Monster Hunter Alpha

This is the third book in Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series, and it was a big departure from the first two.  While I still enjoyed this book, there were some things that it didn’t do quite as well as the first two books.  On with the review.

Book Stats

552 pages

Fantasy

3rd book in the series (Sequel to MH International and MH Vendetta)

Characters

The first major departure from this book is that Owen isn’t the main character, he isn’t even in the book aside from being mentioned by several times.  The central character in this book is Earl Harbinger, MHI leader and all around badass werewolf.  The first two sections of the book start each chapter with a journal entry from Earl where he is explaining how he became a werewolf, how he learned to control it, and how he earned his PUFF exemption, as well as explaining where he got his minotaur skin jacket, which is really interesting as well.  This book is also the first in the series to use multiple viewpoints, as the book also focuses heavily on Heather Kerkonen, who is a deputy serving in a small town in Michigan’s upper peninsula.  The book also has some viewpoints from members of a small upstart monster hunting company (Briarwood Eradication Services) that was founded by a newbie fired from MHI.  I liked most of the viewpoint characters, although the BES characters were annoying.  I think they were intended to be some of the comic relief in this book, but they didn’t work out for me in that way.

Setting

The book is set in present day, although instead of being in the American South it takes place in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

Plot

Harbinger receives a message from one of his former associates that an old enemy of his has appeared in Michigan.  So Earl goes off to find him and settle the score between them once and for all.  As Earl tracks Petrov (another werewolf who used to work for the KGB) they both quickly become entangled in a plot that is bigger than either one thought it was at the beginning of the novel.

Enjoyment

This book was a big departure from the style of the first two, in some ways that’s a good thing and in other ways it’s not as good.  Correia hints at the end of the second book and again at the end of this book that he is telling a much larger story, so for the larger story it’s good that he started to use multiple viewpoints to help expand the scope of the story, even if the main character from the first two books is absent in this one.  The main downside to this is that the beginning of this book really seems a lot slower than the first two.  I also was upset that there was less humor in this book than in the first two novels.  There are still some jokes, but there weren’t any moments that actually  had me laughing out loud.  All said, I still enjoyed this book.  All of the action is still there, and you still get to read descriptions of a bunch of monsters being destroyed by heavy firearms, so it’s still a fun read.

Overall Grade

This book really expands the scope of the story in comparison to the first two books, but took some steps back in other areas.

8/10

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