Predator ships stream into human space in unprecedented numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering the Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high.
Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then, when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines - the VoidLarks - enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.
Audiobook one in an epic trilogy that continues in Alien: Invasion and concludes in Aliens vs. Predator: Armageddon. The universe will forever be changed.
Tim Lebbon is the New York Times best-selling author of the movie novelisations of 30 Days of Night and The Cabin in the Woods.
He has also written many critically acclaimed horror and dark fantasy novels. Tim has won three British Fantasy Awards, a Bram Stoker Award, a Shocker and a Tombstone and been a finalist for the International Horror Guild and World Fantasy Awards.
©2015 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
Well performed. Confusing story timeline. The timeline/date relevance gets lost in the audio version and the author just cannot seem to decide which characters/situations are important and which are background colour.
I found it took a while to get interested in this book, but persevered and it became much much better. Very engrossing once you get a few chapters in an begin to understand the story. Performance was good, but I preferred other performances from other books I've had in Audible
The parts to do with the Predators were my most favorite parts of this story. I like how mysterious they are and want to know more about them. I just wish there was more of the Preds, like their culture, habits, home lives and so on.
Good story overall though, really enjoyed it.
after a bit of a slow start and trying to follow each main characters storyline it soon picks up and is pretty gripping and entertaining. a story set further into the future than other aliens predator books it's interesting to see the advancements in human technology. the second half of the book is strong and leads nicely towards the next book/chapter
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
Maybe I am being a bit harsh on this one . . . there is a decent story in here. The rationale that is drawn for the incursion of the Predators is actually clever and unexpected. There are some good action scenes and a couple of very powerful scenes. One involving a young girl called Luciana is particularly moving.
However, there were problems for me. Rather than being a story centered on these iconic monsters of Sci-fi it felt like one that merely used them as the monsters it required for the plot. In addition the narration is good for the most part but the very strong, tough female characters at the centre of the story were made to sound very “girlie” by both the dialogue and the voicing - sorry there must be a better word or phrase than “girlie” but I can’t think of another one that says quite what I mean.
What I really missed though is feeling the sense of dread of the aliens or the predators. It just wasn’t there for me and more time should have been spent stirring that up rather than the back story about the Founders. I will say that the scene set for the second book seems promising and it’s very possible that this will be a series that picks up momentum as it goes on. It could be that if I accept the role that the predators and aliens have been given which is a subservient one I’ll enjoy it more, but sadly I’m not completely sold on it yet.
Not really time well spent. The story jumps between different locations and times that was very difficult to keep track of.
Stick to one time and location!
The narrator was ok, although some of his voices added to the overall confusion.
"I was really wanted to like this book!!"
Let me start by saying NOOOOO!!!! I have been waiting so long for a new Predator book to come out and was disappointed...
So when I think of Predators, BAD @SS is all I really thought needed be said and is the only reason we read Predator books! That being said maybe Tim Lebbon needs more input. So to most of us fans, Predators are super high tech, Huge hulking Hunters with really cool weapons! So Great and Scary in fact that Superman himself has a difficult time defeating one!
Mr. Lebbon portrays them as little more than red shirted Startrek extras! He has them die by the dozens; Running from battle getting chased across the Galaxy; Making deals with humans because the big bad xenomorphs are bullying them! Just generally weak.
It is 600 years in the future and the Predators are still using the exact same clunky technology as 1987?? Meanwhile the humans have developed cool spaceships, stealth suits that can do virtually anything, and countless other super weapons!
There was a time when killing a Predator was a challenge and took 300 pages to get it done! Tim Lebbon managed it in the first chapter!
To sum it up if you want to watch predators run away and hide. Oh wait they can't hide because their cloak technology sucks!
So, I almost didn't finish this book but this was my fault. I wasn't really listening to it the first time! I had to restart the book and pay attention. I'm so glad I did finish it because all the story lines tied in with each other so well by the end I was at the edge of my seat. I don't want to give anything up but I am a long time AVP fan and I was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to read the next one! Please listen carefully. There are like four story lines going at once and it could be easy to get confused if you aren't really listening. It's definitely worth your undivided attention.
