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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Departure (not absolute) from the whole romantic vampire notion.
The idea of professional monster hunters battling baddies and bureaucracy while trying to save the world was tons of fun.
Owen Z. Pitt - of course.
Indeed, a proverbial page turner.
This book totally threw me off my schedule. I normally listen to one book a week, while commuting, and wound up listening to this one over the weekend.
This audio book is great. The story is good (not amazing but definitely entertaining) and the narration is superb. It's the equivalent of a good, big budget action film. It won't change your perspective on life or give you amazing insights, but it will keep you entertained (that's if you can suspend your disbelief enough to think that Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies all "live" in this world and there are secret hunting organizations keeping things under wraps...i've swallowed stranger premises before). If that sounds a bit silly then maybe you should pass, but if you're OK with that strap yourself in for a great ride....and I'm off to book 2.
Haven't read the book.
Owen Z. Pitt - He is just a fun, big oaph!
You never know where this is going to take you next and only a madman can dream this stuff up!
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.
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