Monster Hunter Vendetta

Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Series: Monster Hunter, Book 2
Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12,495 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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A Macho Sandwich with Double Cheesiness

The "Monster Hunter" series is something that your sane voice is telling you to hate, but the sheer ridiculousness of the story coupled with the over-the-top machismo and cheesiness somehow overrides that voice. In the end, you find yourself thoroughly enjoying the ride and groaning as required.

This book is like a comic book sans art work. What is fun is how the author has liberally pulled upon other references (think H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, etc.) and brought them along for the ride. The second book in the series, it did a good job of continuing the story from the first book. Although this book could stand on it's own, you'll be much better situated if you start with book one.

In summary. if you have a good sense of humour and can tolerate ridiculous situations and dialogue, you will enjoy this book. If this isn't your cup of tea, then avoid this series. I'm just crazy enough to have found it very enjoyable.

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Exciting story, well told, with a great villain

If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

World's best villain.

What did you like best about this story?

The villain in this story is great. He's cunning and powerful and, most importantly, understandable. He's a fantastic example of a man driven to evil, rather than being evil for evil's sake. His motives are clear and his means are ruthless, he was a fantastic character.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one continues the excellent quality of the first Monster Hunter book, with Oliver bringing Owen to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sometimes, the end justifies the means... but an automatic shotgun always means the end to something.

Any additional comments?

This is a great sequel to a fun first book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Action, death, destruction

What did you like best about Monster Hunter Vendetta? What did you like least?

The main characters were quite engaging and it was nice to meet more family members (this is book 2 after all) but every time a real problem occurred more improbable powers appeared and it just got silly.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

2 books have been fun, mostly, but enough is enough.

Any additional comments?

This is such a boys annual for adults book. Lots of shooting, slashing, car crashes and a hero who is totally indestructible to the point where he survives what no human being before him has survived. Oh, and he is the only hope for the future of the human race. I usually don't have too much trouble suspending belief in fantasy novels but this tested me. However, if you love pure action and impossible heroes, you'll love this book.

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If you liked the first book 📚 you’ll LOVE THIS ONE

The author doesn’t mess around in this one, before second chapter he goes straight into the action of the plot. Setting a heavy precedent.

Absolutely loved it

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not on the same level as the Hard Magic series

ok series so far. not in the same universe as the hard magic series as far as quality. I can hardly believe the same guy writes both series.

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Monster Hunter Redux


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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Second Curse, Same as the First

This book was just like its predecessor. On the plus side you get an adventure loaded with action, monsters, and guns (and guns). If you're a sucker for action (and guns), Vendetta might have enough to hold your interest.

Unfortunately, the story is almost a repeat of the first book. I feel like I could have just read Monster Hunter International twice.

There was really no deepening of the very superficial characters. His use of stereotypes makes me wonder whether he's ever really met another human. His main character is even less human than the other "humans" in the book. Owen Pitt thinks in taglines and catchphrases. He is a narcissist who knows even better than the reader that the story is about him. He feels guilt for getting his friends into trouble because the bad guys are after him, but he doesn't act on this guilt other than to just "feel" it momentarily every time someone off to his left or right gets killed. The only other emotion he has room for in his ammo pouch is anger and all its synonyms. I forgave this after the first book, but by the end of the sequel, it needs some character development.

Correia started his series with a "world in the balance" climax so he had nowhere to go except to give us another similar ending. I can't speak for the rest of the series, but I feel a lot of similarities in narrative and main character to Goodkind's, "Wizard's First Rule" series. Ruggedly independent man with powers no one can explain faces unavoidable, world-ending conundrum that he defeats with the timely assistance of a Deus ex Machina all with libertarian undertones. With Goodkind it got old slowly (his characters had personalities), not so with Correia. I think I am done after this.

The reader, Wyman, stepped up his game in this edition. He went a little bolder with some of the characterizations to good effect. I am not blown away, but I am well satisfied.

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I don't really like Owen

What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Vendetta the most enjoyable?

Larry has great ideas and makes action fun to listen to.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Just to much time is wasted with Owen being petty and argumentative. There were times I just had to stop listening, it was so painful. The arguing doesn't seem to do anything for the story, it slows down the narrative and it's just irritating to listen to.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

He makes the book sound like it's peopled by a multitude of different, distinct voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I laughed a couple of times.

Any additional comments?

I would have loved the book so much more without the silly school yard bull poo.

