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Publisher's Summary

Political conflicts on Earth erupt into open hostilities between their colonies in space, with Xenomorphs as the ultimate weapon.

On Earth, political tensions boil over between the United Americas, Union of Progressive Peoples, and Three World Empire. Conflict spreads to the outer fringes, and the UK colony of New Albion breaks with the Three World Empire. This could lead to a Colony War.

Trapped in the middle are journalist Cher Hunt, scientist Chad McLaren, and the synthetic Davis. Cher, seeking to discover who caused the death of her sister, Shy Hunt, uncovers a far bigger story. McLaren’s mission, fought alongside his wife, Amanda Ripley, is to stop the militarization of the deadliest weapon of all—the Xenomorph.

Their trail leads to a drilling facility on LV-187. Someone or something has destroyed it, killing the personnel, and the British are blamed. Colonial forces arrive, combat erupts, then both groups are overwhelmed by an alien swarm. Their only hope may lie with the Royal Marines unit known as “God’s Hammer”.

©2022 David Barnett (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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the Alien series is dead

boring, PC drivel. narrator puts you in to a coma while the woke PC agenda wakes you up just enough to roll your eyes and pass back out. I want my credit back and an apology for suffering through this sorry excuse of a story. What a waste of Time..Money and energy. Beyond bad.

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Politics no xeno

Worst xenomorph book I've ever read. Maybe 2 or 3 hrs of xeno info/action? The rest is bull shit politics that literally nobody cares about. The only thing that may come of this is that it sets up some follow up books. Major major disappointment

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Political Wokeness with a dash of Xenomorph

Spoilers!

Once you get passed all the political and woke stuff it's a half descent story. Just Ignore the AI that's stuck in a robot Dog body and is in love with a Man and Ignore the AI little girl who "Becomes a real girl" at the end. Another thing, later in the book the author chose to jump around real quick between like 3 different scenes and kept bouncing between them making it completely impossible to follow what was happening to who. However, The parts with xenomorphs and the parts that actually add to the alien universe were great. 3/5 story.

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Lack of bad teeth jokes

I think the author may have gotten their view of the British through watching too much Sharpe, Fawlty Towers and The Crown.

The book covered cricket jokes, brewing tea, absurd British names not heard since the 17th Century. As a Brit, I had to mark it down as they missed any bad teeth jokes unless it was in the final 10 minutes which I couldn’t bring myself to listen to.

The narration sounded like the British voiceover for Civilization 6 but played over and over again for 10 hours.

Not the Alien series finest moment.

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Why do these titles always have the WORST narration

I’m done - I’ve forced my way through every painful recent alien audio book (dramas are excellent and not including them in my tirade) but I am not going to spend my money on sub par work just because I’m a fan. This narrator went to the school of “come up with a cadence and force EVERY SENTENCE TO FIT.” I am not blaming the narrator necessarily, is there no direction for the talent? Awful - I can’t even listen beyond 20 minutes and I’m fully irrevocably done with the Alien novels which sucks because it’s one of the few things in life I used to actually enjoy.

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Not what I expected

When you mentioned Aliens I thought it would be a war between the aliens right from the beginning to the end. Not some rogue colony taking up half the book.

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good

I liked the book I enjoyed the continuation of Davis's story. fun build up. definitely enjoyed the ending where it left off at. could make for an interesting next few books.

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Very well done 👏

Great story & narrative structure with compelling characters. Hope to read what comes next soon!

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Feels like an opening to something more, in a good way

There’s some hamfisted drama, humor and socially conscientious bits, but overall solid Alien story with a handful of really nice bits with great atmosphere and ones that make the setting feel more thought out than usual.

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VERY DISAPPOINTING

Very strange book. It felt like it was written by a screenwriter, and not in a good way. I only say that because there were certain "scenes" that I just really felt didn't translate or were unnecessary in a book, but would be far better suited for an on-screen telling. I preordered this book with great anticipation for its release and it fell flat for me in every way.

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  • AmazonMonster
  • 04-20-22

Mockney Nightmare

Every English person sounded like a sub-par chimney sweep. We're meant to be hundreds of years in the future but it's like the 1950's in space. One character even uses the phrase Apple and Pears as rhyming slang. Somehow Brexit is brought up as relevant, there's even a cheeky cabby and someone threatens to "kick your b*llocks in" (no one here says this!), oh and the French are "probably gone mad from eating frogs legs"

First time I've ever returned an Audible. Content and narration unbearable. I actually wonder if this was written as a bet. There's a thoughtful book to be written about the idiocy of trying to recreate the Days of Empire in space, but this is not it.

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  • D. Hartland
  • 04-22-22

Excellent addition to the franchise

I guess to enjoy any alien story you have to suspend your disbelief, though you have to suspend it a little more in this story. If you can do that, and I was able to, I think you will thoroughly enjoy it.

The narrator was excellent, in fact, she probably made the whole thing worthwhile.

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  • Ryan SMee
  • 04-21-22

Really enjoying it!

