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Monster Hunter Vendetta (Baen Fantasy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Larry Correia
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28 Sep 2010 Baen Fantasy
Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old One's invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones. With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don't need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them! Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Original edition (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133910
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things: guns and B-horror movies. He has been a gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and is now a very successful writer. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. His first novel, Monster Hunter International "is now in its third printing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it get better and better!! 2 Jun 2012
By saad
Format:Mass Market Paperback
totally underrated!! i don't know why there ain't more reviews of this book!! this book is simply great read!! if you thought the first one book was good this one is even better!! Larry Correia is brilliant writer!! the book pace is excellent, action packed, and funny!! i highly recommended book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book - shame about Amazon 20 Oct 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Again Correia has written a brilliant book, full of fast paced adventure great characters, humour and more gun law that the average Brit can follow. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes a good read, this sequel is if anything better than the first book.

Shame I had to get my copy elsewhere as Amazon had taken my order in April but let me know the day before release they would not be delivering for at least a week - and only told me that when I asked why it had not been dispatched yet.
Added to that they didn't have a kindle version at all - despite its availability direct from the publisher in the kindle format.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excitement Continues - New Readers can start here 25 Sep 2010
By P. Gibbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Monster Hunter Vendetta picks up Owen Pitt's saga a few months after the events of the first book, Monster Hunter International. This time Owen is the hunted as much as he is hunter. The Dread Overlord (a sort of top-of-the-heap Cthulu monster) has put the word out to his minions on Earth that he wants Owen Pitt delivered to him in his dimension for torture and death. He blames Owen for what the Feds did to him during the last battle described in the first novel (something involving a tactical nuke), when Owen literally saved the world.

This book fills in a lot of the back-story of the MHI fictional universe without getting in the way of the non-stop action. For a new writer Larry Correia has great story-telling skills as he pulls the reader from one chapter to the next. Don't start this book on a night when you need to get some sleep. One could easily start this on a Friday night and finish it by Sunday.

We learn more of the family history of the Shackleford's, four generations of which have owned and operated MHI. Some really big secrets of some agents of Monster Control Bureau (MCB) get spilled here. It does nothing to alleviate MCB's image as an evil-twin version of Men In Black. Even worse its top agent is a bloody-minded egomaniac who doesn't care if MHI is wiped out as long as he accomplishes his mission.

The author does a great job of building up the powers of the villain, a British necromancer, to the point where you doubt that anything to stop him. The key is to make it believable when our hero does beat him and comes home in one-piece to marry the girl he loves - another monster hunter who shoots a rifle better than Owen. Good looks, brave and a great shot. That is my idea of a 21st century heroine/love-interest.

This is a fun book with an adult view of good vs. evil, in stark contrast to the action movies of today that have stories at the level of comic books, even when they are not based on comic books. I'm glad to report that the evil villains are truly evil and not mis-guided or victims of a troubled childhood. The author's deft touch shows in the depiction of some of the "good guys" who cut corners while trying to save the world. We still don't like the guys from MCB, but some of them are more understandable after this book.

It's a successful second book in the series because new readers can enjoy it before reading the first book but it still moves the saga forward for people who have already "discovered" MHI. That's why I give it Five Stars.

Urban fantasy is in good hands with this sharpshooting writer from Utah.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive Fun 28 Sep 2010
By Nickolas X. P. Sharps - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A true sequel should expand on the vision of the original while adding depth to the concepts and characters of its predecessor. This can be a difficult feat to accomplish, especially when the first book is a mind blowing success. A lot of sequels coast off the momentum of the first book without ever really establishing a name on their own. Larry Correia could have easily sat back and written Monster Hunter International 2, with all the fans he has attracted he could have easily sold a book without any improvement on the original formula. Instead Larry wrote Monster Hunter Vendetta, and I'm sure glad he did.

Anyone who has read Monster Hunter International knows what to expect. Tough guys, big guns, and scary monsters. This novel features the return of our beloved mercenary monster hunters faced with a new unholy evil. A random passerby may see the front cover of this book (an awesome holographic illustration might I mention) and assume that it is a shallow violence ridden urban fantasy book. That, however, is so far from the case. What sets MHV apart from standard urban fantasy is Larry's knowledge of B-movie monsters and his personal experience with firearms. There's no supernatural problem a fully automatic twelve-gauge shotgun with an underslung grenade launcher can't handle. The action in this book is top notch, one of the fights continues on for pages but never gets boring. With some action-heavy books I tend to scan over what should be the most exciting parts. This is not so with MHV. Larry has a real talent for writing fight scenes and while you might be exhausted after reading it you will never be bored.

