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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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Earl's story

This book is Earl's story, the leader of MHI. It flips back and forth between past and present. We learn about the past when he first becomes a werewolf and the present when he goes after another werewolf from his past without his team. This book was a lot more violent and gory than the first two. In the present an isolated town is taken over by werewolves, and not your typical werewolves. These are what might be called undead werewolves. Amongst all the violence there was a nice storyline and I just wish the ending could have been a little different. So if you're really turned off by blood and gore I wouldn't recommend this book because there was a lot of it.

The narrator did a nice job.

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Christopher Walken in a Werewolf Wonderland.

I bet others have commented, but one of the main protagonists sounds JUST like Christopher Walken. It couldn't have been by accident. Listening to a KGB dual personality werewolf Christopher Walken talk about his feelings sort of took on a story of it's own. It sort of made me love and hate this book, without giving too much away, I was totally rooting for Nick by the end.

The main protagonist, Earl, bothered me, as I considered him a hypocrite, and I couldn't get Alabama in his accent, but maybe it's a part of Bama I haven't been? Maybe it's the character's history, which makes him naturally pushy and assuming, that irked me.

The plot is pretty straight forward; big bad monsters, with many monster minions, attack quaint town, in flawless plan of world domination. Insert small group of first and second level protagonists, who don't like that kind of thing.

The government gives assistance, sending a handful of douches in Brooks Brother's suits, who maybe want to call Armageddon on the protagonists, and shut the party down, because their suits give them a false sense of superiority. Or something to that effect. Some of my best friends are feds, and they laugh about always being portrayed as the bad guys.

There were some interesting creatures, psychological situations (you get glimpses into the antagonist's heads, which are satisfyingly complex), and good plot twists.

Oliver Wyman is a Good narrator, but I have trouble paying attention to him. I've heard the term, 'paint the walls in exclamation marks!' but this is the first time I've heard someone who can paint the wall in periods. Even during frantic Darwinian fight scenes it sounds like Earl, Heather, and most of the developed characters (except Nick) are about to lounge against a wall, and maybe feel vexed about things. Perhaps this was a gimmick for Earl's character, since he's so bad at feeling fear, but it makes all the 'SISS! BANG! BOOM!' moments turn into 'Siss. Bang. Boom'

I'll probably increase my performance rating from 3 stars, cause his voice acting is good, I just think I'd be re-listening to the story Right Now if it wasn't for the monotone.

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  • ERICK
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • 09-12-12

A Great Addition to the Monster Hunter Series

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

Earl Harbinger is definitely one of the best characters in the Monster Hunter series and having a book entirely devoted to him pays off immensely. I didn't feel in the least ripped off in the least that we were following Earl and Owen Zastava Pitt doesn't show up at all. I know some people might, but put that out of your mind. Earl is such an excellent character, getting to hear about his rich history is plenty of reward, and Owen I'm sure will be back in book 4.

Much like the Chronicles of Narnia (Magician's Nephew), you could read this book alone, but it is best to read the other two books first because it makes this tale much richer because of it.

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More Kick-Butt Monstery Fun

This is the third book in the Monster Hunter series, and I was surprised to find it my favorite so far. After two books narrated by a different main character, I was concerned that I wouldn't like the main focus shifting to another character -- Earl, the head of Monster Hunters, Inc., and King of the Werewolves.

But this book was AWESOME. It was action-packed, had a touch of romance, had sympathetic heroes and even a particularly interesting villian/hero of questionable motivations. This story and its characters were complex, and simple all at the same time, with enough nuggets of humor to release the tension just when you think the story is getting too tense to handle.

If you haven't read the first two books, you'd still be fine starting with this one. It stands alone in its pursuit of kick-butt monstery fun, assuming your idea of monstery fun is guns and gory mayhem in a desolate, northern Michigan town where the undead are running amok.

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Best so far!!!!

This book threw me off at first, because its the third in a series, and the main character changes. So it is not from his point of view. But it was very good. It ends up being from the point of view of my favorite character in the book so it worked well for me. Cant wait for the next book. I'm as curios to see what direction the series will take next as I am to see what happens in the story. All in all I can sum this book up in a few words. ACTION, GUNS, AND A LITTLE BIT OF ROMANCE.........

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  • David
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 04-21-12

Better than you think it's going to be

I like the Monster Hunter books because they don't require my whole attention. With the first two books you get exactly what you expect: lots of fighting and interesting plot twists, but nothing that will interfere with the occasional attention lapse on the treadmill etc.

This book is significantly different. Pleasantly so. It's evenly wrtten with the same blending of a crisply moving plot and a touch of humor. The narration is outstanding...and I had to laugh when the scene where Nikoli held the gun to his head becasue the narrator makes him sound just like Christopher W as others have already indicated.

I'm a fan of urban fantasy -- and while I really like the IDEA of a werewolf novel, I hadn't really found one until now.

Yes -- there are areas where you're asked to really lower your standards for what's believable (but it's a WEREWOLF novel, okay?) and the characters do some patently out of character things once in a while -- but this is the best of the series as far as I am concerned.

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  • Jamie
  • Mt Royal, NJ, United States
  • 10-24-11

Some butt kicking and a little romance

I was a little hesitant after reading some of the less than stellar reviews but I really liked this book. Earl is a interesting character and this book provides a great deal of his backstory. The narrator is the same as the Monster Hunter International books and he is easy to follow. This book could easily stand alone but would be more entertaining as a read in order with the rest of the MHI series. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next MHI installment.

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  • Cliff
  • madison, MS, United States
  • 09-12-13

Finally, an interesting book about werewolves

Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

Ys, it is an inttersting series and harbinger is a much deeper character than most in this series. Finding out his history and what makes him tick was very interesting.

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

This series is unique unto itself.

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

Just in this series, but he does an excellent job.

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

I enjoyed when Harbinger finally got to cut looe.

Any additional comments?

Generally I do not like werewolves in stories. they are usually boring and I avoid them at all costs. this is the first book about a werewolf that is actually interesting and gives you a feel for what the condition would be like. Although it might be said closer to what it would be like if John Wayne was bitten by a werewolf ;)

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A decent distraction from the MHI story.

This book is not going to have the characters you have grown to love in the first MHI book. Its all about Earl Harbinger. I have to admit,for me,it started a little slow. But then once it got going it was great. Some new characters will be moving on to the next book and you will be happy that they do.

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I read it out of order

I read this book out of sequence, I read Monster Hunter Legion before reading this one, but it wasn’t that big a deal. In Legion they mention what happens in Alpha but most of it is kept a secret from the rest of the team, there are a few things that did not make sense, but not enough to make it awkward.

This story shows just how smart Larry Correia is, the first 2 books (and the 4th one) focused on the trials and tribulations of Owen Pitt, but the 3rd one focuses on Earl Harbinger for a change of pace and a chance to delve deeply into a different character. If he wants to, Larry Correia will be able to write Monster Hunter books forever changing the focus of each book at will.

I am now really excited to read the book that ends the Owen and Julie line and begins a new focus for the series, if that ever happens.

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