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.
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.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
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.
This is far and away one of the most ridiculous things I have ever encountered. It is obviously Larry Correia's private self-aggrandizing wet-dream made public. You've heard of "deus ex machina"? Tap in here if you care to see "pantheon ex machina." The implausibilities (within the work's own assumptions) are mind-boggling. It's actually almost hypnotic in its badness, in its willingness to dare the reader/listener not to call bull**** on the whole thing. It's bad, but truly stunning in its badness.
The only thing that makes this story seem to work is Oliver Wyman's narratorial skill, which is very strong.
Please see the author's personal webpage and then know that this "novel" is his personal daydream writ large. Shame on Audible for trading on my trust.
Leave out the right wing macho crap and tell the story. The main character and story should be something more than one dimensional. I could not get pass the gun worship.
Anything not written by the author.
Anger. I wasted my credit.
Several cliff hangers will keep you engaged, some are simple, some more complex.
Ending, but then several in the book were fun as well.
A shameless Randian fantasy. Everything good and wholesome is associated with the South, Alabama of all places. The author dismisses the states' racist states rights past as just a few bad apples and is magnanimous enough to include a mexican, a black, and a chinese hunter in the mix.
The guvmint, on the other hand, is only slightly less evil than the monsters and isn't good for anything, except in true teabagger tradition, funding the monster hunters.
Keep yer guvmint hands offa ma P.U.F.F!
Do yourself a favor and avoid this one.
reader who hates the new look of the webpage (which has stayed really bad)
Sure there's too much redstate ramblings and gun fondling and the action scenes probably could have been edited down by 50% but its a good old-fashioned ripping yarn about baddies and monsters. A guilty pleasure like Ernest movies
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The premise was interesting and the narration was good. I had to put it down, however, because the author went out of his way to lay on the right-wing politics. It wasn't a big deal at first, but eventually it was occurring nearly every few minutes. I can understand giving a character certain beliefs and views, but when it's nearly the entire cast, done so blatantly...Look, in the end, if you don't mind heavy-handed political soapboxing, then this is an entertaining military fantasy. If you do, I suggest searching elsewhere.
"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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