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Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  8,931 ratings  ·  431 reviews
Sequel to the Hit Novel, Monster Hunter International. 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 being
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Paperback, 612 pages
Published October 2010 by Baen (first published September 2010)
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Stephen
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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Carol.
Apr 29, 2015 Carol. rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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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
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.

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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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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Evgeny
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
Dawn
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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Beanbag Love
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.

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Clay
May 21, 2011 Clay rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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David
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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Albert Riehle
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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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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Patrick
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
Kat  Hooper
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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Phil
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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Tarl
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
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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Jeswin
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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Eric
Feb 11, 2011 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gun Enthusiasts
Recommended to Eric by: CMB
Second verse, same as the first? I think this isn't an entirely fair thing to
say, but there's some truth in it. If you liked the first one, you'll like the
second one. My favorite comment from my wife as she's reading the first
one is also very apropos:

"It ain't Shakespeare, but it sure does have action."

Guns aplenty, we jump right back on board with Z and all the other crazies
that make up Monster Hunter International and that's not a bad ride. I can't
call it a formula, but it's roughly the s
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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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Jeff Miller
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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Mogsy (MMOGC)
I actually enjoyed Vendetta more than the first book, maybe because I'm starting to get used to the characters and the style of the writing, but also mostly because in this second book the action has been dialed up and the stakes have been raised.

The Monster Hunter International books fall squarely in my "fluff" pile when it comes to reading, i.e. it's like junk food for your mind. You'll get plenty of cliches, humor, and pop culture references, the kind you would expect from this kind of urban
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MOTG
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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Benjamin Thomas
After reading Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia last year and really enjoying it I was amazed that the second book could be so much better. True, we still get all of the same kinds of wall-to-wall action, a great plot, and actual character development, but somehow, this one is just...better. Maybe it's because we get exposed to a lot more of the lore that drives this world, I'm not sure. I have never before read books like these with so much over-the-top non-stop action and yet, some ...more
Mphecker
If I based my rating on the actual plot line of the novel, it would have been 3 stars. There didn't seem to be much going on, and the whole 'extinction level event' threat never really seemed that, well, threatening. However, I thought that Correia's characters in this novel easily made up for any shortcomings in the story. I enjoyed the first novel very much, but there just seemed to be more thought put in to the character relationships. Also, though guns are still a major part of the story, th ...more
Katrina
So, I am horrible at writing reviews, but I'll give this one a try.

While I would have to say this book is not *quite* as good as the first in the series (Monster Hunter International), the difference (to me) is not significant. I absolutely adore the writer's style.

(Going to skip ahead a bit and come back to this later.)

Correia writes tear-jerking scenes as well as his violent, action driven ones; he just doesn't do it very often. The last line of the book definitely made me almost cry. Unfortu
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