Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter Series #1)

Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter Series #1)

by Larry Correia

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ISBN-13: 9781439132852
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Monster Hunters International Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 135,236
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)

About the Author

Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things: guns and B-horror movies. He lists his occupations: gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and writer, and is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns) a company specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. He has also designed a special patch for the agents of Monster Hunter International, Inc. As he puts it, “If you don’t look good while you’re killing stuff, then you’re not really a monster hunter.”

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Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FUN/Fantastic first read, could not put it down, engaging characters, lots of twists and turns, and man Larry sure does know his firearms. First book by Larry and powered through this one in a couple days. Got the new release ARC from and was through that one just as fast. Really good stuff. Larry is now on my "Must have" list, with David Weber, John Ringo, Lois Bujold, David Drake, Eric Flint etc etc. Great stuff!
carice More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books i have ever read. I LOVE the main character and all the other people in MHI. The characters are like real people you know them. If you get squirmish with grousome you have to get past the beginning because thats the wort of it. however i think you would still like it. I dont like grousome but i LOVED this book.
FranktheBook More than 1 year ago
Never heard of Larry Correia before this book (sorry guy) but you hit it out of the park with this book - i loved it, you have character development, a plot line, that i'm not tired of and you have an easy intro to a follow-up - I'll be looking forward to finding the sequel - This book is terrific for escapist fantasy - and its a page turner I did not want to put it down - I'll have an eye out, for a new to me, author whose writing style I can enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
In writer's courses they tell you to write what you know. It is quite obvious from reading this book that Mr Correia knows three things well- Monster Movies, Accounting, and Firearms. (An odd juxtaposition, I know, but he really makes it work.) This book starts with a bang and just keeps rolling along until the climax. This book has it all- there is comedy (but it's understated enough that it doesn't dominate), there is action (and LOTS of it), there is horror (from an obvious lover of horror and B-movies), and there is even (dare I say it?) a love story amidst the carnage. From start to finish this book is quite enjoyable and hard to put down. All together one of the best books of it's type to ever hit the market and I personally can't wait for the sequel. Well done, Mr Correia!
kingoftheicedragons on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I picked this book up because I thought it was going to be more humorous than it turned out being. Owen kills his boss who actually was a werewolf and tried to eat him. There were elements throughout the first quarter of the book where the author seemed to try to make it humorous, but it seems those parts were short-lived, and the author apparantly gave up on that aspect, or I failed to catch the humor that the book started off with, even with a very yoda-like ghost guide character that Owen talks to when he dreams. The only other complaint I have with this book is it's length--over 700 pages, so it does get drawn out at times and the action seems to stall. However, there was never a point in the book where I was bored and considered not reading it (despite my rather slow read of it anyway). And ok, it was a typical "gun nut" type of book, which I am not a gun nut, so the gun talk went over my head. Otherwise, this is a very good monster killing action book, and if it was a movie, it would definitely be in my DVD collection. While it has the vampires and werewolves that are popular right now, it's not one of those teen books or romance books, which means this book is definitely superior to those. Towards the beginning of the book, I was thinking this would make a good series of books--however, due to the length of the book, a lot of the things that would work over the course of a series were dealt with in this book, and after you save the world from master vampires and the very essence of evil itself, where can you go from there? Well, it does set itself up for a sequel at the end of the book, so you never can tell.