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The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes listeners to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex.

“Shy” Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they’d have an easy job - set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex known as “Charybdis”. There are just two problems: The colony belongs to the Iranian state, so diplomacy is strained at best, and the complex is located above a series of hidden caves that contain deadly secrets. When a bizarre ship lands on a nearby island, one of the workers is attacked by a taloned creature, and trust evaporates between the Iranians and Americans. The McAllen Integrations crew is imprisoned, accused as spies, but manages to send out a distress signal - to the Colonial Marines.

©2021 Alex White (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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I liked it till it got to the part of the talking friendly alien then I couldn't stand it. Aliens were always known to be the most vicious
predator in the universe. untameable. I hope they never make a movie from this book because it will ruin the alien franchise!
A talking friendly alien. I couldn't even finish the book.

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Boring and Forgettable

For me, this book was fail across the board. The characters are boring, the story is weak and chronologically broken, and the narration will put you to sleep. The conflict of the book isn’t even primarily from the xenomorphs. It’s more surviving sabotage from the marines. You had an interesting setting, a wide variety of characters with differing goals, and I completely lost interest and had slog my way through the last third of the book. As an Alien franchise fan, it was a chore to get through this book.

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another great alien book

from the author of the cold forge comes a somewhat of a sequel and it is a great one I loved all the characters they were written so beautifully I wish I could see this as a TV show

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The Alien franchise just hit a new high!

Since a far too young little boy stayed up well past his bedtime to watch a movie his parents refused to let him watch, Alien and the franchise it spawned have been a constant part of my life. While not as blown away by Aliens years later as many others of my generation were I did enjoy the movie. The idea of humans having a way to fight the xenomorphic threat was enticing but never felt quite right to me. I preferred the original movie to the sequel. This book by Alex White has made me come around to seeing how the colonial marines fit into the Alien universe and how truly and utterly the presence of the xenomorphic alter the universe for humans. Alex builds complex characters and sets them in a complex universe where right and wrong, good and evil are so very dependent on survival. This is his second book in the Alien franchise I enjoyed that book and look forward to another book by Alex set in this universe.

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Just OK. Should be called Cold Forge part 2.

This should have been marked as a sequel. I read cold forge recently, and don't see how the main plot elements could fit properly without it. Even having read the prior book, the way it connected was confusing. The reading was fine. The story was ok.

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Embrace the maw !

Surprises at every corner returning characters well defined story. Look forward to the black star

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It's entertaining, but not great

Was an entertaining book with cool moments. Although the author couldn't really decide on a main character. returning characters from the last book are great, but it left me feeling like there was just something missing at the end.

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The best Alien book.

The best Alien book with the best storyline so far.
I enjoyed it. It even had a twist.

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bad narrator

it was desent but the bad narration keep it from being a better story it didn't have that alien feeling

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Tantalizing

I saw a review that had a negative review about the narrator. After listening for myself, I think a British South Asian narrator with the talents of Shiromi Arserio was perfect for the accents needed for the reading of this book. Also there were many during female leads in this book which cried for a female voice to narrate.
I was very pleased to have Blu Marsalis back in the xenomorph story adventure. I The back story to the planet was nice, but I would have liked a little more to the parasitic creatures there. This still had a great story line and plenty of twists and turns.

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  • Random Spawn
  • 04-18-21

Awful

10 chapters until the first Xenomorph, you endure a terrible soap opera like story with character 's that you can't take interest in or care because they are so bad. The story only gets better when the Marines show up, oh and then they but heads with a girl named shay? Shy? I don't remember because I hated hearing about her ... They clearly tried to copy Ripley but failed on every level. avoid this one.

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  • tayothecreator
  • 03-17-21

Waste of a credit

This the worse audiobook, i have ever listened to! And i have listened to over 100 audiobooks. Why?

1 Story has potential but, poorly written, muddled story telling, confusing plot points

2 The narrator's skill falls short, monotone delivery, unsuitable for an action story, more suited to bedtime tales to send you to sleep. With better narrations, you can follow the story or visualize it as the tale is being told. Not so in this case.

3 The director does not help, all characters sound the same, the whole story is confusingly told, so its hard to follow. You have to concentrate 100% just to grasp what s going on.

4 for Alien completists only

5 its a hard slog, but i wasted a credit, so i am going to hate-finish it to the end.

6 With 7 hours to go the story picks up but the writing and telling is poor. The return of blu, the black goo, colonial marine action ,the story had potential but this tale has no bite.

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  • atolaas
  • 02-26-21

Listen to Cold Forge instead

I had high hopes for this book after listening to Alex White's previous novel - The Cold Forge. I understand that there is a process in building the story and creating suspense but it takes 3.5 hours before an Alien makes a brief appearance. For me it never really got going. I found it difficult to follow in places, there are a number of interludes dispersed throughout the book and I found that they didn't really add anything to the plot. I did listen to the whole book, just in case it improved but I was left disappointed. It was a slog and a very boring one at that! If you haven't listened to it already the previous book to this - The Cold Forge - I highly recommend that you do.

