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Needs more time in the oven,
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This review is from: International (Monster Hunter) (Mass Market Paperback)
I picked up this book based on the very entertaining Hard Magic by the same author. It's apparently his first book and it really shows. Set aside the fact that this has all been done before. The characters were cardboard cut-outs (our main character is a serious Mary Sue), an antagonist is simply dropped, the world-building is kinda creaky (vampires are super-tough, able to take ridiculous amounts of punishment from modern weaponry. Why didn't they take over the world centuries ago?), and things take WAY TOO LONG to resolve. On the other hand, he's pretty good at setting up and describing an action scene.
The Grimnior Chronicles by the same author is great pulp fun. I recommend it, and am happy to see Larry worked on his craft. But Monster Hunter International needs more work. Skip it.