"Hard to get into, but overall worth it."
Starts off very slow. A lot of boring 'historical' parts. Give it time it gets a lot better. Will be trying the second book. It's worth noting I'm a fan of the theatrical movies the aliens and predators. This might not be your cup of tea if your not.
"Might not be what you're expecting."
Yes. I was expecting a book about Predators and humans, and most likely Aliens. While you do get some of this, easily half of the book is spent telling you about a different group that are the catalyst for the actions of these three races. Most of this book is the set up for action in the next book. I was hoping for much more of the classic suspense and action of the original alien and predator stories. This book gives you more sub-plots and politics.
When you actually get to an action scene involving the marines and the Predators and Aliens, the story does get very intense. Unfortunately, it then cuts to a scene discribing some historical information, or a meeting between the Company and Marine officials. While these scenes are needed for the plot, the way they are placed in the story really cuts in on the excitement and messes with the pace of the story.
Character development was good on all of the main characters. I actually felt there might have been a little too much of it in some cases. John Chancer did a good job bringing life to the characters, though. I really enjoyed the personality he was able to give the marines when they were giving each other a hard time.
Absolutely. Most of this book was spent setting up the next in the series.
Not a bad story at all. Also not what I think of as a classic Alien or Predator book. If that is what you are looking for, as I was, then it's a little disappointing. Otherwise, though, it is a decent read.
"Desperate need of editing, and or re-writing."
Compared to the neat, clipped and tight writing style of Alan Dean Foster who wrote a lot of Alien Novelization - this story wanders and bores like Grandpa Simpson rambling about the old days. After five hours of dull, non-stop introduction of characters the story still manages to pile up, and yet things still go nowhere. Even with major explosions, space disasters, and xeno attacks, the story still manages to remain dull, and stays uninteresting following marines, scientists, and Weyland Yutani employees as they basically worry, feel ill from space travel and fret about their futures. Chapter after Chapter of new characters bore and troop on by like a parade. and I just don't care. Worst of all no real interaction of the Predators which this is named after and what I paid money for.
What I wouldn't give to have a no nonsense character, with good dialogue like a John D. MacDonland novel, with a Predator in the story. Well nothing like that here. Maybe in hour 7 they will start to show up and thin out some of these awful characters, and then story will pick up and be more manageable. But there's better books here on Audible to spend my time - thanks.
"Ambitious... but doesn't deliver."
Minor spoilers for the series ahead...
The story doesn't really fit the Aliens or Predator mythos. They take away some of the defining aspects of those two groups. The Aliens are traditionally hive-minded simplistic killing machines? Let's find a reason to make them organized. The Predators are tribal and motivated by "the hunt"? Let's find a reason to make them allies to the humans. Also, we can talk to them now. The humans are still the worst characters. The bad guys motivations are hollow. The human protagonists are one-dimensional. If you're a fan of the gritty feel of the universe in the movies, you get a generic sci-fi universe with plenty of plot convenient technology that constantly prevents suspension of disbelief.
The series is a serviceable time-sink, but for a fan of the franchises it's more frustrating than entertaining.
"AVP expanded universe!"
Title is misleading but a great mystery as the characters put it together while fighting for their lives! Don't expect the films. This is its own exciting ride!
it starts off slow but leaves wanting more towards the end. looking forward to the next book.
"Action, Thought, Hope..."
Lots of action, suspense, thought and hope (for the next book)...
I did enjoy this one, and will definitely get the next in the series.
"Taking the hunt to a grand scale"
First off only giving four stars not five because his is by your typical aliens, predator, colonial marines story. It makes the predators appear weak, the humans crazy strong (tech wise) and
The aliens have been weaponized and are kicking everyone's rear. Not the way the stories normally go. So that rant aside, it was a good story. My sons each pick an audiobook to listen to with me when we drive. This series was picked by my youngest son. He enjoyed it immensely. Has the first chapter of the 2nd book as well. Try it. Worst comes to worst if it's not your cup of tea then return it and try something else.
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