Sample Chapters & Short Stories

FREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS FROM MY NOVELS

MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL:   http://www.webscription.net/chapters/1439132852/1439132852.htm

MONSTER HUNTER VENDETTA:   http://www.webscription.net/chapters/A1439133913/A1439133913.htm

MONSTER HUNTER ALPHA:   http://www.webscription.net/chapters/9781439134580/9781439134580.htm?blurb

THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES: HARD MAGIC: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/7-days-of-grimnoir-sample-chapters-from-the-grimnoir-chronicles-hard-magic/  

THE GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES: SPELLBOUND: http://www.webscription.net/chapters/9781451637755/9781451637755.htm?blurb

DEAD SIX:  http://www.webscription.net/chapters/9781451637588/9781451637588.htm?blurb

SHORT STORIES and ASSORTED SILLYNESS

TANYA, PRINCESS OF THE ELVES http://www.baen.com/tanya.asp  A short set in the universe of Monster Hunter International, and my answer to Twilight’s interspecies romance. Starring Tanya the Elf and Edward the Orc. This was the first short published on Baen’s new page.

DETROIT CHRISTMAS http://www.baen.com/DetroitChristmas.asp A gritty short set in the Grimnoir universe about Heavy Jake Sullivan, P.I. This is a favorite of mine.

SWEOTHI CITY http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/online-fiction-sweothi-city/ This is a short story from the universe of my upcoming novel, Dead Six.  I am cowriting it with Mike Kupari. It is a story told in the 1st person, by two seperate narrators. And they are not friends.

A bit from DEAD SIX by my co-author, Mike Kupari http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/some-writing-from-the-dead-six-project-by-mike/

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/the-christmas-noun/ My version of a Christmas story, only with more Cthulu, zombies, and chainsaws.

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 2: THE NOUNENING  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/the-christmas-noun-2-the-nounening/  The much anticipated sequel to the greatest Christmas story featuring a noun ever.

THE CHRISTMAS NOUN 3D: THE GRITTY REBOOT  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/12/10/the-christmas-noun-3d-the-gritty-reboot/  Christmas goes hard core.

WELCOME BACK, MR. NIGHTCRAWLER http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=207390&highlight=corriea The original online fiction experiment that turned into the Dead Six collaboration. This is a very rough serial that was cranked out with little or no planning, that turned out to be quite the adventure. This is the thread that sparked the novels, Dead Six, Exodus, and Project Blue. (all coming soon).

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM STRANGER: INTERDIMENSIONAL INSURANCE AGENT http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/the-adventures-of-tom-stranger-interdimensional-insurance-agent/  A little comedy bit about Tom Stranger, agent of Stranger & Stranger.  Its like homeowners, for your dimension. Guest starring Adam Baldwin as the President and R. Lee Ermey as Secretary of Defense.

A MESSAGE FROM TOM STRANGER: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/a-message-from-stranger-stranger/  A commercial that ran during the Draw Mohammed Day Parade. Guest starring Barack Obama, or possibly Steve Urkel. We are unclear about this dimension.

TOM STRANGER, ARBITRATION ON MORDOR STATION: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/a-message-from-stranger-stranger/  Tom Stranger, Jimmy the Intern, and Galactic Arbiter Chuck Norris kick some mutant ass.

TOM STRANGER, LIVE FROM ConKhanQuan XIV  Part I: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/the-further-adventures-of-tom-stranger-interdimensional-insurance-agent-live-from-conkhanquan-xiv/  Demons invade a sci-fi convention. Tom Stranger has to protect a James Gandolfini look alike.

And Part II:  http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/the-further-adventures-of-tom-stranger-live-from-khanquancon-xiv-part-2/ 

THE BURNING THRONE:  These are a series of in character game journals and short stories from my game group, also known as Writer Nerd Game Night, which is made up of a bunch of novelists and book reviewers, from our monthly game of the Legend of the Five Rings role playing game.

Part 1. Diary of a Crab: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/the-burning-throne-part-i-diary-of-a-crab/

Part 2, Thoughts over Tea: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/the-burning-throne-part-2/

Part 3, Ballad of Ide Todo: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/the-burning-throne-episode-3-the-ballad-of-ide-todo/ 

Part 4, Battle of Shinjo Ridge: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/the-burning-throne-episoide-4-the-battle-of-shinjo-ridge/

Part 5, Aftermath: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/the-burning-throne-episode-5-aftermath/

Part 6, Crab Duel: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/the-burning-throne-episode-6-crab-duel/ 

Part 7, No Middle Ground: http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/the-burning-throne-episode-7-no-middle-ground/

141 Responses

  1. Larry,

    I came across your story on line. Funny thing. I am self-published and because of a recommendation by Mike Resnick Toni is looking at my book. (Some dedicated fans who love my work and a video game contract on the book help get the attention from Mike.)

    But the thing is it’s been on her desk for nearly 6 months. Advised by Mike I sent an e-mail inquiry a month ago to make sure it was received… still nothing.

    Any advice on how to proceed? I’ve moved to the secluded northwest from the DC area. Signings are no longer feasible.

    How long did yo have to wait to hear back from Toni? Anything I should do or not do?

