Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monster Hunter Alpha
On Monday I bought Larry Correia's novel Monster Hunter Alpha as a digital download from Baen Book's Webscriptions.net. Last night, I stayed up late and finished it. MHA may be the best book in the series yet.
Unlike Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta, the main character in MHA is Earl Harbinger, head of the independent monster killing company, MHI. The book delves into Harbinger's background and provides more depth to the character than in the first two novels. Along the way, Harbinger encounters a nemesis from his past, a witch with a score to settle, has to deal with a competitor, and has to fight an uber bad ass werewolf. As always, the Feds make an appearance in the form of agents from the US government's top-top-top secret Monster Control Bureau.
Correia's characterizations and wordsmithing are getting better. His sense of humor provides comic relief, and as with his previous novels it's nice to read a story not riddled with mistakes about guns. It's also good to read a story in which the author is clearly in favor of the right to bear arms in defense of oneself and one's neighbors.
I give Monster Hunter Alpha an enthusiastic two thumbs up. It is 100% pure awesome, covered in awesomesauce.