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Alien: Invasion

The Rage War, Book 2
Narrated by: John Chancer
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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Publisher's 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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finished to soon

sometimes long winded but liked the explanation....sad so many people died before this alien invasion

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Enthralling, and weaves the story around its characters like a web.

This is a long reaching involved story written by a writer who has mastered his craft.

The characters are well written and believable and the story so engaging I just lost myself in it. I got jumpy at every outside noise expecting a xenomorph to pop out of the shadows - now that's immersed!

.....and now, book 3

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Get ready for round 3!

Fast paced sequel with bits reminding me of Blade Runner (really wanted to hear more of the Android's story). The big battle is yet to come, but already this is a well thought out Sci-fi saga 5hat would make an excellent TV series.

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roll on book 3

awesome stroy you get drawn into in feeling as if there...cant wait for book 3

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2016

Action Packed

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-2018

I know what I wanted

This was what I should have expected. commercial IP blandness. if you are looking for a gem, I am sorry.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 21-06-2017

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.
  • 11-08-2016

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
  • 27-05-2016

wrong narrator hired. ..

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

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  • Mr Trevor Kirk
  • 13-02-2019

Not as good as book one

Becoming a fan of Tim’s work i found this one less enjoyable than the others

Much darker and deeper than the first book if this series. Kept bouncing between places sort of took some of the enjoyment out of it

Hope book 3 is better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2019

on to book 3

looking forward to reading book 3 in the series things just get juicy at the end of book 2

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  • travis
  • 02-12-2018

Just never grabbed me

I love the story line of books that involve aliens vs. the predators, but this book just never grabbed me. I was never excited to listen to it and constantly felt myself drifting off and not paying attention. The performance didn't feel like it was bad, and trying to look objectively at the story it didn't seem bad either, but somehow putting them together just wasn't very good. I struggled a little with the first one as well, so unless you really loved that one I wouldn't recommend this one.

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  • Andrew Lee
  • 05-09-2018

brilliant

A fantastic look into a universe I grew up loving. I thoroughly enjoy this series.

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  • doug thornton
  • 25-08-2018

fantastic!

this book just kept getting better and better. I can't wait to listen to the third one

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  • Simon
  • 15-05-2016

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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  • A. DONALDSON
  • 07-08-2016

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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  • Icedrinker
  • 13-11-2016

Like...

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

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  • fraser
  • 28-02-2017

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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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 02-11-2016

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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  • ADW
  • 15-11-2016

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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  • rob
  • 17-06-2016

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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  • Mrs
  • 04-06-2016

good story

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

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  • Patrick
  • 25-10-2018

Gripping, but quite short

this book is a great follow-up to the previous one. however, all the books in this series are very short so not great value for money/credits. the three books could have easily been combined into one edition

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  • S. Morris
  • 04-03-2018

Best Of The Series

In my opinion, this middle act of the 3 book Alien Versus Predator series
written by Tim Lebbon is the best of the three. The second book of a trilogy
series is often the strongest as all the introductory work which can often
be slow and was in the case of the first book has been done and we can get
to the heart of the story. This book picks right up from the cliff hanger we
were left at abruptly at the conclusion of book 1 and so there is no slow
spin-up to speed in this second book. Thus, pace for this story is much
better and it held my interest far more than the first book.

Plot was good with some very nasty and difficult combat situations as well
as plenty of gore for those into that stuff. One thing the author is not
afraid to do is to kill off established characters which is something less
common on the whole and a move that I actually liked as it raises the
credibility of the story.

The concept of the android generals with names of famous and infamous
historical military leaders was, for me, a little bit silly and I felt lent
a more childish feel to the story. This reminds me, I did note a recurring
error in the latter part of the previous book and opening section of this
one in that the author stated that the Patton android had been found pinned
to a bulkhead in his ship with his entire lower half missing and yet the
reference is made more than once to things being at or around his feet. Kind
of strange for someone without legs or maybe it's just me being my usual
picky self.

Other plot elements did seem a little odd to me. When we are moving through
the Predator habitat with Johnny Mains and crew, we come across multiple
Predator fatalities numbering more than our hapless surviving band
suggesting that these supreme hunters seem easier prey to the Aliens than
our heroes do. In addition, given the likely numbers of Predators occupying
their base, it seems very unlikely that they would flee from far lesser
numbers of Aliens.

John Chancer's narration is competent and I do like his normal voice but I
did find that his pronunciation of the female name Yvette was grating when
he actually sounded the letter 'Y' at the start rather than read it as an E
sound due to its French origins. Kind of thought a narrator would know this
stuff or perhaps it's just me being a nit picker. Maybe in the U.S they
distort the French name in this way, I don't know. My real gripe with his
narration is the often rather poor voices used for certain characters which
tend to undermine the story a little as they sound like something from a
children's cartoon. In particular, his female voices are the worst in this
regard. Of course, it's always hard for a male narrator to do a convincing
female voice but I kept thinking of the wicked witch of the North from the
Wizard of Oz when hearing Beatrix Maloney's character.

If you are in two minds about continuing this series after reading book 1
then I would recommend you do read on to this second part as it is far more
interesting and fast paced.

Overall a decent read and much closer to what an Alien Versus Predator story
should be.