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 has moments of suspense, terror, romance and - - - laugh out loud hilarity! There are very few books that have EVER made me laugh out loud, and I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books, but this one really did make me laugh out loud.
Correia has enormous talent and enormous heart. His approach is fresh and original. For example, his hero is no James Bond type with a handsome face. Nope, his hero is a big guy, and ugly. But you will come to really like this big guy, and root for him to succeed both in his quest to defeat the evil minions of the evil "old ones" and in his quest to win the heart of his dream girl.
The narrator is fantastic! Great voices, great pacing, always perfectly intelligible and always sensitive to the nuances of Correia's style.
You have got to read it. AND I am pretty sure the end set us up for a sequel.
Creativity I enjoyed, would get to a destination in my car and sit to listen just a little while longer.
The hero Pitt, he is wonderful and gets the , well, don't want to spoil it.
A few clever twists in the story you will enjoy.
Not fancy or thought provoking, but very entertaining. The story is a simple monster butt kicking from a narrator who sounds like the character should. There are of course monsters, a secret government agency, end of the world scenario's,girls with guns, the father figure/mentor, a tech hippy, etc, all total cliche, but it is great. The entire series is basically the same thing, and I still wanted more after the three books.
Surprisingly Fun Violence
What's not to like? The title and cover make it out to be junk, but it's actually well thought-out, very entertaining and interesting.
He did a great job on all of the characters, although Julie sounded a bit weak. It's hard for guys to do women's voices well. Loved his Owen Z. Pitt.
I liked the characters and found myself caring what happens to them. Also, the story is not predictable, and the story is consistant within the rules of the book's world.
Mostly I just like how he reads the chapter number -
I laughed multiple times. Very clever use of some modern and internet culture, both in this book and the sequel.
Thanks for the great story, Larry Correia, keep them coming!
I'm a fan of fantasy both epic and contemporary, I cant get enough of it!
Everything! The attention to detail when it comes to weapons, monsters, backstorys. The Twists, the writing style. The Epic fights! It was a 100 percent win in my book.
Owen Z Pitt. He's the embodyment of hardcorps Badassery! Knows his guns, and keeps his wits about him even in the most dangerous of situations, and he killed a werewolf with his bare hands. You don't top that.
Life's a bitch and then you die. . . If your lucky.
I would recomend every single one of Larry Correias books. I have never been disappointed except at the end of his books knowing that I have to wait for the next one to come out. BRILLIANT AUTHOR!! 10 STARS ALL ROUND!!
Fast, interesting, morish.
The old man in Owens head.
No, I like to keep a voice to a particular series unless I've run out of the series and I'm having withdrawals.
It wasn't really a moving book but it did have it's moments.
The tag line for this review is meant to capture two thoughts: Nonstop bloody fighting, and an essentially juvenile approach. (You remember the rest of the tag line from when you were a kid, right?) The narrator seems of an age barely old enough for a driver's license, and the premise -- which in itself can drive a narrative in any style from comic books to Bram Stoker and Anne Rice -- is handled in what I have to call a juvenile way. No thought, no reflection, very little plot, just more blood. If that's what you're looking for, you'll be happy. If not, don't waste your time.
It started off as fun, seemed promising, but was sorely lacking in plot or believability. Our hero died but a time-warp brought him back like new, he was beaten to a pulp but was miraculously healed when the story warranted it. Too much gun talk and adoration, too much fighting, too many kinds of monsters and oddball creatures. I am not a fantasy fan. This is just not my cup of tea, or rather, whiskey.
"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!
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.
"Excellent Monster Book"
I don't read this style of book but it was defiantly, enjoyable. It has opened me to a new author. Strong characters, interesting story lines and robust fight scenes - I enjoyed the training scenes and the individual character development.
Liked it so much i bought the next three.
All the characters were play very well by Oliver.
Very well written story, narration is perfect Oliver Wyman brings all the characters to life. Had to purchase extra credits just to get the other three books just to see what happened!! Only problem is there is three more books in this series and they haven't been written yet!! So I think it's going to be a while before we find out whats going to happen to Owen Pitt and the rest of MHI
If you enjoy a good monster book with a great story line you are in for a treat. 5 Star all the way.
What an amazing book, gripped from start to finish. Very clever and kick A$$ hard
"A really enjoyable novel"
Correia has created an alternative history involving many major historical names it works really well.
I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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