Two multiple New York Times best-selling authors team up to expand Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe!
When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission.
Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International and protect people from things that go bump in the night. From there, things trend downhill.
Monster Hunter Memoirs is the (mostly) true story of the life and times of one of MHI's most effective - and flamboyant - hunters. Protips for up-and-coming hunters range from how to dress appropriately for jogging (low-profile body armor and multiple weapons) to how to develop contacts among the Japanese yakuza to why it's not a good idea to make billy goat jokes to trolls.
Grunge harkens back to the Golden Days of Monster Hunting, when Reagan was in office, Ray and Susan Shackleford were top hunters, and Seattle sushi was authentic.
©2016 Larry Correia and John Ringo (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"This is barely an MHI story"
The protagonist is one of the most annoying characters I have read since Holden Caulfield; every chance he gets we are reminded that he is a genius and really likes sex ... Whether it serves the story or not.
I haven't read any of John Ringo's stories (and I most likely won't after this) but I wonder if he has a fetish? The character "Iron Hand" is a braggart and comes of like a sad little man embellishing stories for the kids he hangs around to make himself feel cool.
I also wonder if Mr. Ringo's read any of the other MHI stories; there is a disturbing lack of evidence that he has. Earl Harbinger would punch "Iron Hand" in the mouth and then fire him.
I love being back in that work I just didn't care for my guide.
"Too misogynistic for my taste"
The story of monster hunting in the '80s from the view of a former marine. The hero of the story isn't terribly sympathetic. Not up to the level of the first 4 books in the series, or the set of Larry's Grimm noire books.
"Not for readers older than 14 or an IQ > 100"
Losing the political bent. It was so distracting. Change monster to Muslim and MHI to homeland security and you have a 14 year old rednecks view of the world. I found the idea that God wants dead babies, crooked politicians, and a love them and leave them promiscuity model to be so laughable I had to finish the book just to see how bad it could get.
Tell the story, the story didn't suck at all, it just had so many distractors that it was difficult to stay in the story, the logic failures kept knocking me out.
I found myself rooting for the giant spider.
Disappointment, I'd read Ringo once before and it didn't suck at all, this read like a book written to be mean, not to entertain.
It will be a long time before I pick up a book by this duo.
"Stop. Just Stop. Do Not Pass Go. Do Not Collect $$"
Potential Reader. Stop. Do not purchase this steaming pile of crap.
I own all the other books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. I was very excited to see a new one coming out so close to my birthday. So it is with a very heavy heart that I give this book a very bad review. Nothing against the reader. He does an amazing performance and I look forward to seeing more books read by him.
We all know and love Larry Correia's work from all of his previous books. I find it very interesting that he's opened the world of MHI for other authors to put in their own works. This is very rarely done, if ever, and allows fresh works to come in. However, it also allows steaming rotten garbage filth like Ringo to pollute the waters.
Monster Hunter Memoirs is told from the perspective of a possibly dead hunters journal. This book has something like seven to eight different short stories in it. Touching on important events throughout the main characters life, with no real connection between any of them.
The main character Chad is raised during the late 50's, 60's, and 70's by a College Professor father and a mother who, while being a notable anthropologist spends most of her time mingling in political circles advocating for rights and notoriously against any form of violence. Chad's dad dishes out grades based on how good the sex was, and his mother disapproved of everything Chad does. By preschool he was so smart he was doing algebra. By the time he was nine years old he had taught himself fluency in close to 9 different languages; at-least two of which are considered dead or lost languages. He's a savant violinist, has an IQ greater than Einstein, Master of at least two different martial arts, A Top-Tier Marksman, and a Custom Gun Engineer.
That my fellow readers is literally, Text-Book Definition of a "Mary Sue" Character.
Characters like this belong at the bottom pile of fan fiction stories. These are the kinds of characters you create when you are just learning how to write short stories. It's easily one of the first No-No's of any higher education classes. The character is simply unbelievable. Seriously. In this book you will hear how he single-handedly defeated a Master Vampire, in a cramped hallway with all of his teammates trying to get up after being paralyzed by Wights... with a Katana. He ends up with "good connections" in the Yakuza, CIA, Special Agent Stricken, and many others.