    I have an e-mail list waiting for book II that is now complete. I know they’d bug her at Baen’s Bar if they had an inkling it’d help me get nation wide. But Mike advised against that. I’m open to anything you can contribute to the situation.

    Thank you for taking precious time to help out a fellow POD (not crap) author.

    Lynn Hardy
    LynnHardy.com

  2. Lynn, e-mail sent.

  3. Larry,

    I just finished reading Welcome Back Mr. Nightcrawler over on THR. Holy ****, man, that was awesome! PLEASE tell me I’m gonna see that in print one day! (Not the Dead 6 Trilogy, but the whole thing!)

  4. Yes. We have planned 3 books in that series.

  5. Just finished MHI on webscription.
    When will the next book come out?

  6. Just finished MHI also, the book was loads of fun. You have my vote, and dollars when it comes out, for the next book.

  7. Just finished reading MHI in paperback. Read it in 3 days. It was such a fast paced exciting read I couldn’t put it down. I hope that there are more books on there way for the series.

    Thanks for a great book.

    Erik

  8. Hell of a good first novel, looking forward to reading the sequel.

  9. Great airplane read! Made the 6.5 hour flight from Boston to Portland seem like 20 minutes. Can’t wait for the sequel. And yes, I enjoy shooting sports and live in Massachusetts, there are a few of us out there!

  10. Holy smokes! I haven’t read as good a book [MHI] in some time. The shooting stuff was great, I kept saying “Oooh.. I have that..I want that..wow, I can’t do that..yet”. What really got me was the humor and the gaming references. Thank-you for one hot read, Larry. I look forward to your next piece!

  11. MHI: WOW

    I am on page 134 and am so disappointed that I have to wait for the second book.

    Excellent, I like the characters, I like the idea and I like the protagonist. Though he needs to learn to talk to people about what is happening to him.

    I expect many more MHI’s.

    oh, and u rite gud

    p

  12. un-fucking-belivable!!!! MHI rocks the house. for so long I’ve been looking for a book that starts fast and ends even faster.

    Love the main character, love the fact that he is a “Big Man” that is fast and deadly like a Bruce Lee on steriods(being a big man myself) its about time.

    thristing for more from Mr. Correia

  13. Since I’m already a MHI fan, and have read the Christmas (Noun),or, at least what there is of it. . .I started reading the Dead 6 Stories on THR.

    OMFG, that’s good stuff. . .

    But you, somehow, HAVE to incorporate those Rocky-and-Bullwinkle endings BluesBear wrote into the threads. . . they were the BBQ sauce on top of all that red-meat-guns-and-violence goodness. . .

  14. Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your novel. Kind of a random pick-up, saw it on the shelf at B&N, couldn’t be happier. Good luck. Are sales going well so far? I’d love to see more novels.

    If you haven’t had the chance, pick up some Glen Cook or Spider Robinson…funny guys, also.

  15. Larry,

    I’ve just finished reading MHI, and just wanted you to know that you’ve got a fan in the UK. What a rock and roll ride! Loved the action, the characters and the writing, and especially loved Skippy and his tribe. I’d love to see more stories of MHI and the mighty Z, maybe taking in some of the hunter groups around the world? I’ll be recommending this one to my friends.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  16. Loved it! Humor, monsters, romance, and GUNS! What more could you ask for?

    Can’t wait for more on Pitt and company!

  17. MHI was great! I love that the hero is a big ugly guy like me!

    I saw the book at B&N and decided to get the ebook at webscription.net so I could read it on my blackberry. I couldn’t put it down and now I need more!

    Can’t wait for the next one!

    Thanks,

    Bigtech

  18. Oh dude MHI was the most exciting piece of literature I have read in a long time, can’t wait for another one

  19. Great novel two questions: Who gave you the evil idea to post the first seven chapters on the web? You had me at throwing the boss out of a 14 story window. I immediately went and bought the book. Second what kind of gun did you by with the book money! HA ! Great novel waiting on the sequel.

  20. All I can say is wow! I just finished MHI and it blew my mind, lol. One of my fav parts is when the young LT is such a wuss and the NCO from the Guard steps up. I’m in the Guard myself and it was absolutely tops to see them portrayed in your book. Maybe more of them in the sequel, eh? :)

  21. Larry,

    Reading the book now. Loving it! Mike is waiting for me to finish. I bought it for him (not my genre, usually), but started reading it and won’t let it out of my sight. Terrific stuff!

    All the best to you and Bridget!

    Lori

  22. Oh, and the NCO stepping up? Love that as well, and so will Mike (NCO himself). NCO= Not Conquering Otherwise :)

  23. I absolutely LOVED Monster Hunter International! I found it by accident at Barnes and Noble when I was purchasing the latest book in the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I noticed the cover, picked it up and read the blurb, and was captured. I was in the middle of another series and could hardly wait to finish it (another genre), although I thoroughly enjoy that series. And Monster Hunter International lived up to the promise, let me tell you! I was not disappointed.
    By the way that it ended, I hope that there will be a new book in the series. If not, I am CRUSHED.
    I like handsome guys, but character and heart rule over handsome every time. Pitt is my hero, along with Jack Reacher in the series by Lee Child (it’s not paranormal, but Reacher is a big guy, too, not necessarily handsome).
    Thanks for sharing your talent with the world. I look forward to more Monster Hunter International books. I am 56 years old and have been reading adult books since I was 9 years old (had older brothers and sisters) and I say that you are a MASTER storyteller! PLEASE continue!

