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Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International #2)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  12,521 Ratings  ·  559 Reviews
Owen Pitt never met a gun he didn’t like, or a monster he couldn’t shoot. But now, the monsters are shooting back . . .

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 Ch
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Published (first published September 2010)
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Carol.
May 06, 2011 Carol. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Correia fans and people who don't want to know about authors' politics
Recommended to Carol. by: FA, of course
Correia's written another fun action adventure. Monsters International is back, only this time Owen and MHIs are on the defensive. There's a mild "who-is-it" mystery to identify the new bad guy looking to turn Owen in to the Old Ones, and a more pressing one regarding an internal traitor. While no one will claim this is literature at it's best, its a fun action story that leaves many thrillers faltering by comparison.

I only have two real complaints. I felt the initial start to the book was rocky
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Stephen
Nov 05, 2010 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The MHI series is threatening to knock LARPing out of the top spot as my new favorite guilty pleasure.

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Granted, part of the reason the fact that grocery shopping in full orc-killing battle gear tends to make civilians a bit nervous and my spiked leggings keep tearing up the upholstery in my car. However, mostly it's because this is a kick-ass, steroid-enhanced thrill bag of a book and I can read it without having to look over my shoulder to see if a Thoombian Battle Mage is stealthily approach
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Mike (the Paladin)
This is a good book as evidenced by the four star rating...but it's not quite as good as the first in the series.

So, you ask, "why have you rated it the same as the first book in the series?" (since I wrote this...I went back and changed Monster Hunter International's rating to 5. Seemed the thing to do) "Well", I reply, "we are again the victim of the 5 star system. Not having half stars or a 10 star system I'm forced to compromise. The first book in the series I enjoyed greatly...but I didn't
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Tim The Enchanter
The Monster Cowboys are back with a 4 Star Effort

Your favorite monster hunting cowboys are back and it takes but a few pages before your mind's eye is covered in monster gore. Zombified humans, zombified bears, zombified trolls, zombified elephants, werewolves, vampires, gnomes, trolls and one nasty necromancer some of the enemies faced in the second installment of this exciting series. Larry Correia continues to take an interesting twist on the well travelled path of the fantasy monsters. A
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Traci
Feb 19, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has become my favorite urban fantasy series.

A funny action filled dark Lovecraftian urban fantasy without all the angst usually associated with the genre. Highly recommended.

Pam (E.P. Scott)
This deserves 5-stars on so many levels I think my brain may start to hurt if I try to list them all. The was ... fun, oh God it was fun, just like the first one.

We continue the story with Owen and his crew in Mexico trying to dispose of the annoying chupacabras; little evil creatures that like to eat ... everything. Then he meets the shadow man and finds out the Old Ones are a little pissed that he thwarted their world domination plans last year (say it with me...awe...poor Old Ones - NOT!). Ow
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Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Owen Z. Pitt saved the world, but in the process managed to piss off a god who has now basically put a bounty on Pitt's head. Also, the baddies are once again stroking their white, fluffy kitties, planning a world ending event. Cue mayhem.

Apart from the MC being the Chosen One (*sighs) and having to save the world again, this book was a rollicking adventure of a story with zombies of every kind ( ! armored zombie bears ! :D ), orcs, werewolves, vampires, shoggoths, shadow-lords, doppelgangers a
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Evgeny
May 28, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Owen Pitt stopped the end of the world in the last book, but managed to get an Old One (something like an old god) really pissed off in the process. It was not even Owen's fault the Feds decided to drop a nuke on the guy, but it turns out the gods do not like having a nuclear blast close by. The Old One also happened to have bad intelligence, so he turned his wrath on Owen. The Feds decided they need Owen alive (for now), thus he was assigned a group of bodyguards led by none other than agent Fr ...more
Clay
May 14, 2011 Clay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Wow. As much as I enjoyed Larry’s previous novel, Monster Hunter International, I enjoyed this one even more. Mr. Correia started off with a bang and then never took his foot off the gas pedal. I was unable to find one place in this novel where the action wasn’t breathing down my neck. These books are just a ton of fun to read. Monster Hunter Vendetta picks up shortly after the events detailed in Monster Hunter International. As in the previous book, Owen Zastava Pitt owns the eyes through which ...more
[Name Redacted]
This book was an odd duck, and a very odd sequel.

Unlike the previous volume, I actively disliked the opening of this one. Whereas the first one began with a little bit of normalcy, then rushed immediately into action and followed it with more normalcy (establishing a rhythm and letting the reader breathe as the characters, setting & plot developed), "Monster Hunter Vendetta" rushed right into the action and never really slowed down. I was about 1/3 of the way through the book before the Orcs
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Dawn
Jan 05, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh yeah baby, it's on like Donkey Kong... Yes, I just said that. Sorry, I've been playing Nintendo all afternoon, it seeps into my skin. But the book, I should probably talk about the book now.

