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Monster Hunter International | [Larry Correia]

Monster Hunter International

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. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
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Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Holli Ferguson Mom to Muppet Fans 09-16-12
    Holli Ferguson Mom to Muppet Fans 09-16-12 Listener Since 2008

    Mom to Muppet Fans

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    "Love the Whole Series So Far"

    Oliver Wyman does an outstanding job of changing voices for character. Larry Correia creates characters that you you can relate to, and storylines that keep you guessing! Love the whole series so far!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 09-07-12
    Connie 09-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "You need to have a fixable mind"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was so hard to quick listen.There isn't a dull moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Harry Bosch meets Kaylin Neya

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1MadKahar 08-28-12
    1MadKahar 08-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "One Heck of a ride!!!!"

    Used this book to drive 400 miles on a trip. never once wanted to stop, just because I would have to stop it!
    Reader has a good voice, and the characters are exciting and fun

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brad United States 08-21-12
    Brad United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very inventive series, written with the same kind of humor as Lawrence Block, just applied to a new reality of the monsters that live around us that we don't recognize. The narrator is a painfully slow reader, but increasing the read rate to 1.5 takes care of that, and makes the characters really POP! I will listen to every book in this series. I cannot wait for book number 4!


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-05-12
    Richard 08-05-12
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    "excellent story, fast paced well read"
    Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of this series are excellent as are the other books by Larry Correra.


    What other book might you compare Monster Hunter International to and why?


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 07-31-12
    MIKE MUSTANG, OK, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Monsters Aren't Your Thing?"

    Mine either but this was a fun, entertaining story. I will probably continue the series as this was not too bad.

    This title takes the Storm Seal of Approval!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Naomi WASECA, MN, United States 07-30-12
    Naomi WASECA, MN, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Really Entertaining"
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

    Campy, Unique, Fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the paranormal/supernatural genre, and this story is unlike any others I've read. The characters were really engaging and the storyline was intriguing.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely look for more by this author. I was a little worried because others had commented on the excessive gun/weaponry details, but I didn't find it overwhelming at all, and I am NOT a gun person.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    h2o1969 Cincinnati, OH USA 07-25-12
    h2o1969 Cincinnati, OH USA 07-25-12
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    "Good action story"

    Good narrator. I will get the second book and continue with these character. I would recomend this.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 07-19-12
    Dennis FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2014

    Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also

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    "Alittle slow at first then it gets very interestin"
    If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

    action plot interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development good story


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    First time listening to him he is one of the good ones will listen to him again


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Monsters are real


    Any additional comments?

    If they make a movie please don't let tom cruise be Owen not like Reacher movie<brThis would be a great movie great stuff.

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    Janet Charleston, SC, USA 07-17-12
    Janet Charleston, SC, USA 07-17-12 Member Since 2001
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    "A really good series"
    What did you love best about Monster Hunter International?

    It's a new idea for a series. Really good book and kept my interest throughout the book. It's worth a try.


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  • Stephen
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    4/8/13
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    "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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Donal
    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    4/3/11
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    "Hmm, interesting!"

    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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny
    Lisburn, United Kingdom
    9/11/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Maghera, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "Decent"

    A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
    3/8/12
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chantal
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edel
    5/10/15
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    "Great books! "

    I've listened to several of the Monster Hunter, Inc., books - several times - and I love them. I hope a new one comes out soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
    4/10/15
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    "When you find a good book, share it..."

    I'm starting this by not talking about the book, but about my reaction to it - I got this as it was suggested from other books I had seen, so thought I'd pick it up and give it a try... BOY was I surprised!
    It's one of those books that I had to talk about it to friends, and not only has a friend at work picked up the series, but his mother has now read the entire series - it's one of those infectious series that as soon as you start, you can't stop going through them

    The book itself is funny, smart, has good pace & is well written, but the narration suits the style amazingly well, the characterisation is superbly done, with accent switching being seamless and pacing of the reading fitting the action brilliantly

    As with all narrators, each has their own odd pronunciation, and Oliver Wyman is no exception, something that rather than distracting, it made me smile because of the bad grammar of the word use - the book talks about someone being close to crying, so they "tear up", but instead of it being pronounced as "teer", it's pronounced "tare", as in as though something is torn

    Overall though, this book is a high recommendation from me, if you like the type of fantasy books set in the current era, this series is great, going over government cover-ups, the company, old gods and much more - once I had this book I HAD to start on the others

    Listen, enjoy & smile

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr R NICHOLAS/mrs nicholas
    3/28/15
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    "Not bad but corny."

    The idea behind the story of this book I found solid. Just bad dialogue overall spoilt it a bit. But a good thing is how the story draws upon classic horror literature such as hp love craft , shelly and bramstocker. its just a shame that the execution was not a little more poe. But overall good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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