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Alien: The Cold Forge

The Alien Series
Narrated by: Michael Braun
Series: Alien: The Novelizations, Book 4, Alien, Book 1, Alien, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley's Hope and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place...the facility known as "The Cold Forge".

Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests. For Dorian, this is the most unforgivable of sins. When found, the perpetrator will be eliminated with extreme prejudice. If unmasked, though, this person may be forced to destroy the entire station...and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don't do the job first.

©2018 Alex White (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Brilliant.

I’ve been waiting for a fresh and inspired new story in the Aliens universe and this was it. Not connected or tagging along with any other stories..sitting nicely somewhere in the Amanda Ripley/Isolation era..tho she’s not a character. It’s a story that depicts humans as being the worse species and juxtaposes morality and ethics with very vulnerable people. This story..just..nails it.

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An Alternative Story

To date, all Alien stories, via film or book have begun with humans thrown into an Alien environment, with zero knowledge of what they're facing. Usually led by a Weyland Yutani corporate suit and followed by marines or mercenaries. So us viewers are witnessing the same cliché slow pace reveals we've seen over and over. Acid for blood, face huggers, chest bursters, queen egg layer.. Etc.. Cold forge was a breath of fresh air for story telling/cannon. Setup in a space facility that are studying Xenomorphs. We already have the basics covered. It's just about survival now. The characters are convincing, and well fleshed out and for once I didn't entirely dislike the Weyland suit, Dorian. Who knew?! The writer also cover some interesting new aspects of the Alien cannon, which ties into Promethus/Covenant. I do wish they remake this as an Audible drama or even a film adaptation. Recommend the credit :)

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The Perfect Organism

I bought this book as a paperback, Amazon Kindle and audible. it is by far the best Alien story I have ever read.

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Thrilling, brutal....with a few laughs

Amazing, I really enjoyed this book. Dorian is a fantastic character. 5 stars for sure.

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Brilliant addition to the Alien lore

From start to finish, this is a fantastic story. It is as far removed from the 'Ripley' of it as it could be as is focuses solely on the prospect of what Weyland-Yutani do when they successfully acquire Alien specimens.

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Nope, nope, nope.

The narrator did the best he could with the needless repetitive and poorly researched source material. Bravo, sir. Bravo.

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Great expansion

Fantastic expansion into an ever growing world. Captures the essence of terror that the Xenomorph should, yet is just slightly different to accurately portray how the Aliens are different according to their original hosts.

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  • 03-03-2019

Great stuff

Loved the pace and story I wanted more from the ending great narrator great writing

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Hard to tell who the real predator is...corporate or alien

Riveting story from the opening paragraph, and the ending was satisfying, but I would never have guessed it even up to it’s denouement. Basic story is, The Cold Forge is a scientific research outpost of Weyland Yutani where they are experimenting with Alien ‘eggs’, looking to find ways of controlling them. What the company doesn’t know though, is that at least one of the resident scientists is not what they seem. Enter Corporate Representative, Dorian Suttler, “toe-cutter” extraordinaire. An arrogant, self-possessed narcissist who takes pleasure in others fear and discomfort. Rather than being afraid of the aliens, he admires them....especially after they are freed by a rogue project. Sit back and watch the body-count. This book is very much as good as the original that started the whole thing. The suspense, the horror, the way it worms it’s way into your psyche and makes you look over your shoulder the further into the book you get. ....perfectly narrated by Michael Braun

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Worthy addition to Alien and Aliens.

wow! this was fantastic! the story was totally engaging, human (and android) characters are as interesting to hear about as the scenes with the creatures themselves, and performed excellently throughout. Side note, it’s great to have a new alien story that doesn’t feel the need to involve Ellen Ripley in some weird far-fetched way. Just new, exciting characters! very much a worthy addition to the first two outstanding movies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2018

Great story line

Nice to see the aliens as a part of the story but more interesting sub plots taking center stage. And the narrator was OUTSTANDING.

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  • LARRY D.
  • 12-10-2018

Awesome

I am a big alien fan and this book definitely delivered. Dorian was awesome he really carried the story along with blue. I loved the back and forth dialogue so much I must have listened to the chapters several times because it was so engaging. This is I think the best audio book I have listened to. The aliens were definitely scary also.Dorian was an asshole but a much needed one also. The narrator was very good and it seems all characters came from different voices.

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  • James
  • 07-11-2018

Edge of my seat

This whole thing was a freaking psychological thrill ride and I loved it from start to finish. Excellent work, I would recommend this to any Alien fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2018

Dorian made for a flawless story

I am a huge Alien fan. I have many of the books. Seen the movies over and over. The Cold Forge is a masterpiece. Dorian is the perfect antagonist. There are few fleshed out antagonist leave a long lasting impression on me. 1. Annie Wilkes 2. Patrick Bateman 3 Dorian Alex White did an excellent job with his characters. I felt for Lucy, Blue, joviar, and especially Dorian. Michael Braun was excellent. Please please team up again. Hey Alex can we get a prequel for Dorian? He is pure narcissistic evil. The definitive sociopath. I actually about the aliens for a brief moment to delve into the mind of a monster. Excellent, great book. Had me on the edge of my seat for the whole 11 hours.

