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Monster Hunter International Paperback – December 20, 2007
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Leather Bound, Special Edition
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About the Author
Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things, guns and B-horror movies. He is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns), a business specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. He resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. Monster Hunter International is his first novel.
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This book is fantastic! Frankly, I don't like urban fantasy. The idea of glittery vampires or some werewolf jumping through alleys just doesn't do it for me. I am a die-hard sword and sorcery kind of guy. HOWEVER- this book grabbed me and would not let go until the ride was finished. Loved every minute of it. The hook was great- one of the best I have ever seen. Period. The action was so much fun and the characters were well developed instead of cardboard cut-outs. I'm frankly too old and tired to stay up late at night to read, but I was up reading this one. I should have listened to my friend who had recommended this a lot earlier.
I literally don't understand the people who give this one star. Maybe they just don't like to have fun?
The only downside is the colorful language- not so much a problem for me, but I have to wait until the kids are a bit older before sharing it with them. Gotta at least try to preserve the little guys' innocence until they hit 12-13 at least right? Or maybe if my wife doesn't catch me reading it with them I could give it a go...
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How can you argue with a description like that?
Yes, chapter one involves a brawl between the above mentioned Owen Pitt, and his boss, who has become a monster of a completely different stripe than he had been. Let's just say that I would have considered throwing him out a window before he became a large furry sociopath.
Yup. Pitt has to go toe-to-toe with a freaking werewolf. And he has no silver.
After Pitt hands in his resignation the hard way, he has officially fallen down the rabbit hole. Monsters are real -- all of them. Pick a B-Movie horror film or a Lovecraftian monster. There are only two forces that deal with the legion of nightmares (that we see in this book). One is the Monster Control Bureau (MCB), a government bureaucracy that looks like it's run by either the Keystone cops, or whatever random thugs can be brought in off the street (though it'll turn out that they aren't random). The other group is Monster Hunter, a private organization dedicated to collecting bounties as they exterminate the world's nastier pests -- including vampires, giant spiders, and a few creatures from the black lagoon.
And MHI offers Owen Pitt a job. The perks are good -- play with weapons, hang out with the stunning woman who recruited him, and the paychecks are insane -- and, well, why not?
Unfortunately for Pitt, his first day on the job is going to get messy. He soon finds himself being haunted by an old Jewish ghost, is getting visions of an ancient entity called "the Cursed One"who just arrived on US soil, is hip deep in ghouls, vampires, flying killer gargoyles that bleed magma, and did we mention that the Cursed One might be about to end the world?
MHI has a wonderfully colorful cast of characters. From a former Vegas stripper who is more vicious and bloodthirsty than the lot of them, to Julie, a member of MHI's founding family, who is also a sniper... and her physical description in the book reminds me a lot of Bayonetta, but we won't go there.
There is a wonderfully broad collection of folks here, from the high school chemistry teacher who had to blow up his school filled with spiders, to the poor guy who had to kill his zombiefied students, to the explosive-happy Q-variant, to Earl Harbinger -- an old member of MHI's founding family with an interesting history. The characters are likable, the dialogue engaging, and I don't think I came across a single flaw in the execution.
And yes, this book was awesome from start to finish. It didn't really slow down. Despite the constant description of these books as "gun porn," I have yet to be bogged down by a single page on guns. Most of the time, the weapon details are critical to the plot, considering what fresh new horrors they run into all the time. The chapters that amount to a large training montage are detailed and interesting, and establish the characters better than heading straight into the action.
Then the shooting started, and didn't really stop for another three hundred pages or so.
And just remember: vampires only sparkle when they're on fire.