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Alien: Invasion

The Rage War, Book 2
Narrated by: John Chancer
Series: The Rage War, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

The second original novel in an Alien vs. Predator: Rage War series, continuing from Predator: Incursion as Colonial Marines units are being wiped out - and not by the Predators. This is an attack by organized armies of Aliens.

Tim Lebbon is the New York Times best-selling author of the movie novelizations 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.

©2016 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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The Rage Are Coming!

Like a satellite in a decaying orbit I felt pulled back to this series despite my misgivings over the first book. I’m obviously more tuned in now because I really, really enjoyed this one. It’s classic space opera with much action and some truly macabre moments. The scene in the drainage tunnel of the Alien ship is particularly gut wrenching – you’ll know the one when you get to it! It’s scenes like that which capture some of the claustrophobic tension of the early Alien films and really raised this book up to a five star billing.

The misgivings that I mentioned reviewing the previous book didn’t completely go away but, and I have to admit this, they really didn’t stop me enjoying this one at all. The narration of the female characters seemed to pick up a little and now that I am more used to the role of the monsters I’m getting into it. The back story works well and the plot is very fast-moving with lots and lots of action.

Of course this is a series so we’re kept waiting for the conclusion until the final part. Don’t let that put you off, there is lots of action in this and the plot does develop at a cracking pace. There are a few new characters who add to the depth of the story and develop additional sub-plots of their own. We are left at the end with everything perfectly poised for a final cataclysmic war to decide humanity's fate.

So, despite my misgivings I think this is a cracker of a sci-fi action book and I shall certainly be completing this series!

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very good follow on

nicely follows on from first novel with the main returning characters. gripping well written with plenty of action and adds new depth to aliens/predator universe. if you enjoyed the first book in the series then you'll enjoy this one

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Like...

I like Alien...but I also like Predator...so what can I do? It has to be a FIGHT!!!

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gripping!

Great to know the Alien saga is in such capable hands. Tim Lebbon is a wonderful storyteller and takes these stories as seriously as any of his other works. As I say it's "gripping"!

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Pretty good story well read.

Quite a few names to keep track of, but enjoyable enough to make me continue with the series I think.

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Excellent

A great story. Brilliantly narrated. I've always been fascinated by the Alien story since my encounter with Ridley Scot's terrifying movie as a twelve year old.

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good story

when is the next part due out? nice multiple stories which all come together at some point.

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nice continuation

well it's nice to know the more likable are still alive and I look forward to the next book to see how it all ends.

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a lot of repetition and slow.

there was a lot of jumping and repetition almost word for word with limited progress in the storyline.

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please all round

good cheesy action book, easy charaters to get behind and root for. good narration clear change of voice for each character

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 21-06-17

The alien/human/predator war continues

The 2nd installment of the rage war continues to develop the various relationships between the allies as well as reveals more of the rage and their methods, and purpose. The story is well written and the tale has a lot of depth. I have a four on the story only because of the fact that if you have read the other alien and predator books that have been printed before you will see a very large difference in the level of action as well as the variance in strength and skill of the various species between this series and the other stories.

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  • D. A. Miller Jr.
  • 11-08-16

More like those old school dark horse novels

Great continuation! It's great when books are willing to kill off characters right when you think they are okay.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-16

Action Packed

Well developed and balanced characters. A good look into the Alien and Predator universe. A must read.

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  • Andrew W. Dunloy
  • 07-02-20

Yeeees

Listen or a xenomorph will pop from your Chest!!! Do your Sci-fi self a favor and listen to the trilogy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-16

wrong narrator hired. ..

narrator's voice portrayed strong male characters with an effeminate taint. ..this was annoying and distracting

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  • Kenneth Dusek
  • 29-02-20

amazing 2nd rage book

picking up where the first book left off just when you think the humans and the Predators are going to make some Headway the rage just keeps coming

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  • Lord Charles E. Mason II
  • 29-01-20

Edge of your seats action

This book series is mind-boggling the war raging between the predators humans And a and an out-of-control race of humans is one of the best

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  • Bryan
  • 12-12-19

Very entertaining listen

Narration is the best! Looking forward to the end of the series, onto next book.

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  • Albertus
  • 17-09-19

Good follow up

If you liked the first one, you'll like this one. less build up more to the point.

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  • Nathaniel Weber
  • 19-03-19

A good Aliens-universe story

I have really enjoyed the Rage War books and am about to start the third in the series. Lebbon does some interesting things with the Aliens universe, bringing in new ideas to the old "the company wants the bugs" formula. I'd say these are the first stories from this universe I have really liked since the second film.

Good action and some creepy speculative fiction, especially with the strangeness of faster than light travel and, of course, the xenomorphs.