The most surprising thing about MHV is by far the amount of depth added to the characters. The first book displayed some unique and fun characters to follow. Owen Z. Pitt, combat accountant, makes for an excellent main character. He isn't handsome or unbelievably smart, but he is a great shot and a good fighter. While the first book introduced a wide and diverse cast MHV delves into story behind some of the more important players. Owen's family also makes an appearance in this book. Owen's relationship with his father gives a whole extra dimension to his character. Then of course there is Special Agent Franks. I didn't much care for Franks in the first book and I didn't expect to like him in MHV. Somehow by the end of the novel he had become my favorite character of all. Franks is one of the toughest characters I've read about in years and I can't wait for his solo novel Monster Hunter Nemesis.

I pre-ordered a signed copy of MHV for my personal library. Instead of waiting for the package to reach my house I went out and bought another copy as soon as it hit store shelves. I then proceeded to spend my weekend reading it. If you haven't read MHI I highly suggest going and buying it now, but buy MHV too. That way you won't have to run back out to the store to get the sequel after having your mind blown.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, Explodey Fun!! 28 Sep 2010
By Steven Diamond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
We recently reviewed MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA at Elitist Book Reviews. Head on over there to read more reviews, and also catch an interview with MHV author, Larry Correia.

***THE REVIEW***

We like our books with thought put into them. Characters in shades of gray. Plots that are epic, yet deeply personal. We like novels where the author challenges our minds, and makes us ponder humanity.

And after we have read all that, we LOVE to read books that involve explosions. And zombies. And exploding zombies. And zombie elephants. Did we already mention explosions? How about heavy gunfire?

Thank you, Larry Correia, for giving us another novel full of exploding monsters, and incredibly detailed gun-play: MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA.

You readers DO remember Larry Correia, right? It would be in your best interests to nod your head in agreement regardless of your actual answer. Larry has lots of guns. And he knows how to use them all. Apart from that, he is a good friend of ours, and a terrific storyteller. His first published novel, MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL (MHI), was completely awesome (we reviewed it as well). More importantly, it was FUN. Larry is the kind of writer that if his novel doesn't make you smile with giddiness while reading, he isn't satisfied with his work.

With Larry's latest novel, MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA (MHV), we are happy to report that it is indeed full of win. Now, no one will ever say that Larry has written the Great American Novel. Why the heck would he want to? Guns and monsters are WAAAAAAY more better. (Yes, that bad grammar was intentional. Deal with it.) What Larry provides is lots of action, lots of guns, lots of explosions, and lots of fantastic characters. And we get it all at a lightening pace.

In other words: WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!111!!!

MHV is essentially the consequences of the events in MHI. You know, when our stud of a PoV, Owen Pitt, thwarted a Cthulhu-esque God. An evil death cult, known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition, took exception to that whole thing, and they want the Old Ones to come back and take over. Owen seems like the ideal sacrifice.

Queue destruction and mayhem.

Look, we can go on about how fun MHV is for days. It really is completely awesome. But what people don't seem to think of when you read a book "like this" is that there will actually be some great character development. MHV's characters are much deeper than than they appear on the cliché surface. Really, seeing the growth these characters have forced upon them, and the heart-wrenching steps they willingly take is where the book's true pillars are found. From Owen, to Julie, to Earl...they all are distinct characters. You readers may think that Larry Correia is just blowing $%^* up, but that's just to hide that he is actually very, very good at crafting characters.

Are there flaws? Duh. But they are all so minor, that it would annoy us more to have to even write them down. Look, Larry cheats when he writes. He refers to it in the novel. If Larry isn't cheating, he isn't trying hard enough. If Larry wants something to happen, he will make it happen. If he is told, "Dude, you CAN'T put Deus Ex Machina into a novel!!" he will purposely put it into the novel just to spite you. Twice. And he will make it work. He is that awesome.

It still shocks us how BIG these novels are. MHV clocks in at over 600 pages of pure adrenaline. Instead of giving adrenaline injections to patients, doctors should just beat them with MHV. It would have the same effect, and is significantly cheaper.

MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA, like MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL before it, is worth every monster-gore-soaked penny of its cover price. Larry has again brought extreme fun back to reading.

And if you don't like MHV, Larry will just shoot you. So there.

Recommended Age: 16 and up.
Language: Heck yeahs.
Violence: Seriously? There is literally a character NAMED Violence in the novel. What do you think?
Sex: None.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fun and full of magic, monsters and mayhem --- a relentless, breathtaking ride. 1 Nov 2010
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When last we left Owen Zastava Pitt, he was blasting away with the forces of Monster Hunter International to defeat Lord Machada and stop his nefarious plot to bring the Old Ones to Earth. In MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA, the warriors are back to save us all again. The Old Ones still seek to enter our reality, but they have a new leader: a necromancer named Shadow Man who does some very interesting things with zombies.

