Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts—parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He’s nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself.
Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.
Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country’s founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: no matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers-that-be do so, then the agreement is null and void.
Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he’s making thirteen.
Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.
Lets get my main gripe with this book out of the way from the start. This book is not about Monster Hunter International. Sure, MHI are a wee bit involved and some of the characters make a few short appearances but it is really not a MHI story. It is a story in the MHI world and it does follow rather seamlessly from the previous book (or books) but 99% of the book is about Franks. Given the book blurb this is perhaps not so surprising. I have to say that I do like these books better when they focus on MHI and the main MHI characters. Having said that, it is still a damned good book.
I assume that the readers have read the previous books in the series. It should then not be a surprise to anyone that a book in which Franks is the main character means clobbertime. Franks idea of diplomacy and how to deal with political assholes are, well, let us just say that it would not be considered as politically correct today and have probably not been so the last couple of hundred years. Needless to say I like Franks attitude.
Unfortunately Franks is set up. That means that Franks is pissed off. That is bad news for the imbeciles setting him up. It is good news for the readers. A pissed off Franks makes for fun reading. When I wrote that it was imbeciles setting Franks up that was not quite true. The guy setting him up is not really an imbecile. Asshole maybe but no imbecile. The politicians that allowed it to happen are imbeciles though. Not that this is very surprising.
In between the various outbursts of Franks version of “diplomacy” the book reveals quite a lot of Franks history which is rather interesting. The book also gradually spins together a story that leaves the door wide open for future books in the series, and it looks like the stakes are going up, which of course is a good thing. Luckily this do not mean that the book ends in a real cliffhanger. A huge teaser maybe but not a cliffhanger. The book have a decent enough conclusion of the main story of the book itself.
The book is of course written in the usual style of Larry Correia which I like a lot. Plenty of action, good characters, good writing in general, lots of guns although this one did perhaps not dwell on the guns or go into as much details as some of his previous books.
Bottom line is that it is a damned good book although I hope the next installment will bring focus back on the MHI team.