed the mythology and the tie in with the Government. I highly recommend if you are looking to kill a good week of driving or commute time this is the book to do it with.
Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.
This book is gory without making me sick, which is a neat trick. The main character, Owen, is a "big guy" with an apparently high pain tolerance, who drew "the short straw" when Fate handed out her destinies. His obsession with guns would normally make me not like him, but he's such a likable guy! He's almost a monster himself, big as he is, but he is a calm sort of warrior.
The constant barrage of guns and talk about guns was a little distracting, since most of it went over my head, but Correia kept it clear enough that I could sort of follow. His editor needed to spend a little more time with the book, cleaning out some minor repetitions, but that is the only fault with the story. Yes, it's a "B movie in a book", but in a good way. This was fun to listen to!
The other characters are easier to get to know than Owen. He seems to be a more subtle man. Julie says what she thinks, as does Holly, and putting those 2 women in with the relatively quiet and polite Trip and Lee makes for some humorous situations. Some of the plot is almost too obvious (see "B movie" comment), but there are just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
The narrator has his own style of reading, but he is clear and consistent, and is very good. It took a little bit of time for me to get used to him, but after a chapter or two, I realized his style matches the book just fine.
There is a nice teaser at the end, and there are a few loose threads within the story, allowing for tie-ins with future books, but this is not an incomplete story. I really enjoy Julie and Owen's interactions, and will likely listen to this story a couple more times to catch every bit of it. I'm really looking forward to the next book, which is downloading as I type.
Avid reader and love that audiobooks opens a whole new sense
If I had a print copy to read, this wouldn't have last long, it makes a mean audio book. Oliver Wyman's narration is, with only the minor issue of making all the women characters sound like transvestites.
If I was reading this book my eyes would have blurred and skipped over the long gun explanations and fight scenes, I can hear myself already "yeah yeah, big fight, but we know he's gonna win so lets skip to that", now this internal dialog is exactly why audiobooks are great, I really felt every blow and bullet and there was some actual dodging while listening.
Overall an excellent listen, not quite Harry Dresden level (which to date is the best I've ever listened too), but worth purchasing.
Yes, already bought part 2, I gotta know what happens.
Earl Harbinger, he sounded unique to the others, an isolated difference.
It was great listening to with others, the storyline wasn't hard to pick up so I could turn this on in the car and it was enjoyed by all.
I love the characters Larry Correia is able to make you really love the character in these books. If you read one you will be hooked.
This audiobook really held my interest. The story was good. The narrator made the audiobook even better. And I definitely recommend this audiobook. I'm going to listen to the second audiobook in this series which is called monster hunter vendetta. Enjoy!
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