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Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you....
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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.
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.
120 of 146 people found this review helpful
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.
79 of 96 people found this review helpful
What would have made Monster Hunter International better?
Almost gave up after the character's voice was established on the first two chapters. You can almost hear the author's thought process: "Hmm, he should be in a boring job. what's the most boring job? Better play it safe and go with the stereotype. He's a CPA." This was the author's modus operandi for most of the characters. "I'll make his dream girl be dating a jerk. That always happens. They never date nice guys like me, I mean, Owen."<br/><br/>Clichés everywhere, linguistic and literary. A character sandwiches in the fact that he's engaged minutes before he's killed. Deus ex machina in chapter after chapter. Convenient exposition to explain the convenient skill the character acquires for a scene that never arises again. Nobody runs out of ammo.<br/><br/>Talking about the tactics employed against the forces of evil just makes me mad. Faith is demonstrated to be effective against vampires, but MHI doesn't try to capitalize on this fact, oh no, they just keep pouring bullets into the monsters. Bigger problem? Bigger gun. We just blew up a car on top of this thing, so that must have killed it, let's all turn our backs to it. Poor teamwork, bad communication, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN ONLY ONE PERSON ON YOUR TEAM KNOWS MORSE CODE, YOU'RE A PARAMILITARY UNIT FOR ODIN'S SAKE.<br/><br/>Odd word choices in the narrative voice throughout. Outright poor command of English in some places, and I don't mean the parts with the characters who don't speak English. Anti-establishment sentiments so outlandish they'd be comical if you didn't realize the author means everythin he writes. The political nuance of a self-assured teenage git.<br/><br/>Anyone with an ounce of military or police training will hate this book, and the content does nothing else to endear you to it. I zoned out during the frequent, innumerable action sequences. Narrator didn't help, but in the words of Mark Hamill, "Yes, George, but just try acting to these scripts!"
What do you think your next listen will be?
Not the sequels to this.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Probably, but what would be his motivation?
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disgust that this trash still passes the publisher.
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
Right from the start I was put off. This accountant gets attacked by his boss, who is a werewolf. The accountant pulls out a gun he keeps strapped to his ankle. Later they explain why an accountant would have an ankle gun, but it was too little too late.
Every single military cliche you have ever heard is in this long long book. There were moments when I laughed and I liked the take on Elves and on Orcs. It was no where near as good as Jonathan Maberry or Dean Koontz. You want monster's try Koontz's Frankenstein series. You want tough guy and Zombies try Maberry's Patient Zero.
Oliver Wyman did ok, but I have never a big fan of his and I wondered if the story would have sounded better from Ray Porter or Wil Wheaton.
33 of 40 people found this review helpful
A twelve year old or younger boy might like it. Trite subplots combined to sort
of make a story...this didn't take much talent to write, I think. Seems to have
been written so the author could start his own multi-volumed series. Excep;t for
pounding in the message that "capitalism and free enterprise" trump all else, character's
motivation was, frankly, cartoonish. As were characters, themselves. Can't decide
whether narrator helped or hindered book. I couldn't finish it. And, I tried.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Monster Hunter International?
The concept of MHI isn't new territory, that's fine. A group of mercenaries hunt monsters. It's been done but I can always go back to this sort of thing. The book starts out with a great scene in an office building with our main character being hunted by his Werewolf boss, and this scene is fantastic. It's followed up with another fantastic set piece on an abandoned freighter. From there the action scenes devolve into "then there was lots of gun fire. Then more gunfire. And afterward more gunfire and more gunfire and lots more bullets." They become tedious exercises without a hint of suspense.<br/><br/>The main character could easily be broken up into three or four characters. The secondary characters never get fully developed, mostly existing on the periphery of one dimensional archetypes. Our hero is too perfect; "HE'S A GENIUS! HE'S A PIT FIGHTER! HE'S AN ACCOUNTANT!" The requisite love interest is too obvious, her requisite douchey boyfriend is hated the main character as required by law. The government goons are total goons with nary a shred of basic humanity.
Has Monster Hunter International turned you off from other books in this genre?
I still enjoy books in this style, and perhaps MHI later books are significantly better, after all, this is Correia's first book. It's pretty bad because of that. But the MHI universe has a lot of followers, I can't imagine it's because the stories are universally bad.