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  • Craig
  • 03-05-21

Brilliant Story - Surprises and Twists

Thanks to AlienTheory for informing me about this book.

Great story, interesting characters, and lots of twists and surprise deaths. Not sure how this book had me rooting for the Xeno's at one point.
The Narrator was great, she really got into the characters and personallities I felt.

recommended book to any Alien fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-24-21

Worst of the worst

Aliens Cold Forge was awesome both in story and narration
but unfortunately the Narrator is terrible here

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  • Neil Hackett
  • 11-06-21

Just don’t……

I love the alien/predator series of books. Normally I cannot fault the story or performance. This however, is the one to annoy, frustrate, confuse and wish those hours could have been spent listening to anything else, paint drying for one, I’m sure the sound of that is more pleasant.
Awful accents, plot lines that are all over the place and if you want a quick encounter with the xenomorphs, you will have to wait until chapter 10!!!!
Such a shame.

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  • Kristopher Chambers
  • 11-02-21

What Aliens?

I usually love the Alien audiobooks but the writer can’t have seen the movies or heard the past books. The Aliens were a side story at best and the Colonial Marines were villains.

What we have here is a soap story about Iranians trying to screw over some Americans but then some more Americans come and screw over everyone. I didn’t care about anyone.

All I want is Marines, Smart Guns, Pulse Rifles and acid blood. I don’t care if it’s been done before.

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  • Chuck stuff
  • 10-15-21

Worst book I have ever listened too

Being a huge Alien fan I was really excited for this book. However, within the first hour, I was lost and didn't follow the story.
It doesn't flow and there doesn't seem to be a main cast or anyone I really care about.

Then you come to the narration which was so so bad. You couldn't tell the difference between any character with her awful accents and the slow monotone talking. I'm sure if this was a romance or relaxing book it'll be fine but in an action-horror story, it was bad.

I hung on until the end because I always finish a book but my god this was incredibly bad, it just became background white noise till it ended.

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  • bolt
  • 08-28-21

No protagonist?

This one just confused me. I am listening to these books while doing other things, so I'll gladly admit to being preoccupied, but this is the first one in the series where after 3 hours I still can't make heads or tails of who anyone is. The perspective changes constantly and there seems to be no main protagonist(s). I can't keep tabs on all these people without concentrating, and I'm in the fiction section to relax. Skipping to the next one.

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  • david jackson
  • 07-12-21

BAD!!!

Literally the worse Alien book ever written, cold forge is better written then this shit

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  • The Lovely Rod
  • 04-19-22

Could it be more tedious?

Gave up after about an hour and a half of uninteresting characters and nothing happening. The backstory and setup just isn't interesting enough to suffer through. The performances are all fine but their characters are completely uninteresting stereotypes. If there had been some action to make it engaging, I could have put up with the dull characters, but the plot and characterizations seem to be competing to see which could make me fall asleep behind the wheel of my car faster.

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  • Nathan chapman
  • 03-08-22

Not quite "cold forge"

New story blended with hints to the previous "Cold forge". (No spoilers)
All in all I enjoyed the book. I have listened to it twice now. It had some great ideas, but never gripped me quite like "cold forge" did.
The writer enjoys giving us a snarky female protagonist, which I dont mind. As they usually are in for a hell of a ride.
This story, although it had some good characters, missed the mark with the human antagonist. Cold forge's Dorian was just fantastic and made the Novel a masterpiece. So for me, that set the bar pretty high and Charybdis did not quite measure up in that department.

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  • Mark
  • 11-07-21

good, not great

overall enjoyed this in patches, started well but struggled to finish. love the alien franchise but as this story progressed the aliens themselves became more and more peripheral.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

liked it better than his first book

well crafted characters, thrilling set piece Actionhorror moments, and a messy nuanced war story about the dark side of American armed forces. 10/10 fake Xenomorph weapons of mass destruction.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-21

That was Excellent

Fantastic! i was suprised by this novel, i really enjoy alien novels but this one had a few great twist. it had all the things i love in an alien novel, horror, suspense, action, and intrigue. it really fits well into the alien universe.

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  • David
  • 03-04-21

Thank you, Alex!

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. Alex writes another love letter to the alien universe and includes amazing references that only the biggest alien fans would recognise. Alex ties these novels so well into the franchise! There's the Prometheus, the UPP, Siegson and more.
He also keeps you guessing who will survive...

I hope there's another novel coming!

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  • Chris Hogg
  • 03-01-21

Excellent

Alex knocked it out of the park again with this venture in to the Alien universe.Perfectly put together and very well read by Shiromi.