Series: Monster Hunter International
Published by Baen on October 3, 2017
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Thrillers, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large--and in some cases very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced Hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force. Find out what happened when Agent Franks took on the Nazis in World War Two, or how the Vatican’s Combat Exorcists deal with Old Ones in Mexico. What takes place in a turf war between trailer park elves and gnomes? From the most powerful of mystical beings to MHI’s humble janitor, see the world of professional monster hunting like never before.
Featuring seventeen all new tales based on Larry Correia’s bestselling series, from New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, John Ringo, Jessica Day George, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and many more.
The MONSTER HUNTER FILES anthology is a brilliant view into the Monster Hunter International series through the lens of some of my favorite authors and some new authors I should explore in the future. While some of the stories relate directly to characters from the Monster Hunter International series some authors insert their own characters into the universe. I liked that even if you've never read the series you can still enjoy some of the stories in this anthology and get a sense of the world that connects them.
Regardless of the author, I'd categorize the stories in this anthology as gritty urban fantasies. There's monster-hunting going on, so there's lots of bloody action scenes, suspense, and of course scary dangerous monsters. One of my favorites was Faith Hunter's SHE BITCH, KILLER OF KITS. It was fun to see Jane Yellowrock pop up in a different book universe and be her awesome monster hunting self. Kim May's KEEP KAIJU WEIRD was a little on the weird side which was great and refreshing after so many grim stories. I loved seeing a story featuring a kitsune using her powers for good and would love to read more about this character. Larry Correia's THISTLE is in the Monster Hunter International was a fun peek into the world from the author who created it. While I am not to familiar with the series, I found myself enjoying the mythology and getting caught up in the central mystery.
THE MONSTER HUNTER FILES is a fun, gritty, compilation of monster-hunting urban fantasy stories that give you a great peek at what the Monster Hunter International series could look like in the hands of other urban fantasy authors.Series Titles:
1. Monster Hunter International
2. Monster Hunter Vendetta
3. Monster Hunter Alpha
4. Monster Hunter Legion
5. Monster Hunter Nemesis
6. Monster Hunter Siege
Give Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Memoirs a try to delve more in to his world.