    All the best to you,
    Carol Garth

  24. Just finished Monster Hunter International and loved it. I am looking forward to the next in this series. The book got me to look for more from you on the web and I am loving what I am reading. Thanks for sticking with it while you were self-publishing, it was worth it.

    Perry Amos

  25. I’m about a third of the way through Monster Hunter International, and I’m hooked. Great action, terrific characterization, and excellent pacing. Well done! I’m very much looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  26. MHI was suggested by a facebook friend who is serving in Afghanistan. Great book ,when is the movie and where the hell is the sequel.Last book I read this fast was John Ross’s UC.

    • #2 will be out in Fall 2010. :) As for the movie, it will be made as soon as somebody in Hollywood gives me a giant sack of money.

  27. Listen Mr C, just asking because mum’s intrested but have you got a name for MH book #2? We ain’t got any suggestions but it would be nice to know S’all.

    Thnks:
    Thing

    • I think its called Monster Hunter Vendetta (I know because the author lives down the street) :)

      • Colton,
        see if when you wonder over, you see any MHI patches lying around. I would sure like one of those!
        I think David should sell those straight off this site!!!

      • Mark, click on the Buy Stuff tab at the top of the page. I’ve got more patches coming.

  28. Decided to pick up MHI after reading about it on TFL. I really enjoyed the book and hope it becomes a full series. What books do you recommend I add to my list to purchase next?

    Charles

  29. Well, I was poking through the local bookstore, saw this, and I was expecting a fun supernatural romp. I was more than a little impressed, there is a lot of depth to this. Like a lot of the other people here, I really really REALLY hope I see the next one soon. And, as a former military guy(submarines) with an affinity for shotguns and belt-fed weapons, I love the gun-geeking! Keep up the great work, I demand more!

    Evan

  30. It is a fantastic book. I just missed the self published one way back and was pissed! I then had to wait for what, over a year for Baen to get it out after that?
    I ended up convicing(sweet talking) the girl at barnes & noble go in the back and dig out the box as I wanted it NOW and it wasn’t for sale yet.
    Now you are going to make me wait till freakin’ Fall 2010 for the sequel?!?! I don’t know if I am going to make it…
    Congrats on your success with the book, you deserve it. Good to see a fellow gun nut make good!

  31. Larry,
    I just got done with your book after my husband (big-time 3-gun geek himself) insisted I read it. He piqued my interest as he giggled all the way through it and kept telling me “this guy really knows his shit!”
    I’ve always loved SF but have never been much into boomstick-fiction or any of the military fiction the hubby reads (yawn).

    HOWEVER, I really enjoyed your book. Gun- and gear-freak stuff aside, this is a really well-written book with an exciting plot, characters that I truly cared about and absolutely no spots that I felt like skimming over.

    So, for what it’s worth from a “straight” SF reader – great job! I’m looking forward to the next one! Also, congrats on being a newbie navigating the publishing world for the first time – talk about a festering pool of blood-suckers . . .

  32. I just wanted to leave my comment saying that I too am a fan of MHI. I just finished reading it and am making my husband read it because I know he too will enjoy it. I sincerely hope that more stories about Z and MHI will be on their way.

  33. Bought the book at a whim, looked potentially good and funny. Glad it hit on both.
    When is the next book comming?

  34. Hey,
    Its been quite a while since I last talked to see if you would come out to our store. I haven’t been ignoring you or anything. We’ve just been crazy busy lately!!

    We would still love to have you come out sometime!!

    Jaclyn

  35. Ok, so I was given a copy of your book, and at first I was apprehensive not being a big horror/monster book fan (except for Lovecraft and kudos to how you incorporated him). I read the first chapter and was hooked. Eight hours later I vowed to buy my own just so you could have my money. I loved it and am halfway through again, more slowly this time just to savor it. And you have piqued my interest in competitive shooting. I’ve dug out my step-fathers silhouettes and am needling him to let me borrow a gun and all of his reloading equipment. It’s been a week and dude I think you’ve changed my life. HA! Hows that for a load of bull? But I mean every word. Seriously. Keep it up because you’ve got talent and I’m ready for your next one.

    Have a good one.

  36. I know it is really none of business, But round about how many copies of M.H.I. have you sold? And I am very excited about the second one.

    p.s. what is you favorite long gun, because idk if I missed it or not but the AR-15/M-4 where not in the book.

    • The number sold is top secret, but a lot. :)

      As far as favorite long gun, I like them all. I’ve got a bunch of different black rifles. That’s like asking which kid I like the best.

  37. Greetings!

    I just finished _Monster Hunter International_, and I figured this was probably the most appropriate place to comment (after wading through the political discussion on the front page).

    I really enjoyed the book: 700+ pages of Evil Dead-y goodness! A Disneyland of happy violence! And I’m looking forward to _Monster Hunter Vendetta_.

    Now I have a slightly niggling question. _MHI_ is pretty specific about how a vampire isn’t permanently gone until it’s decapitated, and it got me to thinking (always a dangerous undertaking…): if one dropped a *nuke* on a Master Vampire (given their ability to recover almost instantly from even the heaviest damage), would it (since its head had not been taken) simply reform (even if it took a long time), perhaps being radioactive and *really* pissed off?

