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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I really enjoyed the start and thought I would be hooked. I enjoy monster books. I am a big fan of Jim Butcher and other science fiction/monster series authors. This book certainly has lots of action and if you are into guns, you get your fill, but I just found the plot a bit jumpy. One major aspect I found missing was humor. Certainly not a bad read, but I am not sure if I will continue with the series.
A fun story.
Harbinger.. just a cool character.
The guy was a good reader, but sounds way to old for the 24 year old Pitt. He sounds like he's channeling a younger James Stewart(younger as in mid 50s.)
It fit for some of the voices(meyers, and Owen's dad) but not Pitt, and not Harbinger.
Same as the business card. Monster Problems? Call the Professionals.
Love this series, disappointed in the voice acting.
For me this book went on a little too long, but I suppose that's because he was setting it up as the start of a new series. I'll pass on the series, but I must say that I was seriously impressed with the narrator. He has an incredible range of character voices and delivered them all to perfection. I"m going to look for more from him to add to my library.
If you want a book with lots of monster killings and imaginative plots to go along with all the gore, this is the series for you. It is fast paced, and even has a love story that parallels the monster hunting!
Since I am from Alabama, I find it humorous that the monster base for this story is set in LA (Lower Alabama). The monster hunters go all over the place, but they always end up in Sweet Home Alabama (sorry, I couldn't resist!).
I actually really enjoyed the plot of this book. I didn't get it for the longest time because I thought the cover looked dumb (I know, don't judge a book by its cover). As with the Hard Magic series, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It reminds me very much of the TV show Supernatural in that it is about hunting mythological and fantasy creatures. I think Larry Correia has a thing for making huge male protagonists, because Owen is a giant like Sullivan from Hard Magic (except Owen is apparently very ugly because they make this point like 10 times in the book). And this kind of brings me to my dislike of the book; the romance. The plot line of the story is very interesting, and I enjoyed all 23 (?) hours of it. This being said, the romance portion of the story felt very juvenile and half-baked. We were constantly reminded of how ugly Owen is and how beautiful his love interest is, and we kind of go from nothing to everything in terms of their relationship. I was kind of left scratching my head going okay that is a giant leap in their relationship. Personally it just annoyed me and didn't add much to the story. Other than that my only complaint is that the narrator's "yell" reading was rather annoying, but I'm sure that is a totally personal problem. I know my tone seems very negative, but I still bought the second book in the series and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. I would hardly recommend this book to anyone who is on the fence about it like I was for so long.
Get paid to hunt monsters. This books works on pre-established ideas about monsters. They take the idea of hunting monsters being turned into a private enterprise. The author is definitely either very much a fan of both monster mythos and guns or has quite the research team. The descriptions that go into the weaponry is quite impressive. This book follows the Owen Z. Pitt who is thrown into this world and doesn't hate. He is put up against a host of different monsters, and finds a place in his new world.
Franks is the most interesting character. Tragically you don't find out why until book 2.
Harbinger is portrayed very well as a tough no nonsense southerner.
This books has several points in it where you really don't know what will happen. It is well paced and worth a listen for the run time.
If you are like me and really enjoy Harbinger as a character book 3 is a real treat.
Action From begin to end
Hard Magic n others
Yes n Yes
Making it into a movie but keeping it straight true to the story.
The slow start is due to the need to set up all of the background for the important characters. It did seem to drag on a bit at times in the first half.
But the second half more than makes up for the slow spots. And we have some great characters to follow through a series.
Hardcore scifi fan from a galaxy far far away.
I avoided this one for ages as it sounded like rubbish. However the story and the fun that the narrator has with the story makes the experience plain old good fun. This one is DEFINITELY worth the read! I can only hope that this series goes on for 10+ books. Its a joy to find a new series worth loosing sleep over.
It was exciting, packed full of action and adventure with a realistic feel to it.
It was realistic and fun
There was way too much detail on the weapons. You could skip forward a couple of minutes and it would still be detailing the gun. A little too much for me.
More story, less gun talk.
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