Book review: Monster Hunter International

Monster Hunter International

Monster Hunter International

I will try to do a review without too many spoilers.  But it’s hard on a book like this.  Monster Hunter International is a book written by a gun nut and a B-movie fan.  And it shows.  It contains many mythical creatures made popular by comic books, video games, and of course midnight cable movies.  The author is Larry Correia.  He is a local guy which is one reason I bought this book.  I like to support locals when it makes sense.  I am usually more of a spy novel or text book kind of guy.  But I get cheap thrills from B-movies every now and then.
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The story starts off in an office scene and takes about a page before it hits you with the action.  The main character Owen Zastava Pitt is working late, his boss transforms into creature full of awesome, and the fun begins.  Once Owen recovers from his injuries he is drafted into service for a group called Monster Hunter International.  Basically, they travel the country hunting nasty critters for gross amounts of profit that is ultimately reinvested into bigger and better guns.
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Owen’s group has a wide variety of backgrounds.  Most of which are pretty entertaining characters.  Some lacked a bit of character development, but it wasn’t missed at all.  And the book is already over 700 pages long, so more character development would have just been pages for the sake of more pages.
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The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking of what a great movie it would have been with Bruce Campbell at his prime in the lead.  It isn’t a super serious book, and I don’t think it was meant to be.  It’s a light hearted sci-fi novel geared toward people that want something a little different out of the typical monster book.  It was entertaining from the first page.  About 2/3 of the way through the book I was finding it a bit slow, but that didn’t last long at all.  And when the action came back, it stayed with me until the end.
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My only real complaint about the book, is it kind of had the feeling to me like it was written, or more likely edited, by 4 or 5 different people.  I can’t give specifics, but it was like a few chapters would have one feel to them, then the next few chapters would have a slightly different feel.  Maybe it was different vocabulary usage, or the type of things the story was focusing on.  I don’t know.  I just know it felt slightly different.  But again, it was still a fun, entertaining book.  It just may not rank high on snoot factor.  But what monster book does?  So if you spend the afternoon sipping latte’s at the local roasting company tweeting about how much swinging you have done from Obama’s nuts, or surfing facebook on your Mac laptop looking down at the passers by through your fat plastic frame glasses, then this book is not for you.  If you are a down to earth guy that can appreciate the finer things in life but can also appreciate a good old fashion joke every now and then, then this book is for you.  Especially if you like monsters, guns, or B-movies.
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Happy Reading 🙂
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