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 was skeptical when I got the book, but to my surprise I really enjoyed it.
The main character takes a lickin and keeps on tickin
Wyman was able to switch characters seamlessly and does voices well.
I laughed many times and really enjoyed the writers sense of humour.
A bit juvenile in places, I wonder who the writer’s target audience is.
In my top ten favorites--constant action, hilarious dialogue, even a love story. Not the kind of read I typically choose, but I will certainly be reading the rest in series.
Truly a fab listen!
After listen to some heavy fantasy (The Game of Thrones), I wanted something a bit lighter, so I decided to give this story a try.
After the first chapter or so, I thought I had made a terrible mistake. However, I stuck with with it and am really glad I did.
It's a bit cornball, and cliché, but it really turned out to be a fun adventure. It's got B-movie schlock all over it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
The narration was solid. Some of the character's voices were a bit cloying, but they were consistent and certainly helped paint the picture in my mind's eye. The narration adds a lot to this story.
It was engaging well written and imaginative.
I didn't cry but it did keep me on the edge of my seat, and there was a lot of humor.
This is good pulp fiction. Entertaining without any long lasting redeeming qualities. Good action and storyline. Will listen to more in this series.
When I purchased Monster Hunter International (MHI), I was expecting an action packed book filled with violence, cool guns, interesting tactics and a good time. The literary equivalent of an action movie. And you know what? Like action movies, this book was awesome. Correia provides a book that is entertaining from beginning to end, the plot was engaging, the prose was littered with gallows humor and I enjoyed the narrative voice. I felt as if a war buddy was telling a story about the good old days. The characters (especially many of the females) are a bit flat, gun porn is rampant and few deep thoughts are inspired by the book. However, the book is very honest about what it is from the first chapter and if you can accept that, you'll have a great listen.
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.
Not the usual short teasing start to a series. This was a lengthy and satisfying listen. Suspenseful, original and not filled with any fluff. I like Oliver Wyman's narration, he brings all the characters to life. I will be purchasing more of this series.
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I really enjoyed this one. It is very similar to the Zombie Fallout series. The narration is top notch. I even sought out a few more books narrated by Mr Wyman because he did such a good job. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the injuries the hero sustains. A little unbelievable, but it's a story so I am not too nit-picky.
"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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