Monday, July 09, 2012

Review: Monster Hunter Alpha

Monster Hunter Alpha
Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lots of spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk [I don't like hiding the whole review]

Oh yeah!!!!! This book was the best of the 3 so far.

I never liked Owen in the previous 2 books, so the fact that this book wasn't about him pushed it up a whole star.

The gun porn was almost non-existent, but just hinted at enough so you knew different guns were being used and that the protagonist and others were not just using generic "guns" [which also ticks me off when an author assumes that all guns are the same, and so on and so forth].

The action reminded me of [a:Neal Asher|56353|Neal Asher|]'s Polity Universe-graphic and nonstop.
I mean, a snow-shredder and a whole passle of zombie-werewolves? I was enthralled and grossed out all at the same time.

The emotional content of the book I found very satisfying as well. We learn where Earl came from, what drove/drives him, his wish being granted, his realization that he NEEDS to be a werewolf, the horror [not in the scary way, but in that terrible gut wrenching way] of separation when Team Unicorn shows itself. It all came together in a patchwork of horror, hope, despair and love.

The villains were awesome! On one hand, we have a super werewolf, who beats the crap out of everybody and pretty much out-thinks everyone as well. Then we have the money-grubbing, incompetent government agent of the MCB. You love to hate him :)

A cool set of heroes, some fantastic baddies and some series fighting. Now I am really looking forward to [b:Monster Hunter Legion|13051355|Monster Hunter Legion (MHI, #4)|Larry Correia||18216155]. If more Urban Fantasy was like this, I might be more into it...

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