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Monster Hunter Vendetta

I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The writer is sometimes violent yet funny. Like Harry Dresden of the Dresden files, the character is sarcastic, flawed and definitely an anti-hero. The narrator Oliver Wyman is amazing, really. His voice intonations and characters are funny, dramatic and truly believable. He really actuates the book. The first book is a warm up to this one. I say, go for it. If you like vampires, werewolves and other demons, you'll enjoy this true action adventure.

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Owen and the MHI gang still going strong

I love this series. The second book is just as good as the first. The story and the characters have captured my imagination. Sure it is ridiculous - that is part of why it is so good. Owen is a great lead character. Sure he is over the top - that is part of why it is so good. We meet his family and they are interesting characters. Through them we learn more about why Owen is wired the way he is. The tantalizing love story about Owen is ongoing. The wonderful Orks are more fleshed out. The antagonist in this book is a cult leader and he is a formidable foe. As in the last book, Owen takes quite a beating, several times. Owen is persistent and brave. The final battle is epic.

The narrator is excellent. He brings excitement into the book and does a great job with the various characters' voices, Each character has a very distinctive voice and it is easy to know who is talking even if the book does not tell you who is speaking. I am truly hooked and have read every book in this series. I also loved Correia's other series, particularly the Grimnoir Chronicles, which begins with Hard Magic. Correia is one of my favorite modern day writers - probably in the top five.

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  • Michael herring
  • 04-21-18

Becoming my favourite author and series

I haven't been sucked into a book so strongly for a damn long time. Larry, you're officially one of my favourite authors, your writing, story telling and character development are ace, with blockbuster action, twists, and down right vivid wordplay I watch the events unfold in my head in such a way that I'm glued to my headphones and can't get enough. The other major factor for my not getting enough of the monster hunter series is down to Oliver wyman's delivery of the novel, clear speech and well delivered voice acting bring the world and characters to life with brilliant vibrancy down to Olivers delivery of Owen he is now etched into my mind as one of the most badass heros out there.
Thanks guys, these books are awesome! And are currently the major bulk of my audible library haha!

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  • Mr
  • 06-18-13

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.

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  • V.W
  • 08-09-19

Another epic tale of heroes and villains!

More awesome races with interesting quirks, more massive fights including another two rounds of show-stopping combat. This is a good follow-up to monster hunter International. The reader gets marked down slightly because the English accent sounds distinctly London instead of Birmingham and occasionally slips into Australian, but he gets marks back for characters having individually recognisable voices including female characters.

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  • goldmoonstorm
  • 03-17-17

Better and better

This series just keeps getting better and better . This narrater is something special! .. just how many voices can he do! .. just when you think he can't possibly do a voice he pulls it out the bag! Looking forward to the next one .

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  • William
  • 09-16-15

A good sequel,

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

mostly humour and kick ass excitment.

Any additional comments?

please people listen to this book, its fun and action packed and does it well without taking itself to seriously which i love.

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  • Johnbear67
  • 12-28-19

Slow start but pulls you in

The book is slow to start but pulls you in and keeps you gripped till the end. Because of this book I’ve bought two others in the Monster Hunter International series. Definitely well worth the money.

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  • Miss Jennifer Amor
  • 05-14-19

good book

good story, well worth a listen
if you like fiction, and story's about monster enjoy.

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  • Stu J
  • 09-13-18

Brilliant

I bought this for something a book different and based upon reviews, I was instantly hooked, the story and narration is amazing. If you like monster and can suspend all disbelief you'll absolutely love this book.

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  • Seth
  • 08-28-18

Spot on.

Brilliant development from the first MHI. Still too heavy handed on the gun specifics (this man REALLY loves his guns!) but otherwise fantastically entertaining listen. Would highly recommend for anyone who loves b movie camped up hyper violence.

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  • I P Carolan
  • 04-06-18

kept me hooked right to the end

Loved it. Enjoyed the narrator. I have already downloaded the second book in the series.

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  • Joe
  • 09-28-19

Another wild romp of action, dark humor

Genuine laugh out loud moments mixed in between violence, terror and twisted plots set the Monster Hunter series above other supernatural action stories.

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  • Yacob
  • 03-22-16

MHI the Kings

With more monsters and fantasy creatures this story starts to flesh out the series with many edge of seat moments.

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  • Deon
  • 02-18-16

Great 2nd book to a great 1st book.

Great 2nd book to a great 1st book.
Loved it. Looking forward to the third book.

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  • Rohan
  • 11-09-15

lovecraft on steroids and elicit drugs

Very enjoyable, an original story, lovecraftian elements, I loved nearly every minute of it, the one downside was some abstract silliness that for me personally detracted from the story as a whole. Still one of my favourite book series to date.