My friend suggested that I check this book out. However, I will not take his recommendation to check out later books in the series because this one was a slog to try to get through.
When I was sixteen, my friends and I thought it would be fun to make a zombie movie. I started writing a screenplay called Apocalypse. Ultimately, the project never happened and I turned the script into a book. I was writing the book from when I was sixteen until I was eighteen, which is when I sent it off to get published. I got a rejection letter back saying "amateur writing style" and "clichéd Hollywood plot." Eighteen-year-old me was devastated. I took a week off and just thought things over. I returned to writing and decided to tell the story of Velkan. I started sharing my writings more to get feedback from other writers with how to improve my writing style.
Why do I share this story? Because this book proved to me that I should have self-published Apocalypse. I could have had it eventually picked up by a bigger publisher and made money by the time I was twenty. Instead I decided to try and improve myself as a writer. Silly me.
MHI is about a guy named Owen Zastava Pitt (I kept thinking his name was William Zabka for some reason) and his boss is a werewolf. He kills his boss and gets recruited into an organization named Monster Hunter International where they have to take on the ultimate evil: Tax Season.
The biggest flaw in this book is telling and not showing. Owen never neglects to inform us of the fact that he is a tall 350 pound dude. However, he's 350 pounds of pure muscle. Yes siree, he's the baddest mofo around. He also enjoys telling us every detail about his life. He has a brother in a band, his dad taught them to shoot when they were young, he was a bouncer, he was in a fight club, and he really likes guns. There's also JULAY!
JULAY is Owen's love interest. What makes her interesting? Apparently looking like April O'Neil and having an obsession with guns is enough for some dudes.
Wait, now that I think about it. Does April O'Neil like guns? I don't care that she considers Ocarina of Time the best game of all time, if she's into guns, that blasphemy is totally forgiven.
ANYWAY...Owen really likes JULAY. Every time JULAY appears, expect a page of Owen sperging the fuck out about her. "JULAY is such a good shot. JULAY is so hot. JULAY likes pizza." My friend told me that JULAY is based on Correia's wife while Owen is based on Correia himself.
The worst part of him constantly praising JULAY for being so absolutely milquetoast is that she has not shown any interest in him in the early parts of the book. Yet, he still loves talking about JULAY. John Carter of Mars talked less about Dejah Thoris and they're married and have a kid together. Oh, and Dejah Thoris is walking around nude the whole time.
During their first monster encounter, Owen falls into the water and almost drowns. A ghost then appears and rescues him. My friend tried to argue this isn't a deus ex machina because it's explained in a later book. Still extremely convenient.
At one point, Owen is being chased by vampires and is heading for a door to escape them. Then JULAY's boyfriend appears and goes "yeah, fuck that noise," and closes the door on him. I laughed. This allows Owen to turn all Matrix mode and shoot them all down except for the head vampire. When Owen finally manages to escape, he punches JULAY's boyfriend a bunch of times, breaks his nose, and throws him into shark invested water. When he's told the water is shark invested, he responds with LOL.
What is Owen's repercussion for doing this? He's told not to do it again. Yeah, I really want a psychopath who attacks his own teammates having MY back during deadly raids. It was at this point I decided to stop reading.
Owen is possibly the most obnoxious character I've ever had the displeasure of following through a book and I've read Catcher in the Rye. Owen constantly has to remind the audience that he's built like a brick shit house, that he's the best gunfighter since Wyatt Earp, that he can beat everyone up, and that he's obsessed with gun loving April O'Neil.
I read books that are considered literal smut by the weirdos on the Internet. However, MHI was too deep in the male power fantasy for even me. I feel like perhaps I'm being unfair to this book since I couldn't be bothered to finish it. However, I couldn't stomach being around Larry Correia's OC DO NOT STEAL, any longer. It should also be stated that books suffer a lot of damage from being thrown across the room in fits of tard rage. So much for giving my copy to the library.
In conclusion, I probably should have self-published my shitty zombie book because there would have definitely been an audience for it. Oh well, can't live in the past.