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Monster Hunter International [Anglais] [Poche]

Larry Correia
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Descriptions du produit

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.”

Détails sur le produit

  • Poche: 736 pages
  • Editeur : Baen; Édition : Original (28 juillet 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1439132852
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439132852
  • Dimensions du produit: 17,3 x 10,7 x 3,1 cm
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde ... 20 décembre 2010
Par Kallisthène TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 MHI 2 février 2008
Par Kevin J. Coolidge - Publié sur
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Read! Fanastic first work. 31 janvier 2008
Par Justin R. Southam - Publié sur
Larry has managed to create a work that blends humor, action, horror, a little romance, and a strong measure of independent thought to create a fast moving, engaging story. Throughout the book, there are many times when the imagery is so strong and the story so fluid, it makes it possible to forget the 300lb Russian sleeping next to you on your international flight (in coach). Of course, there are also scenes that will make you laugh so hard you may wake up said Russian if you don't excercise some restraint. Perhaps the best thing I can say, is it's been two weeks since I've finished the book, and I'm still thinking about the characters and element of the story. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I'm going to buy the rest of the series, too... 26 janvier 2008
Par O. Rettinger - Publié sur
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A well-written and very fun monster killing novel 3 janvier 2008
Par Matthew Bracken - Publié sur
Normally I'm not a science fiction or fantasy fan. I'm not into Lord of the Rings, or space movies. Maybe a little Robert Heinlein...

But I am into guns, and wicked humor, and that was enough to hook me into reading this novel. So, where's the sci-fi? Let's just say that there have been outbreaks of werewolves, vampires, zombies and other assorted superstrong bloodthirsty mutant freaks running amok and slaughtering humans. Otherwise, we're right here in a sort of normal world...mostly.

A world that's normal to the extent that the government doesn't want the ordinary sheeple to know what's happening, monster-wise. They want the mutant monsters eliminated when they appear...but they want it done quietly and out of sight, to keep the ordinary folks from panicking.

That's where Monster Hunters Int'l comes in. Picture an all-star squad of combat marksmen, sort of a Blackwater Security tasked with wiping out monsters, in return for extremely lucrative bounties offered by the government. (Sidebar: Anybody want to guess what Uncle Sam has payed Blackwater over the last few years? It's astronomical. In the billions, not millions.)

Also kind of parallel to Blackwater, MHI has an uneasy relationship with the straight federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Sometimes they work together, sometimes they fight, and this dynamic adds several plot twists and turns.

The novel is told in first person voice, by 24 year old protagonist Owen Pitt. He is recruited into MHI after demonstrating a very high level of skill in killing a few shape-shifting vampires, who can morph from human-appearing (as his boss for example) and back. These suckers are incredibly hard to kill, they have a great ability to heal and possess super strength.

The novel begins with a surprise attack on the protagonist in his office at work. Fortunately, Owen Pitt is the kind of guy who carries a concealed pistol and knows how to use it, so he has an edge that his unlucky (and unarmed) coworkers lack. He defies the odds to survives his first surprise monster encounter, which originally brings him to the attention of Monster Hunters Int'l, and the rest of the book.

Okay, great, we have a Zombie Opus here. What separates MHI from many other monster books and movies? Well.....guns. Guns of every type and description, accurately described and utilized. Hapless victims don't creep around in terror, holding baseball bats as they do in more PC books and movies. No way!

The MHI team uses .45s, 12 guages, RPGs, 40mm grenade launchers, you name it. The monsters are not in the lightweight game category, and it takes heavy duty weapons to put them down for the count. Silver bullets even, for some of them. If monsters are the problem, guns are the solution in MHI. Large bore guns. Assault weapons. All of the guns the PC world hates.

Now if you're looking for a novel of "High Literature" that Oprah or the New York Times is going to love, it's a safe bet you won't want to get Monster Hunters Int'l. But if you want to read a full speed action-adventure yarn, (that's also funny as hell), you'll want to read MHI.
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