Monster Hunter International
I was turned on to this audiobook from Bob over at the GuildedEarlobe via twitter. Because I have yet to listen to an audiobook narrated by Oliver Wyman one of his favorite narrators of all time. Truthfully Monster Hunter International has been on my wishlist for some time but I never got around to buying it. The synopsis sounds interesting, monsters are real and there is a secret organization that hunts down these menaces. This sounds like it will be a good action adventure with a mix of monsters, action, and I bet there will be a girl in there.
I would put Monster Hunter International up there with the Joe Ledger novels, action packed, technical, great characters, and a storyline that could go anywhere at anytime. Could you imagine going to work and finding out that your boss was actually a monster? Then finding out that it was not a dream and there is a secret organization devoted to slaying monsters of all types. This is what happened to Owen Zastava Pitt, or “Z”, went from accountant to monster slayer. I could not stop listening to this audiobook, every second that I could I would stick in my ear buds and be transported to another place, that could be right now couldn’t it? I just purchased the second book in the series because the combination of Wyman and Correia are gold in my book.
I see why Bob loves Oliver Wyman as a narrator, after listening to Monster Hunter International I would put Wyman’s interpretation Owen Pitt in the same class as Ray Porters Joe Ledger. One time I actually jumped out of my chair when Owen Pitt was yelling and so did Wyamn, I love literal narration such as this. He was perfect, seemingly expending so much energy to make every second of the story entertaining. Wyman easily changed his voice for every character in a way that I knew which of the many was talking.
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. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries-old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way.
With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good…. Welcome to <em>Monster Hunter International</em>.
©2009 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.