Monster Hunt NYC: Book 1

By Harmon Cooper

(7 Reviews)

$7.99

Synopsis

Warning: Monster Hunt NYC contains a light harem with monster girls, augmented reality, fantasy violence, a ton of action, and GameLit/LitRPG concepts. It was inspired by the Persona games, Pokemon Go!, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Shifters, giants, hungry beasts, the undead, creatures of legend, flying terrors — you name it, New York City has it!

Through the Monster Hunt app, Chase Knowles becomes the Alpha of two powerful Huntresses: one a half-dragon female fond of combat and banter, the other a cute warrior fond of reading spell books and wielding two killer blades.

Their goal? Hunt these mythological creatures in the parks, rooftops, and back alleys of New York City; build a fighting party to compete in brawls and tournaments in the city and beyond; earn money; and try their damnedest not to get arrested.

©2018 Harmon Cooper (P)2019 Boycott Books and Soundbooth Theater Distribution

About The Author

Raised by panthers in the pit of hell, Harmon Cooper escaped and found himself somewhere in central Texas. Realizing that he'd never look good in a cowboy hat, he moved to Asia, where he spent five years uncovering mysteries and honing his writing skills. Upon returning to America, Harmon relocated to New England, which is neither "new" nor "England," where he currently lives with his magical Mongolian wife. Harmon is the author of The Feedback Loop, Fantasy Online, Cherry Blossom Girls, Monster Hunt NYC, We Could Be Heroes, and the Last Warrior of Unigaea, all of which are works that have been touched by the warm fuzzy voices of SBT.

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Reviews (7)

Rose the Beardillo rocks!

The story opens with Chase joining this real-time on-line game where the characters are interactive. His tech allow him to see, hear, and sometimes feel everything that’s going on with the NPCs whether in the real world (near-future NYC) or in the computer world arena. His first step is to go find his hunters, which are near-AI level NPCs that will pick him as their alpha. Lady Cassandra (Lady C) and Aia quickly find him and they team up to walk the streets of NYC finding mythical creatures (mythcrea) to capture and add to their dojo. This first part goes by pretty quick and relies mostly on the action to explain a lot of how the game works.

Chase and his dojo are joined by his real-world friend Iris. It’s pretty clear from the beginning that Chase has a deep crush on Iris but for some reason he has never told her. They have been close friends for years and they have great chemistry in this book. But I did get a little laugh out of this whole ‘alpha’ thing as both of his female hunters hit on him often. In fact, Lady C takes it a little further than that but the book itself remains PG-13. And just an aside about Chase, he’s pretty broke, living in a small apartment he has to share with some guy he doesn’t really know. Iris is always lending him money. I did wonder why the guy didn’t have a regular, if pathetic, job. So Chase kind of comes off as a bit of a slacker. Yet he is still quite likable and I was rooting for him throughout the story.

I really liked Aia, who is a Thulian (don’t you dare call her a Dragon Lady! Ha!) and is kind of intimidating. I like her rough sense of humor too. Lady C, who supposedly reads a lot, really comes off as a daft flirt 90% of the time. On one hand, she’s fun and cute; on the other hand she’s dumb and annoying. But I’m glad to say the dojo is quickly joined by other mythcrea such as Rose (a bearadillo) and her cub, a wise monkey king, and others. There’s plenty of characters to enjoy by the halfway point of the book.

One of the things I sometimes don’t like about litRPG or gamelit is the time taken to explain the player stats, etc. I am happy to say that this story manages to keep all that to minimum and also sprinkle it throughout the story instead of giving it to you all in one big boring chunk. The tale also does a good a job of explaining game rules through action. This let the story keep up a swift pace.

All together, it was a fun story that left me on a win, but with the door open for the next adventure. 4/5 stars.

The Narration, Sound Effects, & Music: Soundbooth Theater put together a solid cast for this narration. I also liked all the sound effects and music. They were well timed and placed and never over-shadowed the narration. All sound effects were easily identifiable too. The narration cast was pretty good. Chase sounds like a young, the ladies sound like young ladies (even Aia with her Russian accent). I wasn’t that enamored with Lady C’s character and the choice of narration (dumb blonde valley girl) didn’t help me like this character more. I did find Lady C a bit annoying. All around, it was pretty well done and I’m tempted to pick up book 2 in the series. Soundbooth Theater has a choice in narrations when you buy from their site directly – narration only or what they call a Deep Dive (with all the sound effects and music). I think this is a most excellent thing to offer listeners. 4.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Soundbooth Theater. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

A super good start to another Harmon Cooper series. I love the characters and worldbuilding, and the ideas behind how the game works are super cool. Can’t wait to get book 2 and hear more of this story.

Great story

Scintillating Sequel

In this well-awaited sequel story, Chase’s smoldering interactions with his hunters and fellow Alpha leading towards some romnatic conflicts that tease potential heartache. Taking their music and combat skills to Everlife and more, our heroic companions must learn the political dos and don’ts while solving one of the greatest mysteries of the virtual world.

Harmon Cooper and SBT at their best.

Another installment in Harmon Coopers Universe, takes a slight departure from the last warrior of unigaea and the feedback loop (two of my favorite series) while remaining true to his proxima universe. As always the cast of SBT deliver a phenominal performance this time in both spoken and musical delivery. Before I listened to this audiobook I had no idea that musical accompaniment was something that I needed in my life..

Rating Mature: Mild violence, strong language, erotic themes (F2B), Harem-ish Harmon Cooper creates a future New York City that’s believable, with the possible exception of flying cars, and full of tech pushed by corporations. While there’s a bit of social satire it’s delivery is done so as to make it hard not to giggle out loud. The AR / full dive design is well thought out and sounds generally interesting to play. Sound Booth Theater cast production really makes this book shine. The entire book is very music driven and the MCs sing frequently. Many of the songs are silly/cute and the delivery by Jeff Hays and Annie Ellicott is magical. The composer work shows up in every chapter with background and SFX as well as full accompaniment for the musical numbers. Without question the best way to enjoy this Harmon Cooper novel is with the audiobook.

Very fun story. Wonderful sound effects narration, and characters/critters. Really looking forward to book 2.