    • I honestly don’t know. I suppose if you vaporize one then the head would definately count as severed. :)

      As for radioactive and pissed off, I’ve got something cool planned for the 3rd Owen Pitt book (4th MHI novel), but that’s a ways off.

  38. Loved the book! But am I the only one that cought the referance to Bun bun? Yes I’m also a John Ringo Fan.

    I’m. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Chris luzader

  39. I am 200 pages into MHI. I am not into guns but I like the way your gun-knowledge adds to the realism of the story. You obviously have a real knack for action-adventure fiction. The last book I found this interesting was probably a Stephen King novel (one of his good ones like Salem’s Lot or Carrie). You get a lot of would-be writers I guess, but I participated in National Novel Writing Month last year and I know from experience that action writing is hard. My novel was pretty rough, not really a coherent novel but a fragmented story that jumped around. Writing a novel in a month is sort of an absurd exercise I think. So if you have time, I was wondering, how did you get into writing and what is it that you think of as the real core of your writing process? or (to pose the question every published writer eventually gets) what is the best writing advice you would give to yourself if you were just starting out?

    • That’s a really tough question actually. :)

      The best advice I can give… It may sound silly, but the single biggest thing is keep writing. It is hard, and it is challenging, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Even once you are pretty good, if I slack off and take time away from the computer, it takes awhile to get your mojo back when you get back to business. So even once you’ve gotten a manuscript that you think is awesome, and you’ve started submitting it, keep writing other stuff. By the time your first one gets picked up, you’ll have grown as a writer even more.

      • Thanks. I have to say, when I do get into the practice there is a satisfaction that no matter how good or bad it is, I feel like I’ve tried to craft something that I like. Nanowrimo did inspire me to keep it up. I look forward to your next book.

      • Thanks. I will definitely check this out. I have to switch computers first but I’m saving the link.

      • I have to say I’m on part 6 of the podcast and I really like the “list and twist” method you guys lay out. This is great stuff. When you mention you consider your writing pulp it reminded me of the Hard Case Crime books. I don’t want to step on your publisher’s toes, but I really liked Charles Ardai’s Fifty to One. Not all of his books “rock” for me. But that kind of action is what I like. MHI is very much in that vein. Stephenie Meyer isn’t bad and I can see why she gets a big chunk of the market, but I like the pulp tradition too.

  40. what about hooking him up with an addy or two to some of those Podcasts you did on writing? (just a thought)

  41. Larry,

    I thoroughly enjoy your writing. I was taunted with the 7 chapters of MHI and then went out and bought the book to read the rest. Your humor, gun-lore and a twist on the view of the American hero mesh together to make a series I hope you write until I push up the weeds instead of pull them. I also read your Grimnoir taunts and found them enjoyable as well and will certainly purchase the book when it comes out. I have to give you kudos for tackling a new niche in fiction and wish I had your mojo to write. All I have are great images in my head but when I try to squish them onto paper, the result is usually disappointing.

  42. Good stuff- hits the ground running and just keeps going.

    Couldn’t put the book down.

    Cheers!

    Wayne Watson
    http://meddlersintime.blogspot.com/

  43. jeez man, the wait for the next book is killing me

    drop me a line if you need something

  44. I just read MHI for the second time within a year. Considering that I read some of my favorite [until Now] books maybe once a year, that is a accomplishment.

    Loved MHI, Hope the wait is shorter rather than longer for the next one.

  45. So I just got done reading MHI for a 3rd time…. Yes it’s that good. I can’t wait until Vendetta comes out!

    So I was just thinking how kick-ass of a movie this would make… Any talk on a movie?

    • Actually, we’ve been working on it. Nothing new or exciting, but if something happens, you guys will be the first to know. :)

  46. read mhi nicly done m8 but i fink im the only scottish guy here still was brill dont get many decent books like dat here so keep up the good work lookin forward to vendetta

  47. Hey Larry, I read MHI a few months ago, and I love it, and so does my dad. Last week he got a package in the mail. He opened it and set it down on our kitchen table, and went into the garage. He comes back in, and by then I’m not paying attention. I hear some shuffling, and all of a sudden my dad bursts in the living with a huge gun going, “Look, look! I have a sling like Owen now, remember it?” I think I had a heart attack. But anyway, just wanted to tell that story and ask: Are you a hunter, a competition shooter, or do you just shoot for the heck of it?

    • Grew up as a hunter on the farm, got into competition shooting in college, then I spent a few years in the gun business, and I’m still a CCW instructor. Basically I’m just a huge gun geek. :)

  48. Just got done reading the 5 chapters that have been released and I got to say they are just as good if not better than the first.

  49. I read tons of fantasy and just read MHI and loved it! Will be buying more of this series as it progresses. One question though, why is the 2nd book so much shorter than the first???

    • It isn’t that much shorter. Amazon has listed the wrong page count, showing 300 pages. The actual book is going to be 600+ pages. It is shorter than MHI, but not by a ton. I’ve got the galley copy, but not handy, but I know that it is six hundred and something.

      • Thanks, Larry, for a sec I was getting worried. Part of the appeal of MHI was the length of the novel. Glad to hear Vendetta is long too!

