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International (Monster Hunter) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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- Publisher : Baen; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 736 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439132852
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439132852
- Lexile measure : 710L
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.2 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #313,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can see why he enjoyed it so much. I did too. After all, what's not to like about a fantasy involving a great evil, monster killing, and a hero stopping an Apocalypse? It's usually, the best recipe for a great adventure IMO.
For a gun aficionado, this series is heaven. Owen is a sharp shooter and he knows every gun that is cool out there (me: I have no idea about any of that). His dad who was in the military, taught him early on to defend himself in hand to hand combat and to become familiar with guns. Owen, now an accountant, enjoys his guns as a hobby and tries to lead a pretty dull life. This is until his boss becomes a werewolf and wants to eat him.
After surviving the attack, Owen finds himself getting a new job offer. He could return to his (boring) job or he can train and become part of the secret group called Monter Hunter International who takes care of the bad monsters who are hiding in plain sight. Yes, vampires, werewolves, gargoyles do exist and someone has to take them out. The Government knows about their existence but they don't want the public to panic.
Suddenly, Owen's life gets very complicated. He has a very lucrative but extremely dangerous new job.
Monster Hunter International is a cool fantasy. It has a set of very unique characters.
In regards to the romance, I wasn't sure about Julie's character, Owen's love interest, but she grew on me. By the end, I couldn't see him with anyone else.
Now, I'm huge John Ringo fan, purchased and read pretty much everything he's ever published. This reminds me a bit of that, at least in how the story develops and the action takes place. But in a 'nice", "clean" way. Unlike Ringo's 'Kildar' series, this has some of the same kind of action - except with monsters, not terrorists, and no S&M or really any kind of overt sexual stuff. I'd be ok with this in a middle school library.
July 13th, 2018 - 5 years(ish) after my first read and I have started reading the series.
I have been a fan of Larry Correia's writing since I first encounter these books. I have enjoyed everything that I have read by him, to include: this series, Grimnoir Chronicles, and Son of a Black Sword.
This is the book that launched his prolific writing career. I highly recommend this series to anyone who is a fantasy fan and wants a fun, entertaining, suck-you-in, action adventure. His writing is smooth and flowing so that it easy to get drawn into the story. The characters are likeable and oft times relatable, and they develop and grow throughout the series. The world building and internal "rules" that he sets in place to make the MHI universe work well throughout.
The series can be classified as "Urban Fantasy" as it is set in the modern word with the addition of monsters and magic. But it is more of Bruce Willis in Die Hard kind of action story.
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I soon felt like a sucker as it becomes obvious that the accountancy thing is just a wispy curtain to disguise the onset of a huge Mary Sue wish fulfilment of a plot. Pitt, far from being a humble office drone is revealed to be an ex cage fighter, a crack marksman and gun obsessed. He proves his manly class by hitting on the boss's daughter during his job interview thus demonstrating his advanced social skills.
Of course once he joins the Monster Hunters, he is top of the class and a better shooter than his instructors. Of course he has the obligate falling out with the boyfriend of his crush. Of course they get fancy suits to wear. The monster hunters turn out to be a bunch of gung ho mercenaries with lots of big guns (all lovingly described) who go into action in helicopters without worrying about little details like intelligence gathering, mission planning or stealth.
At this point I finally became overwhelmed by the testosterone and stopped reading. It's all so dumb, it makes the X men look like University Challenge.
Lots wrong here...the pace of the story for one...it feels massively overlong....you just get tired of the incessant fights with monsters that all seem to follow the same tiresome pattern..which is pumping one round after another into a creature and when that weapon runs out picking up another..ad nauseum.
You certainly will be bored, unless it’s your thing, with the technical explanations of the various fire-arms.
Cliche corner is never far away...our hero...a 6 foot 2 accountant with two black belts , history of bouncing and illegal fights and training in fire-arms of all kinds, falls instantly for the woman of his dreams. She’s beautiful and great with a gun. But she’s got a boy-friend. Luckily he’s an idiot and a coward and nobody likes him so it’s okay to invoke the old testosterone cliche of kicking the butt of the girls boyfriend..you know, stalking with violence.
Of course the the kick ass girls in the book are written poorly and could just as easily be boys....Julie, the love interest, describes the death of her brother “I saw his intestines pulled out” and “he died well”. I was crying with laughter at this crass macho garbage coming out of the mouth of a female character.
I’ve an idea for Amazon categorise your books under an IQ rating. This one would be in the 0-80 range.