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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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  • Jane
  • Boughton, Faversham, United Kingdom
  • 24-10-17

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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Boring

This novel was boring and repetitive. I was very disappointed being a fan of the other Alien stories. I couldn't even be bothered to listen to the end.

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Boring.

Nothing to do with alien/promethuesus bar the name. Low grade detective story set in the future.

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Great intro into the "alien covenant" story

Overall a great insight into a world the covenant ship is leaving behind. You are introduced and get to know some of the characters. At times however some parts could have been explored a little bit further and others, especially motives of some individuals, are not that believable. If you are into Alien universe you will appreciate every input that adds to it. Otherwise it is mostly a good listen.

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A little look at the wayland utani world, no plot

I could only recommend this if you're a big fan of the Alien universe and 'the company's' backstory. Those things get explored a little here. The plot is really very poor, practically none existent. Anything interesting is done in the first half and nothing develops after that. It just dwells on the events of the opening chapters for a long time, for no reason. The audo is well read but the content really not worth reading. I finished it out of duty, not enjoyment. There are some interesting insights into the Wayland Utani history and the politics of the Earth society that familiar 'Alien' protaganists are supposed to have left behind, but don't expect to be entertained after the first 2 hours. The remaining 5 are hard work.

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Well read but a disappointing story

I was excited to see this pop up out of the blue as an Audible recommendation and I hastily purchased using my monthly credit. As a big fan of the movies and the excellent "Out of the Shadows" and well, less excellent but still decent "Sea of Sorrows", my expectations were high. Though slightly disappointed to find that this was a book narration, not a full cast drama, I soon came to appreciate Tom Taylorson's excellent delivery and characterisation, and settled in to enjoy the story.

WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW!

29 chapters through and I found the end product most disappointing. Critically, for a book supposedly expanding the "Alien" mythos and Universe, everyone's favourite Xenomorph makes not one appearance. Instead, we're subjected to a run-of-the-mill conspiracy tale centered around a completely forgettable and unbelievable "Prophet". Said antagonist has had some nonsensical premonitions and has subsequently somehow convinced dozens of earth-based loons to sabotage the future events of the "Covenant" movie, based on his dreams. It's all so unbelievable as to be laughable and there's never any real attempt to convince the reader of the motivations and reasoning behind the saboteur's actions. The Earth, by all accounts, is dying - who cares if the big bad bugs are unleashed to thin out humanity? Why have all these people bought into one mad man's visions? The author's frequent use of "get out of jail free" devices was the final straw for me: whenever the "good guys" have a chance to win, some magical technology would favour the baddies: motorised throwing stars, a self-guiding knife - Weyland Utani didn't stand a chance; the complex kidnapping plot foiled because the bad guys forgot to lock the van door - but not before revealing their plan to the daughter of the company chief. It's all just too cliched and lacking in thought out, believable characters and actions.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but ultimately did not. I'd suggest avoiding unless you're a completionist fan of the source material.

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Interesting Background Story

I wasn't sure about this book at first as I wasn't sure what it would bring to the series. However it did bring some good background to the overall series. Why the colonists were leaving in the first place and the problems that they faced.

I don't feel that all the loose ends were tied up however, maybe this will occur in the next book.

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Fantastic pre story

A great addition to the already fab alien books. Gives a really nice story to accompany the series. Would make a lovely addition to movie franchise

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Another good addtiion to the Alien cannon

A good story, which leads up to the Covenant movie. It doesn't really add anything new which would help flesh out Covenant, but a good well paced story.

The performance is good with each character given a unique enough sound.

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  • bringdapain
  • 24-11-17

Good preview into earth

Well the preview into earths conditions was nice. There was some slow parts but overall some nice info about the universe. Would have been hard to keep interest as there was not much action. Good thing this story was created after already being a fan. If it was first story in order...I don’t know if it would create fans.

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  • Jason Barber
  • 30-10-17

good

nice edition to the timeline. no aliens are involved but i expected as much. still great though.

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  • Freddy
  • 08-10-17

Pointless

I am a big fan of the Alien Universe especially the last two movies. I am intrigued by the story and ideology way more than the horror part of it. This book is pointless. Yes I understand the title of the book but, it is so generic. It's like if I wrote down a 200 page book of my experience and preparations for a vacation involving planes and airport traveling. There is very little substance of anything pertaining to the Alien Universe. As Trump likes to tweet.... SAD, so SAD.

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  • Admiralu
  • 13-02-18

Corporate Espionage, No Monsters

I've been a fan of the Alien films for a long time. I didn't have the opportunity to see Alien Covenant in theaters, but have the film on Blu Ray, though I haven't seen it yet. I decided to wait until the prequel Book was published and read it and the film novelization before watching the movie. It is unusual that the prequel book, which should've been published first, was actually last.
There are no monsters in this book, as it is a tale of corporate espionage regarding the mission of the colony ship Covenant. The intrigue is well written and interesting, though not all questions are answered. Weyland -Yutani is not quite the corporate powerhouse in this book, though they are a conglomerate. The head Hideo Yutani is interesting. The organization that opposes him, the Earth Savers has a "prophet" who seemingly knows what monsters like in the dark. His nightmares have given the Earth Savers fuel for their fire. This plot point is similar to one in an earlier book, Alien Sea of Shadows. Please note: Spoilers.
Duncan Fields, the prophet, seems to have an empathetic link to the Alien warriors, similar to Ripley's descendant in Sea of Shadows. He had the ability to see through the Alien warriors eyes. Duncan Fields seems to have this ability as well, though the background is not explained fully. Still a great read. I read this book using Immersion Reading. Narrator Tom Taylorson, is excellent, with a beautiful, clear voice and is gifted with accents. It was definitely a highlight to hear this book as well as read it. Worth your time.

