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. Pro-tips 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.
It was a long time since I read the Monster Hunter International series. I was therefore quite happy when I found something new had Larry Correia’s stamp on it and took place in the Monster Hunter International universe. This is a fun book to read but, sadly, I do not think it is as good as the original Monster Hunter International series. It is good, even very good, but not WOW good.
The book is obviously co-written by Larry Correia and John Ringo although I get the impression that there is more John Ringo than Larry Correia in the book. It is a fun book to read. I like both Larry’s and John’s no bullshit style of writing. If you are offended by grown up language, womanizing or are a social justice warrior then this book is not for you. Stay far, far away from it. I am not plagued by any of these issues myself so, consequently, I quite liked the book.
The book essentially follows Oliver Chadwick Gardenier, or Chad for short, from the events where he is resurrected and sent back to Earth to fight evil and through his career as a Monster Hunter. Naturally this means lots and lots of action against various supernatural creatures and monsters. As usual with these two authors the action is quite violent and guns, explosives as well as various sharp instruments are plentiful.
However the book feels a bit lighter than the Monster Hunter International books. As the name of the series indicate it is a memoire so it is essentially the main character himself that recites the story and the way it is done is by telling various memorable events from his life. This also means that, in my opinion, the book feels a bit chopped up. Sure, there is a red thread going through it but sometimes I felt like I was reading a collection of short stories strung together.
As I wrote above, this is a good and enjoyable book but a notch below the books in the original series.