Loved it. Love love loved it. I realized something while I was reading this... I'm not usually a huge Urban Fantasy fan, I'm more of an Epic Fantasy gal. But this series? I love it. And I think the reason is that while the story line is definitely Urban.. It's pretty damn Epic at the same time. It's Epic U
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David
Feb 08, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This is quality and unique fantasy! Correia writes great action scenes with monster hunters being overwhelmed by zombies of all sorts.. (bear zombies??? elephant zombies?) or shadow creatures. Mix in Trailer Park (think ultra hillbilly elves) Punk Rock loving Orcs, Ghetto influenced gnomes, and an assortment of evil crustaceons, werewolves, vampires, and you've got such a delightful mixture of good and evil.

This time-- it's personal. The old ones want Owen Pitt (they blame him for the nuke that
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Beanbag Love
Sep 16, 2011 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second installment of the Monster Hunter series (there are only three out) and I enjoyed as much as the first. It's non-stop action and suspense and it's a crazy, world-upside-down urban fantasy that really satisfies.

This time Owen Z. Pitt is being pursued by a nasty necromancing cult leader after said cult leader's god -- the most evil being in the known and unknown universe(s) -- demands vengeance ... for something Owen didn't even do! Sheesh! Some guys can't catch a break.

Favorite
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Kat  Hooper
Aug 12, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:
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“When monsters have nightmares, they’re dreaming about us.” — MHI handbook

Monster Hunter Vendetta is the second installment of Larry Correia’s MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL series. In the first book, Monster Hunter International, we met Owen Zastava Pitt who used to be an accountant and gun hobbyist until his boss turned into a werewolf and Owen had to kill him. Now Owen is one of the best agents MHI has ever had.

It’s lucky that
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Patrick
Mar 12, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larry Correia is the man. Let's get that out there, first thing. He's the busiest guy in speculative fiction, and that's for a good and justifiable reason. His books are way too much fun. When reading this book and its precursor, Monster Hunter International, I found myself constantly moving between a chuckle and an outright guffaw. I actually, for the first time ever, slapped my knee I laughed so hard at one point.

Now, we expect, given the title, that these books are going to make deep philosop
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Sarah
Words cannot properly express how much I enjoy this series. Literally non-stop action page after page. The writing is so clever, the scenarios Owen (his friends call him "Z") and the MHI gang find themselves just get wilder and wilder. I love Owen, he is hilarious. He's a big brute that's happy to admit he's the brawn not the brains. He settles problems with guns and fists (and in that order). All the characters of MHI are awesome in their own way. And we can't forget the enigmatic Agent Franks, ...more
Phil
Jun 20, 2010 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larry Correia has done it again. This page turner ruined my weekend. Well, my Friday into Saturday anyway. Once I really got rolling with it, I could not put the book down.

(Just in case you are wondering, Yes, the electronic ARC version is already available @ WebScription.net for $15)

This story kept the same pace and had the same overall quality as Monster Hunter International, and did not disappoint. I was also pleased not to have to read too much recap filler.

The main character Z is once again
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Seth Skorkowsky
Feb 27, 2016 Seth Skorkowsky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I enjoyed the first MHI book the same way one enjoys a good 80's Action Flick. Just turn your brain off and ride the ride. It was a lot of fun. Monster Hunter Vendetta starts out exactly the same way. Owen Pitt and the rest of the MHI team are killing baddies and making bank. Some of it is over the top cheesy (Internet Trolls and Gangsta Gnomes) and some of it is wicked-cool (Oni. Mother of God, the Oni are awesome).

Then the Old Ones walk in and the book takes a surprising turn. Correia's imagin
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Arnaud
May 22, 2015 Arnaud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Characters are developing nicely in this series. Enjoying it so far. A good balance of action, humor and plot.
Ben Babcock
Round two of Owen Pitt vs. the Old Ones/Elder Gods/Creepy Extradimensional Squid Monsters. Fight.

Monster Hunter Vendetta continues the storyline from the first book in the series. This time instead of rushing to stop the shadowy Lord Machado from opening a portal to the realm of the Elder Gods, Owen must stop a shadowy English necromancer from opening a portal to the realm of the Elder Gods. It sounds very similar, I know, but there are some important differences—in this case, the necromancer ha
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Albert Riehle
Sep 16, 2010 Albert Riehle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is crap. No. I'm sorry, I insult crap when I compare this book to it. I'm so tired of this kind of book! How do these things ever get published? Don't the publishers actually read these things before printing them? Who is Larry Correia blowing to get his stuff in print?

