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Why should I buy this book? A valid question I had to ask myself when I was reading the description. Let's face it, if you like werewolfs, zombies, vampires etc. then the title alone was sufficient to suck you in. However, if you, like me, were looking for something in the science fiction genre and was surprised to find this so highly rated and furthermore having great reviews by most that read it then I will answer the other question: How can it be?
How can it be that a book that talks about vampires, guns and gore is so highly regarded? How can it be that a book that has a story out of every other book in this genre is so entertaining? How can people like such literature?
Let me tell you something. There is a lot worse out there and this book is actually an oasis among them. The reasons are clear to me and they boil down to this: A cult classic B-rated movie. For those that have seen The Blob or any of the Evil Dead movies this is the feeling you get out of this. Something so bad it is actually good. Let's look at the list.
Monsters out of handbook. Check. Endless beating of main character throughout the book (if you don't like him I would say this is a big plus). Check. Reminding us how awesome he is. Check. Anti-goverment remarks at every chapter (can't wait for a movie to play the drinking game). Check. Classic boy meets girl theme. Check. I can go on and on.
And yet we also see clear writing without straining the language and without taking the reader for a fool. Many different locations and a story that is not boring one bit from start to finish. Entertaining. Good jokes, some I have heard before but the context makes them better. Added bonus - great voice acting by Oliver Wyman.
This is not a masterpiece for sure but I sometimes want something entertaining that I can relax with. This series provides me that pleasure and therefore adds something to the world.
156 of 184 people found this review helpful
I originally purchased this book when I saw it "on the cheap" on one of Audbiles specials. I had the lowest of expectations just judging from the cover art and the name of the book but as I drive allot and the price was right I figured I would give it a try.
MUCH to my delight this was a fun, action packed and funny as hell book. I ended up well hooked on the series and have now read them all. Larry has a good imagination and a heck of a sick sense of humor, which I can relate to.
Bottom line............Loved it.
100 of 119 people found this review helpful
This was a great surprise! It's a really great action / adventure fantasy novel which doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is. Just sit back and listen to the great narration by Oliver Wyman as the adventure washes over you. I know a lot of people out there have issues with Larry Correia's gun lovin' attitudes and obvious political opinions but if you can get over that then you'll really enjoy this book (and the rest in the series). It's fun, it goes bang, it has monsters and then the monsters go bang!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is a face paced story, although you need to get over the fact that you will know your guns by the end. The Hero Owen Z Pitt is both funny, humble, arrogant and fantastically violent. The rest of the gang is just brilliant and the banter will keep you giggling, The story has enough complexity to keep your interest and the characters are sufficiently rounded for you to care what happens to them. Urban fantasy at its best!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Awesome book again exploring the depths of the universe in some weird and wonderful ways
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does Monster Hunter International rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book, and then series, is my absolute favourite. What a surprise! I didn't expect to like it based on the cover art or blurb but it was on sale at the time so I thought, why not? Boy was I glad I did. This is an AWESOME book and series and I would highly recommend.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?
Well I can't really say or I'll give it away. The first chapter will grab you though!! (pun intended)
What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?
Oliver Wyman's performance in this series is beyond stellar. I've actually started buying other books based on his performance but honestly, nothing comes close to how awesome he is in this series. The persistent "Owen said" or "said Holly" are superfluous as you would know who was talking simply by the change in voice. How he can go from robust baritone to breathy falsetto, without sounding ridiculous, is aMAZing! You will not be disappointed!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
That's not really my job but I'd say: Jam packed with adventure! It'll keep you on the edge of your seat! (Yes I know. Don't give up my day job.)
Any additional comments?
The marriage of an awesome story by Larry Correia and outstanding performance is not to be missed!