Which scene was your favorite?
The action set piece Correia develops on an abandoned freighter is really great, it goes on for a long time and allows several characters to begin to develop; it's a shame those character's developments end there.
What character would you cut from Monster Hunter International?
I would seriously consider cutting every character from this book. Not because they are bad, but because there's too many with too few attributes. The main character is good at everything: guns, math, wrestling, fighting, weight lifting, people, etc. And this character could be broken up into three different characters: an accountant, a fighter, and a gun nut. Instead his abilities get in the way of other characters being able to do anything or contribute to parts of the narrative. The main character is part of a team but solves every problem himself.
Any additional comments?
Monster Hunter International showed some initial promise, but as the story developed, sometimes in a web-like fashion of family politics, it failed to create a real reason to really care about the vast majority of characters. The main character seemed to have intense anger issues; his demise was something I would have taken particular delight in (that doesn't bode well for your protagonist.) The gun porn was fine, even for a non-gun-nut like myself. But as the dozen or so action scenes go on they get less and less interesting. The near invincible vampires became a study in tedium as I read about the thousands of rounds of ammunition being shot at them with no progress made toward their demise. For professional monster hunters they certainly are ill-equipped to kill vampires.<br/><br/>I can see where this sort of thing interests people and, again, maybe the later books are better, Correia shows loads of promise here. His other novels, especially Son of Black Sword, show a matured and nuanced writer this early work barely hints at.
23 of 29 people found this review helpful
This audiobook has monsters of impossible, mind-bending proportions. The main villain, the “Cursed One,” is not just a mwahaha villain – we also get inside his head through his memories in Owen’s ghost-guided dream/nightmares that recall C.O.’s journey from a “mean son-of-a-bitch” conquistador to one very megalomaniacal, unearthly, tentacled, flesh-wriggling being who is intent of stopping time itself. I think I’m in love with Owen Z. Pitt, who’s inherently epic, but it’s hard to let the listener know how epic Owen is through first-person narration without it sounding over-the-top or silly. Like when a master vampire tells Owen he has the strongest will of any mortal she’s ever met, or when one guys says to the other that he shouldn’t mess with Owen because he has “one hundred pounds of muscle” on him. Or worse yet, when Julie reads his file and we find out Owen’s a marksman/genius. This book is cliché in the best way possible. It's like 1 part monsterish gore, 1 part comedy, and 1 part all sorts of artillery. It's like Hot Fuzz.
Oliver Wyman is great. This is the first time I heard him read, and his style is perfect for Monster Hunter International. He has a rather macho tone with just a bit of immaturity, and again, the term “epic” comes to mind to describe his style. His reading of female voices didn’t make me burst out laughing, which is what usually happens when I listen to male narrators read girls’ voices. The only thing that jarred me was how seriously Oliver Wyman took those vocal direction. I usually comment on whether narrators do a good or bad job at distinguishing internal monologue with external speak when audiobooks are in first-person, like this one. The listener has no problem with distinguishing the two in Monster Hunter International, because Oliver Wyman reads the directions in a rather calm soft voice, while reading the actual words with the proper emphasis, instead of splitting the two.
90 of 116 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Listening to another book would have been better. The writing was middle-school level, both in sentence structure, vocabulary, and actual writing craft. Larry is the poster child for 'tell don't show'. The reader is left to infer nothing, instead being told every detail in boring, choppy sentences. The plot is entirely conventional and predictable, every character is boring and two-dimensional, and all the macho posturing falls flat. The 'tough guy quips' sounded almost like brilliant self-parody, but given the joyless and toneless writing throughout the entire book, I can't imagine giving the author credit for that. It sounds like it was written by that big kid in 8th grade who wore a trench coat and hated all the cool kids for being cool and you were always a little afraid of, but with more libertarian ideology than you could shake a copy of Atlas Shrugged at. The government is laughably thuggish and incompetent. Just... beyond the pale for strawmen. I don't know how many of Larry's puppys Uncle Sam personally butchered in front of him, but it must be in the tens.<br/>And if that was the most offensive part, I could move past it. But Mr. Correia isn't satisfied to stick with displaying his ignorance in regards to the important role government regulations play in our lives; he feels the need to broadcast how ignorant he is on a wide range of topics, and enthusiastically. It started to become a game, to see if I could guess what stupid thing he would say about each new character or location:<br/>Trailer park elves? I didn't quite get to 'welfare queen stereotype' before it was slapping me in the face.<br/>Token black guy? I figured we'd get a healthy helping of dreadlocks and calling white guys 'brotha' (and we did) but I wasn't ready for him to also use the 'rebel yell' when he charges into a fight. Well played.<br/>Then the characters said they were going to visit someone in a mental institution, and it played out exactly like I could have guessed at this point (our author did extensive research by watching 50's cartoons on what a 'looney bin' is like, it seems).<br/><br/>Ultimately, it just seems like the book asks a lot from you, and provides no reason why you should cut it slack. There isn't a redeeming quality. I can suffer mediocre writing if the setting is fun or the message is worthwhile. I can handle ideological cluelessness or only having two women if the characters are engaging or the action gets you invested. But there's no payoff. It's all faults with no apology or draw.
