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Monster Hunter International

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Why we think it's Essential - Quick, who directed The Evil Dead? What action hero starred in The Blob? Which movie studio became synonymous with horror for producing Frankenstein and The Wolf Man? If you can answer these questions correctly, you'll likely be thrilled with Monster Hunter International. B-movie aficionados know there's a fine line between gleefully gory camp and flat-out dross. Not to worry, Monster Hunter International knows the line. Oliver Wyman brings just the right amount of bombastic, smirking swagger to this story of big guns, big action, and a heck of a lot of monsters. —Michael

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Leo 09-05-16
    Leo 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst writing I've seen in years. Maybe decades."

    The main character seems to be the author, who's imagined himself killing "pure evil" bad guys, while everyone around him tells him how awesome and special he is. There is a love interest of sorts. She is just as awesome, and she is simultaneously smitten at first site with the awesome hero, but also has to be won-over in time... by his sheer awesomeness.
    There are other characters, but don't worry, they are just there to contrast with the special-ness of the hero. Some of them are well meaning, but they don't quite measure up. Not their fault, really.
    The bad guys are all "pure evil", and we know this because the special hero can feel the "pure evil" rolling off each and every one of them. Convenient when you don't want the story to pause for anything like character development, or any kind of story development.
    This books is bad! Stay away!
    Me? I'm too late to get my money back. Or the time I wasted.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Annandale, VA United States 02-06-14
    Jessica Annandale, VA United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved his other stuff, but..."
    Would you try another book from Larry Correia and/or Oliver Wyman?

    Absolutely.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    Sure


    Any additional comments?

    I started to wonder why I was not enjoying this book as much as his Grimnoire Chronicles...and I was really questioning the quality of his writing--it's pretty bad. In comparison to his other work, which I think is really exceptional, it's shockingly bad in fact. Come to find out, this was originally a self-published novel and was written years before the Grimnoir Chronicles and all it really succeeds in doing is showing what a few years and a LOT of practice can do for a writer. I don't think I'd have the patience to stick with this series (the dialogue is truly painful) but if he adds to the Grimnoire series I'll be all over it!

    25 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Thoraro Iceland 04-08-11
    Thoraro Iceland 04-08-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Gory fun"

    Fast paced pulp fiction, filled to the brim with every satisfying B-movie monster-clich?? out there, good humor and great gory fun as legions of undead and interdimensional beings meet inventive, usually explosive, ends. For those interested, the book is peppered with gun-trivia. Mr Wyman does a good job narrating. At 23hrs its good value as well.

    35 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Elkins, AR, United States 04-05-11
    Jeremy Elkins, AR, United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome"

    I have to say that I just wanted something to fill time... After listening to it once, twice... and will do again. I was very pleased. Fast paced action that never seemed to let up. The monsters were as they should be... evil and nasty. The humor was as fast as the action and I found myself laughing out loud at times. I literally could not stop listening to this one. I loved Larry's approach to the MHI crew, and his characters were great.

    Having read Lovecraft and very knowledgeable about the Cthulhu mythos, I was happy to see it incorporated in a way that stayed true to the original but was tailored to fit his story as well. This was a welcomed addition to my library and I will be buying the books also.

    The story was narrated excellently and the characters sounded as I pictured they should. I was very pleased and can not wait to go on to vendetta. I would highly recommend this to any sci-fi fan.

    37 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 06-01-17
    Jeremy 06-01-17
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    "Hard to relate unless you're gun aficionado"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    brian 08-14-16
    brian 08-14-16
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    "Not great writing"
    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did good work with the material he was provided.


    Did Monster Hunter International inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to write. Stephen King said that at some point you will come across a book that makes you think "I could do better than this". This one did.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a tough one to get through. I can see why it was popular on a gun forum website but it is just not very good. The story and characters are cliche' in a way that tells you a lot about the author. He clearly likes himself a great deal and he loves his guns. In my business we have a term "Visual masturbation" this is the writing equivalent of that. "He He..Boobs, Guns, I Hero". You get the picture.

    The author of this held a campaign to get books like this into the Hugo voting because they are "popular". The point I think he was missing is that this is not well written. Next Christmas, instead of asking for another assault rifle, have someone get you a thesaurus and a dictionary. He might also want to do a little research on how people speak and possibly think twice before he writes more dialogue that sounds like it came from a bad 80's action movie. I will end with the first line from the book that really irked me. I'm not saying this is the worst offense just the one that sticks in my head.
    The author wrote...
    "He dropped sprawling to his knees." I'm not sure that's possible. But then again it isn't the worst thing written in this.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Bodiccea 09-29-16
    Bodiccea 09-29-16
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    "Maybe if you're into gory video games?"
    Any additional comments?

    Really. Not. Good. The premise has been used but it starts off reasonably well. However the book descends into, basically, a militaristic gore-fest fantasy. I can take some gore but if there is nothing else going on, it gets boring fast. And, wow, this author really REALLY likes guns. He waxes poetic and in great detail about every gun that comes into his view as well as other equipment. Again....this gets very old.

    To be fair, I couldn't finish the book, so it's possible it gets better - hope springs eternal! But after several hours of sameness, I kept thinking of all the better stories to which I could be harkening.

    The best I can say is the narration is good.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-18-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Monsters, Monsters everywhere."

    This was a fun and gory romp of killing the bad monsters. There was comedy, horror, adventure, romance (enough to appeal to us girls), and good vs. evil all the way through. In a way I was reminded of the movie Hell Boy (which I liked). Very bloody and gory but what do you expect with a name like Monster Hunter. Although at no time was I bored, the book is long. The characters were all very real to me and felt like people I knew. Narration is great. I have already purchased the next two in the series and am going to try his other one soon.

