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Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter International #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,060 Ratings  ·  1,464 Reviews
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
Paperback, 457 pages
Published 2009 by Infinity Publishing
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Mike (the Paladin)
At first glance (say at the title) anyone would probably take this book to be basically "brain candy". And they'd be right....but sometimes you find some really good brain candy. While this book is openly a little on the "hokey"'s an excellent read. I enjoyed this book immensely.

I was looking at the time for something light and had this book recommended to me by a stranger while browsing the shelves in Books-A-Million. (Okay, so I talk to people I meet in the fantasy isles in book sto
Ilona Andrews
I want to like this book, because this is so right up my alley and the story is really good. It's a fun, well-researched pulp, but at this point I feel like I'm fighting through a jungle, cutting at the bamboo with a machete. For every plot turn, I have to read three pages of filler. Also, the male protagonist is a bit Gary Stu. He is three hundred pounds of solid muscle. He is a genius. He is competitive sniper super shot. He is a super awesome mixed martial artist, who had fought in cage match ...more
Jun 15, 2015 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

Three stars**

Turned out to be a fun, engaging read, and I'll definitely check out the next book in the series. The first person point of view is told by an unusual hero; a large, "ugly," now scarred accountant who was raised in family that emphasized guns and survival skills. As such, his language is straightforward, but not so simplistic that I was bored. Flashes of humor and modern references kept the voice fresh, making me feel like although he took situations seriously, he also saw the humo
Aug 20, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up in Texas when one of the folks in the bookstore recommended it to me.

If I were forced to give you an elevator pitch, it would be something like this: "Imagine Dresden files if you removed all the magic and replaced it with guns...."

That's not a really accurate description, mind you. Elevator pitches never are. But there's an element of truth to it as well...

Looking online, I see that I'm not the only one to make this comparison. That irritates me a little, but at the sam
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Edited late to add a star that should have been added long ago.

Monster Hunter International (MHI #1)

This is one KICK ASS rockin,' rock 'em-sock'em, Jesus Block 'em, Rock and Roll, if it Moves shoot it if it don't use it like a bullet proof shield or cannon fodder, Monster Huntin', holy smokin' good read.

Calling this an Urban Fantasy is, like calling Smokin' Joe Frazier a pansy. There are some mistakes you only get to make once before you need a good plastic surgeon and a blender to prepare you
Nov 22, 2011 Lou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dumbass crackers, people with gun boners
Shelves: books-i-own
Larry Correia is a fat balding man with a shitty goatee. Why is this important? Because in Monster Hunter International Mr. Correia has based his hero, Owen Pitt Zavablahblah, on the interesting personage of Larry Correia. Let's examine the similarities. First off, our hero, Owen, begins the story as a seemingly mild mannered accountant. Now let's just flip to the about the author page at the back of the book.., oh look Mr. Correia is also an accountant, weird. Owen is also a gun nut and partici ...more
4.5 stars. The description on the back of the book is a very good compass for gauging whether you will like this book. If you like LOTS and LOTS of monsters and other supernatural creatures and LOTS AND LOTS of guns combined with a tone that is very similar to the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher then I think it is fair to say YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. A super secret "private" agency that hunts down and kills monsters (for rich bounties paid by the government)...what's not to love. Just about every m ...more
May 13, 2012 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know that I can really review this book because I was unable to finish it. I will therefore merely comment on the chapters I was able to finish:

(1) The protagonist is an unbelievable Mary-Sue (and given that a powerful wizard living in Chicago is more believable, that says something) and the book contains tons of what I'll call "White Male Wish Fulfillment" (and as a White Male I feel free to call it this :)). The two examples that I actually read are the boss from (literally) hell and t
Kristopher Sandberg
Oct 02, 2013 Kristopher Sandberg rated it did not like it
I'll say first as a disclaimer that I am Libertarian, pro-gun, and anti-big government. I'll say second that if there's one thing I do not want in my fantasy literature, it is a pro-gun, anti-big government agenda. I read books to get away from the depressing realities of life, not to wallow in them, and this book is one big, smelly wallow.

On the face of it, it's about a man who is 200 lbs. of pure muscle, a genius, an accomplished martial artist, a competent amateur gunsmith, one of the best sh
Beanbag Love
Jan 04, 2016 Beanbag Love rated it it was amazing
As a Jim Butcher fan, I have seen Larry Correia's name crop up a number of times as a recommendation. Hard core urban fantasy with lots of blood and guts and gore. Sounds good, right?

