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Publisher's Summary

Dirty Harry meets Twilight. Number 3 in the break-out series and a follow-up to Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta.

Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger's stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.

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©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 11-30-12

Werewolves, werewolves everywhere.

Another awesome book from Larry Correia. I love his stuff. This book was a little different than the others since all the action happens in one night and is confined to one small town. This book has some great new characters and a few of the old too. The book leaves you hanging some and I'm immediately ready for the next one. I have all my friends and family reading this series. Fun and imaginative. Keep em coming Larry. Oliver Wyman is also awesome, cracks me up that his russian accent sounds like Christopher Walken's voice.

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  • Bill
  • Cary, NC, United States
  • 11-30-12

Christopher Walken!?!!

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

I just wanted to comment on Wyman's performance -- I did a veritable double-take and a big grin spread across my face as I heard his portrayal of the character Nicolai. He gave one of the two voices for the schizophrenic Russian a distinct impersonated inflection like the actor Christopher Walken -- how oddly appropriate! It gave me a good chuckle.

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Best of the series (with added Walken)

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

Yes. Even though it's the third, it's a great intro to the series. Book one starts with a werewolf attack; this book is all werewolf. Backstory for Earle; origin of werewolves, why the MCB are so distrusted - a great introduction to the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Earle - he's a far more likeable lead than Owen... I was getting pretty sick of the "I'm a big guy" thing non stop. It's nice to have a 'reluctant hero', a hero that does it because it's the right thing to do not because it's all he can do.

Don't get me wrong, I like Owen - but sometimes I get the feeling he is just the author's fantasy version of himself. In this book Larry is forced to write a main character that isn't just 'Larry'.

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything with Nikolai. The narrator's Walken impression added and extra dimension to the unhinged character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listen to books whilst driving; it's pretty rare far me to carry on listening in the house. This one doesn't want you to stop.

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  • James
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 11-24-12

More MHI goodness.

More of the same, and that's a very good thing. I love this series. This one is a bit diff as most series regulars are absent in this story, but no problem this is a fun read.

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  • Sue
  • Tomerong
  • 11-23-12

It's as if the author was taking a breather

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

This was a novel on a particular character from the monster hunter series. He probably went on holidays with the author. It was much more somber than the others in the series however still very good

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  • chad
  • Grand Rapids, MI, United States
  • 11-22-12

Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was looking forward to this book because i have been becoming a bigger fan of this series with each book, however i was disappointed that this book centered on 1 member of the team instead of the entire team. having the entire team involved in the story is what makes the story more interesting. on the redeeming side of things this book did have a lot of backstory stuff in it and some stuff to build off for future stories. hopefully the next book will be better this is a good series and i want to keep hearing more from it.

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

not centered on just one member of the team.

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

i have listened to most of this authors books and this one is low on the scale for the story.

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  • Luke S
  • United States
  • 11-06-12

Incredible Writing Continues

Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

The entire Monster Hunter Series is a series I wish I could listen to again for the first time. This story is phenomenal, complete, telling, suspenseful, and makes us love Earl even more, if that is possible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Earl is my favorite character because of his integrity, strength, and how complex a character he is.

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

I have to speed the audiobook to 1.5 to make Wyman's delivery sound good. He is a slow reader who needs to speed it up a bit, but the speed option on my phone app works perfectly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was indeed moved by Earl's last encounter with Nicoli (spelling?) and the bloodline that continued through their complex relationship

Any additional comments?

This, at first, was not what I thought I would enjoy as much as the first two books, but ended up being my favorite of all the series to this point. KEEP WRITING LARRY!!

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This is the story of Harbinger.

Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

The story is tight with no repeats of ANY of the previous novels.
Larry has really a very creative, rational, flexible mind.
Corrupt MCB agents, a resourceful townsfolk, a she-werewolf with a crush on Harbinger, a russian psycho-werewolf with two personalities (like Joe Ledger): all of them.
And no MHI at all. Surprising.

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

The funniest moments: like when Harbinger tries to smoke without renegerative lungs and claims: "These things could kill me now!" Duh.
Heather kissing Harbinger. That was unexpected. And Nikolai surrendering to Harbinger.

Which scene was your favorite?

Harbinger realizing he had bitten a Singer who was carrying a human child and who now had the Curse.
Rocky stole some of the worst and best memories.

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

Laugh at sudden moments and made me lose control of the car more than once.
Do NOT listen to it in traffic.

Any additional comments?

The narrator is brilliant.

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fun, action filled, thriller, and easy listen

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

a great story line.

What other book might you compare Monster Hunter Alpha to and why?

have no answer to this one. It stands alone.

Which scene was your favorite?

the point where Nicolas reinfects Earl. Their conversation and finally mutual understanding.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed the entire series. It is unsual and although a building for armagedon, the story line is very unusual. The characters are real and enjoyable.

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Awesome!

I have said before that this series is not my norm. I enjoyed the first 2 in the series. I didn't like this book in the beginning, it was a little slow to start. Earl's backstory is the only thing that kept me interested at first. Once the story got going though, I couldn't stop listening. Wyman did his usual fantastic job.

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