    30 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads 03-12-16
    RabidReads 03-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "So absurd in its hilarity that it was irresistible"

    I was shopping around for an fun author / narrator combo because nothing on my listening pile appealed to me at the time, and this audiobook was only $1.99 after downloading the free Kindle edition which made the cost vs reward a no-brainer. MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL was clichéd to the max with a hero that was made for the job, a similarly perfect female love interest, and Larry Correia dedicated more pages to describing the weaponry than to developing the characters or the world, but bottom line—I was wildly entertained!

    This novel really was ridiculously excessive, so if you want a little more substance with your laughs then I’d suggest you try THE DRESDEN FILES by Jim Butcher instead. The humour is comparable, James Marsters excels as the reader, but the writing isn’t obnoxiously implausible. This story was complete, there were no cliff hangers, and it progressed from Pitt’s first encounter with a monster to him staving off the apocalypse as a full fledged member of MIH which was again a huge leap, yet also in all likelihood because the author didn’t know if this would become a series.

    I really enjoyed Owen as a protagonist; he was fearless, a bit of a show-off, and brimming with snark which is a trait that I LOVE, especially when I’ve opted to go the audio route. The blurb describes him as an “average guy” when the only thing commonplace about him was his job, and even that was by design. After being a competitive marksman, bouncer and cage match fighter in his youth his goal was to pick the most boring profession possible, thus a CPA. The romance between him and Julie was also super stereotypical, however it fit in with the rest of the overkill.

    Listening to the sample clip of Oliver Wyman was enough to hook me into signing up for 23+ hours. His macho tone was exactly what was needed for this three-hundred-pound lead, and he varied it enough so that it was clear when the first person POV was in internal monologue or external dialogue mode. The cast was fairly large, and Wyman made sure to work the accents to assist readers with keeping everyone straight. Even his female voices were good which is saying something because as a general rule the majority of male narrators struggle in this area.

    MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL was so absurd in its hilarity that it was irresistible.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 04-03-13
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining Dude-Lit"

    Originally posted at FanLit.

    “Our business is monsters. And business is booming.”

    Owen Zastava Pitt was just trying to be normal. He used to be a bouncer who spent his evenings participating in illegal pit fights, but he managed to earn a CPA and became a boring accountant for a big corporation — pension and dental benefits included. Being tall and weighing in at 300 lbs, he didn’t quite look like an accountant — and he still spent his weekends as a gun hobbyist — but he was making progress…. until his boss turned into a werewolf and Owen managed to defeat him and push him out a window on the 14th story of their office building.

    That caught the attention of a covert freelance organization called Monster Hunters International. In contrast to the secret government organization that hunts monsters, MHI is a family business. The Shackleford family has selectively recruited and trained a group of highly skilled men and women who work in teams to rid the world of all sorts of dangerous supernatural creatures. Then they collect large bounties from a special government fund. It’s extremely lucrative, but extremely dangerous, too.

    Owen’s stature, militant upbringing, gun expertise, quick wits, and tenacity are exactly what MHI is looking for. When they send Julie Shackleford to interview Owen, he can’t resist her good looks and her guns. So Owen signs up for the craziest job in the world and is soon dealing with vampires, gargoyles, ghouls, zombies, werewolves, meddling government bureaucrats, and the insects of the Deep South. He gets some help from his diverse set of MHI colleagues and the good supernaturals — head-banging orcs, trailer park elves, and the ghost of a dead Jewish man that lives in his head.

    In the past the monster incidents that MHI has dealt with have seemed like random infestations, but now it’s becoming clear that there’s a coordinated attack going on. Agents of the Old Ones are searching for an ancient artifact that can stop time and open a portal to a source of infinite power. They’ve tried it before — back when the Nazis were in power — and now they’re back to try again. Fortunately, MHI is standing in their way…

    Monster Hunter International, the first inLarry Correia’s MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL series is high-octane non-stop action-packed fun. Blazing assault weapons, monsters of all sorts, and plenty of blood, guts and brains. OK, honestly, this is not typically my thing — it’s really violent and gory — but after enjoying Correia’s GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES, I decided to give MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL a try, especially since I found them on sale at Audible a while back.

    I felt like I was hooked up to a testosterone drip, but I cringingly admired Monster Hunter International. The plot is tight, exciting, and unpredictable. The writing — especially the dialog — is excellent. Correia’s characters are complex and engaging and the women are just as competent as the men. Best of all is Larry Correia’s dry irreverent sense of humor. I wouldn’t call Monster Hunter International a comedy, but I chuckled all the way through. It was this comic relief that made the violence tolerable for me.

    MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL is a series that is even better in audio than print. Audible Frontiers produces the audio version and it’s narrated by Oliver Wyman. Keep in mind that I listen to about 150 audiobooks each year when I say that Wyman’s performance is one of the best I’ve ever heard. He handles both the male and female voices with ease and effortlessly shifts through several accents including a Southern drawl and some Eastern European dialects. His pacing and inflection is perfect. If you’re planning to try MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL please consider the audio version. You will not be disappointed.

    Monster Hunter International is a little too violent and gory for me to count it as a true favorite, but it excels at what it does. It’s highly entertaining dude-lit that is well-written and humorous enough to appeal to a much wider audience.

    Publisher: Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth 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.

    27 of 38 people found this review helpful

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