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Friday, September 12, 2014

Monster Hunters International: Alpha by Larry Corriea (MHI #3)

Monster Hunter Alpha (MHI, #3)Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he’s also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger’s stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.

This was darker and slower than the first two previous books and I missed the quirky humor.  I also found Alpha a bit slow and had a hard time getting into the story for the first 100 pages or so - perhaps even the first half of the book. I thought Earl's journal was the most interesting part of the over all story and would really liked to have read more journal and less of Copper River. 

For a 500+ page book, not a lot happened, really.  Our protagonist, Adam, with the help of a witch, sets up a situation in Copper River, MI to take over the world with the help of an ancient amulet and a town of newly converted werewolves.  Earl and his arch nemesis, Nikolai, are lured to the town under false premises and find themselves reluctant allies.  The town, descended from hearty Eastern European mining immigrants, also proves to be harder to contend with than initial anticipated.  Troops are rallied, massive snow blowers employed, and a battle ensues...but it sure takes a long time to get there.

So, I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite MHI book to date.  Recommended with slight reservations.

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