  50. Gotta say I’m addicted to your writing man. I read those sample chapters for Vendetta and when I realized the book was literally at my fingertips…
    First time reading an e-book and it won’t be the last. Since I read them so close together it was like reading one giant epic novel. I have a shit eating grin in general while reading your stories just from the awesomeness but what you did with Trolls and Agent Franks (I just KNEW he was going to be sick) made me get up from my computer and walk around till I composed myself. I just got done reading your work with “Nightcrawler” and the Dead 6 Universe and I am pumped. Keep up the good work.

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  52. Blew through MHI in a day and a half, i’m on my 5th reread, and I have the MHV paperback on pre-order.

    Keep writing as you’ve been, and I’ll keep buying and reading (and reading, and reading, and reading….

  53. I know this is slightly off topic but I’m also a huge fan of MHI, I’ve read it four times and I’m still finding new stuff! I can’t wait ’til MHI:vendetta comes out.

  54. Hi Larry! Are you on Facebook by any chance? Or is here on the blog the best place to keep up to date?
    Thanks for all,
    Jason Parr

  55. Jason, you can friend me on Facebook. I’ve also got a couple of fan groups over there. Monster Hunter Nation, and Monter Hunter International, Hunters Unite!

  56. after having read both MH books and everything else on this page except for welcome back mr. nightcrawler, I finally went over to THR and read it. bluesbear’s comments were priceless and the story wasn’t half bad either. very cool stuff. lets get these things published!

  57. Please write some more Tom Stranger….PLEASE!!!

  58. You Sir are a Genius. Please never stop blessing the world with your insight into things that go bump in the night.

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  61. Awsome. I just finished Alpha (ARC) and truely enjoyed the unexpected new direction. Filing in the back story on the base charecter of MHI in an extremely grippingand entertaining fashion. I believe that your style is all your own. I appreciated that you deviated from the total gun-tech/geardo direction. You stuck to the standard fair of what is current issue. You really did not need it in this book. I was very pleased that you had obviously studied the 124 day winter war and even included the why and how of the missing optics on the Nagant. It was the greatest sniper/marsman combat in modern history. I’m sure old Siymo Hiahya (the white death) is smiling at that. They faced MHI odds and were victorious. One Finn Soldier disabled a russian tank by rushing it and using a crowbar to pry off the track. I tried it it in on a BMP for giggles on a deployment after reading about it and only succeded in knocking the shit out of myself. Our medic thought it was so stupid that he refused to give up any pain meds until I actually showed him the highlighted pages from “the Winter War”. You have definatley become one of my favorite authors and I’m a voracious reader though you couldn’t tell from my spelling. I got an email this morning from a buddy in Iraq. He comes back tomorrow, and getting married next Saturday, I’m his best man. The Email was only to inform me that Alpha was out. Nothing about the wife or a time line. Well it’s tonight and the book has been read. Agian well done. I have also thought of writing a book being a multirace mixed adopted weapons freak with more than my share of combat. I spent 21 years in the military and have a small unit back round that was heavily into the sniping area. the shitty thing about it is that if I wrote about the things we have done we would be flogged to death and burried under a jail! Thats not counting the time we spent in combat /training FID’S. I’m amazed how on the money some of the things you write are. Especially the humer and the dumbshit (Most important). Reading this book took 3 hours I managed to piss off my wife to the point I was banished to the man cave and I laughed to the point that I spit coke out of my nose and all over my compter twice

  62. I was just wondering about alpha, you said it wouldn’t be taking place in earl’s earlier days, but present time. So does that mean main character such as Owen, Franks, and Julie will have a presence in this book? With all the secrecy i doubt I’ll get an answer but that’s cool. I like the surprises. BTW your last two MHI books were bad ass, but it really sucks that other than the fans here I don’t really have anyone to enjoy the series with. Keep the writing up and I’ll keep the spending up.

    • Most of the other main characters dont’ show up at all in this one, but will be back in Monster Hunter Legion.

  63. Alright, thanks

  64. Its amazing how different the series are from each other. I haven’t really seen any writer do that before. I loved Hard Magic, can’t wait for book 2. Im not able to get into MI, I guess. Owen is not for me. Can he ever get through a scene without calling everything that he doesn’t like “stupid”? Stupid boss, stupid Grant, stupid Old Ones. AAARgh. Besides the action doesn’t work. Its like every monster atacks, and then just sits there politely waiting for Owen to take out a gun, or a knife or whatever, and attack. As Owen does not seem fast, and is way too pompous about his abilities to believe, I don’t see why a few things, like Master Vampires, shouldn’t be able to simply kill him before he even has time to fire a synapse. And why do the monsters announce themselves? if I were a non human creature and noted a hostile human was somehow watching me, Id probably pretend I didn’t know and get out of their arranged kill box, or get out of their kill box and appear behind them. Almost keep reading it just for Agent Franks, but Im not sure. The monsters are getting more elaborate, but not more scary or effective.

    • Wow. You nailed it. You should totally write a very popular bestselling series that follows all of your recommendations. :)

      • LOL! I deserved that. Obviously you know what you are doing. You have the story telling gene without a doubt, wether its a story I want to read or not. My bad for being in a mood that week.