Has Monster Hunter International turned you off from other books in this genre?
No. I love urban fantasy. I put up with a lot in urban fantasy. This hasn't ruined that for me. That would be giving it too much credit.
What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s performance?
Offensive (although given the source material, I'm not sure how much I can blame him. But he did take the job, right?) drawling, and a bit flat, tonally.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Monster Hunter International?
Most of them. I don't think there's a good story in here. I think the intro was solid, and the first couple of bits learning about the universe was neat-ish. I guess if I could have the introductory scenes and cut the actual main story completely out, it would have been better. It didn't really start to lose me until the main character started to interact with other people, at which point his 'I'm very special'ness became obnoxious (he's the biggest, strongest, one of the best at fighting, definitely the best at shooting, and he has magical visions that are essential to the story, and he's the chosen one, and all the women want him).
Any additional comments?
Just... pick a different book. The Dresden Files. Just read the Dresden Files, or the Iron Druid stuff or like... anything. I wish someone had told me before I picked this up. Read something else.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
Did anyone else absolutely love the Grimnoir Chronicles and absolutely hate Monster Hunter International? I did, and I'm still trying to figure out what the difference is. Part of it is probably the order in which I listened to them. After the brilliance of Grimnoir, I had high hopes for MHI and was severely let down. If I had listened in reverse order, maybe I would have found MHI to be just mediocre, and not such a thorough disappointment. I rated it 2 stars because I'm trying to overcome that bias, but how I felt after listening to it (and even during the later parts of the book) was a 1-star reaction.
In the Grimnoir books, Correia created a new set of supernatural rules, and it worked really well, intertwining with historical events and the politics of the day. In MHI, it's just your typical werewolves and vampires and basically a bunch of people try to shoot them and blow them up. I guess that didn't do it for me. The plot and character development of the Grimnoir books seemed so much more developed and interesting, while the Monster Hunter characters are superficial and stereotyped. I found myself neither believing them nor caring much one way or another what happened to them as the book progressed.
And the narrators definitely play a role. Bronson Pinchot really brought the Grimnoir series to life, not just with character voices, but with his tone and with pauses in just the right spots. Oliver Wyman kind of read MHI and didn't add much. Or maybe the writing was just that much worse and he had less to work with. I honestly don't know where one stops and the other begins.
Anyway, you have two popular series by the same author with very similar overall ratings. But in my opinion, they are nothing like each other, and I recommend digging a little deeper into the reviews to try to figure out if this is what you want.
40 of 52 people found this review helpful
The writing style is a bit sophomoric, and that the writer didn't use contractions is pretty distracting in the reading. It's a bit of a masturbatory exercise in gun fandom, and the love letters to gun models and ammunition becomes boorish.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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!
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A fairly simple book, but entertaining nontheless. Ideal for those listening to a book while doing something slightly distracting.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
great humour and a fun writing style but I think the characters are a bit over powered.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Monster Hunter International to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print edition so am unable to make a comparison
What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?
There are a few parts in the book that are memorable but as I would rather not give the plot away I wont go into detail, but the 5 minute time slip was a memorable part of the storyline
Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?
am currently listening to Monster Hunter Vendetta and its looking to be as good as the first
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed the book and am also enjoying the second in the series.