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The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Infected delivers medieval carnage as a pre-industrial society fights extinction at the hands of a massive infestation of Xenomorphs.

Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles, varied cultures, and conquests, vibrant until the demons rose and spread relentless destruction. Swarms of lethal creatures with black husks, murderous claws, barbed tails, and dreaded “tooth-tongues” raged through the lowlands, killing 90 percent of the planet’s population. Terrified survivors fled to hidden mountain keeps where they eke out a meager existence. When a trio of young warriors discovers a new weapon, they see a chance to end this curse. To save humanity, the trio must fight their way to the tunnels of Black Smoke Mountain - the lair of the mythical Demon Mother.

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The story is even worse than the cover art

I dont really even know where to start to be honest. The is not an Alien story. The Alien has just been bolted on to sell this junk. The Aliens is this book run around in daylight and get killed by kids with spears and stones. There is no company, no colonial marines, no mining colonies, no synthetics, no space.. The author created an entirely new framework set in a medieval world of underground communities which in my opinion is an absolute fail. Boring, tedious and paper thin. It seems like the whole thing has been written to be aimed at teenage girls complete with gender equality messages every 5 minutes. The voice naration is bad and for a certain character is beyond a joke, you'll see. Totally disappointed

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Loved It

A great entry in the alien mythology, something different and refreshing I hope to see more stories like this in the future.

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As always Sigler delivers!

Fantastic story and great narration, loved it. Can't wait for the next Sigler story. .

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A phalanx of awesomeness

Deffinetly my favorite alien story, it is such an interesting and original use of the franchise.

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An Alien saga not in space

It's very refreshing to listen to a new take on the Alien franchise. Phalanx brings you to a new world with our common threat. The characters and story is engaging and well worth the listen. Like all the Alien films, Phalanx main lead is a female, which is a great nod to our beloved Ellen Ripley. My only gripe, is the notion of the occasional and obvious mentioning of a "female leader". I understand writers like to throw in some social narratives in their stories, but I feel like Aliens has never had to, and it's been well accepted because of that. I was happy to overlook these minor pushes, and soaked up every second of this story. The narrator did a wonderful job capturing the world, characters and events.

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  • 02-06-2020

Excellent writing and delivery!

What a fun book. I may have enjoyed this book more than any other audio book experience I’ve had. I consumed the novel over three days. I couldn’t wait to finish work so I could listen to more of this 10/10 Aliens story.

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Fantastic evolution of the Alien storyline

Thoroughly enjoyable book, great to have some positive light in what is normally a very dark world.

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  • Ben
  • 19-03-2020

Amazing and new.

Loved this book. Refreshing from a space story. Love how it ties into other story’s

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Blown away, this is cold forge good

Very surprised at how a setting like this could make a great aliens story. Lives up to the hype

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-2020

Good initial concept, finally forgetable

I am putting this on my audible to swap list. I genuinely liked the idea of putting a fantasy element to the Alien franchise and applied my credit to this new release while traveling. It may be that my life is currently too full to be nominally stimulated by any audiobook, but I’m quite disappointed by this story putting too many undercurrents of contemporary ideology into an attempted depiction of a past world of short resources and looming danger. Performance was good, and a few clever environmental features gave a bit of imagination but the rest is refried heinz, with sugar, vinegar and too many preservatives. Note: I much dislike hybridisation of the main storyline unless it’s characters that intertwine nicely from book to book, but this one tries to recreate an entire cultural, historical and civilisational context during the read, and made me think of the Alien as just another screaming troll in a dragonlance or tolkien book. It detracts from the feeling of dread, and makes going to a trek something of a “sponsored by trip advisor” thing not a real survivalist journey. Note II: I understand the search for new hero prototypes, and again using current political essentials to be correct is a thing, but do I really want that dangling in my face when it’s screamed over invasively? First an LGBT Mortal Kombat;?a similar Aliens takeover, now this. I really miss no nonsense character building with fresh and deep context but you can tell the author’s activities and everyday hangouts of the author by reading through the buildup. And where I’m coming from, it’s first world uninspired pseudo modernism drawing on utterly incomplete and fictional historical accessories trying to instill some final ideas which insult my intelligence as well as my morphology or the combination of both. Where’s the Alien in all of this? Oh, walking dead prop. The author needs to go around the world, the authentic one, with real dynamic situations and people, places and facts, and perhaps this won’t read as an armchair general with a fetish figurine on his desk kind of rendition. Can’t recommend unless you really need all aliens books lining up on your shelf.