Yeah, I'm spoiling the book. Because I'm trying to show you how shit-tastic this book is.
And Mr. Ringo has Book 2 coming out this Winter! Do not support this!
If you have no qualms with reading a story that literally takes a steaming pile of shit on everything Mr. Correia has built up over the past 5 books. Then by all means. Get this. The only reason I am not returning this, is because I have family that wants to read this one. If they can finish it before September, I will be dropping this one and I will not be getting the next one.
Honestly, I'm surprised Mr. Correia and his Publisher even let this one get through. It's like he couldn't be bothered to read it and just signed the okay to let Mr. Ringo run away with it. if you want an author that will do you justice for this series/world. get almost any other author except John Ringo.
"Definitely Not Correia"
Simply put, just not as good as the regular series. Sorta like listening to 8 hours of some drunk guy bragging about how awesome he is, how many girls he's had and how much of a badass he is. Just not as good as the regular series.
First let say the narration was fantastic and Oliver Wyman was perfect! To bad he wasn't give much to work with. The plot was flat and is basically some short stories thrown together with no character development. The book was boring and the main character Chad is a two-dimensional self- centered jerk. According to these memoirs he is perfect in every way even the reason for his womanizing behavior. Other than using characters from the monster hunter international world there was nothing else in common with the Monster Hunter International series. I made myself finish this book which took days in hopes of finding something redeeming in this tripe; I did not. I would not recommend this book and will not buy other subsequent books of Memoirs. Also, and I am considering returning this book. Actually to get this bad experience out of my mind I am going back and listen to the entire MHI series.
Huge fan of Monster Hunters and Larry Correia. I was really excited to see a new book in the series come out. What a disappointment! No plot. This is the first of his books that I've read where there has been no plot. I feel taken advantage of. Synopsis: introduction. We learn about the hero. Basically the hero enjoys telling us he is a genius and that he like to screw coeds. After introduction it's just a bunch of somewhat dull short stories lined up next to each other and glued together by protagonist telling us who he screwed today. There are no interesting characters. Protagonist is too busy talking about himself to develope other characters. I feel this book was thrown together to make money off of the good reputation of other much better books in the series.
Chad is an over-the-top character who's a master at linguistics, gun smithing, marksmanship, swordsmanship, and even the violin. Girls will jump in bed with him after a couple of stupidly transparent pickup lines. The overall tone is smug and his encounter with a Faerie queen is just laughable. Read Jim Butcher's Dresden Files - Winter Queen Mab would've left this clown gibbering and broken, if she let him live at all. I kept hoping the book would end by us looking in on a room of REAL monster hunters laughing at this memoir they had just read aloud and talking about how delusional this guy had gotten over the years.
"Go listen to Monster Hunter Int. again instead"
The main character. He is the best at everything. My eyes still hurt from all the rolling while I listened. I'm surprised they don't have a solid gold statue outside of MHI in his honor. He would have been the one to design and make the statue of course. I bet if a portal opened up he would go in with just his sword and defeat all of the Old Ones. And would find his way home using his watch to build a portal generator. But the twist will be he left one Old One female alive and of course she loved him. So then she follows him back because he broke her heart, and before she destroys the world he kills her with a perfect shot with a gun he invented. The shot was while blindfolded, and he was underwater.
I preorder everything by Larry Correia, and this is the first time I have been disappointed. I will continue, but I will stick to MHI books without this character. This is the first thing I have ever gotten by John Ringo, and I am not sure if if I would try anything else. But I am picky and a good story idea I could see myself giving another shot.
He is an incredible voice actor. One of the best.
A lot. There could have been something great here. Character would have to bee changed a lot, and that would affect the whole book.
I wanted to like this. But it annoyed me, so I went back and listened to MHI, and that is still and ton of fun. I'm half way back through the whole series. Owen is great at a lot of things, but he has flaws. And all the other characters are good in their own way. I could listen to stories starring many of the other characters. Just not Chad.
"Boring and political"
This one didn't follow a story arc, more like several inconsistent short stories. The main character was similar to Pitt, but had cartoon like caricatures of evil liberal parents. This book read more like the side project of a high school Texas republican club than a professional writers craft.
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