  65. One more thing kind of confused me; Are you in favor of tax cheating? I find that a little disgusting, seeing how you drive on roads, and drink water maintained by those same taxes. And have you been audited by the IRS? Should you be?

    • I am a professional accountant and experienced auditor. I pay my taxes. And lots of them. Do you randomly insinuate that all your favorite authors are felons? Oh, and everytime I put gas in my car I pay for roads and I pay a monthly bill for municipal water. Frigging dur.

  66. larry are you going to put your books for downloads(my nook).I would like to have all 3 mhi

    gary

    • It is available for the Nook, just not on the B&N site. Go to http://www.baen.com and click on Read Baen. You can download it form Webscriptions for $6 in any format you want, and no DRM.

  67. with all due respect, I love your books and can’t get enough but…. you have a whole lot of bad dudes, a lot which are a helluva lot tougher than our average good guy, which makes it good. i.e. to what I’m getting at is that there are the old ones vs. the humans who have a clan of orks, a few gnomes, Jewish ghost, some elves, and harbinger. Don’t get me wrong about harbinger and his awesomeness but the evil guys have gods on their side, in a future sequel, will we be introduced to some kind of ultimate good? So that was it, and to get it straight I’m not questioning your series at all, its the most interesting series I’ve read to date, I was just being curious. Keep up the amazing work

  68. Larry, do you know when signed copies of Dead Six or Spellbound will be avaible for pre-order?

    And Alpha was like a breath of fresh air… albeit followed by a flaming tornadoe launching silver bullets and shooting bolts of lightning!

  69. fuck this

  70. terrorist ( martine)

  71. Have you come up with a release date or a rough guess as to when monster hunter legion will be released?

  72. [...] a defense contractor   You can find Larry’s blog here, his novels here, and sample chapters here.  I got to meet him at SHOT 2011 and he’s one of the most down to earth, nicest guys you [...]

  73. Just came over from Zombie Awarness to check out your page. I’ll definitely be reading the story’s and excerpts when I get a chance!

  74. I absolutely love Dead Six! I purchased it a while ago and finished it in a week! I have never finished a book so quickly. The writing was excellent. The characters were mesmerizing. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Will you be continuing the story of Valentine and/or Lorenzo? I hope so.

  75. Love your MHI books. As an Army vet, I enjoy going, yep shot that, uhg tell me about that and boy I bet that was a b**ch to clean. Read the first two books aloud to my Navy vet husband and youngest son (getting ready to go into the service). Son LOVED the weapon details and the complaints of being an active big guy ( of course he was the kid that acted like it was Christmas when we invited friends in the BP to use the berm on our property to practice with their big guns ). He takes after his grandpa who makes Owen seem to only casually ‘like’ firearms. Bows are not just for anachronistic folks either…

    If you go to gaming cons, look up Treebore (hubby) and Rhiannon. My daughter runs a mean L5R – and frequently illustrates it at the same time.

    MHI needs more former quiet intel guys and girls (you know the ones who go in alone BEFORE the teams that don’t exist… they are the ones that would hit the really wacky stuff and have to make deals with the monsters). MHI should have motion detectors in the soil around the compound even BP has them here. Also a small observation balloon above the compound with 24/7 monitoring. Biometric scanners are a good idea too and not too expensive

  76. Howdy Larry,

    First off, I love your books and they have got me through the boring months of deployment. Secondly, pity request like this are uncouth but I am doing in anyways, please forgive me.

    As an aspiring writer and semi-professional blogger, I am working on a novel where the basic premise is what would happen if you dropped an American scout platoon into a standard(ish) fantasy world. The visuals of orks charging into a prepared battle position and the chance of having platoon level smack talk applied to medieval villagers has me giddy and typing away in between missions and general army life.

    I would love to be able to talk to you for a few pointers to get me going in the right direction.

    regards,

    1LT Assassin

    • Sure. My time is limited so I can’t really proof and offer critiques (too many requests because otherwise I’d love to) but I can offer advice on stuff. If you look under the Best Of tab I’ve got a series of answering writing questions too that might help.

  77. Mr. Correia,

    I’m a werewolf fan and while searching for books of that type I came across your Monster Hunter Series. I ordered all three books that are out right now. I skipped the first two and went right to Monster Hunter Alpha. Barely ten pages in and I was already hooked. The level of firearm details you put into the story is intense! I am an avid hunter and spend a lot of my free time on the farm emptying boxes of ammunition at targets and clay birds. So naturally I really enjoyed the mass variety of monster slaying guns. Harbinger is one of my favorite characters. He’s rough on the edges, not apologetic about anything, he’s got that dry humor going for him, and if you cross him you’re screwed. Now that I’ve gone back and have read Monster Hunter International, I’ve also come to enjoy Owen as a character. Judging by how kick ass those two books were I can’t wait to tear into Monster Hunter Vendetta! I’m eager to read more about the Monster Hunter International team and their further adventures. Keep Rocking!

    On a second note, I wanted to ask for some advice. I’m sure you’ve gotten a thousand questions from other aspiring writers but I’m going to make that a thousand and one. I’m currently working on my own novel and I’m looking for any tips I can get. I noticed that Monster Hunter International was originally self-published and I was curious about how I could do that. Or would you recommend sending my novel to a publisher? I’ve already written a few other authors and have received some solid advice but I’m just asking if you have any other tips you can think of besides that one about getting a novel self published.

