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Monster Hunter Alpha (3) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2011
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Dirty Harry meets Twilight. #3 in the break-out series and a follow-up to Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta.
Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he’s also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger’s stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.
Here’s a sample of Larry Correia’s prose punch from series opener, Monster Hunter International: “I didn’t wake up that morning and decide that I was going to kill my boss with my bare hands. It was much more complicated than that.”
About Monster Hunter International
“[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.”– Bookreporter.com
About the “Monster Hunter” series:
“If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.” – Knotclan.com
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- Publisher : Baen; Original edition (July 26, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439134588
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439134580
- Lexile measure : 730L
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.3 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry Correia wrote this book to be so interesting that I, knowing full well that my daughter never sleeps later than 7:45, was forced to read till 4am. As a result I drank triple the amount t of coffee the following day and finished my coffee before my fresh order arrived in the mail. Basically because this book was as interesting as it was I was force to live on 3 hours sleep and drink *gasp** instant coffee for three consecutive mornings.
To Larry Correia I ask; have pity on me. Write some boring books😂😆❤️😂😆
That said. They story is a bit of change of pace as it focuses on Earl Harbinger as the lead and pretty much ignores the rest of MHI. But it still has plenty of gripping action, interesting character development, monsters, world building (development), MCB, and monsters. Larry does a great job in telling this story, part of Earl's story, that helps flesh out his character and gives the reader greater insight into why he's fairly unique in MHI world.
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD*
In this outing, we leave Owen Zastava Pitt behind and follow everyone's favorite ass-kicker, Earl Harbinger. Harbinger leaves his team behind and travels to a small town in Michigan to square off against an old nemesis. Once there, things unravel quickly and become a lot more complicated as multiple parties converge on this small town with their own agenda, including a sleazy government agent and a rival monster hunting company. Each of these parties start out as parallel storylines that converge and intertwine as things get messy. And finally, we're also given a view into Harbinger's past through his journal. At the beginning of every chapter, we have a few pages that detail parts of Harbingers past, from his beginnings as a werewolf to his role in the Vietnam War.
A lesser writer would have great difficulty juggling the various plot lines, but Correia handles them with ease. Each plot line is interesting, well-written and memorable. I especially enjoyed the antics of the rival monster hunting company as they sink in over their heads very quickly. It's all extremely entertaining.
A minor nitpick is that practically every female character is simply different versions of the same ass-kicking, amazon warrior woman. They're all tough, strapped and ready to kill. Besides a few superficial details, the female characters in the series don't feel all that different from one another. However, this isn't to say that Correia sucks at characterization. Correia excels at giving most of his characters distinctive and nuanced personalities and this continues in MHA. The government agents, the rival monster hunting corporation, Harbinger's nemesis all have enough backstory to make them feel alive without bogging the reader down *cough cough* Stephen King.
I wish I could say more about the novel and the characters but that will likely spoil the fun. It's much more fun going into the novel without knowing too much ahead of time. Just buckle in and enjoy the ride because it's a fantastic one.
4.5 out of 5 stars