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- Publisher : Baen; Signed Leatherbound ed. edition (September 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 656 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439133913
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439133910
- Lexile measure : 700L
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Note that John Ringo has also written a couple of MHI (Monster Hunters International) books with Larry Correia supervising. These are pretty good, too - worth reading, if you like MonsterSplatter. They fit well as side stories to the main series.
My original review on the book
Just finished! This book continues the story of OZP, the protagonist from the first book. Correia has found a formula that works well for him. A gripping story of monsters, guns, and what it takes to be a hero.
The story holds up even on a re-read. Sure I know whats coming, somewhat, as it has been about 5 years since the first read. But even so, the story and characters are compelling and as the series progresses Larry Correia becomes more polished as a writer.
That tends to make most story pretty flat, with the depth coming from the human interactions exclusively. It would be nice to see some more morally gray, or even objectively "good" members of various monster species.
As the storyverse stands by this book, its pretty formulaic, with most humans either assets, liabilities, or obstructions, but that may be more the mindset of the narrator.
Your mileage may vary, but you wont feel like you've wasted your money.
I don't understand how some authors come up with these astounding tales of adventure without actually living them or witnessing them. Maybe real in another dimension?
Seriously...the Gnomes are freaking incredible
Well, thanks to Glenn Reynolds, I discovered Larry Correia. And thanks to Sarah Hoyt, I got to meet the guy. Last year, I read his first Monster Hunter book, Monster Hunter International in paperback. This evening, I finished this book, the second in the series, on kindle. And yea, it's all about a private organization, Monster Hunter International (MHI) that fights the menace of monsters with firearms.
So much for Beowulf and Heracles wrestling beasts with their bare hands. Or Perseus slicing off the head of a demoness whose looks really kill with the help of a female deity and skill with a sharp sword.
This book is even better than the first in the series. Or, maybe I'm just saying because I just finished it. The story is fresh in my mind. It was a delight to read. And it's got a fun little twist at the end. (Just remember Mr. Trash Bags.)
Since I read my kindle at the gym, this book helped me burn a few extra calories.
Not only does Correia have some great action-packed monster-killing scenes, he's got some really great quips too. They're half the fun of the book. So, if you're reading this in public, be prepared to laugh out loud (quite literally) and to have your neighbors on the cardio machines look up at the television monitors and wonder what Anderson Cooper said that was so funny.
There are very few breaks in the action of this book. From fighting chupacabras in the opening of book to fending off a zombie horde once those beasts are dispatched, Correia's hero Owen Zastava Pitt leaps from one monster battle to another, with little time to probe the life lessons he learns as he blasts the evil things to bits. Perhaps the most entertaining of the battles was when he prevented Bia and Cratos from kidnapping his brother at a rock concert -- and then had to face those oversized critters not just backstage, but also on the highway.
At the same time, Pitt had to submit (quite reluctantly) to federal protection, given that the crazed necromancer heading the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition, a bizarre cult with numerous human acolytes (not to mention allied undead beasts) wishes to sacrifice Pitt to an Old One, a creature from another dimension whose plots our hero had foiled in Monster Hunter International.
On the way to finding -- and facing -- this necromancer, they seek assistance from cantankerous gnomes in rooting out a spy -- and try to gain some intelligence from a rubbery troll. And they encounter a few werewolves (not all evil), a zombie elephant beast and even a shoggoth.
Our hero even attempts to make alliance with a powerful vampire. This one may have been "evil incarnate," Pitt quips, "but the enemy of my enemy is my friend." One thing he will learn is that you should "never trust the undead."
The book is in short a lot of fun, an ideal read if you want to add some excitement to your relaxation or a few steps to your cardio workout.
And when you read this book, make sure to pay close attention to Gretchen's wedding blessing.
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The monsters themselves are done brilliantly in both books, including many details from different myths - something I found particularly satisfying as it strays away from many typical Hollywood monster tropes. This book definitely has much more of a Lovecraftian feel to it, incorporating some of his monsters and some associated beings, but this just makes things all the more interesting.
This book reveals much about the characters we are introduced to in the first, which is definitely a welcome addition - you begin to gain a sense of understanding with these characters as you see them grow and develop in the space between and within the novels.
My one gripe is that, for me, this book doesn't quite reach the heights of the first - it might just be a little too fast paced for my liking. Whereas the first slowly built up to a dramatic climax, the main character is already an established force going on a sort of manhunt in this title. Whereas this would normally be expected in a series, the climax this time was over far too quickly and I found myself a little dissatisfied, compared to the 250-page monstrosity of suicide mission in the first where the villains provided an extreme challenge to finally defeat, which was definitely one of the most intense passages I have read in a while.
All in all, a solid output - Welcome to Monster Hunter International.
Had this in my to-read for a while after I read the first one. Interesting take and I guess I enjoyed this book a little more than the last one because now I was used to the characters.
The book was also a little bit more "believable"... insofar as a MHI book is believable.
Fun characters, and I particularly liked the exploration of Agent Franks.
If you're on a train journey this is a great book.