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Monster Hunter International

by Larry Correia

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Lots of non-stop action, odd monsters, & bullets. Owen is a good hero; tough, big, & one hell of a shot, but goofy around the girl he wants. He's not all that good at several important things like walking quietly or hearing well. It makes him more believable. That's the case with most of the characters. They each have some fun quirks & more depth than I expected to find in what is basically a comic book novel. No graphics, but that same sort of tongue-in-cheek, suspend-all-belief, & just-enjoy-the-trip story.

I normally HATE books that go into long descriptions of firearms, but Correia actually makes it work pretty well. In some cases, it's a humorous element, but in others it's deadly serious. He seems to know his stuff pretty well, although he stretches reality awfully far sometimes.

The world is quite nifty. It's ours - odd, but true in so many ways. Sometimes it's just odd. I LOVED the supernatural critters. No sparkly, sweetheart vamps here & a new twist on some I thought I knew.

The only complaint I had with the book was that it was too long. Some might wish for more, but my sense of humor has a short fuse. Although the quality of the story never went down, actually ramped up in excitement & suspense, my enjoyment began to flag about half way through. Too much of a good thing - like getting to the end of a really good, big, sweet pie. Still 3 stars & while I have the next book, I'm not starting it any time soon. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Everything a book about hunting monsters should be.

I don't normally dig cthulu stuff, but this was a fun read. The swear words bothered me, so that was a negative.

I could tell exactly what was going to happen when everybody died in the swamp. And with Pitt being declared "the chosen one" of sorts. But I actually liked that, and it made the book all the more enjoyable.


I'm excited to read the next in the series. I would recommend this to anyone.

Lastly, this book is hilarious. There were several times that I stopped to read passages to Molly, and I ended up just laughing my way through. ( )
  Tom_Wright | Jun 26, 2014 |
No, this is not typically my style of book. It is a true guy's book, full of guns and high tech weaponry and lots of blood, guts and flying limbs. Oh, and lots of monsters! The "hero" of this first book is Owen Pitts, who wakes up in the hospital after being attacked by his very unpleasant boss who transforms into a werewolf and wants to make Owen his lunch. Owen manages to take him out after a long drawn out battle on the office floor and suffers many injuries himself. He awakens in the hospital with a couple of government agents in the room with him, watching him very carefully to see if he is going to turn into a werewolf, where if he does, they plan on taking him out.

He has another visitor, who tells him if he gets tired of his current life of accountant, there is a place for him at Monster Hunter's International.

The book was entertaining and amusing. I actually enjoyed most of the cliches and puns riddled through the book, and there were only a few times that I found it annoying. The fight scenes did sometimes get a bit drawn out and I got frustrated with waiting for them to finally come to some form of end. But, I suppose the chest beaters that are literate would find them to their liking. I understand that the author is a sharp shooter and a weapons specialist, so he has at least taken the advice to write what he knows.

As I said, this is so very much NOT my standard taste in books. That said, my hat is off to the author for being able to hold my interest in this book. No, it isn't "fine" writing. He'll never get a Pulitzer or Nobel for MHI. But, it is a fun, rollicking read full of flying body parts, urban myths, custom weapons and some very cool monsters.

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  sephibitchwitch | May 14, 2014 |
3.5 Really entertaining dude-lit!

??Our business is monsters. And business is booming.ƒ?

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 ƒ?? pension and dental benefits included. Being tall and weighing in at 300 lbs, he didnƒ??t quite look like an accountant ƒ?? and he still spent his weekends as a gun hobbyist ƒ?? but he was making progressƒ??. 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. Itƒ??s extremely lucrative, but extremely dangerous, too.

Owenƒ??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 canƒ??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 ƒ?? head-banging orcs, trailer park elves, and the ghost of a dead Jewish man that lives in his head.

Read the rest at FanLit: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/monster-hunter-international/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Not quite as good as "Hard Magic", but I see this was the the author's first book. It is a nice light read though, like watching an action movie when you don't feel like using your brain too much. I enjoyed the humor and the action scenes are well written ( )
  bishopza | Feb 7, 2014 |
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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.

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Monsters are real... And it turns out that there is good money to be made killing them. Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

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"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. Business is good... Welcome to Monster Hunter International."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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