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Monster Hunter Vendetta

Written by: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Accountant turned professional monster hunter Owen Zastava Pitt managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' 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 Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones. The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen's full-time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.

With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don't need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous.

©2010 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the critics say

"This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Erik
  • 2014-09-08

A Macho Sandwich with Double Cheesiness

The "Monster Hunter" series is something that your sane voice is telling you to hate, but the sheer ridiculousness of the story coupled with the over-the-top machismo and cheesiness somehow overrides that voice. In the end, you find yourself thoroughly enjoying the ride and groaning as required.

This book is like a comic book sans art work. What is fun is how the author has liberally pulled upon other references (think H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, etc.) and brought them along for the ride. The second book in the series, it did a good job of continuing the story from the first book. Although this book could stand on it's own, you'll be much better situated if you start with book one.

In summary. if you have a good sense of humour and can tolerate ridiculous situations and dialogue, you will enjoy this book. If this isn't your cup of tea, then avoid this series. I'm just crazy enough to have found it very enjoyable.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Irene
  • 2014-04-11

Action, death, destruction

What did you like best about Monster Hunter Vendetta? What did you like least?

The main characters were quite engaging and it was nice to meet more family members (this is book 2 after all) but every time a real problem occurred more improbable powers appeared and it just got silly.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

2 books have been fun, mostly, but enough is enough.

Any additional comments?

This is such a boys annual for adults book. Lots of shooting, slashing, car crashes and a hero who is totally indestructible to the point where he survives what no human being before him has survived. Oh, and he is the only hope for the future of the human race. I usually don't have too much trouble suspending belief in fantasy novels but this tested me. However, if you love pure action and impossible heroes, you'll love this book.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • 2012-02-10

Exciting story, well told, with a great villain

If you could sum up Monster Hunter Vendetta in three words, what would they be?

World's best villain.

What did you like best about this story?

The villain in this story is great. He's cunning and powerful and, most importantly, understandable. He's a fantastic example of a man driven to evil, rather than being evil for evil's sake. His motives are clear and his means are ruthless, he was a fantastic character.

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one continues the excellent quality of the first Monster Hunter book, with Oliver bringing Owen to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sometimes, the end justifies the means... but an automatic shotgun always means the end to something.

Any additional comments?

This is a great sequel to a fun first book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Taz
  • 2018-03-17

If you liked the first book 📚 you’ll LOVE THIS ONE

The author doesn’t mess around in this one, before second chapter he goes straight into the action of the plot. Setting a heavy precedent.

Absolutely loved it

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  • Kirby P. Blanchard
  • 2017-07-27

not on the same level as the Hard Magic series

ok series so far. not in the same universe as the hard magic series as far as quality. I can hardly believe the same guy writes both series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jordan
  • 2013-08-27

I don't really like Owen

What made the experience of listening to Monster Hunter Vendetta the most enjoyable?

Larry has great ideas and makes action fun to listen to.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Just to much time is wasted with Owen being petty and argumentative. There were times I just had to stop listening, it was so painful. The arguing doesn't seem to do anything for the story, it slows down the narrative and it's just irritating to listen to.

What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

He makes the book sound like it's peopled by a multitude of different, distinct voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think I laughed a couple of times.

Any additional comments?

I would have loved the book so much more without the silly school yard bull poo.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • 2013-07-29

Monster Hunter Redux


The first Monster Hunter book was quite a tour de force, a highly original-feeling story chock full of humor, insane action sequences, and epicness. The sequel gives you more of the same - which may satisfy those craving more of such, but for me it's starting to get a bit repetitive.

The plot picks up where the first left off, which is something I wasn't too keen on. Correia tries to up the stakes in every possible way, when I thought he had reached too far in the first volume. This results in what feels like a kitchen-sink mentality, where he tries to tie everything together (feeling like ret-conning at times), creating ridiculous situations for the heroes to try and escape from. The result is long, frustrating sequences that seem to be drawn-out for the intent purpose of creating more tension and upping the stakes. Then Correia has no choice but to resort to lots of deus ex machina moments in order to bail the heroes out of said situations.

Perhaps with this book the initial plotline is over, although it sounds like he's going to continue it, with lots of foreshadowing and prophecies yet to be fulfilled. Although there are elements I like to the story and his writing, I'm not sure if I want to continue any further if we are to follow the same (now old-feeling) plot line.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2011-05-13

Monster Hunter Vendetta

I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The writer is sometimes violent yet funny. Like Harry Dresden of the Dresden files, the character is sarcastic, flawed and definitely an anti-hero. The narrator Oliver Wyman is amazing, really. His voice intonations and characters are funny, dramatic and truly believable. He really actuates the book. The first book is a warm up to this one. I say, go for it. If you like vampires, werewolves and other demons, you'll enjoy this true action adventure.

22 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • 2019-05-04

Owen and the MHI gang still going strong

I love this series. The second book is just as good as the first. The story and the characters have captured my imagination. Sure it is ridiculous - that is part of why it is so good. Owen is a great lead character. Sure he is over the top - that is part of why it is so good. We meet his family and they are interesting characters. Through them we learn more about why Owen is wired the way he is. The tantalizing love story about Owen is ongoing. The wonderful Orks are more fleshed out. The antagonist in this book is a cult leader and he is a formidable foe. As in the last book, Owen takes quite a beating, several times. Owen is persistent and brave. The final battle is epic.

The narrator is excellent. He brings excitement into the book and does a great job with the various characters' voices, Each character has a very distinctive voice and it is easy to know who is talking even if the book does not tell you who is speaking. I am truly hooked and have read every book in this series. I also loved Correia's other series, particularly the Grimnoir Chronicles, which begins with Hard Magic. Correia is one of my favorite modern day writers - probably in the top five.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Christopher
  • 2015-04-21

All Characters seem 14 years old

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Eh...

Has Monster Hunter Vendetta turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. It's not all that bad. It's a pulpy action book. It just could have been set in a highschool based on the trite interactions and relationships of the characters.

What aspect of Oliver Wyman’s performance would you have changed?

Nothing. Oliver did fine.

Could you see Monster Hunter Vendetta being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

5 of 7 people found this review helpful