Monster Hunter Alpha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lots of spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk [I don’t like hiding the whole review]
Oh yeah!!!!! This book was the best of the 3 so far.
I never liked Owen in the previous 2 books, so the fact that this book wasn’t about him pushed it up a whole star.
The gun porn was almost non-existent, but just hinted at enough so you knew different guns were being used and that the protagonist and others were not just using generic “guns” [which also ticks me off when an author assumes that all guns are the same, and so on and so forth].
The action reminded me of Neal Ashers Polity Universe-graphic and nonstop.
I mean, a snow-shredder and a whole passle of zombie-werewolves? I was enthralled and grossed out all at the same time.
The emotional content of the book I found very satisfying as well. We learn where Earl came from, what drove/drives him, his wish being granted, his realization that he NEEDS to be a werewolf, the horror [not in the scary way, but in that terrible gut wrenching way] of separation when Team Unicorn shows itself. It all came together in a patchwork of horror, hope, despair and love.
The villains were awesome! On one hand, we have a super werewolf, who beats the crap out of everybody and pretty much out-thinks everyone as well. Then we have the money-grubbing, incompetent government agent of the MCB. You love to hate him 🙂
A cool set of heroes, some fantastic baddies and some series fighting. Now I am really looking forward to Monster Hunter Legion. If more Urban Fantasy was like this, I might be more into it…