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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Suprizingly entertaining

Why should I buy this book? A valid question I had to ask myself when I was reading the description. Let's face it, if you like werewolfs, zombies, vampires etc. then the title alone was sufficient to suck you in. However, if you, like me, were looking for something in the science fiction genre and was surprised to find this so highly rated and furthermore having great reviews by most that read it then I will answer the other question: How can it be?
How can it be that a book that talks about vampires, guns and gore is so highly regarded? How can it be that a book that has a story out of every other book in this genre is so entertaining? How can people like such literature?
Let me tell you something. There is a lot worse out there and this book is actually an oasis among them. The reasons are clear to me and they boil down to this: A cult classic B-rated movie. For those that have seen The Blob or any of the Evil Dead movies this is the feeling you get out of this. Something so bad it is actually good. Let's look at the list.
Monsters out of handbook. Check. Endless beating of main character throughout the book (if you don't like him I would say this is a big plus). Check. Reminding us how awesome he is. Check. Anti-goverment remarks at every chapter (can't wait for a movie to play the drinking game). Check. Classic boy meets girl theme. Check. I can go on and on.
And yet we also see clear writing without straining the language and without taking the reader for a fool. Many different locations and a story that is not boring one bit from start to finish. Entertaining. Good jokes, some I have heard before but the context makes them better. Added bonus - great voice acting by Oliver Wyman.
This is not a masterpiece for sure but I sometimes want something entertaining that I can relax with. This series provides me that pleasure and therefore adds something to the world.

161 of 199 people found this review helpful

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Did not meet my expectations, thankfully!

I originally purchased this book when I saw it "on the cheap" on one of Audbiles specials. I had the lowest of expectations just judging from the cover art and the name of the book but as I drive allot and the price was right I figured I would give it a try.
MUCH to my delight this was a fun, action packed and funny as hell book. I ended up well hooked on the series and have now read them all. Larry has a good imagination and a heck of a sick sense of humor, which I can relate to.
Bottom line............Loved it.

107 of 136 people found this review helpful

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Harry Potter for morons

The crazy thing is that it's fairly well written. It's an enjoyable and engaging read, but constantly annoying. The story is half love story and half monster murderfest.

The romance is clunky and devoid of any actual romance, making it completely unclear why the two are in love other than mutual interests. It's as if the author forgets that women make choices and that those choices need to be backed up with logic and/or emotion to make sense. This wouldn't be so bad if the story didn't reinforce how powerful this love was. If the love two people share is strong enough to save the world, you would expect as a reader to believe in that love and have an emotional investment.

The murderfest is almost completely cliche. The big bad is essentially a ball of shadow (with the word shadow as part of his name) and the enemies are all worthy of eye-rolls. There's even a Nazi vampire. The secret world of monster hunting, obvious prophecy reveals, and gee-gollyism of the main character are all painfully reminiscent of mediocre YA. The one truly great aspect of the book was everything surrounding the company's pilot, Skippy. Everything even remotely related to Skippy is solid gold. There's also an aspect of the story called "Abomination." Despite the corny name, it's awesome.

Again, the writing is good... It's just that some of the concepts are really stupid and childish. If you're a thirteen years old boy unsure of your own masculinity or you just don't read many books, you might love it. If you read often, this will feel like a waste of time.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Ok monster story to pass the time.

This came up as an Audible recommendation because I've listened to a bunch of fantasy and sci-fi books. I would say it was just "ok".
The whole 'giant of a man who's a lovable oaf/teddy bear who can rip your head off/immediately falls in love with the hottest girl in the whole book and acts sheepishly awkward around her at every interaction but isn't afraid of vampires or other monsters' got pretty old pretty fast. I found myself rolling my eyes and sighing out loud in every scene with those two characters. I even made gagging sounds a few times.
The monster action and fight scenes were interesting, but I found the narrator to be at little too melodramatic and slow for my taste.

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  • Atlanta
  • 09-05-17

Entertaining but juvenile

The story was somewhat entertaining but mostly campy, juvenile and underwhelming. Characters and dialogue are very shallow.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Dialogue wanting, but decent narrator

This was a big commitment and with the reviews, I thought it would be solid. The narrator, often sounding like Nick Offerman, I thought I'd give it a try. The story offered a fantasy based typical hero who doesn't know he's a hero, with classic guides, love interests and teams. I often felt, though, like I was listening to a low budget shootem up film dialogue with cliché fighting dialogue. It was entertaining enough to get me through the first one, but I'm not interested in any sequels.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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My second Monster Hunter book


This is my second Monster Hunter book and the first in this series. My first read ( or listen ) was Monster Hunter Memoirs Grunge and that was really cheesy, with a main character who was a real douche. This book seems to have a little of the same problem with it's main character , but not nearly to the same degree. This story was well thought out and has several likable monster hunters and monsters. There is non stop action and a variety of cool monsters. I think it became a bit unbelievable when the main characters keep miraculously surviving unsurvivable situations. Having said this I might give book number two a try also.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Could not get interested. Lame.

"Heavy black flies landed on us to check if we were edible." Say no more.

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Fun, light, and predictable

I did enjoy the book as it was fun and light. However, I was able to predict the ending of the book about mid way through. Every twist was easy to conclude given the facts provided making the book more of a chore to complete.

