Monster Hunters Legion by Larry Correia – A review
Back to the subject; here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Monster Hunter International might be the premier monster eradication company in the business, but they’ve got competition.
When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first.
Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.
A brief review of the series:
The Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia follows the employees of a company named Monster Hunters International, MHI for short, which as their name suggests hunts monsters. The government has arranged a bounty system that is very lucrative and they collect these cash prized by dispatching all sorts of oogey-boogeys. There is a healthy dose of the Cthulhu mythos as well as classic versions of monsters peppering the plot. These are good books to read if you enjoy monster movies, action movies, or want something that is fun and addictive.
This is the fourth book in the series but I’d really consider it the third. Monster Hunters International and Vendetta should be read as one book for greater enjoyment. Before I purchased this book I read some iffy reviews that the series had taken something of a downswing in quality filled with expendable characters and plot holes. Every series eventually has that one book that just isn’t up to snuff and kind of just exists to move the plot from along.
This isn’t that book.
Over the series Owen has gained more depth and the supporting characters are ones I’ve grown to care about. Trip in this book really shines and Holly kicks butt as per usual. Julie and Earl aren’t given much screen time but the bits they do show up are good. The only character I really felt disappointed in was the treatment of Jason Lococo. He’s a character that deserved a bit more page time. (Some research shows that the name was actually a fan who donated money for a kidney operation as incentive. Kind of make sense that there isn’t too much on him then. Maybe the character shouldn’t have been one for the ‘redshirting’ as the website labels it.)
Overall, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. Monster Hunters International and Monster Hunter Alpha I gave 5 out of 5. Why one less star for this outing? It takes a lot of time to get the real story going, plus there is build up that never pays off. The conference and other organizations are there to be a body count. When I look at it now, it feels like the book should have been longer. There isn’t really a second act. It kind of hops from Act 1: The Conference to Act 3: The Action.
My Verdict: Buy the series. You’re welcome.
Final thoughts & minor SPOILERS:
I really enjoyed the interaction between Tanya and Edward. I’d like to know more about the Elves too. A spin off book or short story collection about the international hunters would be pretty cool too. I hope we see Heather again and I’m looking forward to learning more about Franks in the next book.