Much more gory than Jim Butcher, I must say. Possibly even more gory than Ilona Andrews.

But it was really fun. Another first person POV but at least the protag isn't a paranormal PI. He starts the book as an accountant. Then he becomes a mercenary who also happens to be a hero.

The author is clearly a gun-nut and he
Tim The Enchanter
My #4 favorite read of 2013

Yes! Yes!! Yes!!! 5 Stars

Wowza! Hang on to your pants and shield your eyes because monster gore is flying everywhere! If you would rather hug your vampires or believe your ghouls are just misunderstood, this is not the book for you. Changes are, the you will be splattered with ichor while MHI blows the head off the monster you are attempting to reason with. While there are a few minor things I didn't like about the book, I was engaged overall and have enjoyed the
Dec 28, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Lots of non-stop action, odd monsters, & bullets. Owen is a good hero; tough, big, & one hell of a shot, but goofy around the girl he wants. He's not all that good at several important things like walking quietly or hearing well. It makes him more believable. That's the case with most of the characters. They each have some fun quirks & more depth than I expected to find in what is basically a comic book novel. No graphics, but that same sort of tongue-in-cheek, suspend-all-belief, &a ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I thought I knew what this would be before I even looked at the first page. Yet another want to be Dresden book. Something to quickly read, enjoy, and forget about afterwards. Well it took me completely by surprise. I loved it.

Great take on the world of urban fantasy. Wonderfully choreographed action. Characters I actually cared about.

I recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy and fantasy. Any horror fans, especially if you're the type who has to watch every made for Sci FI movie. Fans of a
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Sep 16, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Eon ♒Windrunner♒ & part-time Warder ☯
May 17, 2015: free on Amazon

MacHalos, this is on our List!

Read this book years ago.

Really liked it. Lots of fun and stars. I became a fan. So did my husband. Between the two of us, we gave Mr. Correia lots of our hard earned money.

Then the author decided he wasn't content writing books - he has to spew his political commentary across the genre and destroy the Hugos.

And his "fans" have been attacking a respected friend recently.

So, no more buying books by this author.

I can no longer enjoy his work. His words and actions and the actions of his so calle
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it
Three and a half stars, rounded up to four. For now. I'm waffling on it. Finished waffling: 3 stars.

I'd intended to read this before long ... I heard nothing but raves about it, but wasn't at all sure what to expect. Whatever that was, this somehow wasn't it.

I very quickly began to understand some of the raves from friends – the first-person-POV Hero, Owen Zastava Pitt, sounded very much like a couple of them. The main resemblance lay in the fanatical devotion to guns.

Not a devotion I share. G
Feb 24, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fantasy
I had seen a lot of really good reviews for this one but I really didn't have super high expectations going into it. Turns out that I loved it. This is pure, unadulterated fun from the very first page. A bit mindless but who cares. It's like the X-files plus Supernatural plus loads and loads of guns. Owen "Big Z" is a giant badass of an accountant who kills his boss one night. Of course, he only does this because his boss turns into a werewolf. Z quickly gets recruited into a private company tha ...more
Lisa P
There’s no deep story or intricate plot here…This book is just pure high adrenaline fun. If you’re afraid of the dark, then this book may not be for you; but if not, then buckle up and hang on for a wild ride. This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going….Lots of monsters, lots of guns, and lots of fun! I will definitely be reading the next book in this series soon!
Pam (E.P. Scott)
This was just fun. One of those books that take you on a high flying ride from beginning (yes, the first sentence) to end.

Owen Z Pitt is an accountant, just got a great job, is settling into a life like he's not known before; away from fighting. Late one night, while trying to sneak out of work and away from his annoying asshat boss, a bellow erupts from said asshat boss's office. Upon entering, Owen is assaulted by a very angry and very strange boss. I'm not going to tell you what happens exce
Rosalind M
Sep 18, 2009 Rosalind M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the book.I made the mistake of going to the author's blog to find out if and when a sequel was being released... in fairness, I'm struggling to separate what I think of the author's political opinions from what I think of his storycrafting, which is quite well done. The characters are vivid and memorable, the storyline is solid, and he really knows his weaponry. I was hoping for more wargs, but nothing's perfect.
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

This book opens with a bang, throwing you into the action from the get-go, but it didn't really capture me up front. Once it settled down a bit, however, and started developing the characters and the humor, I started to get into more. For most of the book I was thinking to give it a 3 stars and maybe bump it up to 3.5 - but, as a few other reviewers commented on, it started dragging a lot towards the end, pulling it down into 2.5 territory.