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  • Kate
  • 03-10-17

Hard sci-fi political intrigue in Alien Universe

If you haven't already - listen to this BEFORE the Alien: Covenant novelization!

Great reader, great writer - I love the Alien universe and and really happy to have an expansion of life on earth at the time of the Covenant launch with well voiced, interesting characters.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 06-03-18

OTBD

I have read the reviews for this book and I slightly understand the negative reviews. I love the mythos and various stories surrounding the Alien series. I have been a huge fan of the movies (first 2 mostly) since I was a kid. This book is different than the others, sure. It is not an "Alien" in the aspect that there are no xenomorphs, neomorphs... etc. What this book contains is a very good story about the trials and tribulations of the planet prior to the launch of the Covenant, why they needed to colonize, the fact that there was resistance to that motion and why. It is odd and it is slow in parts, but every story has a start and an end. Not all parts of a story move at 100 MPH. Tom Taylorson did a great job of narration and was spot on with the voice characterization. Knowing what comes next makes this book that much better in my opinion. The way Alan Dean Foster wrote drew me into the world and allowed me to get lost in the competing sides of the struggle.

Indeed, OTBD.

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  • Camp Saver
  • 27-01-18

Great book, clean content and a great story.

The story and plot are clear and believable. The characters each play a followable role. I'm down loading the next book.

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  • Lady Anne
  • 19-06-18

Confusion and Weak Story

Let me start this 1st by saying that I mean absolutely NO OFFENSE to ANYONE WHATSOEVER who did enjoy this "book". These are just my thoughts. That being said...PLEASE!!!! SAVE YOUR MONEY/CREDITS!! THIS BOOK (and I use that term loosely in this case) IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!

Wow, ok first I HATE to say/write this about ANYTHING Alan Dean Foster has EVER written! I truly love his books and feel he's a fantastic author. I've never been disappointed with anything he's ever written! Until this hot mess came along - and I'd like to also go on record that I feel he was made to write this book and off of someone else's outline for the story as none of it seemed to be in his usual style and rhythm. Yes, I know, everyone can write a bad book and still get it published, one need only look at the mindboggling success of the 50 Shades of Suck to grasp this concept - a series that apparently I'm the only person on planet who hasn't read, will never read, and still slap forehead when thinking about how successful the series and movies are! O-M-G!! Seriously?!?! That being stated however, I still can't believe he wrote this!

Secondly, as if Alien: Covenant - the movie (the book, also by Alan Dean Foster, was actually quite good even though I wasn't particularly thrilled with where the story went, but that had nothing to do with Mr. Foster, he just wrote a book about the story the Sir Ridley Scott had decided to tell.), wasn't disappointing enough, now someone had the insane idea to create a book about what came before the doomed Covenant "mission"! If you thought Alien: Covenant was a hot mess, confusing, and basically had no clear path, they've finally topped it with this ridiculously confusing and very hard to follow "prequel" book!

I don't know if they thought this was supposed to clarify questions about why and who they choose for the Covenant mission but it's got so many "flashbacks", "flashforwards", and "flashsideways" in it, that you're just left going "Huh?" by the end. Speaking of which let me end as I began by saying:

"SAVE YOUR MONEY/CREDITS!! THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!!"

AGAIN, THESE ARE JUST MY PERSONAL VIEWS AND THOUGHTS. I TRULY MEAN ABSOLUTELY NO OFFENSE OR DISRESPECT TO ANYONE WHATSOEVER WHO DID ENJOY THIS BOOK!!!
Lady Anne ^^ö^^

Post - Script:
If you're looking for an excellent Alien adventure, with a fantastic story and an AMAZING dramatization, pick up Tim Libbomen's(?spelling) new Alien: River of Pain which just came out on this past 2018's "Alien Day" (Alien Day is every year on 4-26 in honor of LV-426, the moon where the whole Alien series started with the Nostromo landing in response of that so called "distress signal"). A truly fantastic book/dramatization about the events that occurred just prior to the movie Aliens. Awesomeness!! - Lady Anne ^^ö^^

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  • Cole Zacharias
  • 16-06-18

pretty good.

Didnt have any xeno, which i was a bit bummed about. tho the story and characters still kept me interested.

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  • Justin Sluyter
  • 09-06-18

corporatocratic cyberpunk dystopia

Alan Dean Foster trusts that the mythology established by the Alien films is dense and interesting enough to sustain a story without needlessly shoehorning a xenomorph into the proceedings. All the monsters in this book are human. Instead of a monster story, what we get is a fascinating prequel to Covenant that does an admirable job of world-building and fleshing out characters from the film, while also serving up a fast-paced cyberpunk thriller. Tom Taylorson does a great job with the narration. If you didn't like Alien:Covenant, this won't change your mind, but if you love the Alien universe and enjoy marinating in its bleak and all-too-plausible dystopic vision of a future bursting with corporate shills, malevolent AIs and monsters with very sharp teeth--human and otherwise--then this book won't disappoint.