Monster Hunter International Mass Market Paperback – 28 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things: guns and B-horror movies. He lists his occupations: gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and writer, and is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns) a company specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. He has also designed a special patch for the agents of Monster Hunter International, Inc. As he puts it, "If you don't look good while you're killing stuff, then you're not really a monster hunter."
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Correia has said in interviews that he has seen “pretty much every monster movie ever made,” and got tired of the good guys doing stupid things. The genesis of his series is basically this: what would happen if the good guys were well-trained, well-armed, intelligent, and competent? He posits a world in which monsters are real (of course, though sadly we’re still not sure about ghosts) and are hunted by both a rather ineffective federal agency and by private companies such as the titular M.H.I.
Owen Zastava Pitt’s life takes a turn for the surreal when his creeper of a boss turns into a werewolf one night and tries to tear him apart. After a life-or-death battle which ends with Owen chucking his boss out of a very high window, he is invited to join the world’s premier private hunter organization.
Throw in a dark lord from the mists of antiquity, more werewolves, vampires, a wendigo, and a host of other supernatural beasties, and you have a page-turner of a book that will keep you up late and satisfy your inner monster junkie at the same time. The characters, almost all solidly blue-collar salt-of-the-Earth types, are for the most part likeable and well-drawn. Correia’s universe is logically consistent and never feels too far-fetched. When the last page is turned, the reader is left wanting more; fortunately there are, at present counts, five other books in the M.H.I. Universe, including a superb collaboration with the always-entertaining John Ringo (Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge) and with more in the pipeline, he’s sure to keep readers happy for many books to come.
If you like high-octane supernatural action-adventure with a side-order of heavy weaponry, the Monster Hunter International books may well be right up your alley. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately it does have its flaws. For a start the characters are very two dimensional and predictable, you've read about or watched most of them in films/books in the past. However here its made even sillier, the main character is like Stallone in Expendables but also a bit of a genius, a ladies man, a bare knuckles fighter, a shooting expert, and and accountant. Very odd.
More annoying is that the dialogue is in places terrible, some of the supposedly deep and meaningful discussions had me wincing. There's a lot of repetition especially when the author has the main character narrating the story, for example I got sick of hearing how much the main character loves Julie as she has soooo many guns and is soooo good with them.
Put together these issues also meant that the book never manages to build up any tension despite the apocalypse is coming theme, leaving the story seeming a bit dull.
I also found the gun-love in the book a bit over the top, its like the author is more excited by the guns he's describing than the characters or plot so you continually get long sections about the characteristics and technical stuff about a particular gun. The right wing pro-gun anti-government stuff was also layered on a little thick for my liking, I really think authors should try to keep their own personal politics out of their books or at least try and present it in a more subtle manner.
That brings me to the section that made me give up on the book. Essentially after a section where something finally happens the author uses the Superman flying around the world really fast or Dallas dream in the shower trick to reset events. If that doesn't make you give up on a book I'm not sure what will.
Whilst I remember, I did also find some sections a bit low rent. For example I remember one character making a snide comment about the special bus, maybe others find that sort of thing amusing but I certainly didn't.
These books have it all - funny bits, exciting bits, scary bits, sad bits. Any time you spend reading this is not wasted.
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Highly recommended. I can't wait to get started on the next one.
Anyone who loves a good old fashioned monster horror movie will love this book
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