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Series: Monster Hunter International #5
Published by Baen on July 1, 2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal
Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is six foot five and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he's animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he's on our side. More or less. Sworn to serve and protect the United States of America from all monsters by one of the country's founding fathers, Franks has only one condition to the agreement: no matter what the government learns of him, no matter what is discovered concerning his odd physiology or the alchemy behind the elixir that made him, the government is never, ever allowed to try and make more like him. Such is absolutely forbidden and should the powers-that-be do so, then the agreement is null and void.
Project Nemesis: in a secret location, using sophisticated technology and advanced genetic engineering, the director of the very agency Franks works for is making more like him. And the director is not content with making one. Nope, he's making thirteen. Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.
I’ve been a fan Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series since the first book. And since the first book, I’ve always wondered, what is up with Special Agent Franks of the Monster Control Bureau?
He’s been shot, stabbed, cut to pieces, and just gets put back together with what appears to be duct tape and bailing wire. This book brought the shadowy agent’s past into the light for the reader. The other characters from the first four books are mostly secondary characters in this tale. The MHI team have a very short appearance, a couple of chapters at best. And while my favorite character is still Owen Pitt, this book brought Franks into a new light.
This book caught my attention like few others have, I couldn’t put it down and was eagerly waiting for the next plot twist or revelation. There is a lot of the political intrigue that is government agencies involved, but that’s to be expected. The intrigue just added to the tense environment and kept me on the edge of my seat. The fight scene between Special Agent Franks and Earl Harbinger had me urging both sides on, even though to save the world, they have to work together this once, more so than normally.
In the end, while some questions have been answered, others are still left hanging, and a few new ones have cropped up. Lots of material for further books, which I look forward to reading.
I won’t give any spoilers so I’ll keep this review short and sweet, but I will say this is one of the best books in the series so far, and I am eagerly awaiting the next as I give Monster Hunter Nemesis a solid 4 stars.