Monster Hunter International (Monster Hunter International #1) by Larry Correia
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.
Okay, first, I need one of those patches. If someone could get on that right away…. Thanks.
I loved this book. It is jam packed full of detail and characters that you can really get behind.
Owen was great as the nerdy accountant who happens into the job of monster hunting. It’s not something that just anyone can do, and his childhood and background makes him uniquely qualified for the job. The background of dad and his family is hilarious and make me laugh a number of times. Talk about dysfunctional.
Of course, there’s a love interest and Julie is just as interesting, and as funny, as Owen, though her family connections to MHI are a little more serious.
There is a ton of world building that needs to be done, but you never get the impression that it’s just a fact dump. The details are perfectly dropped into the story in a way that makes it feel like you just already knew them. The world that Julie and Owen live in is filled with dangerous creatures and they, and the rest of MHI, are on the job to keep us all safe.
If you like your monsters with a lot of danger and good helping of humor and a dash of romance, Monster Hunter International is the book you’ve been looking for and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.