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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Monster Hunters Vendetta (#2) by Larry Corriea

Monster Hunter Vendetta (MHI, #2)Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Correia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old One’s invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.
The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen’s full time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.

With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don’t need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous...

Book number two was a teeny bit slow to start, then picked up a full head of steam, and there was no stopping the action until the monsters were dead.

Corriea once again combines a beautiful, nay, brilliant, blend of Lovecraftian monsters, vampires (who don't sparkle), Gnomes with an attitude, zombie bears and elephants with zingy one-liners, wit, humor and lots of ballistics.  Our favorite Monster Hunter International organization locks horns not only with The Old Ones (can one lock 'horns' with a blimp sized tentacled overinflated squid god?) , but also with the Federal agency Monster Control Bureau as Owen and his gang wade through treachery and deceit and very old secrets.

Loved this book for the shear escapism of it all.  At one point I wanted to jump up off the couch and pump my fist in the air and shout "GO Franks!", but restrained myself to merely giggling madly.   If you've read the book, you'll know what I mean. 

Strongly recommended if you've read book one.  

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