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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"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.
"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.
"Worst of The Series"
I absolutely love The Monster Hunter Series, Grimnoir is one if my all time top five and I currently consider Son of The Black Sword the best Fantasy Fiction if the last ten years.
But this book did not live up to expectations.
The main character is a Mary Sue composition of Dirk Pitt, Owen Zastava Pitt and Batman without any of the good traits that make those characters awesome.
The first 1/4 if the book is his hyper polarized world view and iteration after iteration of how smart and awesome he is. No character who disagrees with or has a different world view is portrayed as anything less than a complete moron or evil.
The book then goes on the meat which is battle after battle, but they lack the normal awesomeness and detail we normally get from Mr. Correia.
I would guess that John Ringo wrote the book and Larry only edited it. Because this book does not feel like it comes from one of my top five authors.
"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.
"It's just boring!!"
I am a huge fan of Larry Correia and everything I have listened to before this has been at least 4 stars and most 5 so I didn't hesitate to get this audiobook. I actually thought it started off good and had some typical MHI humor but then it rolled into a mundane telling of one type of monster encounter after another but it has a pace or rhythm that is just boring! I actually had to force myself to finish. It was the first audiobook I almost stopped listening to and considered returning.
Larry Correia has delivered to much enjoyment to not listen again just because this one book is dull. I will probably just stay away from the any continuation of this series or collaboration with John Ringo.
I would have to say none of them. The book isn't interesting enough to care about any of the characters.
None I can think of besides I was glad it was over.
Not sure how this has such a high overall rating when you see so many 1 and 2 star reviews.
"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.
"Torn on this one"
As a fan of the RPG I really loved the additional background information about the world of Monster Hunter that was found in the book. I assume that this material that was created by Mr. Correia. Unfortunately again and again throughout the book the character of Oliver Gardenier ruined much of my enjoyment. Mr. Ringo's character is a poorly conceived, 2 dimensional Mary Sue that was bluntly boring. It doesn't help that Garenier is constantly interacting with a lot of Mr. Correia's well developed characters and always comes off looking second best.
I applaud Mr. Correia's decision on allowing others to play in his fantastic world. Certainly there is a lot of room for this to happen. It's just too bad that this first attempt had such a poor designed main character.
As for Mr. Wyman's performance: He does an excellent job as always with the material. I was easily able to follow flow of the story based upon character accents alone. Just one minor quibble; Spokane is pronounced Spo-can not Spo-cane. In this the Google age I was surprised that such a mistake made it through to the final copy.
"Subtraction by addition"
Written by someone other than Ringo.
Not a book by Ringo.
Narrator did a decent job.
I like Correia's world and characters (MHI and others), and I will read the next by Correia as long as Ringo isn't involved.
John Ringo created a completely unlikable Mary Sue character who is instantly expert at everything, yet petty, cruel, vindictive, and childish. This book also reads like a libertarian recruiting pamphlet with heavy doses of anti-liberal hate mongering diatribes. While Correia's politics can bleed into his stories, with his main POV characters often reflecting his personal beliefs, they are nonetheless well conceived, nuanced, and usually likable, and his stories are also populated by other characters with varied beliefs, also well conceived and written. Correia also has a wry, enjoyable sense of humor. All in all I feel Correia's politics are obvious in his stories, but his writing is done skillfully enough to not limit his audience to only die-hard libertarian wish-fulfillment man-boys. Not so Ringo. This book felt like being trapped at a family dinner by your divorced Libertarian Uncle ranting about all the libtards who are destroying the country while he desperately tries to explain why no-one understands just how smart he really is. In short, Ringo and Correia might have similar politics, but they are worlds apart in writing talent. This book is only worth reading if you want conclusive proof of that fact.
"The Name of the Wind with Guns(But not awesome.) "
Seriously, if you pitched me The Name of the Wind with Guns I'd be all over it. I love that book and guns in books are entertaining. Especially with Larry's knowledge on the subject.
Unfortunately this book has no drama. There are no stakes. None of the downbeaten anything. No struggle It's just the story of poor rich supersmart supergreat linguist katana master Chad who hates his parents succeeding at everything. He gets hurt. Then healed. There's no tension. Nothing. Just him being ridiculously good at everything and beating monsters with little to no challenge. When his injuries are inconvenient they vanish.
And Chad is generally kind of unlikeable. But that's ok if the story is interesting. Unfortunately this is just a bunch of drama starved short stories held together by the loose often boring glue of Chad's narration.
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