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Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.

            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 Monster Hunter International.

Biographie de l'auteur

Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things: guns and B-horror movies. He lists his occupations: gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and writer, and is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns) a company specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. He has also designed a special patch for the agents of Monster Hunter International, Inc. As he puts it, “If you don’t look good while you’re killing stuff, then you’re not really a monster hunter.”

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  • Poche: 736 pages
  • Editeur : Baen; Édition : Original (28 juillet 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1439132852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439132852
  • Dimensions du produit: 10,6 x 3 x 17,1 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 20 décembre 2010
Format: Poche
Vous avez peut-être pris l'habitude de cette littérature qui inonde le monde où le vampire est un être torturé, sensible voire amoureux. Vous avez également beaucoup vu de ces livres où l'héroïne possède des pouvoirs surnaturels et usurpe le rôle de l'alpha-mâle (c'est mâl ça !). Et bien ce livre n'a rien à voir avec ce courant de l'urban-fantasy même si stricto-sensu il appartient clairement à ce genre.
Ici les Monstres restent des monstres, pire, vos amis voire même les membres de votre famille deviennent des Monstres (morsures etc ..), l'acceptent et vivent comme tel, monstrueusement. Et l'auteur n'a pas lésiné sur les Monstres, ils sont à peu près tous là, Vampires, Goules, Loups-Garous, Gargouilles etc...

Car, vous ne serez pas étonnés de l'apprendre, les Monstres sont parmi nous depuis toujours mais grâce à l'action millénaires de chasseurs de Monstres, leur nombre reste suffisamment limité pour que le Grand Public n'en soit pas véritablement conscient.

C'est pourquoi Owen Pitt, comptable de son état, est si surpris lorsque son incompétent de chef sadique lui annonce qu'il va payer pour tous ceux qui conspirent dans son dos. Heu, lui et quelle armée ? Car le boss d'Owen n'est guère un athlète, alors que Owen est une sorte de Hulk élevé dans le culte du corps, du combat illégal à mains nues et de la sous-culture des armes à feu par son militaire de père.

Oui, sauf que de beaux poils soyeux accompagnés de crocs démesurés commencent à décorer le corps du boss. Oui, le boss est devenu un Loup-Garou ...
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MHI 2 février 2008
Par Kevin J. Coolidge - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Monster Hunter International

It's your average, everyday Wednesday evening; I had just stopped by to pick up the latest issue of the Wellsboro Gazette. Suddenly, I found myself able to fulfill the American dream. No, not the one with the nude roller derby girls, the other "American" dream. I got to run over my boss. Understand, I felt obligated to burn hot rubber across his hairy back. No, I didn't wake up that morning and plan on killing my boss with my Subaru. It's really much more complicated than that. I would never have considered doing something that sounded so crazy. Heck, I work in a bookstore. My idea of danger is getting a paper cut. I didn't want to save the world. I didn't want to have to replace my headlight. I didn't want my insurance rates to skyrocket. I didn't want to know my boss was a werewolf...

It turns out that monsters are real, and that's why I found myself devouring Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. Creatures from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there. Lurking in the shadows, seeking our destruction, or just plain hungry. Monster Hunter International is the number one agency for eradication of evil.

Our story starts with one Owen Zastava Pitt. He's your average, everyday working stiff. He just wants to work hard, get himself a wife and 2.5 kids, and settle in the suburbs, but when his boss literally tries to bite his head off, Owen is thrust into a world that he never knew existed - a world where monsters are exist, and there is good money to be made killing them. Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

MHI,a remarkable group of misfits that has banded together. They do more than dare to raise a candle to the darkness. They pack napalm-fed flamethrowers and lots of firepower. There's specialized body armor, big guns with unusual ammunition, and bloodsucking fiends. You'll also find some likable, well-developed heroes that bleed, and a full-speed action yarn that's funny as Hades.

I picked up this first novel because it sounded like a fun, fast read, and it is. Larry is a certified weapon instructor and it shows in his writing. He knows guns and weapons and he likes to blow things up, and have a lot of fun doing it. He also loves B movies, and has a twisted sense of humor, and it all makes for a highly entertaining read. It's not perfect. There are some rough spots, and at 452 pages, it's a little longer than is needed. The action slows down after a great intro that grabs your attention, but quickly jumps back to the fight. If you like SF, military fiction, or horror, you'll find yourself staying up late at night to finish, and anticipating the next novel. You aren't going to find MHI on the New York Times bestseller list, or Oprah any time soon, but maybe she should lock and load and lighten up...

Kevin Coolidge columnist Wellsboro Gazette
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Fast Moving Yarn 6 avril 2008
Par Thor - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I recently read Monster Hunter International by Larry Corriea. I have to tell you I waffled on buying this book. I mean I had this fear of Night of the Living Dead, Zombie Apocolypse stuff that was poorly written and didn't fit into anything that interested me. But, I read some of the reviews and I picked up on Larry's website and I thought I would take a shot at it. So, I duly brought up my Amazon account, and ordered the book. At the same time, I was ordering a bunch of other stuff so I thought of it as kind of a impulse buy.