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  • Gina
  • 08-10-2018

Great book! Great narrative!

So much fun to listen too! I liked the narrative. Any story where I'm actually like 'I can't wait to get back to my book to see what the jerk so and so does next' is a good book.

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  • christoph
  • 01-10-2018

The Best Alien Book Yet

Truly loved the characters and their ambiguity. The Aliens were truly monstrous and written oh so well. Thank you Alex White for bringing the horror back to aliens.

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  • Michael English
  • 04-08-2018

The best Alien novel ever written, bar none.

The Cold Forge is the best Alien novel yet written. It is even superior to Steel Egg, and is good enough to stand on its own even without its association with the Aliens mythos. I recommend it without hesitation. Kudos to Michael Braun for his superb narration, including female voices (which have been a problem for male narrators in the past, who too often make the mistake of actually attempting to imitate a woman's voice rather than focusing on conveying the character's intent in their dialogue). I must also give author Alex White credit for successfully incorporating elements of the new Prometheus/Covenant mythos regarding alien biology (specifically the black goo) into the larger Aliens franchise without compromising its established lifecycle.

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  • Roberta Kolle
  • 09-01-2019

Language!

Author needs to get some adjectives other than the F-bomb. Good writing is intensely warmed with figurative imagery and analogies. Plot dragged in places. Just not satisfying enough for this reader

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  • Adam Winslow
  • 07-11-2018

another great book

I love this series everything related to aliens it's another story definitely would listen to this and everything else in the series

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  • Dean Woodbridge
  • 08-10-2018

Great Story...

Alex White is a great narrator and I really loved the story. Loved it. Thanks for bringing it to Audible.

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  • AS
  • 08-07-2019

well realised story in the alien universe

Great book that really gets what makes the franchise so popular (unlike the recent movies) and was performed well. I liked the nod to Alien Isolation too (that game needs a sequel !). Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.

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  • Raph
  • 05-08-2018

Why can’t the movies be this good?

Absolutely brilliant story from the Alien universe. A creepy and intriguing tale that builds and builds, delivering tense thrills, suspense and action with characters you actually care about.

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  • Flink
  • 26-01-2019

Great read, but...

The characters are all pretty unlikeable. It wasn't until the last third of the book that you finally feel like there's someone to root for - and that's more of a strong reaction against the villain, rather than any love for the protagonist. If you can resign yourself to that fact, this is actually a really good book. A fast paced, exciting book. I enjoyed this over any of the full cast dramatisations I've listened to, which I have always enjoyed.

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  • Cian
  • 09-03-2020

Perfect

This is by far the best Alien novel/audiobook ever written. In my opinion it deserves a perfect score.

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  • Worcester man
  • 14-06-2019

Thrilling Sci-fi!!!

I’ve enjoyed all the Alien stories on Audible starting with Out Of The Shadows and especially John Chancer’s narrations but The Cold Forge, for me, is the greatest most exciting and wonderfully sci-fiction experience I’ve ever known. The characters, plot, sub-plot, detail of environment and technology is just in a league of its own. Truly, if Scott could make this it could be the the most celebrated sci-fi movie of all time. Brilliant story telling and ingenious characterisations all compelling and unstoppable. Fantastic! White is a genius.

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  • Alex Dixon
  • 25-02-2019

Spectacular book

A truly brilliant addition to the Alien franchise, perfectly read by the narrator. Very enjoyable escapism.

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  • Chad G.
  • 24-02-2019

Bloody brilliant

Blown away by this book A must for any aliens fan The characters Dorian and blue are so captivating Would give this 6 stars if I could

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  • Craig
  • 10-02-2019

excellent reading. Please turn into a Movie

Enjoyed every part of the reading. Recommended to any Alien fans. The story was not predictable and kept me on the edge of my seat.

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  • Matt's Opinion
  • 17-04-2020

Outstanding across the board

I can’t place the last time I reviewed anything, let alone an audiobook, but such is my impression of this story and performance, I couldn’t help myself. It’s worth noting, I’ve read or listened to most of the books set in the Alien universe, aside from most of the crossovers. I’ve enjoyed most of them, but this one stood out. I think it has something to do with that fact that this story was honed, it focused on a specific area of the Alien universe, in this case Weyland-Yutani. It fleshed out every character and gave them purpose and motivation, but most importantly they were three dimensional. If I had first known of the premise, I may have been hesitant, as the Alien is very much a secondary player, however, given what I now know, it was definitely required to tell this story. The setting of the book is exactly what you would hope to expect from an Alien story, isolated, sterile, detached, and is very in keeping with the Weyland-Yutani fans of the franchise will have come to know and love or hate. I think the element here that transforms this audiobook from a great story in to something first-class, is the narration, it’s perfect, never have I heard a single narrator so deftly convey the necessary individuality within each character with such nuance, I can’t speak highly enough. If you are a fan of the franchise, I’m entirely confident you will love this story, but even if not, I still strongly recommend you give this book a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • MR
  • 10-03-2020

Excellent characters squandered

The writer adds two new compelling but deliciously despicable characters to the Aliens universe, however the narrative--once it gets going--is pretty run of the mill, and told in a VERY distracting present tense.

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