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.
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"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)
The first Monster Hunter book was quite a tour de force, a highly original-feeling story chock full of humor, insane action sequences, and epicness. The sequel gives you more of the same - which may satisfy those craving more of such, but for me it's starting to get a bit repetitive.
The plot picks up where the first left off, which is something I wasn't too keen on. Correia tries to up the stakes in every possible way, when I thought he had reached too far in the first volume. This results in what feels like a kitchen-sink mentality, where he tries to tie everything together (feeling like ret-conning at times), creating ridiculous situations for the heroes to try and escape from. The result is long, frustrating sequences that seem to be drawn-out for the intent purpose of creating more tension and upping the stakes. Then Correia has no choice but to resort to lots of deus ex machina moments in order to bail the heroes out of said situations.
Perhaps with this book the initial plotline is over, although it sounds like he's going to continue it, with lots of foreshadowing and prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Although there are elements I like to the story and his writing, I'm not sure if I want to continue any further if we are to follow the same (now old-feeling) plot line.
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no sophomore slump here! vendetta brings back all of your favorite monster hunters from mhi to face off against a mysterious necromancer even master vampire susan shaklefield is afraid of.
owen, of course, keeps getting himself in trouble b/c of his big mouth. he's a mix of mike talbot (zombie fallout) and joe ledger. owen's a loveable, self-deprecating dolt that knows how to kick some serious a$$. although, him getting his a$$ kicked is still pretty regular.
owen's journey as the prophesized one takes an interesting turn as his family is dragged into the fight. so what does the bulls eye on his forehead get him? franks as a babysitter. franks is a great character even though he works for the gov't's monster control board. franks' reveal is a great twist. yup, i was wrong.
past events mentioned in the first book are brought to life as what has happened in the past affects what mhi is going through now. in particular, what really happened that night years ago when ray opened the portal during the big shacklefield party. vendetta answers a lot of questions left from mhi.
larry correia does a great job of coming up with new types of monsters and villains. man sure does his research! another reviewer stated that correia's villains are like matryoshka dolls- there's always a bigger baddie behind the current baddie. i don't see it that way. i see it as competing powerful factions, each vying for their opportunity to destroy the world. NOTE: you may not understand this until the end of the book.
speaking of the end, what a great ending. correia's battle scenes are epic and always have consequences. even though, i didn't enjoy vendetta as much as the first, the ending definitely made up for it. think lotr return of the king.
I really loved the action and story of this book. The narrator is great. You really feel like you know Owen Pitt.
Owen Pitt, he is just a down to earth guy. I also found myself liking Franks in this book.
Can't wait to read the next book.
Action, violence and the narrator.
Gangsta gnomes were pretty hilarious. Franks reveal was one of the few genuine surprises I didn't see coming a mile away.
He's a great narrator.
The ork village events after the big mhi battle was particularly heart-wrenching. There were many others
Main character is kind of an idiot. I find it hard to root for a character who is basically every bad one liner from every mid 80's action flick. I really wish he was just a little smarter. The rest of the cast is excellent. Overall a great audio book. The narrator is a real find.
A solid follow up to book 1 that continues to build and move this series forward. Excellent story with some new and interesting characters. A lot of fun to listen too with another perfect performance by Oliver Wyman.
Yes it is a long and fun book I could listen to it over and over again
Absolutley he was great!
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I do not usually purchase Sci-Fi/Fantasy books (I am a myserty & thriller person) but I took a chance on this one and I was so happy I did. Action and comedy combined together so well. LIstening at work I found myself laughing out loud one minute and wincing at the violence the next. Loved it!!!
Oliver Wymans timing and just the right amount of sarcasim at the right moment made it even better. Great job
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If you do cliches, make them over the top and use them to your full advantage. That is what Larry Correia does, and in spades. Take what is stereotypical of the zombie/vampire genre and work it into a book that is full of action and despair, and let the audience enjoy it to its fullest. There was hardly anything new or refreshing to the story or the characters, but LC made it work and work well none the less. A very enjoyable book, I would recommend it to any fan of the pulp action and horror genre.
I bought this book based on the reviews and number of stars. I kept coming back to it over and over, month after month, but I just wasn't sure so I kept choosing other books. I wish I'd bought it ages ago because it was exciting, well-written and kept me listening long after I should have been asleep.
I enjoyed the unique story. With the market being flooded with urban fantasy, eveyone is writing werewolf and vampire books, and while many are great reads, this series took the theme in a completely different direction and I loved it!
I've never heard an Oliver Wyman narration before, but he's wonderful and did a fantastic job.
This book made me laugh hysterically, cry in outrage and cheer out loud!
I've now listened to the entire series available on Audible and hope there will be more.
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Look, I read a ALOT of books and I enjoy alot of them, but these books really stand out as amazing, I really can't say enough good things about this author and these books, I really love the characters, the setting, really everything about this series.
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