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.
This book was a fun diversion that begins with a bang and just never slows the action until the end. It's not deep literature and the characters aren't from a Henry James novel. So what? If you're like me and you listen to audio books to fend off the boredom of yard work and other dull things, then entertainment is a good thing. "Monters, Inc." is entertaining. Try not to think so much.
"Monsters, Inc." treats vampires, werewolves and their ilk in the traditional way. The vampires don't sparkle or distain blood for the love of their teenage sweetheart. These monsters rip out their victim's throats and toss their bodies aside like empty peanut shells - like they did in the comic books you grew up with. The Team from Monsters, Inc. are on call to eradicate such pests from your home, at a price. I like this idea.
Having said that, I've been reluctant to pick up any of the sequels. I enjoyed this book but I think one is enough.
Say something about yourself!
Absolutely. I loved the adventure and the mystery. The action was fabulous.
I'm just getting started with these kinds of books. I hope good ones like this don't prove to be rare.
There were many, but the opening chapter was the real hook.
I was so torn between wanting to see how it would end, and hating to see it end, that I started my search for its sequel before I was half way through it. It was a relief to see that the story was not over with the completion of this book.
I loved this book so much I bought a hard copy and sent it to my son who was serving as a Navy Corpsman in Afghanistan. Some of his friends found it pretty awesome too. In fact, he complained about having to search among his buddies for his book each time he got a chance to read. He was very keen to get the rest of the series too.
Fanatical, Magical, Bloody Awesome
When he overcame the Lord Mashadow.
All of the voices he uses.
Werewolves die, kill it with your bare hand.
I really recommend the series
I love the characters. The descriptions of them all. I feel as if I could know them if I saw them on the strret. I enjoy the story. This is my kind of book.
My favorites are Milo and Earl.
Yes. I have listened to it over and over. This is the book I listen to when I have to get stuff done.
I have all the books in hardback and audible. I can't wait for what happens next!
I really enjoyed this book. The story moved at a steady pace keeping me interested from beginning to end. The characters are well thought out and behave as you would think normal people would in their position, much more believable than other stories of the same genre. You will not be disappointed.
Fast-paced, action, entertaining.
He really does a great job sounding like the characters are described if that makes sense. No irritating mannerisms, easy to listen to.
Based on the title of this book I was prepared for it to be really awful. I was pleasantly surprised that it was one of the best I've listened to recently. I'm now on the next book in the series.
This is by far the best book I have ever listened too. Larry Correia is my knew favorite author. I am actually looking forward to listening to this book again. I even purchased a couple paperback copies and have given them to some of my friends. This is a must listen for anyone who likes an action packed story.
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.
"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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