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Disappointment

I'd heard about this book and was hoping for an entertaining, unique tale. Instead it turned out to be a collection of tired, trite, cookie-cutter story elements that were mashed together in the most ham-fisted way imaginable. It seems like it was all nothing more than an excuse for the author to show off his knowledge of firearms. I seriously wish I could get my money back for this one, because it was a huge disappointment.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • ben
  • 05-09-12

Decent

A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Moonface
  • 04-08-13

They Shoot Monsters, Don't They?

This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-10-13

Fantastic, the hunt is on!

This is a face paced story, although you need to get over the fact that you will know your guns by the end. The Hero Owen Z Pitt is both funny, humble, arrogant and fantastically violent. The rest of the gang is just brilliant and the banter will keep you giggling, The story has enough complexity to keep your interest and the characters are sufficiently rounded for you to care what happens to them. Urban fantasy at its best!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul A. Adams
  • 07-31-17

Wasn't what I was expecting

I have read a few of Larry's books (in the magic universe). I almost stopped reading this is I am not into werewolves and vampires. But about. 20% in I got into it. Now I am hooked on the characters and what will happen in the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • goldmoonstorm
  • 03-01-17

Loved it!

Loved this book escapism at its best.. story moved with pace.. and what a narrator!! Fantastic! .. he had each voice and accents perfect , you could clearly distinguish the many characters..his narrative of chapter 22 was so good I felt I was there in that dark damp swamp in the heat of the battle. .. it didn't get the full 5 stars only because the authors obvious love of guns did get a bit tiresome but that's the only minus point... at over 20 hours it in no way felt like it! Highly recommend!

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  • Donal
  • 04-03-11

Hmm, interesting!

A good story, densely plotted, and a great reading by Oliver Wyman makes for an enthralling listen. So why only three stars? Well, partly because I think the book could have done with some stricter editing. It's a long, long journey with a number of diversions which, though entertaining, would have improved the pace of the book by their absence.
But the main reason for my docking two stars from my review is the barely hidden subtext. Anyone with any understanding of the last decade will spot the right-wing, redneck militia-leaning protagonists. For 'monsters' read 'terrorists' and for 'Monster Hunter International' read 'Anti Government vigilante militias' who operate on the basis that 'my gun is bigger than yours'. It was as if the author was channeling the spirits of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld as he wrote.
I realise that for many this aspect is probably an attractive and positive part of the story, but it left me feeling slightly uncomfortable while enjoying the mayhem. It is possible to write exciting monster hunting and supernatural mayhem books. I need only mention Jim Butcher and early Laurell K Hamilton as prime examples of politically neutral masters of the genre.

Having said all that, I'll still go for the second volume!

22 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher Young
  • 10-15-16

Full of action

Really enjoyable story, lots of action and of course loads of guns! Very good narration and I eventually even became used to the American accent. Well worthwhile

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  • Breen
  • 09-16-16

great performance, fun writing

great humour and a fun writing style but I think the characters are a bit over powered.

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  • Mr W.
  • 08-08-16

Made me want to eat my ears

The creepiest thing about this book was the protagonist.

This will probably spoil the book for anyone reading this and about to listen to it, but I imagined the narrator delivering all of his lines like he's looking at an imaginary camera, head tilted slightly forward with one eyebrow raised and saying the word 'Duh-uh-uh!' Over and over again for twenty hours of my life that I'll never get to spend with my family.

If you're from Texas, you'll love it.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • 03-08-12

I think this simply wasn't for me

Having listened to this I think I simply don't like the protagonist. I'm sure the whole macho shoot first think eventually thing will appeal to some but didn't for me. I found myself constantly hoping that something would manage to kill pitt for good which sadly didn't happen.

The unhealthy obsession with guns, barely hidden political views and telegraphing of events to come throughout the book left me disappointed. This was topped off by one of the most inexplicable romance angles I have ever listened to and terrible attempts to build emotion with characters before something dreadful happened to them.

However it's all fine because guns are cool, especially if you are shooting guns and even more so if you are shooting them at something that doesn't require a moral justification on if its right or wrong. I will be sticking with Harry Dresden where good story, character development and well written action blend together into an interesting and gripping read. It's a shame this book lacks any of those.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Yacob
  • 03-09-16

Another thrilling tail

Awesome book again exploring the depths of the universe in some weird and wonderful ways

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy
  • 04-01-18

Best book and series ever

Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book, and then series, is my absolute favourite. What a surprise! I didn't expect to like it based on the cover art or blurb but it was on sale at the time so I thought, why not? Boy was I glad I did. This is an AWESOME book and series and I would highly recommend.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

Well I can't really say or I'll give it away. The first chapter will grab you though!! (pun intended)

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

Oliver Wyman's performance in this series is beyond stellar. I've actually started buying other books based on his performance but honestly, nothing comes close to how awesome he is in this series. The persistent "Owen said" or "said Holly" are superfluous as you would know who was talking simply by the change in voice. How he can go from robust baritone to breathy falsetto, without sounding ridiculous, is aMAZing! You will not be disappointed!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

That's not really my job but I'd say: Jam packed with adventure! It'll keep you on the edge of your seat! (Yes I know. Don't give up my day job.)

Any additional comments?

The marriage of an awesome story by Larry Correia and outstanding performance is not to be missed!