Correia thinks he's being really clever when he takes a shot at Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series by having his main character mention that real vampires aren't sparkly. I thought that was the best part of the book becau
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Tarl
Apr 25, 2014 Tarl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
With it's unique protagonist and use of Lovecraft's mythos, Correia's take on the urban fantasy genre was a sheer pleasure to return to. Owen is one of those main characters that even though they are the chosen one, they seem oblivious to how to work their powers as well as well as contain a blundering approach to everything that is out of their league. It is refreshing amongst hyper powered/mary sue-esk main characters who seem to know how to do everything, despite being newbies to their powers ...more
David
Dec 31, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Big Portuguese Gary Stus, gun-totin' Cthulhu huntin' Trump supporters
This is the second book in the Monster Hunter series. Owen Pitt, who joined the for-profit secret monster-hunting outfit Monster Hunter International in book one, is now burdened with a Destiny to Save the World, which comes with the power to experience "flashbacks" of other people's memories when he touches them at plot-convenient moments.

I found this a somewhat crude expositional device, and Pitt's role as super-special predestined savior of the world is reaching over-the-top levels.

Monster Hu
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Daniel
Jan 08, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you had told me at the beginning of last year that one of the writers I would discover in 2014 wrote urban fantasy, telling stories of a heavyset man who blows away monsters with high-tech weaponry, I would have scoffed. Yeah, monster-hunting is a lot of fun and has entertained audiences at least since Gilgamesh and his pal Enkidu fought Humbaba in the Cedar Forest, but you're supposed to fight legendary beasts with your hands, enchanted weapons and other tools from an ancient or medieval arm ...more
MOTG
May 24, 2012 MOTG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Owen Zastava Pitt – accountant, chosen one, and world-saving monster hunter – is back with the crew from Monster Hunter International to save the world one more time. This time from Correia’s version of Cthulhu-style monsters, or Old Ones, who are angry that a simple human caused them pain and want revenge.

The story picks up shortly after the ending of Monster Hunters International, as Owen finishes up a standard government contracted chupacabra hunt in Mexico. Accompanied by former stripper Hol
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Niels Bugge
Ok fun, some good action
But the plot is more or less the same: Same Lovecraftian horrors, same helpers, same approach to problem solving:
Step 1: Gunporn, shoot the monsters full of bullets, grenades, flamethrowers, rpg's, harpoons (even though this never work)
Step 2: Hand to hand combat and bladeporn (even though the hero isn't stong enough)
(Occasionally: Hero dies and have old Jewish guy tell him to get his shit together, use *strange dark power* and get back in the fight)
Step 3: Badass helper
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Amy
I actually liked Monster Hunter Vendetta better than Monster Hunter International, and I really liked Monster Hunter International!


I think that Larry Correia kept what was great in Monster Hunter International, and tightened up the things that I had trouble with. There were certainly lots of guns and armament in Monster Hunter Vendetta, but Correia didn't go on forever about the weapons. He put them to great use in great action sequences, and didn't carry on about their general coolness. Just th
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Mary Catelli
The sequel to Monster Hunter International. So -- spoilers for that ahead.

So Owen and his team are doing all right in Mexico, when a shadowy man tries to abduct him from the hotel, because his Overlord ordered her, and an outbreak of zombies gets Owen under arrest because they need to blame someone. And in jail, his fiancee's parents break in, which is kinda of trouble, since (here's a spoiler for the last) they're a pair of vampires. Fortunately for him, the federal forces come to bust him out
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Jeff Miller
Jul 08, 2013 Jeff Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Monster Hunter series I have read.

Having read the Joe Ledger series I find many areas in which to compare the two. The central main hero who is quite the warrior. End of the world situations where failure leads to extinction. Often rather humorous. A wealth of interesting characters. In the Joe Ledger series the monsters are pretty much laboratory developed and in Monster Hunter they are your more typical monsters.

There are some elements in Monster Hunter that make
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Jaswin Joy
Jan 28, 2014 Jaswin Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars.
Not since Owen Zastava Pitt have I come across a hero who's ugly, a brute, too tall and really big and fat to boot. And I have to say reading about him and his exploits in monster hunting have made me happy to see a guy who's not all six packs and "oozing deadly".

Please those guys are for shitty romances.

Owen Z. Pitt is the real man. Not scared to get down and dirty, willing to do whatever it takes to protect family and of course this guy knows how to fight.

Then there's Agent Franks. If
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