Monster Hunter Siege
by Larry Correia
Cover Artist: Alan Pollack
Review by Jon Guenther
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781481482554
Date: 01 August 2017 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The Monster Hunter International Series may not win any great, literary prizes but there's no denying its mass appeal to the intended audiences. So we enter into book #6 of the MHI series by Larry Correia, Monster Hunter Siege.
This novel picks up mere weeks after the events in Monster Hunter Legion. Intelligence has come into the hands of Owen Pitt and MHI that a group of monster hunters have been caught in a sort of intradimensional hell-hole while battling Asag, a creation of monster demi-gods. With vengeance on his mind and a sense of duty and loyalty at his core, Owen convinces MHI's CEO Earl Harbinger to spare no expense putting together an international team of monster hunters to enter this monster-filled portal. Their mission: rescue the trapped hunters and destroy Asag.
As usual, the story and narrative is great fun at the outset. There are the traditional orcs and elves of fantasy mixed with a plethora of zombies, undead, and some new creatures never before seen. Interwoven into the plot are the more, surprisingly poignant moments one is more likely to encounter in a family drama or romance than would be expected in a book filled with the latest weaponry, gadgets, bullets, and mayhem. But that's where these works shine, and this book was no exception.
I must point out there were times where some early action scenes that seemed almost pointless in that they didn't seem to move the story in a real way. More like the obligatory car chase or fist-fight one might expect from certain police action serials from the 80s. Regardless, while these set pieces didn't seem to propel the plot, they were still action-packed and kept me turning pages to find where the trail actually led.
In some regards, this particular novel seemed almost a derivative rehash of its storyline predecessor (book #4, as book #5 Monster Hunter Nemesis was really more of a standalone work), but with all the characters and the intro of a new weapon for Pitt, the book just works. Frankly, I thoroughly enjoyed Monster Hunter Siege and mark it another escapist, gun-toting, monster-killing fest worthy of Mr. Correia's talents. Anyone who loves this type of fiction should find plenty here to savor.