- Series: Monster Hunter
- Hardcover: 1200 pages
- Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451637845
- ISBN-13: 978-1451637847
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 249 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Monster Hunters Hardcover – May 29, 2012
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About the Author
Larry Correia is an award-winning competitive shooter, a movie-prop-gun master and, yes, an accountant by day–but an urban noir adventure master by night. He is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling Monster Hunter series as well as urban fantasy hardboiled blockbuster saga, the Grimnoir Chronicles. Correia is very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah with his wife and family.
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First, the '30's atmosphere of Grimnoire is absent and so is the pleasure of uncovering the uses of its various novel Powers. Instead, we have first-rate descriptions of familiar monsters engaged in their usual mayhem in contemporary America. Kind of like the TV series Grimm. In other words, no surprises here. There is an interesting character in the accountant Owen Pitt, who is recruited into the company of Monster Hunters International (MHI) after he kills a werewolf, who happened to have been his boss. And some of the other Hunters are well done, also. The first two books are all about Pitt and his family, and are quite entertaining enough.
Nevertheless, it is in the nature of the genre that a bigger, badder evil must present itself in each book, and this predictable escalation slowed down my reach for the third book. I'm glad I went ahead, however, because that story, "Alpha", was easily the best of the three. Pitt is not in it, other than as a passing mention. Instead, it is about the head of MHI, Earl Harbinger, and werewolves, taking place in a small isolated community in the Upper Peninsula of Michagan in winter. Now, admittedly I am no expert on whatever fiction there may be dealing with werewolves, but I thought Mr. Correia was superb in his description of the setting, his coverage of Harbinger's past, and especially what makes lycanthropes tick, and the tighter focus elevated the book beyond the anticipated rut of taking on the latest big bad wolf -- oops, I may have given something away there.
3 and 1/2 stars for each of the first two, and 4 and 1/2 stars for the third. I would tell you to at least read that final story if you're pressed for time, but there is enough useful background in the other two that I recommend you read all three in order.
I highly suggest starting the free sample portion of the book. The initial pages start off fast, describing the encounter of the then-fairly normal office worker with a werewolf, and are action packed, funny and entertaining. If you like it, your good to go for the series. If not, look elsewhere.
Whether you can enjoy this book really depends on your standards. If you likely finely written and crafted books look elsewhere. If you can enjoy an action packed "guilty pleasure" type read now and then, this one is far better than most.