    Jacob Rafert

    • Jacob, best thing I could say would be to go over to my Best Of tab. I wrote a series where I answered different writing and business questions.

      • Thank you, Mr. Correia. I will give that a look. Best of luck on the new Monster Hunter Legion book

  78. My wife and I love you books. You probably get crazy ideas all the time, so here is mine. Take a 40 mm grenade and have a canister round made out of it with say soft lead balls about .69 or .75 cal. Then have MHI with a vehicle with a Mark 19 on it and blammo. Rapid fire shredder.

    Good idea, bad idea?

    Karl and Wendy from Alabama

  79. I travel alot for work, and read quite a bit in hotel rooms. Just devoured Hard Magic last week, and tried to find the sequel at Barnes and Noble, but they were out of stock. Picked up MHI instead, and gave it a go. Just finished it.

    Love your work. Fun and exciting, quick reads… Will be picking up the rest and reading them as time and money allow.

    One thing though, and I’m sure somebody pointed this out aready, but on page 597 of the paperback of MHI, you wrote “The Boss was as stoic as ever, arthritic hands steepled in front of his emotionless face.”

    Thought he had a hook?

  80. I just wanted to say, wow. I don’t know how I came across your books, probably was looking for something else honestly and stumbled on them, although it could have been a recommendation, I don’t recall. But however it happened, I’m glad it did.

    I got all 3 books currently out for MHI and when I was telling a friend about it, thinking they might find it interesting as well, found out they had an ARC of MHI Legion. So I sat down last night, well, I guess it was actually Sunday evening, and proceeded to read book 1. Not only were the characters rich and the storyline interesting, I found, much to my chagrin, although only due to sleep deprivation, that I couldn’t stop reading. As a result, from Sunday evening, though Tuesday around 3am, I ran through all 4 books, and several bottles of Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper to keep me going.

    I was blown away. As much as I love reading, I still don’t find many series or authors collective works that keep me from worshiping at the altar of sleep. But you’ve gone and done it. Last time that happened I discovered Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files and Codex Alera series, both of which have kept me exhausted and coming down from a sugar high. I can only hope that I will find the same level of excitement and anticipation with your Grimnoir and Dead Six series which I plan to grab later in the week after I’ve gotten caught up on my sleep.

    And by the way, I love the Abomination, I have wondered for years why no one ever seemed to have a full auto shotgun, at least in stories, movies, and tv, since I’m not enough of a gun enthusiast to actually learn the material.

    Thanks again for the great read, I can’t wait to recommend this to all my friends who enjoy reading as well, and I’m now eagerly looking forward to the release of MHI Legion so I can get my own copy as well as the remaining three planned books.

  81. just realized armbuep=penubmra nice

  82. Mr. Correia, I just finished Monster Hunter Legion and it was wonderful. I’m a huge fan of the series. It’s easily my favorite series out there. The world you’ve created is just the thing I’ve been waiting for. I can’t even explain the joy these books have brought me. I never actually started reading a book and found myself unable to put it down. The first chapter of MHI had me hooked. I really can’t get enough. I don’t know what I’m gonna do until Nemesis comes out. The cliffhanger of MHL was such a tease. Can’t wait for the next one. Phenomenal series. Thanks for the great reads.

  83. When might we see book 3 of the Grimnoir Chronicles?

  84. Please forgive the idiotic comments I made a year and a half ago. I was confined to bed for a rather long time with something odd i was told was …well I was told many things. The truth is that your books, among others were the only thing that kept me sane. However if all you can do is read for that long you get a bit cranky. I just had to come back and say thank you. Its actually pretty funny that I decided to give a best selling writer some sort of writing advice. Kind of…

  85. Hey Larry, I’ve bought and read all your books (just bought the latest on Amazon and rereading the series in anticipation) and just wanted to tell you that your books are awesome. I’m looking forward to reading Legion and then the short stories here. I think it would be cool if you added a mention in your future books of this site because a lot of fans that are not internet savvy (like myself) would definitely visit for the short stories alone to hold them over between books. Keep up the great work man. Definitely up there in my rankings with King, Connolly, Howard, Clancy, and Child in enjoyability.

  86. Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated the Portagee elements in the Grimnoir start-up, Being a Portagee Dairy kid from Chowchilla I really got a kick out of the Travelin’ Joe part of the story. It was like listening to my grandfather talk about his dad and his life. The first 4 pages convinced me to read every thing else you have had published and I’ve enjoyed each one.

    • Yeah, writing Faye’s Grandpa meant writing about my own Grandpa. All of the stuff about Okies was pretty much right on. He couldn’t stand them. :)

  87. Just bought my first MHI book via recommendation from a friend who’s working on the production, couldn’t believe I had never heard of it before–considering I enjoy monster and ghost hunting myself. Book one is rockin’!

  88. I just wanted to say I love your books. I was a little upset when Hard Magic came out, because I was really hoping for another MHI book. But when I read it, it was outstanding, and now I keep hoping you can find a way to write an MHI book with your right hand while simultaneously writing the next Grimnoir book with your left. And for your fans that do a lot of traveling, I strongly recommend also buying the audio-book versions of the books through Audible.com. The readers for both series do an excellent job. Please keep up the great work!

