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Monster Hunter Guardian (Monster Hunter International, 7) Audio CD – Audiobook, December 1, 2020
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New entry in the best-selling Monster Hunter International series by Dragon Award-winning authors Larry Correia and Sarah A. Hoyt
When Owen Pitt and the rest of the Monster Hunter International crew are called away to mount a month's-long rescue mission in a monster-infested nightmare dimension, Julie Shackleford - Owen's wife and descendant of MHI founder Bubba Shackleford - is left behind. Her task: hold down the fort and take care of her new baby son Ray. Julie's devoted to the little guy, but the slow pace of office work and maternity leave are starting to get to her. But when a routine field call brings her face-to-face with an unspeakable evil calling itself Brother Death, she'll get more excitement than she ever hoped for.
Julie is the Guardian of a powerful ancient artifact known as the Kamaresh Yar, and Brother Death wants it. In the wrong hands, it could destroy reality as we know it. Julie would die before giving it up.
Then Ray goes missing, taken by Brother Death. The price for his safe return: the Kamaresh Yar. If Julie doesn't hand over the artifact it means death - or worse - for baby Ray. With no other choice left to her, Julie agrees to Brother Death's demands. But when you're dealing with an ancient evil, the devil is in the details.
To reclaim her son, Julie Shackleford will have to fight her way through necromantic death cults, child-stealing monsters, and worse. And she'll have to do it all before Brother Death can unleash the Kamaresh Yar.
It's one woman against an army of monsters. But Julie Shackleford is no ordinary woman - she's one tough mother!
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Larry Correia is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, with first entry Monster Hunter International, as well as urban fantasy hardboiled adventure saga the Grimnoir Chronicles, with first entry Hard Magic, and epic fantasy series The Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, with first entry Son of the Black Sword and latest entry, House of Assassins. He is an avid gun user and advocate and shot on a competitive level for many years. Before becoming a full-time writer, he was a military contract accountant, and a small business accountant and manager. Correia lives in Utah with his wife and family.
Sarah A. Hoyt is an American science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction writer. She moved to the United States in the early 1980s, married Dan Hoyt in 1985, and became an American citizen in 1988.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (December 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713519712
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713519713
- Item Weight : 8.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.13 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,825,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quite obvious where Correia left off and Hoyt took it up:
Main character, Julie, started off as the hyper-competent Monster Hunter / CEO-in-all-but-name, a character with many facets and shades, that we all know.
40% into the book, her internal monologue shifted into nothing but
#omgmybaby #mustgetbabyback #whateverittakes. This was disappointing given the richness and depth in the characters that I've come to expect from this series, and cripples the book given its first-person narrative.
Side characters were also unfortunately stereotypical; anal-retentive Germans, insanely touchy yet incompetent Portuguese, obese Americans in Hawaiian shirts, behind-the-scenes sugar daddy dragon providing everything from jets to suave lawyers to sports glasses.
Verbiage could use tightening up; i.e. "the bullet came 'out of nowhere' and obliterated his skull..."
Guardian is not a train wreck. There is the usual action and plot twists we've all come to love, just not at the level we're used to.
If your looking for a deeper look into Julie Shackleford or even the Shackleford family you don't get much of that. Some bits and pieces but it feels really thin on background. Even The Guardian and the background of the curse are unfulfilling.
Having reread all the MHI books over this summer one of the things I have noticed is that the later MHI books spend A LOT of time reviewing backstory that happened in the earlier books. That by itself isn't a bad thing but its rarely comes with new information. For example in this book Julies bad Prom Date from the Files book comes up but nothing is added to that event. Same is true of talking about Christmas party, its talked about but nothing is added. Julie talks about how much she loves her Grandpa but gives few examples of why. Its weak. More details are given about one event in Julies life but that ties directly to the plot and leaves me cold since its the old George Lucas thing where everything ties together and there are no independent events. ("its like poetry its rhymes" if you know what I mean)
This book really doesn't move the timeline forward past Siege much, only about 2 weeks. I fully expect you could likely skip this book once the next Owen book comes out and not miss much. Or you will get a summary in the next book...
That said if you like MHI books read this one, the action is good, it kept me going nonstop for 3 days(I read slow) and I was happy with the ending. When I read the end of Siege I told myself I was going to be really mad at Larry if he wrote a book about a baby being kidnapped but after having gotten to the end of Guardian I'm ok with a book about about a baby being kidnapped.
I'm ok with where MHI is at and look forward to the next book but I greatly hope it moves the timeline forward more than Guardian.
Edit: Since reading the hard cover I had a chance to listen to the Audio book and its as bad as the other review say. Oliver we miss you.
The authors did a great job of capturing Julie Shackleford, a fifth generation Monster Hunter. Sarah Hoyt did an incredible job of capturing the people, culture, and monster hunting of Portugal.
It was a fun read that I often laughed out loud at, to the bafflement of my family, that I finished in under a day. Must Read for the MHI Fan.
Epilogue is a classic!
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I've loved all of them thus far and very much look forward to another few titles at least!
... but as this is the title with the least reviews, I'll add mine here.
Great as a standalone story but also as long awaited next edition of the MHI saga it excels. Action packed and suspenseful, Larry and Sarah's offering is on key with previous MHI novels and sets a level of it's own.