Monster Hunter International might be the premier monster eradication company in the business, but they’ve got competition.
When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.
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"Oliver Wyman narrates the entire tale with a swagger in his voice. Even the chapter headings sound aggressive. His characters are so unique that at times listeners may think there's a second narrator." (AudioFile)
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What’s more fun than hanging out with Owen “Big Z” Pitt, Earl Harbinger, Julie, Milo, Holly, Trip, Mosh Pitt, and Skippy the orc at the MHI compound in rural Alabama? How about MHI meeting up with teams from all over the world at a monster hunter conference in Las Vegas? And how about if that ancient Lovecraftian god that Big Z pissed off three books ago decides to unleash his wrath right about now? And how about if those incompetent federal agents who keep trying to cover up the monster attacks want to make sure that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so they quarantine all those monster hunters in a luxury hotel?
Well, if you’re already a fan of Larry Correia’s MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL series, I’m sure my description above is ‘nuff said for you. I don’t even need to mention guns, explosions, a brawl in a rotating restaurant, shattering windows, explosions, hotel rooms containing extradimensional spaces, guns, gigantic spiders, WWII weapons experiments, a chocolate fountain, mad science, explosions, slot machines, harrowing helicopter rides, Faberge eggs, explosions, guns, dragons and, best of all, Agent Franks.
So if you’ve already enjoyed the first three books, go ahead and get Monster Hunter Legion because this story is just as exciting as the previous ones. Correia widens the plot, further develops the characters, keeps up the fast and furious action, and continues to make us laugh. The whole thing is still a little too violent for me, but at least Monster Hunter Legion is less gory than Monster Hunter Alpha — more guns and explosives, fewer fangs and claws. The ending makes clear that this series isn’t finished yet. I’m looking forward to book five.
If you haven’t read the previous books, Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta, and Monster Hunter Alpha, you should give them a try, especially if you like great characters, cool monsters, black humor, tight plotting, nail-biting tension, and some serious gun porn. I recommend the awesome audio productions being produced by Audible Frontiers and narrated by Oliver Wyman.
I would've never thought it possible for me to love a series of books with lots of guns, violence and monsters.
Now, I can't get enough.
And I'm kind of unhappy that I've just purchased this on the 2nd day of it's release and now have to wait for the next installment.
Personally, I'm holding Larry Correia and Oliver Wyman responsible; Correia weaves a fast-paced interesting tale that's surprisingly almost plausible and Oliver Wyman simply brings the men AND the women in these stories to life in a way that audiobook readers hope for with every download.
One of the best aspects of this series is that the characters are so very, very different from myself that there is very little for me to identify with and despite that, they're very real, down to earth people who could be (and probably are) my neighbors. I find myself empathizing with them and cheering them on whether they're dealing with end-of-the-world-monsters or bureaucrats. In the midst of unusual and/or challenging situations these characters are still just men and women dealing with whatever life is handing them and struggling to do the best they can; some are heroic, and some are evil-kind of like what we run into everyday. Yet it's heartening to think that there's an organization that looks for "flexible minds" and trusts in the diversity and innate humanity of most individuals. Plus I just like a story that includes werewolves and dragons based on a gun-nut accountant and his Southern Belle art lover wife who kicks ass and carries big guns. Now THAT''S quite a love story!
What I didn't like about this book? Other than the fact that it wasn't long enough and I wanted more Earl? Nothing. The story offers a compelling take on an interesting point in history; we learn a little more about an organization that doesn't officially exist as well as learn a little more about its nefarious head. We get to see the repercussions of past adventures for members of MHI as well as for those who are collateral damage like Mosh (David). This story explores the fears of the hunters and as a writers device it's brilliant-we get the back story for characters we've come to love and we also encounter characters we thought we'd lost forever while getting more information about Owen and Julie. This is solid story-telling from Correia; the story may drive the characters but it's the people he's created and that Wyman gives life and substance to that always leaves me wanting more.