  89. MHI is the most addicting book series I have ever read. Everything else usually get tossed on the shelf after I’m done with them and forgotten about, but not MHI. Found the omnibus and took a chance and was not disappointed in the least. Gun nerd myself I was happy to hear about guns in a story that was accurate as the weapons actually are. I want Abomination, but will settle for the Kel Tec KSG if I have to. Please keep up the great work, sir!

  90. Just saw the new grim noir novel on baens publishing schedule any sample chapters to wet the appetite. Thanks

  91. Mr. Correia, I, myself, am an aspiring writer. I was wondering if you had any advice for someone who wants to get to the writing field. I already have 2 novels completely outlined and in the process of working on them.

    Also,of course, I wanted to ask if there is any hope of Monster Hunter Nemesis being out before the end of this year. I am seriously jonesing.

    Thank you for your time

    • Look under the Best Of tab above and I’ve got some entries called Ask Correia. One of those is all about ways of getting published. I hope that helps.

      • Mr. Correia, like the poster above, I, too, am interested in a career in writing, but I have a bit of a different issue. Back in December, either Ace of Spades HQ or Instapundit (quite possibly both) linked to “An Opinion on Gun Control” and I duly read it. Having never heard of you or your work, I kept poking around your site and then picked up a copy of the Monster Hunters omnibus, partly because the series sounded awesome and partly because there were some vague similarities to a book idea I’ve been working on off and on for a couple years now (work and life have intervened, but I have somewhere between 20-30 pages of outlines and about the same number of pages written).

        As I read first three Monster Hunter novels, I became increasingly more horrified over the number of surface level similarities (easily a dozen or so) between your books and the ideas I have on paper and in my head. The meat of what I’m working on is very different, but a good number of points are way too similar for my taste. I’m deathly afraid of accidentally ripping you off, or appearing to do so intentionally, so do you have any suggestions for what to do? I’ve already had to shelve 50 pages of rough draft a few years back when I happened to find a book at my local Barnes & Noble that was too close to that particular idea for my comfort (that book was a Da Vinci Code ripoff and mine was more of a spaghetti western set during the surge in Iraq, but both involved Alexander the Great’s mummified remains). I’m a bit at a loss for what to do, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

      • I started typing an answer, but it got big so it will have its own blog post.

  92. Man, Its killing me. Have listened to your MHI series audiobooks a couple times. Just finished legion again. Cannot find a hint online of when we will see nemesis. Just give us a hint. I need more exploding monsters and am especially excited for what I am calling in my head “fun with frankenstein”.

    • Larry, your MHI series is the first audio book series I actually listened to completely. It’s better than a Tom Clancy meets Dracula if such a book ever existed. Lol
      Thanks for the week long literary vacation as I do not multitask. I just kept my phone ( note 2 ) on the charger and slipped into the world you created and vegetated. The hero of the series seems to share a lot of the authors personal characteristics ? Well done Larry “The Chosen One“. I can hardly wait till the next installments. Craig

  93. Larry,

    I was turned onto Monster Hunter International by a friend. I’ve read the first two books and am currently reading MH Alpha. Good work Larry! I especially like that you managed to self publish your first book and that it was a success.

    I’d like to write a novel as well Larry. I’ve written many short stories in the past and frequently write columns for web sites. Do you have any tips or links to sites with good information about improving my writing technique and getting publishers to read what I’ve written?

    Thanks Much.
    Toby H

    • Toby, go to the Best Of tab. I’ve got a bunch of articles called Ask Correia, where I’ve given writing/publishing advice. Some of those will probably be helpful.

  94. Larry,
    this may seem a controversial idea, but, hear me out. I propose that authors whose work I enjoy greatly are chained to desks and only released when the works they have announced have been completed.

    Discussion from others welcomed.

    Cheers,

    Max Stanton,

  95. Mr. Correia: I am a ‘traveler’, and move between north Idaho and Seattle once a month (in many short hops). I am listening to Branson Pinchot’s fantastic characterization of your Grimnoir trilogy for the second time. I am sending you a humble request….please don’t let the Grimnoir Society fade into the stacks of bound and audio literature. I am not as great a fan of MHI. Best regards, Joanna

  96. Larry,
    I have a question, that concerns the MHI crew. .45 bullets, and .30 bullets, actually fit a lot of different rounds (.300Blackout, .30-06, etc). Owen states that he has competed in 3 gun. So would not Owen or even Milo, would hand load rounds? There for have access to some of the other neat sniper toys (Barrett for the win), and some of the heavy hitters like the BAR?

    • I mention using the bullets in other cartridges a few time. Earl had a .300 Win Mag in MHA. Milo was excited in MHL because they were doing factory 7.62×39. Sam loaded 45-70.

      • I had not read that far yet, but I am there now, almost done with MHL (I will finish tonight). I like the originality of the plot. Excellent use of for shadowing, and the twist in MHA, acctually caught me flat footed, something that has not happened in years!

  97. I would pay hard-earned federal reserve notes for more Tom Strange. Surely you don’t want to leave him trapped in Nebraska surrounded by Klingon wannabes and interdimensional bug-eyed monsters, do you?

  98. Not sure if i will get a reply, I was just wondering was the relationship between franks and Owen something you pulled from personal life?

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