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.
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.
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