Best impulse buy that I ever made. The book is a page turner, and one I had a hard time putting down. There is little or no, slow spots in the read. From the first few pages this thing moves the plot along quickly and efficiently, introducing characters as necessary and providing just the right level of detail to set the visuals of the situation.

Is the plot predictable? Maybe at times but for the most part it twists and turns, and just when you think it is going to go straight on for a bit, it pulls a wild left turn and zig zags all over the place.

Larry pulls in aspects of many different historical cultures and weaves them almost seamlessly into the story telling . Sorry Larry, there were a couple of abrupt points so you don't get the full seamless comment. However, I think that they abruptness may have been appropriate to the scene on occasion.

I wish I could write a story that is half as entertaining, and half as well written.

This is a damn fine book that you need to go out and read.
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Does what it says on the tin 1 décembre 2011
Par Nick Brett - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Well, when you see the title of the book, you kind of know what you are getting. MHI is a heavily action based urban fantasy about a private organisation that hunt all the creatures of legend while having to keep their existence (and that of the `monsters') a secret. New recruit is Owen Pitt, an accountant, but an accountant that is built like a brick outhouse, who is a talented fighter and a top shooter (well, what were you honestly expecting?)

So we are not supposed to take this seriously and just go with the flow. It's actually quite a long story, unusual in an urban fantasy and, amongst the mowing down of vampires etc, does have a plot. The writing is not complex and the characters are not overly developed but it is still quite a fun ride. Author Larry Correia is a gun fanatic (owns a shop and enters competitions) and this is reflected as he does over do the gun stuff a bit, but there is still plenty here to enjoy if you want something mindlessly entertaining. If you want something deep and meaningful, this isn't the book for you.
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I'm going to buy the rest of the series, too... 26 janvier 2008
Par O. Rettinger - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Fair Disclosure: I consider Larry Correia to be a friend. I'm going to try to give as unbiased a review as possible (and anyone who knows me--which almost no-one who reads this review will--knows I'm likely to be even more brutally honest about my friends than anyone else) but you may feel free to take this review with a grain of salt.

I'm giving MHI a solid 4.5 stars. Amazon doesn't allow that, so I went with 4 to give as much warning as possible. I read a lot. I read a lot of science-fiction. (Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle) I read a decent amount of military fiction. (David Drake, John Ringo) I read a moderate amount of horror. (Poppy Z. Brite, Richard Matheson) Correia does a good job of tickling all of those interests.

It's not a perfect book. It has some rough spots, as any first time author will. But I've read MHI 3 times, and laughed out loud each time I've read it. It still inspires "sit down and read through" marathons. For those who like books that keep the tension factor up, and don't mind a bit of scary and gruesome, this book is a fine addition to your library. I was fortunate enough to be on the "pre-distribution" list, and sat and read the entire book the first run through, and have done so each of the subsequent times I've read it in published form.

It's not perfect, but it's real close, and a darn fine read. I eagerly anticipate reading about the further adventures of Owen Zastava Pitt, and the folks at Monster Hunter International.
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A good idea that misfires on several levels 20 février 2012
Par General Pete - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Monster Hunters International is good when it sticks to the monster hunting side of things. I was fascinated that the author obviously sat down and worked out his monster classification system before he started and didn't just make up that side of things as he went along. You can tell that Mr. Correia is very passionate about the universe he has created which is very good. Its also pretty obvious that the Owen character is an attempt to write himself into the book which doesn't work as well.

Let me back up. I knew from the start that that books about an organization that hunts monsters and repairs guns for a living was going to slant a bit further to the right then I am comfortable with but I can deal with a joke in poor taste about the Rodney King beating and yet another slam on the inability of the French to defend themselves militarily. I mean don't we all know how to defend our freighter from an army of undead ghouls? Those French are wimps.

My main problem was Owen.

Simply put I cannot stand this guy. I still can't decide if the author meant his interactions to be a parody but the more of the book I read the more I understood that the author meant for the reader to take the main character's actions at face value. He spends much of the book complaining that no one takes his abilities seriously and that the girl of his dreams will never be his because she loves another. Well one of those problems is solved when Owen is given Godlike powers by the ghost that lives in his head. Apparently it wasn't enough to be a tax code wizard, body building gun enthusiast. Once this happens all the hunters can't wait to tell Owen what a wonderful person he is. His love problems are solved by the disappearance and likely death of his chief rival. All extremely convenient. While other stories in a similar vein would have used the middle period of the book for character development and reflection on the part of Owen Correia just solves it by Dues Ex Machina. At the beginning of the book Owen is convinced he is God. The only thing that is different at the end of the book is that all of the others at Monster Hunters International are convinced of that as well.

The heck of it is that as much as I dislike the main character I will probably have to check out subsequent books in the series. The Earl character, the older generation of hunters and whole story behind the Shackelfords and their legacy was the most interesting part of the book for me.
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