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.
If you have had a horrible day and need some fresh horror coupled with mayhem, this is your read. The concepts are fresh, the violence is over the top but the story contains humor and insight. The human condition is well observed. There are always victims and survivors. The characters are believable in their various bizarre contexts and the story is fun.
This will make a good, entertaining series. You just need to overlook the glaring fact that in today's technologically advanced society with cell phone cameras, the internet, etc. that there is no way monsters could remain a secret. Correia drops the ball if he assumes the audience will buy into that belief. But overall the story is good, very entertaining and keeps you guessing (except for the whole prophecy bit that was never a surprise). I plan to listen to the rest of the series.
Oh, near the end of the book the narrator says "...I could care less..." when the correct phrase is "I couldn't care less". I was a little surprised that Correia wouldn't know this.
I like happy endings and realism that is realistic rather than gritty.
Big characters, big monsters, big guns--bring it! In Correia's urban-fantasy-meets-military-sci-fi series, monsters are real, and mercenaries are hired to kill them. A lot. With explosions.
And--get this--engaging characters, mystery, romance, jokes, and true heart (and I'm not just talking about the ones that get staked). It's just fun.
I was a little skeptical on the premise but this was a good fun read. A little predictable in the plot line but also imaginative and interesting in the story telling.
I read all three of these in print before getting the audio version, and while I liked them very well in print, they are even better in audio format. Reader Oliver Wyman nails a wide variety of voices and personalities for everything from subhuman monsters to crusty century-old werewolves and a combat accountant.
Monsters of all types are real, and outbreaks are quietly suppressed by the various government agencies for multiple nations as well as private contractors. Monster Hunters International is one of those private groups, recruiting constantly to keep up with demand for their services and to offset the inevitable losses of personnel. Bounties are paid at varying levels for confirmed kills of the different species, and business is pretty darn good. MHI personnel can rake in a lot of cash as long as they survive.
One of those recruits is Owen Zasava Pitt, self-described combat accountant. He survived a werewolf attack to be recruited by MHI, and he is the focus of books one and two.
He turns out to have some special qualities as he goes through training, and he also finds his one true love, Julie. Julie is already in a relationship with Grant Jefferson, and he doesn't feel like he really has a chance to catch her eye. Big, ugly, scarred from the werewolf attack, he's no competition for movie-star handsome Grant.
Julie is a sharpshooter, an important part of the Monster Hunter International team based in Alabama. There are other teams based elsewhere in the US, but Alabama is the primary base and the training center.
Owen does make some new friends in the latest training class, all of whom are also survivors of their own monster attacks. As the book states several times, it takes a flexible mind to handle the existence of monsters. Most people become monster chow in an attack, and a few manage to survive, even fight back successfully. Those few get recruited, though not all of them can handle the training. Kind of like the Seal Team from Hell, or to Hell as the case may be.
Correia knows his firearms, knows how to write adventure, and really takes you into the world where monsters lurk just around the corner and under the bed.
Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta should be read together, as they are a continuation of Owen's story. Monster Hunter Alpha tells the story of the boss of MHI, Earl Harbinger, and while it builds on elements developed in the first two books, it is a stand-alone story.
I really love Skippy and his tribe, a group of allies that find alongside the humans of MHI. So as not to spoil the surprise, we'll just remember that they are fans of Lord of The Rings as well as fierce warriors.
The author creates a very believable story, if monsters were real this is how it would probabley all go down.The characters are unique , flawed, funny , and strong. There is alot of volence but its very well written and not
The characters and story were great! A little too gun-totin'-shootemup for my taste but I still really enjoyed it. it was just the right length too (that's what she said)!
The book started out a little silly, then the cussing started and I turned it off. Silly is okay but if I want to hear this kind of language, I'll go visit a public school.
Fast moving, always waiting with anticipation of the next threat to pop up. M.H.I. has to save the world while fighting the bureaucratic Washington D.C and the demons from beyond. A lot of twists and turns but overall just a great story.
This book is so over the top, off the scale ridiculous that it is a pleasure to listen to. Werewolves, zombies, elves, orcs- it has them all. I've never read or enjoyed so many fantasy in-jokes in one place.
Movies rather than books come to mind. I might compare it to Army of Darkness, but much funnier and more intelligent. Also a small sprinkling of Shaun of the Dead.
He delivered a great performance- Mordecai's voice is probably my favorite part.
MHI- You have a monster? We have a gun for that!
"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!
"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 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!
"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.
"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!
"Great books! "
I've listened to several of the Monster Hunter, Inc., books - several times - and I love them. I hope a new one comes out soon.
"When you find a good book, share it..."
I'm starting this by not talking about the book, but about my reaction to it - I got this as it was suggested from other books I had seen, so thought I'd pick it up and give it a try... BOY was I surprised!
It's one of those books that I had to talk about it to friends, and not only has a friend at work picked up the series, but his mother has now read the entire series - it's one of those infectious series that as soon as you start, you can't stop going through them
The book itself is funny, smart, has good pace & is well written, but the narration suits the style amazingly well, the characterisation is superbly done, with accent switching being seamless and pacing of the reading fitting the action brilliantly
As with all narrators, each has their own odd pronunciation, and Oliver Wyman is no exception, something that rather than distracting, it made me smile because of the bad grammar of the word use - the book talks about someone being close to crying, so they "tear up", but instead of it being pronounced as "teer", it's pronounced "tare", as in as though something is torn
Overall though, this book is a high recommendation from me, if you like the type of fantasy books set in the current era, this series is great, going over government cover-ups, the company, old gods and much more - once I had this book I HAD to start on the others
Listen, enjoy & smile
"Not bad but corny."
The idea behind the story of this book I found solid. Just bad dialogue overall spoilt it a bit. But a good thing is how the story draws upon classic horror literature such as hp love craft , shelly and bramstocker. its just a shame that the execution was not a little more poe. But overall good.
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