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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Monster Hunters International by Larry Corriea

Monster Hunter International (MHI, #1)Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

It's actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.

Business is good . . .Welcome to Monster Hunter International

Book 1 in the series.  Read for December 2013 book group.

This was a totally implausible, rock'm sock'm, fantasy action and love story that I loved from page one.  Owen Pitt is an accountant who tosses his boss out of a fourteen story window - in Owen's defense his boss was a werewolf trying to kill him.  Owen wakes up in the hospital to find the Fed's pointing a gun at his head, he's been fired from his job and some nutcase wants to recruit him to fight monsters.   Then he meets Julie, a raven haired beauty with guns.  Owen loves guns, he loves unattainable Julie.  Owen will go to Hell and back to win her love and kick some monster ass along the way.  Lots of monster ass.

Of course I'm greatly simplifying - there is an awesome cast of supporting characters including a teacher, a stripper, a librarian, a former Navy Seal, and some very angry Feds.  The monsters are nasty, the vampires nastier, and the Feds are the nastiest of all.

I will say right up front, this is not a book to be taken seriously, it is meant to entertain and only entertain, and that it does extremely well. Recommended.

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