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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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  • Jason
  • PENSACOLA, FL, United States
  • 02-28-13

A change of pace. But, in a good way.

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

The first scene that comes to mind is the confrontation between Harbinger and Stark. His response to "Who do you think you are?" is classic.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

In this particular book, it would have to be the protagonist, Earl Harbinger. Nickolai Petrov and his arguments with the Tvar were enjoyable in print. But, he sounded a bit too much like Christopher Walken early on in the recording for him to be my favorite in this recording.

Any additional comments?

This is another great installment to the M.H.I. series. Even though the book follows Earl Harbinger on a personal mission and leaves the main protagonist of the first two books sidelined save for a throw away comment or two, it is still a great listen. Alongside the main story, we are introduced to more of the M.H.I. world. With old villains, new villains, pieces of Harbinger's personal history, and our introduction to a seedier shadow agency of the government, there is a lot new and old to enjoy.

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  • Glenn
  • Encino, CA, United States
  • 12-31-12

The Best of this Series Yet

I love the Monster Hunter Series... its about a group of good guys who fight the mystical forces of evil. The characters are likeable and the stories are great. Larry Correia has a great sense of humor... his characters have some funny one liners from time to time, which makes it more amusing. And I really enjoy the reading by Oliver Wyman.

This Monster Hunter Book is better than the others for two reasons: 1) the main character (Earl Harbinger) is more likable than the main character in the other books (Owen Pitt). 2) Oliver Wyman chose to use a voice similar to Christopher Walken for one of the characters, and it really help bring the book to life!

This is the best book so far in a really great series. I highly recommend the Monster Hunter Series!

--Glenn

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  • Matt
  • Maryland Heights, MO, United States
  • 08-07-12

Fun Modern Supernatural Action Thriller

Monster Hunter Alpha is my favorite of the three Monster Hunter books written by Larry Correia. Having well established his setting and main characters in the first two novels, he really gets a chance to expand on a character that was he hadn't really focused on, even though he was key to the previous two books: Earl Harbinger. Continually adding detail throughout the book while not getting bogged down in exposition, he really shined the spotlight on this interesting and entertaining character. Earl is intelligent, smart-mouthed, kind-hearted, and very, very competent at what he does: Monster Hunting. As you might expect, there is plenty of action and heroic derring-do. What you might not expect is that it is sprinkled with lots of humor and wit. There are some pretty grizzly scenes worthy of a horror novel, but there is also a bit of mushy stuff as well. The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Delving into the how and why of the character's motivations makes the actions so described actually matter. It's a nice balance of character development and narrative that should appeal to modern fantasy fans who favor action over romance. It also moves along the overall arc of the MHI novels a bit, so if you liked the first two you'll definitely want to pick this one up.

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  • James
  • Shawnee, Ok, United States
  • 03-15-12

Awesome

All 3 Monster Hunter books were Awsome and I cant wait for the 4th thru.... I will be purchasing all of them as I can't imagine the story line ending or flattening out. High action, great characters and great story from the "get go" to "get done".

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  • Patroo
  • the High Desert
  • 03-14-12

The evolution of the King of the Werewolves

I read all three of these in print before getting the audio version, and while I liked them very well in print, they are even better in audio format. Reader Oliver Wyman nails a wide variety of voices and personalities for everything from subhuman monsters to crusty century-old werewolves and a combat accountant.

Monsters of all types are real, and outbreaks are quietly suppressed by the various government agencies for multiple nations as well as private contractors. Monster Hunters International is one of those private groups, recruiting constantly to keep up with demand for their services and to offset the inevitable losses of personnel.

Earl Harbinger is in charge of MHI, and this book is largely devoted to his story, how he became a werewolf and learned to control his homicidal urges, and how he became a recruit for special forces that dealt with monstrous situations.

He's come to Copper Lake, Michigan, at the height of winter, traveling solo, and finds himself at the center of a werewolf outbreak. A competitor in the monster hunting business has also arrived with a crew, and a contingent of government monster hunters is on hand. Earl finds that he knows some of the other players, including another aggressive and evil werewolf, Nicolai. Nicolai wants to settle a very old score.

Meanwhile the townspeople find themselves being attacked, turned into werewolves, and they have to fight or die.

There's a magical amulet involved, and the magic associated with it strips Earl of his werewolf curse. Human for the first time in many years, he's having trouble adapting to his new weaknesses, the injuries he's acquiring in this battle, and though he's wanted to get rid of the curse, it's obviously a mixed blessing. Deputy Heather has been turned in the process of fighting the werewolves, and she's displaying special powers, perhaps related to the amulet or the strength of the alpha werewolf in the town. Earl is going to have to kill her, though, because she's been turned, and that's his job. Very few of the supernatural beings have ever qualified to be safe from eradication, and Earl himself was a rare one. Now he's just another human, struggling to stay alive while trying to save the town and conquer evil.

In that fight, it turns out that a snow cutter, a big snow plow with rotary blades, really kicks butt when tackling werewolves!

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  • Andrea
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • 01-25-12

The series just keeps getting better!

Would you listen to Monster Hunter Alpha again? Why?

Yes! It is a story that has everything. Humour, thrills, suspense. And Oliver Wymann tells the story masterfully....conveying every emotion that the author put to words. He brings the characters to life.

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

When the heroine begins to change into her new form.

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

yes. As I said, he has the ability to breath life into a story's characters.

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

It made me anxious for the next installment in the MHI series!

Any additional comments?

This is one of my all-time favourite stories.

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  • greg
  • Yonkers, NY, United States
  • 09-13-11

Fun, Fun

Buy now - very fun. Would help if you started with the 1st 2 books but not 100% required

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  • Ann
  • Vista, CA, United States
  • 09-11-11

You feel like you're there!

This is an incredible series of books. I've come to truly appreciate how critical the narrator is to an audio version of a story no matter how wonderful the written version may be. This narrator makes you see what's going on and feel the fun and horror of the story. I have become totally immersed each time and look forward to each episode with great anticipation. A stellar performance each time and wonderful story lines make this series one you shouldn't miss.

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  • wck
  • newark, NJ, United States
  • 08-31-11

Hilarious!

This was a great little story. Good for your commute or working out in the gym.

The characters are well done, and I had a good time listening to it. Give it a twirl.

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  • Mark
  • bombala, Australia
  • 08-14-11

Pretty good

different from the first two books, not telling the story of owen pitt but telling a story from a few different characters...the story seemed to jump from character to character and back an forward in time from all different perspectives...if the story just followed Earl Harbinger i think this book would be awesome but because it jumps around to other characters i think it seemed to lessen the greatness of the series...but overall was still a great book and hope to listen to more from this series in the future

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