I’ve not finished this yet but I’m 3 hours in and really enjoying it so far. I wanted to write a review early as I’ve seen a few reviews about the narrator and I can’t understand where they are coming from. I think the narration is of a really high quality so I didn’t want people to be put off.
I love the alien novel series and am excited to finish this book! If you’re a fan, definitely ignore those other reviews and get this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-22

Just Awful.

If you can get past the unbearable jibes at English people and reference's of English land marks and slang, its a pretty decent story, I find it so funny how this story is set in the future and it seems the English way of things has stayed in the era of the 1900s with every English character sounding like a chimney sweep straight out of Mary Poppins that would make dick van dyke proud. Such a shame I was so looking forward to a new installment in this series, hopefully they leave culture reference to a minimum in the next series and focus on the Aliens and the story.

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  • Kie
  • 04-26-22

Fresh take, but doesn't work

Whats good:

- A well researched and ambitious addition to the Alien Universe that focusses on lore established in recent books, the Alien RPG and Aliens Fireteam
- Decent suspense
- Pretty funny in places
- Strong narration
- Brits in space

Whats bad:

- Brits in space, with bizarre Victorian parlance that sounds more 19th century than 22nd
- Misguided extrapolation of British culture and politics, are we really all xenophobic dumbos?
- Weird time-stretching, characters engage in long existential conversations with alien maws just inches away. Totally breaks immersion
- Too many obvious genre tropes with key plot twists blatantly telegraphed
- Unnecessary character flashbacks
- Book synopsis gives too much away!

Ultimately, despite some ocassional high notes, the amount of cringe and inconsistency makes it impossible to rate it higher than 3 out of 5.

Worth a listen for fans, but light years away from the genre transcending efforts from Alex White.

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  • Scott Kennedy
  • 04-26-22

The only audiobook I didn't finish

The narration is irritating and characters are completely one dimensional and stereotypical. Avoid this audiobook, doesn't do the setting any justice and does absolutely nothing new. Yet another "WY are so evil and want xenomorphs" story.

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  • Neil
  • 04-24-22

Terrible narration.

All of the characters sounded the same. Plus the British accents were very poor. Cringe.

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  • Michael Sherrard
  • 04-23-22

Decent but not great

Let down by poor narration, the whole thing just seems so flat and lifeless. Not up to the same standard as Cold Forge in terms of story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-22-22

Disappointed

After greatly enjoying both ‘The Cold Forge’ and ‘Into Charybdis’ I was really looking forward to this book.
Unlike other reviewers I didn’t find the narration that jarring - it wasn’t the best but far from unlistenable. My issue is with the story.
Cliche beyond belief and why oh why is there a need for a Brexit subtext? Of course political themes have a place in drama, but it felt so forced and patronising. Perhaps this is more my issue due to my own personal political views, but I felt it was unnecessary and removed my attention my from the plot.
I’m glad new Alien material is being made, but I don’t think I’ll be wanting to listen to this one again.

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  • John Wildman
  • 09-05-22

terrible

Very poor story, makinga reference to "Trumpton" and calling one of the ships "Albert Square" REALLY!!Has the author no imagination coupled with several anti British collonialisms didnt enjoy this one bit.

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  • David
  • 05-20-22

Really pathetic

Absolutely loved Into Charybdis and Cold Forge, but this is derivate trash filled with one dimensional characters and a really dumb plot. This wasn't written by someone who values the source material and doesn't value your time.

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  • Aaron
  • 05-02-22

It's a lousy book

Characters and villains are cookie cutter and boring

It's very preachy woke (if you are into that type of thing). Tons of references to Evil Brexiters & Boris Johnson is the bad guy etc

The Aliens are treated as cannon fodder

But the cardinal sin, for an Alien novel, it just isn't scary at all

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  • Scott Thornby
  • 09-14-22

Enthusiastic addition to the franchise

I found this audiobook to be quite enjoyable. The tone is both familiar and different to other instalments, which gives the story an interesting pace, but ultimately the underlying thread common to all Alien stories - humanity, blinded by avarice and arrogance, meddling with a force it cannot understand - is the sticky resin-coated thread that binds this book to the rest of the franchise.

The execution of the plot is particularly fascinating, as it tells on itself a few times, especially when the author posits via an in-character voice that buffoonery is no accident - in the middle of a story in which the saying 'Best of British to you!' makes a common appearance. Likewise, the presentation of this tale is quite intentional. Even the xenomorphs are presented in ways both new and old, an entirely suitable factor for a species which claims genetic drift as a feature rather than, ahaha, a bug. Honestly, as a lifelong fan of the franchise, my only real issue with the text is a relatively minor one: the author could stand to keep in mind a few more synonyms for the word 'said,' especially as such repetitions become painfully obvious in audiobook form.

Shiromi Arserio is an excellent narrator with a talent for accents - vital in a story of people caught between multiple governments and cultures - and I found myself quite captivated throughout. Brilliant performance.