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Monster Hunter International

by Larry Correia

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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 |
Urban fantasy with Cthulthuic overtones and gun porn.

The action is incredible. The first chapter had me from the get-go. Hand to claw fighting? In a skyscraper office? Bring it on!

Then we get introduced to a 100 year old organization dedicated to bringing home the monster bacon. However, they don't really seem to have learned much, as most of their tactics are along the "grab them by the balls and pull, HARD" variety instead of strategic plans meant to outthink their opponents.

The characterization was 2D, and because of that, so was the little romance side story.

The writing was amateurish, without polish. But I did not have to re-read sentences several times to try to figure out what the author was saying.

Gun porn. In spades. I almost went catatonic with boredom several times. But if you like knowing the spec's of guns, you will love this. And Christmas even comes TWICE for the main character.

Baddies. Mainly seem to deal with variety's of undead, which seem to be all in the Vampirric family, from the zombie who wants to eat brains, to the master vamps, who can practically be incinerated and still regenerate.
The main baddie has the Cthulthu tentacle thing going on, and you found out more about a different dimension, and Ancient Evil Ones. " A cthulthu by any other name...."

So I enjoyed this, but I doubt I will ever re-read it. I will read the final 2 books in the trilogy, as I want to know about the In-laws and Lycanthropes. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
Owen had an odd childhood. His father, convinced of various end of the world scenarios, brought him up to be a solvier, a warrior and a fighter through and through. Owen had other plans. He wanted to be normal, to distance himself from all that – so he became an accountant. As normal as it was possible to be

And the plan worked. Until his boss turned into a werewolf and tried to eat him.

In the aftermath he was recruited by Monster Hunters Inc. A private company of dedicated hunters who go into the dark and blow it up. Then shoot it until it stops moving. Then shoot it some more. Then cut up the remains and burn them to ash. And they get to play with the best toys.

And never was he more needed. An ancient threat has returned, guarded by some of the mightiest vampires in the world and capable of literally destroying time itself. But they don't know where it is – or how to stop it. The only key they have is Owen, tied to monster, to try and shed some light on its plans before the world ends.

In the meantime Owen has to adapt to his new life, with his new companions, deal with daily evil – and contend with the growing antagonism of the federal government that has little time and less patience for independent monster hunters.

And of course there's a woman. She's beautiful, strong, courageous – and she's a complete expert with all kinds of firearms. What more could Owen want?

Do you ever read a book and think you've learned something about the author? Usually I get this when I read a paranormal romance with lots and lots and lots (and oh dear gods lots) of graphic sex scenes and then feel I know every last kink the author has (Laurell K Hamilton, I'm looking at you).

Well in this case I read the book and felt very very sure that the author can probably orgasm at a gun show. There is a LOT of gun facts and trivia in this book. Guns and ammo are described in loving, drooling detail at great length. And while it most certainly is very much in character, it does bog down the book in places and make you think that someone needs to tell the author that not everyone is really into the shooty things as much as he is. In general, I think this book suffers from excessive description. It's not all as bad as the gun love, but there are a lot of things that are overly described

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
And now for something completely different...

"Monster Hunter International" is horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and right-wing gun show (yeah, is that a genre? Because after reading this book, I half-way want to buy a gun or three, myself).

It opens when our protagonist, Owen, is attacked by his boss, a newly minted werewolf, and kills him, with his bare hands. This catches the attention of the premier monster killing company in the country, Monster Hunter International (or MHI for short), and before Owen knows it, he's been recruited, finding himself killing vampires, zombies, wights, and worse, armed with more ordinance than anyone not in the US Army.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book, though it definitely falls into brain candy territory. I only carefully recommend it because it is violent at points and the characters do occasionally cuss.

That aside, it is a fun romp of a book and a very quick read.

UPDATE: I recommended the book to the guys over at Elitist Book Reviews and got a mention for it (http://elitistbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/monster-hunter-international.html). Check out the review, there. ( )
  publiusdb | Aug 22, 2013 |
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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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