Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror
Size: 384 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the MHI series
Source: Audiobook through Audible.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the 4th book in the Monster Hunter series and it was an absolutely spectacular book. Tons of action, more information on Owen being the Chosen One, dragons, and nightmares coming to life all make for a super engaging, high octane read.
I listened to this on audibook and I highly recommend listening to this series on audiobook. The books are incredibly well read and lots of fun to listen to. I read the first couple books in the series and have listened to the last two. I actually enjoy listening to these books even more than reading them.
Owen and crew are in Las Vegas for the first annual International Monster Hunter convention when things go very wrong. An ancient world war II lab experiment is rampaging through the desert. This creature can bring a person’s worst nightmare to life. Owen and company have to take out this creature before it turns Las Vegas into a literal hell on earth.
This book has tons of action and guns; and some great new characters too. This is a wonderful storyline that is somewhat self-contained but also does an excellent job of building the overall storyline about Owen being the Chosen One.
This is the first book where we really get a look into the international monster hunter scene. Let me tell you some of these international monster hunters are just as kick-ass as our favorite Monster Hunter International crew. A new American based monster hunter team also enters the story; they are PT (Paranormal Tactical) and they cause a lot of trouble for MHI.
All of our MHI favorites are here, with a couple new MHI recruits along for the ride as well. Earl’s girlfriend, Heather, even makes an appearance. I hope we see more of her in future books. Owen’s brother Mosh also plays a big role in this story.
The enemy they are facing off with is an especially evil one. This enemy can bring a person’s nightmares to life. When all the Monster Hunter conference attendees are trapped in one hotel together…well that makes for quite a dangerous situation. All these Monster Hunters have some pretty awful nightmares.
Seeing what nightmares the Hunters face-off with tells us a lot about their characters. We learn a lot more about what Holly had to endure too.
As you can imagine from the above there is a ton of monster fighting in this book. Some of the monsters are pretty disturbing. There is a lot of gore and violence and swearing; but if you are a fan of this series that’s nothing new. A lot more gun-talk again in this book book compared to the previous one.
Corriea does an excellent job of having a story that is resolved in this book (taking out the nightmare fiend) and tying it in with the overall story. We learn a lot more about task force Unicorn, which was mention in the previous book, and a lot more about what it means for Owen to be the Chosen One. All of these stories are building towards something big and this is the first book where that is really brought out into the open and discussed.
Overall a spectacular continuation of this series. This is a wonderful action packed story with some great new characters. There is an excellent story tied up in this book, but we also get more of the overall story about Owen being the Chosen One and the rising monster activity. Just a perfectly balanced book. I really enjoyed it a lot. Highly recommended to those who like action-packed urban fantasy and don’t mind learning a lot about guns. I can’t wait to see what happens next.