Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling novelist who originally self-published in 2008. His novel, Monster Hunter International, reached the Entertainment Weekly bestseller list and he received a publishing contract with Baen Books. Monster Hunter International was re-released in 2009 and made the Locus bestseller list. The sequel, Monster Hunter Vendetta, was also a New York Times bestseller, as was the third book in the series, Monster Hunter Alpha. Correia was a finalist for the John W. Campbell award for best new science fiction/fantasy writer of 2011.
Correia's works tend to include monsters such as vampires, werewolves, etc., as well as containing strong magical themes. They are also notable for the amount, and accuracy in detail, of their firearms usage.
Located in Utah, Correia now spends his time as a writer and accountant, as well a part-time firearms instructor.
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit. It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good... Welcome to Monster Hunter International.
"This was enjoyable book, which came as a surprise. The shape and flow of the story is well defined and you easily breeze through the pages with glee. I do hope the gun love is toned down for the next book, but I doubt it."
Hard Magic has by far one of the best cast's for a fantasy story in recent memory. Jake Sullivan is the slow speaking WWI veteran whose immense mental capacity is at odds with his external appearance. He is a character that is far more complex than I initially gave him credit for, and as he starts to interact with the other actives, Jake really comes into his own as one of the most likeable, charming, and violent heroes currently going around.
Jake Sullivan is a war hero, a private eye - and an ex-con. He’s free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jake’s in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jake’s help.
Spellbound is a book of high stakes and high consequence. The entertainment value is second to none, so don’t go into this book expecting a gentle introduction to plot, setting and character. Correia hurls the reader from event to event, rarely allowing you to catch your breath, and somehow manages to do this while progressing a complex plot and building depth into his characters. You should definitely pick up this book, if for no other reason than to read one of the most epic finales I have ever seen in a book.