Accountant turned professional monster hunter Owen Zastava Pitt managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones. The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen's full-time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.
With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don't need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous.
©2010 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the second book in the Monster Hunter series. Owen Pitt, who joined the for-profit secret monster-hunting outfit Monster Hunter International in book one, is now burdened with a Destiny to Save the World, which comes with the power to experience "flashbacks" of other people's memories when he touches them.
Monster Hunter International was Correia's first book. The second book is better, as Correia builds on the history and mythology of his world, packs it with more jokes (like the gangsta gnomes and the heavy metal orcs), and develops several long-term subplots to be continued in future books. Pitt's girlfriend's parents are vampires, his boss is a werewolf, Pitt has come to the attention of a Great Old One who blames him for having a nuke dropped on it, his brother is a rock star, and his father has been grooming him since childhood to die saving the world because dad also had prophetic dreams.
Like the first book, it's a big cheesy action thriller. I think Correia overuses certain plot devices just to keep the story moving, but it does move briskly and entertainingly. There is still a fair amount of anti-government axe grinding, but there are some interesting good guys and bad guys on the government's team.
While it was good for a long car ride and I may read more books in the series, it seems like each book will involve saving the world from an ever bigger, ever badder Big Bad, which kind of reminds me of Star Wars - how many times can you blow up a Death Star before it gets old?
I prefer Correia's Grimnoir series, which seems to have been conceived from the beginning as a complete story arc, whereas MHI seems more like an RPG where the GM makes it up as he goes.
Also, the Grimnoir books are narrated by Bronson Pinchot. Oliver Wyman is good, but Bronson Pinchot is the best.
I am already looking forward to hearing the next book! makes my trips to see my daughter fly by! The narration is excellent, and the story makes me look for reasons to hear it!
I think I have a bit of an addiction to audio books. So, if you have extra credits, I will gladly take them off your hands.
story follows a path that is not necessarily predictable, but a bit formulaic. I enjoyed it but I don't think I am going to continue the series.
Great sequel to the first book. 5x the action, snappy dialogue and plot twists. A little bit of irritating deus ex machina, but even that was measured and contributed to the storyline.
story kept me going and had good sayings to live by. I recommend this to every supernatural fan.
looking forward to the 3rd book, which I'll be starting in a few minutes. The stories are engaging, even laugh out loud funny at rimes, and well read.
"DING, DING ROUND 2 OF A MONSTER BATTLE"
After the first book, "Monster Hunter International", I knew I'd be in for a treat and was not disappointed. The prequel was really good, pity ratings only go to 5 a really great monster battle of a book.
Love this series - action gore monsters
Can't stop listening. Cheesy but good! I recommend them
"A good sequel,"
yes i mean its a good book, with humour and gangster gnomes. yes you heard me gangster gnomes. what up dog. u feeleng me bruv gnomes. i have to dof my cap to Larry just for that. in other parts it continues the series on well and develops characters well.
my favorite character is hard to say, it could be G gnome. but owen is normally a good shout as he is the main character. but you know what Its got to be agent franks. (interesting fact the word Agent comes from the roman latin agentes who were like the secret police of the ancient world). yes ill go with franks as he tops out and king bad ass level 10.
Oliver wyman in my opinion is a solid narrator who should be chosen more often. I cant tell you how many books ive started listening to with a poor american narrator that ruins the story. this felllow is really a good and really spins his own emotions into the tale. give it more of a feel than some of the dry renditions u hear.
mostly humour and kick ass excitment.
please people listen to this book, its fun and action packed and does it well without taking itself to seriously which i love.
"2nd in the series that I'm 100% happy I found"
When you find a great series, you want to dig your teeth into it - the world that Larry Correia has created in these is brilliant, it's so close to the real world that it could very well exist without us knowing, add in the amazing reading by Oliver Wyman, this series just becomes astounding
The main characters are great, realistic, and are fun to learn about, along with the stories in the series being engaging - while listening the books I've broken out into grins, laughter & quite often lost in the story and almost missing my train station
With the story moving on a-pace, great characters like Franks, the superb team that support Owen the monster hunting accountant, and when you hear them being portrayed in the audio book, you can see them in your mind, and I've already cast a film (e.g. Margot Robbie for Holly), this only makes the books better & more enjoyable
If you want a really well written series, that is incredibly read, then you can't go far wrong with this book & the series - I've spread these books to friends who have spread them to family & it's gone from there, all from me finding one on here... you couldn't do that if the book & series weren't great!
Download, listen & enjoy - this series is brilliant and I can't wait for more!!!
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