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Very good, for what it is - which is an urban fantasy written by a B-movie addict. There are several scenes where I was trying to figure out which video game they came from, a lot of explicit blood & gore and horrific descriptions. There's also excellent characterization, interesting setups to get them into the blood-and-guts situations, good description both in those scenes and elsewhere, and dialog that rings very nicely true. It's not horror, despite a lot of horrific enemies (was that actually Cthulu or just something along the same lines?), simply because none of them ever give up or feel it's hopeless. That's the real marker for horror to me, how the characters react. The biggest problem I see with it is that it reads at the end like he's setting up for a sequel - but how's he going to keep it up? I mean, he saves the world in the first story - the universe next time? (Though in fact I doubt the effects would have been limited to one world¿) I actually hope he doesn't write any more about Owen. More books, oh yeah. More in that universe, sure - with Owen maybe as a secondary character. His kids, maybe? Or trainees. But this was sufficiently over-the-top that I can't see how to continue to build, or to avoid anticlimax. I could be completely wrong - Tanya Huff managed it when I couldn't see how she could in her Valor series - but I'm hoping for a different book, not just a sequel.
David_Kantrowitz on LibraryThing 23 days ago
When Owen Zastava Pitt narrowly avoids becoming a late night snack for his boss-turned-werewolf, he discovers that monsters are real, and most of them need killing. During his painful recovery, he is kept under watch by the FBI to ensure he does not turn into a werewolf himself, and he is approached by a shadowy private organization, Monster Hunter International, for possible recruitment.Pitt's doubts are mollified by a large commission check, courtesy of the government, for the elimination of a werewolf. He joins MHI as a raw recruit, attending the company version of boot camp as he and several other neophytes are trained in the art. Almost immediately a problem larger than localized monster infestation arises, and Pitt is dragged into the heart of an epic struggle, not just for the world but for his soul.The name of the game here is action, and author Larry Correia delivers this in spades (and bullets, explosives, and silver bayonets). He challenges his protagonist to survive situations that would put most of us in a box, or in the loony bin, and each encounter ups the ante. Pitt is accompanied by several erstwhile companions, who add brains and additional firepower to his brawn.Cinematic in scope, the dramatic impact of Monster Hunter International is only reduced slightly by common use of hyperbole by the author, although anyone would be hard pressed to describe such incredible circumstances with any other kind of language. I also thought Correia might be making it tough on any future sequels by having so much on the line in the first novel, as it is the fate of the world that is at stake here. Still, Pitt may go on to save the world again in a different way, and I look forward to being along for the ride.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is the first book in the Monster Hunter International series by Larry Carreia. The second book is Monster Hunter Vendetta and third is titled Monster Hunter Alpha and is scheduled for an August 2011 release. Last I heard there are five books planned for this series. This was an excellent read; a bit more horror than urban fantasy and lots of guns.Owen is an accountant when his boss turns into a werewolf and attacks him. Well Owen beats the werewolf a bit and pushes it out a window to its death...bare-handed. Owen is pretty beat up and when he wakes up in the hospital he is in for more than he ever imagined. Owen is recruited by Monster Hunters International (MHI). They were impressed with his tenacity in beating down that werewolf and want him to join their ranks. The pay is awesome, the guns kick-ass, and the job...well it's just a bit dangerous is all. When Owen agrees to sign up with MHI he is in for more crazy monster action than he ever imagined.This was a super fun book. There is a lot of humor in it and it had me laughing out loud a number of times. There are a lot of guns and weaponry. There are also some amazingly intricate characters; there is not a boring character in this whole book. The plot is crazy fast and keeps you guessing.This book is probably more of a horror than an urban fantasy; although it could belong to either genre. Vampires, ghouls, werewolves, etc. are not humanized in this book...they are monsters right out of an old horror story. The characters are amazing. All of them have some brutality in their pasts and it makes for interesting issues. Owen is a huge, dangerous man; yet somehow he is very human and easy to relate too. He comes off as kind of sweet at some points, and very intelligent. The same can be said for the rest of the characters; they are complex, intriguing, and wonderful to read about.The plot moves at a fast clip and there are a ton of action scenes. The action scenes are very well done and make it easy to picture what is happening. The plot is almost epic in scope. It starts with Owen's training (which I love since I believe heroes need to learn how to fight the bad guys from somehwere), goes on to individual hunts, and then ties in to a huge plot that is bigger than this world alone. I loved how the plot tied everything together and was happy with how the book wrapped up.There are a couple things to note about this book that set it apart from other urban fantasies/horror. This book is told from Owen's perspective so at times it gets kind of macho. There is