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.
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.
I like Larry Correia's voice as an author of speculative fiction. I might even finish this 23 hour-long audio book one day. I started out really loving it and then got tired of the narrator's overly-slow reading of what should be a fast paced book. The narrator's voice was great and he did an excellent job of impersonating many different characters. However, when he spoke as the main character it could be so slow at times that I think it added a couple hours to the production.
Larry Correia obviously hates contractions like I'm, shouldn't, he's, etc. I understand that contractions are informal but what's (oops, what is) so informal about some big-ass, ugly, gun-nut, monster hunter that he can NOT talk like a regular person. It got a bit tedious and probably added another hour to the production by adding a few thousand more not's, is's, and am's.
Lastly, Larry's politics come through in parts although it's not overbearing. I'm just so sick of growing up with bombastic, pasty-face white men spewing their far right rhethoric that it makes me over-react when I hear that same kind of language in my pleasure reading. To give Mr. Correia a break, I will finish the book and possibly dabble in a sequel to Monster Hunter. I can not think of a reason that I should not pick up another book that will not dissapoint me.
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