Narrator: Oliver Wyman
Series: Monster Hunter International #5
Published by Audible Studios on 01 July 2014
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.
Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country’s founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: No matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers-that-be do so, then the agreement is null and void.
Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he’s making 13. Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.
©2014 Larry Correia (P)2014 Audible Inc.
The Monster Hunter series is a guilty pleasure of mine. I like fast paced, action packed adventures. I also have a particular taste for fantastic creatures; mythical deities, medical monstrosities, or mystical conjurations, they all pull me in. Mix those aspects together, blend in good writing and creative world-building; you get Monster Hunter International (MHI). Larry Correia takes all your favorite monsters from history, folk lore, and mythology and puts his own spin on them, inserts them into our world pits them against everyday people. Well, seemingly everyday people.
I was really looking forward to Nemesis as it focuses on Agent Franks of the Monster Control Bureau (MCB), and I was very excited to learn more about the mysterious and imposing character. This is exactly what I was hoping it would be. You learn more about Franks’ origins; how he lived deemed a “monster”, how his contract with the United States government came to exist, even some of his past he didn’t know about. Most importantly, however, we find out exactly why he is so adamant about stopping Project Nemesis.
Stricken, the sadistic leader of Special Task Force Unicorn – a team of monsters working for the government in exchange for a PUFF exemption – is planning a coup and Agent Franks is his only obstacle. With few allies, and the majority of the MCB working to quell the events in Las Vegas, Franks goes after Stricken only to find he’s not the biggest threat. He must find a way to stop something that should never have existed in the first place, but he’s going to need some help from Monster Hunter International.
Oliver Wyman took on narration duties yet again for this series; as usual, he did a great job. I have listened to a lot of books narrated by Wyman and he gets better with every single one. Every book he seems to get a little crisper, his range a little wider, and there’s never any background noise. He’s a talented voice actor whom I will continue to follow.
If you read this review, there is a good chance you have listened to or read most of the previous installments and you’re on the fence with this purchase, don’t be. It is what you expect and presumably enjoy about the series; action, banter, and even a really cool fight scene that you have probably been hoping for.
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