posturing between the men and stupid things done to impress the ladies. This didn't bother me, but it definitely gives the book a male flavor (as opposed to many urban fantasies out there that are targeted at women). That being said it does have very strong female leads as well and Owen does have a love interest throughout. The other thing is the detail put into the description of the weaponry. Correia definitely knows his guns and this is apparent throughout the book. I like reading about guns, so for the most part, this didn't bother me. If you don't like weaponry and don't like reading about that this may not be the book for you...because a lot of words are spent describing weaponry.Overall I absolutely loved this story. I loved the characters, loved the plot, loved the action, and loved the guns. I will definitely be reading future books in this series. If you are a fan of monster hunters, high action urban fantasy, and guns you will love this book. Keep in mind in this book the monster are clearly monsters (no sympathetic vampires here). I will be picking up Monster Hunter Vendetta as soon as I have to chance to do so.
jlparent on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Monsters, humor, adventure, action, guns, visions, evil, save the world - if you like B-movies and the above - you will likely enjoy this rollicking read. I thought it was fun and will definitely be picking up the sequel.
Waterlylly on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I wanted to like this book, I really did. It's a really fun story idea, and for this good a story idea I can ignore less than stellar writing. It came highly recommended from friends. The problem is that I can't ignore stupid political comments that appears as though they were inserted not because the character meant to say them but because the author wanted to appeal to the political leanings of this particular publishing house. The book would be moving right along and suddenly there would be a moment where the author seemed to realize he hadn't made some kind of right wing anti-government remark in awhile and inserted one. It didn't feel like it was part of the character, it felt tacked on. Also, the author may love guns just a little too much. I have no personal problems with guns, but really I don't need every detail of every firearm in the book described in loving detail. If I skip big chunks of chapters because the gun porn is tedious and I don't miss any plot when I do so, there's an editing problem going on. Again, good story idea, sad and mediocre execution. Pick up if you find it used and skip the boring stuff, or pick up new if you need something to read while waiting for the next Glenn Beck rally and you'd like a little plot with your gun porn.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A fun prequel to read that tied in nicely to previous reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gun porn trash, terrible cliche writing. We get it, you're a libertarian idiot. You lost the Hugo because you're a bad writer, not due to a global conspiracy.
nepos13 More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Great Characters, fanatastic action...My only complaint is that none of these books are on NOOK...Very hard to put down.
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Tegerian More than 1 year ago
Excellent work. does not read at all like a first book, the characters are well done, additionally the action and dialogue flow easily, the mood and scenes are set perfectly. Very hard to put down, a definite recommend.
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Jedi7 More than 1 year ago
Being a bookseller, I get to see and read almost every genre book that comes out. This one caught my eye and I am SO happy it did! Excellent characters, wonderful story line and full of the right amount of detail. The author gives it that spark that any scifi reader looks for. That little bit of "I can see this happening," in our fantastical brains anyhow. Monster Hunter International and it's follow up, Monster Hunter Vendetta, are a must read for any fan of scifi, action, thriller and yup even a little relationship frolicking in there. Owen Z Pitt is one cool accountant and I wouldn't mind him taking a look at my taxes! Read the book, you will love it!
MrScott More than 1 year ago
I've never really been someone that enjoys this genre - until now, that it is. Having seen this book suggested from a number of places/people, I thought I'd give it a shot. I was absolutely hooked from the start. Very well written, great pacing, interesting characters, and a nice mix of humor and action. It's certainly not Shakespeare (thank God), but it's definitely on my list of "If you were stranded on an island..." books. Fantastic read!
J3v0n More than 1 year ago
This is book is so fricking awesome. It's like Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, only better. The characters are intriguing with their own little back stories and personal histories. The plot is exciting. I kid you not. When I saw this book had 700 pages plus, I thought there was going to be some slow parts. Thankfully from cover to cover there's not a dull moment. The dialogue reads like a Hollywood script and the action is on par with any action movie. You won't be disappointed.
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