Most people reading this review have already read the three previous books in this series (if you haven't, stop reading now, and pick up "Monster Hunter International--you'll be glad you did). If so, then don't hesitate to download this book. Correia is back with a great new story, ably assisted by Oliver Wyman, who is at his best in this book.
The writing is tighter in this installment than in at least the previous two, but Correia seems to have lost none of his enthusiasm for his characters. Most of your old faves are back, plus the guys you love to hate. MHL introduces new players to the scene, and makes more expanded use of some which heretofore had been minor characters. New allies, new enemies, new monsters--with Las Vegas as a backdrop. Fans of MHI can't go wrong with this one.
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Ah, the buttkicking, the mayhem, it is all back! Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and the book just leaves you wanting more. The worst part about Larry Correia's books is waiting impatiently for the next one. Seriously, the action is as usual, the best there is. Oliver Wyman is without a doubt one of the best narrators for this genre. Use your credit, you can't go wrong with this one. (Make sure to read the others first--so you don't spoil what's gone on before now for yourself.) Makes other audio books seem hum drum. Can't wait to see what's next in this series.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
ok i'm going to be honest here... i was waiting for this book for like 4 month.... but i assumed it will be like the first 2 books... something happen , then go around to find things and fight monsters and so on......
BUT!!!! completely blown my mind!!!!!!!
i have never expected what happened, and never thought there will be that many .... and the twists were awesome.....
NOW!!! Go and buy it and have fun ..... ITS AWESOME!!!!
going to read it several times!!!!Larry, your books are so good. congrats for another great one.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
I FINALLY GOT SOME TIME TO ENJOY THIS AMAZING Larry Correia's CREATION
AND I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS GREAT.
IT HAS ALL YOU MAY WANT AND MORE SO PLEASE SPEND YOUR CREDIT AND ENJOY.
THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES
Up there. Its the only series that i've actually waited for the next audio book to come out, and no doubt this time will be the same.
(Zee)/Owen, I like his attitude, smart, kick ass tough guy, Agent Franks is alright too.
He totally gets into the characters, you know exactly who it is because his narration is impeccable, i dont think i would've enjoyed this book as much if Wyman hadn't done the voices.
I cant wait for the next book in the series to come out! I hope I dont have to wait another 6 months for it.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
If you are a fan of the whole MHI world then you already have this book so stop reading.
If you have not read Monster Hunter International, then don’t start here. Start with 1st book then if you become a fan like me you will buy this book. Now talking to other fans to me this is the weakest of the book so far.
Its not the worst but not my favorite. Dont get me wrong its a GREAT book and the series is one of my favorites but this book just wasnt as good as MHI(book 1) and monster hunter vendetta (book 2) something felt missing... I couldn't put a finger on it. Nonetheless i would recommend it over and over again.
z. (Owen) Owen is everything and more i look for in a character. Average (in a not so average way. If you know what i mean) Funny, sarcastic, and just a plain badass.
He's a good reader. When i listen to him he hooks me into the books and doesn't let me go until the book is finished (and then im left wanting more) he knows how to read for owen better then my own imagination. he captures this series better than anyone else could. Dont change the reader. Or ill just buy the real book from powells
No tears were shed for this book. But oh god did i laugh. That fight scene in the hotel/casino (I think it was also a casino) was hilarious. And as always anything involving owen and franks gives me a hearty chuckle.
Yes, what a great series. It just got better with every book. I want more.
Action builds from the first chapter in book one and never lets you relax. Always something going on that makes you want to keep listening. I was dreading coming to the end of this story because I didn't want it to end.
Great character voices, perfect continuation from book to book. At this point it simply wouldn't be MHI without Oliver Wyman reading it. Please pay him whatever it takes for him to keep reading this series. He is priceless!!
MHI, You don't want to know what you don't know.
Now that I've reached the end of this book I must sadly stop thinking about this series at least until the next book comes out, or I'll go nuts waiting. Thank you Larry for the great series. Yes it has lots of shooting and is simple good vs evil but the strength of the characters and the complex dilemmas they face keeps you enthralled....and besides, deep down we all like stories where evil gets its butt royally kicked.
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