Like elephant zombies.

It would be bad enough if Owen merely had to deal with the undead, necromancers and other fiendish beasties. That, however, is never the case. Juggling all of that while dealing with a fiancée, family dynamics, bosses, government interlopers and teammates is enough to drive anyone insane. Top this all off with the fact that the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition is intent on making Owen their sacrificial offering, and you have one well-armed warrior who is not having a good day.

Owen and his team of Monster Hunters don't really need to hunt very often. You see, Owen is monster bait. With the Church and Shadow Man seeking to get their hands/claws/tentacles on him, the US government assigns Agent Franks to protect Owen. As if he needed protection.

That he has to deal with all of these things and yet still save the world serves to create some very inventive and entertaining asides for Owen. Much like with the previous novel, MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL, there is no limit to the bizarre circumstances or inevitable laughs they produce. Or the explosions.

Author Larry Correia has once again crafted a novel that has no intentions of being a pretentious award-winning dry read that wins him guest spots on afternoon TV talk shows. He has designed a world-class thrill ride. Like Space Mountain. With zombies. And things that explode on a regular basis.

And yet, despite all the bluster and gung-ho machismo, he also successfully lays out some fantastic characters, carrying them over from MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL. More important than anything, these characters actually grow and develop. It would be easy to have cookie-cutter, wafer- thin souls peopling the crash-bang-boom world of Monster Hunting, but instead the real gem is finding characters like Owen, Julie and Earl and realizing that they are solid creations with stories worth telling.

You don't have to have read the previous book in order to pick up the new one and find yourself entertained. Each novel certainly has its very own core plot, and each is resolved within its own work. By reading INTERNATIONAL, you can have a better understanding of the characters and the overall character arc as you read VENDETTA. It will better fill in some of the relationships and references, but should you just want to dig in, you will not find yourself lost.

VENDETTA is steeped in B-movie pandemonium, much like its predecessor. It's a winning formula, so why change it? The book is fast, fun and full of magic, monsters and mayhem --- a relentless, breathtaking ride. If you're looking to just enjoy the act of reading and have a good time, choose MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA.

Did I mention the zombie bears?

--- Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Hunter Vendetta Book Review 5 Jan 2011
By Rodney C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Monster Hunter Vendetta is the second book in Larry Correia's New York Times Bestselling series (Currently #27 in Mass-Market), which started with Monster Hunter International.

Like I've mentioned before, there's always the expectation for a sequel to be at best, on parr with the first book in a series. With this being the first sequel that Larry's written, I was looking forward to finding out just how well Monster Hunter Vendetta would turn out. Too often authors will hit the big one with their first novel, then turn around, write the second book in the series without really caring, and being unfare to the reader. This is not true for Larry. He's a damn good story teller who knows how to weave every essential elemnt of storytelling together, without sacrificing one thing for another. As I cracked open my copy, I was blown away. Needless to say, there's no dissapointment on my face.

Picking up several months after the events in Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta continues the story of Owen Z. Pitt and his life as an accountant-turned-monster-hunter. After having made The Dread Overlord mad for something Owen didn't due (thanks largely in part to the Feds and a big nuke), Owen is then faced with a bounty on his head, put there by the The Dread Overlord (seriously, how could you ever be happy with a title like that?). Enter the the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition, I cult spearheaded by a British necromancer who simply goes by the name of the Shadow Man, and wants nothing more than to gain the favor of The Dread Overlord.

Like with most things, the government always has to have it's hands in everything, that's why the MCB (Monster Control Bureau) sends Agent Franks to fill in as Owen's personal bodygaurd. And that's were the story begins.

I love learning about the history of things, and in general, world building, and Correia definitely doesn't dissapoint in that regard.Throughout the book Larry delves further into the backhistory of the rich, vast, complicated and bone numbingly scary world that he's created within the pages of Monster Hunter Vendetta. Along the way we're introduced to gansta gnomes, Owen's rockstar brother, giant Japanese demons, giant zombie elephants, and MHI's newest toy, Leviathan, as well as the answer to one of the biggest mysteries shrouding MHI's history. Needless to say, there isn't single dull moment within the pages of this book. And, finally, one of the biggest jaw dropping surprises that I would have never seen coming in a million years.

Monster Hunter Vendetta was by far more than I could have ever expected, and then some. That's why I'm giving it 9 TARDIS's out of 10. So, if you like zombies, vampires, werewolves, necromancers and scary death cults, and are tired of the same run of the mill cliched tropes that seem to mercilessly litter the shelves of Urban Fantasy section these days, then pick up Monster Hunter Vendetta, and while your at it, why not start from the beginning, and double the fun? Go ahead and grab Monster Hunter International and start from there.

~Rodney

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