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Summary

The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying 2,000 colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is a make-or-break investment for the corporation - and for the future of all mankind.

Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife, Daniels, complete their preparations, security chief Daniel Lope recruits the final key member of his team. Together they seek to stop the perpetrators before the ship and its passengers can be destroyed.

An original novel by the acclaimed Alan Dean Foster, author of the groundbreaking Alien novelization Alien: Covenant Origins, is the official chronicle of the events that led up to Alien: Covenant. It also reveals the world the colonists left behind.

©2017 Alan Dean Foster (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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There are no aliens in the book.

This book is all about "the company's politics," there is not a single alien in this book!

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No Aliens here - and very little else

I enjoyed the last two Alien audible purchases, but this was very disappointing. As a stand-alone thriller it really isn't page-turning stuff, but as the prequel it's thin, tedious and disappointing. Performances are pretty good, but that didn't make up for the sheer emptiness of the story.
Not recommended.


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Dull

Best I can say is that the narration is good. The story is brain-numbingly boring. It's a shame as the Alien Series of books has been genuinely excellent up to now

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Didn't really have to read this book

Well... I'm fairly new to the Alien franchise, other than having seen and enjoyed a couple of the films. So I figured I'd just pick up this one, which is listed as book 0 here on Audible. And I mean... It's a nice introduction to some of the characters that you spend time with in the next story, Alien: Covenant (which I have also listened to prior to writing this review),

But this one isn't really what you'd expect in this series. For a start, there are no aliens here. This story is set on Earth, and there is a conspiracy/mystery type of plot where someone is trying to sabotage the Covenant from leaving the planet for its mission. And that is interesting enough, but seeing as I already knew that the next book was called Alien: Covenant, there was no real conflict here for me. I feel like I sort of already knew a lot about how it would end, even as a newbie to this franchise.

Now that I have also listened to Alien: Covenant, I just sort of feel like I didn't gain much from reading this one. I would have had absolutely no problem going straight into Alien: Covenant without this book. All of this said, it is a pretty well written mystery as an isolated story. If I hadn't already known that the Covenant would make it, I would perhaps be more worried about how the story would end. So I can't fault the book for this... I don't know... Might just be me, but I would have been more interested in learning more about why they were trying to sabotage it, and why they believe what they believe.

In conclusion: Shrug. I don't mind having read it, but I wouldn't have missed anything had I skipped it, I think. Maybe having listened to it comes in handy in future books, that I have not gotten to yet?

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Dull, lame, bland

This adds a absolutely nothing, it’s filler in the truest sense of the word. Absolutely nothing happens of any interest. There are no aliens in it, it’s a story about a group of the least convincing ‘fanatics’ imaginable called the ‘earth-savers’ (how lame!) and their useless attempts to stop the launch of the covenant. Most of this story takes place on Earth not on the covenant shop.

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Interesting world building

This as a start is interesting setup book and in my opinion but not of much interest to those outside of in depth and interested fans. This book does well to world build and setup events whilst still containing it's on story within however I feel it only exists for setup. I enjoyed this book and reading about characters previously only mentioned is interesting and that's all I feel this addition to the alien series is. As you can tell from my choice of words, this book is interesting and could probably be skipped in the series as a whole.

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A great book just WOW!!

This book adds so much to the rather dull new Alien movies. Without giving any of the plot away, now I can connect the dots of the two movies so much better. Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is that it opens the world of Alien to the reader in a whole new way.

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Good but not Alien enough.

Good but not Alien enough. More of a thriller in this book, a clear lead in but was after more ALIEN action.

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Jeeeez was that hard work. Utter shite!

Bought the wrong book, meant to buy Covenant and after listening I bought it wrong by a country mile. Yes it’s the story of what the covenant mission is. But there no aliens in it at all. It’s literally the story of why Yutani wants to do the mission and how some green peace types don’t want the mission to go ahead. The American narrator doing British accents is quite simply AWFUL! I’ll never listen to this book again! What a boring book. Complete mission to finish it. Kept drifting off and having to rewind. Boring.

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Really boring and quite pointless

Don't read this expecting it to contribute to the Prometheus/Covenant universe; it doesn't. It is a dull and totally pointless side story. It's not even what I would consider as sci-fi. Of all the spin off stories they could have written I cannot understand why this was the idea chosen. On the upside; the narrator is great, so much better than the other Alien books.

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