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If you've been following the MHI story since book 1 you either already have this or are considering getting it. In a nutshell: You want this.
This story, as mentioned in other reviews, is told from the perspective of Agent Franks. Who has been a huge (no pun intended) enigma since the beginning. But here, you find out what he is, why he is, and ultimately who he is.
Its logical to make a comparison to Monster Hunter Alpha as it is focused on an individual perspective other than Owen Pitt. However it is also a very different type of story because of the nature of the "beast". And you get the usual gun/weapons "porn" that Correia does so well, and weaves into his worlds.
I won't give away the plot, but you will be re acquainted with familiar faces, and there are some welcome cameo's from MHI personnel. Be prepared for some very shocking twists that clearly set up future volumes.
I really enjoy this series. I highly recommend it. And I can't imagine why this isn't a series on HBO or a series of movies.
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There is no way that any review I write about Monster Hunter Nemesis is going to have any sort of effect on anybody’s decision to read it. If you’re a fan of the extremely popular MONSTER HUNTER series, then you’re going to read Monster Hunter Nemesis, the fifth book. If you’re not, you won’t. And if you’re not in one of those two camps, you have no reason to be reading this review. But still I have to write it, because that’s my job.
So, for those of you who ARE fans, what you can expect here is exactly what Correia has given us so far: great characters, a fascinating story, witty dialogue, and brutal violence. This particular installment features my favorite character: AGENT FRANKS! He’s a huge indestructible man(?) who works for the U.S. Monster Control Bureau, a government agency that fights monsters and sometimes works with or against Monster Hunter International. In Monster Hunter Nemesis we get his backstory. How old is he? Where did he come from? Why does he work for MCB? Why is he so loyal to the United States? How is he indestructible? You’ll find out in Monster Hunter Nemesis as Agent Franks takes on a bureaucrat who’s also a mad scientist. I have to say that I was completely surprised by the revelations and what they may mean for the ongoing MONSTER HUNTER story.
Fans will be happy to see a little bit of our old friends at MHI, the gangsta gnomes, and Heather the werewolf. Several new intriguing characters are introduced, too, and I look forward to seeing them in future installments. One main character is tragically killed and there is a delightfully promising plot twist at the end.
For those of you who haven’t yet started the MONSTER HUNTER series, I can highly recommend it if you love monsters, guns, engaging heroes, tons of action, clever plotting, and just the right amount of humor. I must warn you that it’s gory and violent (a little too much for me, honestly) and that Larry Correia’s libertarian views are occasionally on display, especially when he disrespects the government and the president of the United States (who is obviously President Obama).
If you’re going to try MONSTER HUNTER, start with the first book (Monster Hunter International) and continue in publication order. I also highly recommend Audible Studios’ versions which are brilliantly narrated by Oliver Wyman who totally “gets” this series and gives us a perfect performance for each character, and especially for Agent Franks. If you’re not an audio reader, this one could definitely change your mind.
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Would you try another book written by Larry Correia or narrated by Oliver Wyman?
Yes, although this was bad previous books were ok
What will your next listen be?
Out of the black evan currie
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator was Good considering the material he had to work with
Could you see Monster Hunter Nemesis being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
No It is a (POV) story most likely as a precursor to the next monster hunter (MHI) story at best it was a short story expanded into this novel .
Any additional comments?
This was a disappointment as it was meant to be a continuation of the previous monster hunter legion but was a diversion off the trail of the main story in the previous book which was about MHI and this was a POV of peripheral characters . Even as a stand alone it was badly written and could have been condensed in to half the time and length ( I know a guy has got to eat) but he could have written the main story and this would have been either the back end or a short prelude. The narrator sounded tired that must have been because of the material he had to work with . This is the worst of the series and i have listen to every one .
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The fifth book in the Monster Hunter International series and like Monster Hunter Alpha, we step away from the main group and focus on one character, Agent Franks of the MCB. A goverment employed monster who for centuries has fought to protect the human race from other monsters.
Each chapter begins with Franks explaining at bit more of his origins, the book itself tells you all about the deal he made to live in this world and the Contract he made with the US goverment not to try to reproduce him.
That Contract is broken by Special Task Force Unicorn (STFU) a shady part of the goverment and Franks and a band of loyal MCB agents have to save the World from the consequences of the breach with the help of some familiar faces.
As with all the Larry Correia books i've read, there is lots of action, funny one liners, and all the gun details in the world.
I LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!
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The writer that just keeps giving, deep story with lots of twists and sub plots. Really keen for the next book
A very creative take on an old fictional character. Out of all the versions of Frankenstein I rate this one the most. A very fun read. Loved it.