Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.
Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country’s founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: No matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers-that-be do so, then the agreement is null and void.
Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he’s making 13. Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.
©2014 Larry Correia (P)2014 Audible Inc.
If you've been following the MHI story since book 1 you either already have this or are considering getting it. In a nutshell: You want this.
This story, as mentioned in other reviews, is told from the perspective of Agent Franks. Who has been a huge (no pun intended) enigma since the beginning. But here, you find out what he is, why he is, and ultimately who he is.
Its logical to make a comparison to Monster Hunter Alpha as it is focused on an individual perspective other than Owen Pitt. However it is also a very different type of story because of the nature of the "beast". And you get the usual gun/weapons "porn" that Correia does so well, and weaves into his worlds.
I won't give away the plot, but you will be re acquainted with familiar faces, and there are some welcome cameo's from MHI personnel. Be prepared for some very shocking twists that clearly set up future volumes.
I really enjoy this series. I highly recommend it. And I can't imagine why this isn't a series on HBO or a series of movies.
I have loved all the Monster Hunter stories and was wondering what the heck Franks' story would be like. Well, I loved it, too. Hard to take my iPod off. My daughter kept laughing at me because I was smiling so much. And every time Mr. Wyman would make the growly sound for Franks, I got a huge kick out of it. Mr. Correia did a great job of humanizing Franks and at the same time keeping him true to his "one-word" nature. I highly recommend this book if you don't mind lots of violence and gore. Could use a little sex in it though.
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This is the next installment in the MHI series. In this novel you get to hear the story from the view of Agent Franks. He has a great backstory which has been hinted at in previous books but now gets explored in much greater detail. This is the typical MHI novel with lots of action, humor and a great story to boot. The narrarator is excellent and I feel that the authors works are actually better in audible format than reading them .
That being said there are a few minor negatives. First, we get that Franks is awesome. The author keeps the constant reminders up and it gets sort of repetative after a while. Second, the author does perhaps too good a job with the character. Franks isn't loveable, heck he isn't particularly likeable. He does a good job of getting this point across and that is the problem. While a good book, it is a bit harder to enjoy this one in that while Franks is cool, he isn't likeable and that makes it harder to root for him. This improves as the book goes on but it still takes a way from the story just a bit.
Still overall this is a great book and well worth a credit.
It's a shame I only picked up the series on the latest book, but I will definitely get the rest of the series. Excellent!
Unstoppable, Indomitable, Franks
Franks - He's an unstoppable killing machine that just wants everyone to play by the rules.
As long as this guy keeps voicing the audio books, I will keep buying them! He's phenomenal as these characters!
The original Monster.
Favorite books series ever.
Another fantastic story of the fantastic by one of the best 21st century writers. The story is great and only made greater by the again perfect narration of Oliver Wyman. Even though I buy the print copies, I have to listen to Oliver's rendition of the voices that I've come to know and love. This novel, like "Alpha" does not follow Pitt and instead follows the exploits of the undefeatable Agent Franks. This is a must have novel for fans of the series and if you haven't listened to any of them yet, start with the first one and listen to all of them. You will not be disappointed; I guarantee you.
Franks. That's classified.
All of his Correia work. Excellent as always
The white room.
Correia needs to type faster. Need more books.
Yes very much so.
To many for the word limit to write.
Franks, he really does a great job making franks out to be gruff and impassive with just his voice.
This was an amazing book, it keeps the feel of the first book. While adding a different point of view. In the first few books Franks appears to be a complete ass, and he is but he's got his reasons. The book is very well paced so it doesn't get boring, and there are plenty of actions sequences to satisfy any fan of Larry Correia's work. Definitely worth the credit or price in my opinion.
I'm just a simple man who is trying to be water.
The development of the lead character. Bad ass arch-angel in a re-tooled meat sack...with a bit of a conscience.
The lead. Franks. By far.
The fight against the lead werewolf. Whoa. I wonder if today's Hollywood/CGI tech would do that justice on the big screen. Probably not. Also really liked how early American history was written in. Eventhough the book was all fantasy it was a bit of a stretch for me subscribing to the George Washington character as this revolutionary stud, given that real history writes him as a bit of a douche (IMO) keeping his Virginia plantation alive (read your history...). I think Franks punched him, instead of his horse, in an alternate universe...completely rewriting American history. I would have loooooooooved to have read that version.
Probably not. It's good to break away and come back to it. It's long enough where it has some moderate parts.
A good read. Well performed. I love how some of these narrators can keep track of all of the accents of the book's characters. The female voices were a bit cheesey, but I'm not sure how you're supposed to effectively go from the bass of a Franks to female voice. It was serviceable. But, as far as monster books go, loved it.
"A bit of a disappointment"
Yes, although this was bad previous books were ok
Out of the black evan currie
The narrator was Good considering the material he had to work with
No It is a (POV) story most likely as a precursor to the next monster hunter (MHI) story at best it was a short story expanded into this novel .
This was a disappointment as it was meant to be a continuation of the previous monster hunter legion but was a diversion off the trail of the main story in the previous book which was about MHI and this was a POV of peripheral characters . Even as a stand alone it was badly written and could have been condensed in to half the time and length ( I know a guy has got to eat) but he could have written the main story and this would have been either the back end or a short prelude. The narrator sounded tired that must have been because of the material he had to work with . This is the worst of the series and i have listen to every one .
"Agent Franks Being a Badass"
Yes, From time to time you need to read about a badass handing out Grade A ass whoopings.
I would compare this book to the second terminator film more than another book. Ultimate Killing machine
Franks the main character
franks constant checking himself not to kill the annoying people as he cant be bothered with the paper work,.
There is a gunfight or Fist fight every ten minutes. this book also opens up the story allot of the monster hunter world.
"It's All About Franks!!"
The fifth book in the Monster Hunter International series and like Monster Hunter Alpha, we step away from the main group and focus on one character, Agent Franks of the MCB. A goverment employed monster who for centuries has fought to protect the human race from other monsters.
Each chapter begins with Franks explaining at bit more of his origins, the book itself tells you all about the deal he made to live in this world and the Contract he made with the US goverment not to try to reproduce him.
That Contract is broken by Special Task Force Unicorn (STFU) a shady part of the goverment and Franks and a band of loyal MCB agents have to save the World from the consequences of the breach with the help of some familiar faces.
As with all the Larry Correia books i've read, there is lots of action, funny one liners, and all the gun details in the world.
I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!
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