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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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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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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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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.

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  • Arthur Brown Jr.
  • 01-03-2021

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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  • Kenneth Dusek
  • 03-03-2021

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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  • Margaret Marystone
  • 02-03-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-2021

Alien has fallen victim to SJW propaganda...

Half of the book is about hijabs, "american pigs", "white dudes", pronouns and lesbians. I'm getting my token back. Go woke get broke Alex White. Also the narration was awfull.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-2021

Embrace the maw !

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

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  • Cody bowen
  • 26-02-2021

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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  • Nyamekye Kofi Hymore
  • 25-03-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-2021

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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  • Sapphire
  • 14-03-2021

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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  • Wes
  • 04-03-2021

ok

If you really like aliens than it’s worth it if you have nothing else but by far the weakest of the new aliens stories. The reader wasn’t part talent wise she is actually a good reader i think. But was a very strange choice when it seemed like there were 3 main characters and 2 were male.

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  • Craig
  • 05-03-2021

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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  • Random Spawn
  • 18-04-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2021

Complex story line, difficult to follow

After listening to the amazing Cold Forge (CF), which featured a fantastic narrator, I had very high hopes for Charybdis (C). I was also compelled to listen to C after hearing Alex White's interview on Alien Theory - far and away the very best alien universe (and other) channel I have come across. I absolutely appreciated that White wanted to explore different elements with C, wanted to keep the narrative fresh and exciting and it is... in places. But ultimately from the concept of Charybdis itself, which felt hard to picture in detail to the convoluted plot for which the necessary suspension of disbelief became increasingly untenable; there was just too much going on. As such I have to say it fell several notches below CF.

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  • tayothecreator
  • 17-03-2021

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
  • 26-02-2021

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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  • Morgz
  • 10-05-2021

Honest fan review

I really tried to enjoy this book.
Like most of you, I've listened to all of the Alien audiobook adaptations countless times.

After seeing the negative reviews, I thought "well, I'm an Alien fan. I'm sure I'll find some things to like about it."

Honestly, the narrator was really awful casting. I don't want to sound mean, but she was so monotone and bad at making characters sound believable and unique. They all sounded the same and monotonous. I lost track of characters countless times.
Phalanx is probably the most well narrated alien book (bring back that guy), so coming from that to this was just...awful.

The story focused wayyyy more on the colonists and marines than aliens, but I don't mind that. It actually had a pretty cool story, but honestly, I missed most of it because I just couldn't pay attention.
The narration made it very boring and difficult to follow.

This is the first time I gave up on a book before finishing it.
I had less than 3 hours left, but realised I hadn't really been listening for over 2 hours before that. It just became background noise while I worked.

Overall, I imagine it's a good book which was ruined by bad narration casting. Bummer.
If you want to spend a credit on the book, go for it. Probably at the bottom of my Alien list though.

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  • paul
  • 16-04-2021

Poor

Just couldn’t finish it. Quite boring. The thing with Blue as well. Why not just keep some mystery.? That’s why Alien was amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-2021

Difficult to get into

I listen to audiobooks while working from home. loved cold forge and phalanx. this I struggled to get into. the narrator is ok but didnt really sell the story like other narrators. this might just be me as not able to focus on it while I'm working but this hasn't stopped me enjoying other audiobooks. It's a shame as it's a good story. maybe one for traditional book read.

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  • Richard
  • 29-03-2021

One of the best stories in the Alien franchise

So this book has just enough classic alien tropes to feel familiar, but brings a lot of new ideas to the franchise and the story benefits from it massively. I’m not going to spoil any of it, but from this massive aliens fan to another just get it.

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