I think, in some ways, though, that I'm just not an a
Jul 14, 2014 Jeff rated it did not like it
Rated based on incomplete reading.

I really tried to like this one. I really did. After reading the excellent "The Player of Games" I wanted a Banks break with something lighter and this one had been getting quite a bit of buzz.

The story is OK, the writing adequate but nothing more and an awful lot of the attempted humor falls flat. But what made me put the book down for good after 200+ pages was the over the top simplistic right wing politics and gushing, almost sexualized gun worship. Now I ca
Feb 26, 2016 Latasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!! I liked the characters, the story, everything! The characters were total bad asses but they weren't perfect and that's ok :) the story was very interesting and kept my attention. This book contains the best prep talk I think I've ever heard. I was ready to get a really big gun & battle axe and charge those mother fuckers! Omg Slappy! I couldn't believe it and the elves were so hilarious. Listen to this (audio) book!
Manoj Srivastava
Aug 03, 2009 Manoj Srivastava rated it did not like it
This book is perfect for it's niche audience, which apparently is the southern redneck libertarian male juvenile gun nut.

I confess I had mitigating circumstances when I bought this: There were time constraints. We had a coupon expiring that day, and we had a loyal doggie sitting in the car outside.
Five stars. I know. Crazy! I never in a million years imagined that I would love this book. I mean come on... Everything I had heard about it was just so far from what I usually go for, I thought I'd maybe like it and that's about all. I'm not into guns at all.. Urban Fantasy isn't my favorite genre.. Action and adventure? I like it and all, but I usually prefer a nice traditional Epic Fantasy. But MHI... It was just plain good.

Is it utterly brimming with gun porn? Yes. But there's so much more
This was so much fun to read.
As I started reading the first chapter I was kind of put off by the hero's first-person account. At first I wasn't sure why but as I continued to read I realized...OH, I'm a chick. You see, the hero is Owen Z. Pitt. He is an accountant and avid gun lover. He is a big guy and has trained in fighting techniques so when he describes the opening fight to the death scene it's all very macho.

On one otherwise normal Tuesday evening I had the chance to live the American dr
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 04, 2011 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy-urban
Boy, if you've ever wanted to read an all-out action book, I've found one for you. Monster Hunter International is about an ordinary guy, an accountant no less, who finds himself having to fight a werewolf on the very first page. The fact that the werewolf is his condescending boss makes it all the sweeter when he finally defeats him after a bloody battle. As a result, MHI (Monster Hunter Int'l) recruits our ordinary guy and trains him to go after vampires, ghouls, wights, gargoyles and assorted ...more
May 28, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Owen Pitt fulfilled an American dream: he killed his boss who was a big jerk. The boss also happened to be a werewolf who was about to eat Owen, so the killing was in self-defense. Now he knows that monsters are real, and that there is a government conspiracy to hide their existence from general public. As a survivor of a monster attack, he is recruited by a private company called Monster Hunter International (MHI) which hunts supernatural monsters.

This book can be described as Dresden Files on
Jul 20, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarred gun-nut accountants, hot chicks with monsters in the family, elves with mullets
While I really liked Correia's Grimnoir trilogy, I'm not that fond of urban fantasy gun porn, so I probably would have passed on MHI, except that Audible put the first book on sale for $1.99. So why not?

Monster Hunter International is a great big cheesy action flick, and more than any book I can ever recall saying this about, it really, really read like the author had the movie visuals in his head as he wrote. He wants MHI to be a big-budget summer blockbuster movie, and I admit it probably woul
[Name Redacted]
Feb 10, 2013 [Name Redacted] rated it really liked it
Fun. Brutal. Clever. Correia works hard to weave together the tropes of military fiction, urban fantasy and horror, and then satirize them. Elves live in trailer parks, Orcs are friendly and love heavy metal, and Lovecraftian beings seek entry to our world using immortal conquistadores and former accountants. The pacing is perfect, and the characters are well drawn. The protagonist seems like a bit of self-insertion coupled with wish-fulfillment until you realize he's literally a stammering, bum ...more
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