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  • Aaron
  • 21-03-2020

A lot of feminist propaganda.

A decent overall story. The performance was okay but I didn’t like how he made certain characters seem like they were teenagers from the Valley in California. I’m pretty sure people that grew up in Ategina (spelling?) wouldn’t sound like that. I appreciate strong female characters like Ridley from the original movie series but I didn’t like the attitude of the main character toward her lover. If the roles were reversed in those situations there would be folks yelling misogyny from the mountain tops. Besides that I thought this was a very good story that is a believable fiction unlike some of the other fictions out there with strong female main characters.

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  • 1987godofwar
  • 28-02-2020

!!!Aliens: Phalanx needs to be made into a live/action movie!!!

Action packed from start to finish! Twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, asking and craving for more! Original/refreshing breath of air back into the Alien Franchise! I have never been this excited to eagerly want to return to listen,again and again from the pauses I had in this book! This story deserves more than a five star rating, the unbelievable hard work and creativity put in this Alien novel goes beyond years of story telling without question! I honestly felt like I was right there, deeply immersed like the Matrix inside the story along side with every character, every scene, living every moment of terror and excitement! FOX-As one of many, true die-hard Alien fans! I’m pleading-practically begging at this point, to make this novel into a movie!!! I wouldn’t make this kinda of praise or recommendation about a novel, if it didn’t hold it’s worth in gold! This novel for sure will receive the awards and accolades it deserves! The only thing I’m sad about, which is nothing to be sad about at all-LOL! (Me being Melodramatic) - Is the fact that the novel had to end! This review is pure and from the heart! -Maurice Meadows

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  • Amazonesia
  • 28-06-2020

Alt left propaganda has somehow taken over Aliens

I tried very hard to like this book, this is the first of the Alien series that I have not been able to finish. the characters were annoying, the story dragged along at a snail's pace, and it was filled with political arguing. it's like the 2020 election but with aliens included as a talking point. this should have been a stand-alone book because the only thing it has to do with aliens is the actual alien, nothing else in the theme or the story

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  • Kevin King
  • 25-04-2020

Creative but Flawed

In this creative take on the Aliens franchise, the creatures hunt humans in the forests and caverns of a world resembling medieval Europe. Exposition is the price paid for this creativity and the action slows in several places as a result. Fans of the franchise may find that this contrasts with other recent Aliens books which keep the tension and pace high throughout. This world-building is light when compared to many other science fiction and fantasy novels, however (there is no equivalent to a thirty-page discourse on the habits of Hobbits, for example). When the action picks up the author does an excellent job of writing suspenseful scenes. The ways his characters use wit to survive (or not) are believable enough for this genre and enough so that the reader is kept engaged. The result is a decent portrayal of how medieval people might face off against creatures such as the Aliens. The protagonist and her place in this setting are less-well portrayed in my opinion. In the movie Aliens, the character Ripley may have justifiably taken command of the Marines by merit of her intelligence and experience, but she still sought instruction from Corporal Hicks on the use of the pulse rifle. The teenager who is Ripley's counterpart in this novel, Liyah, has no such weaknesses. One trait Liyah does have in common with Ripley is that she speaks truth to power. This is, likewise, less believable in a patriarchal medieval setting when voiced by a teenaged woman from a low-status family. Eleanor of Aquitane might well have envied the main character's ability to verbally eviscerate the men running (and ruining) her society and still keep her head, but then again Eleanor of Aquitane was not a modern feminist (curiously, Liyah seems to be). Of course, the men that Eleanor knew (Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, King John, Louis VII, the Bishop Suget, etc.) were quite often competent in many different areas, unlike the male characters in this book. Liyah also has a very modern (leftist) perspective on a topic relevant to politics at present in the United States and Europe. Byzantine historian Anna Comnena (1083 CE - 1153 CE), one of the most intelligent and assertive women of the Middle Ages, witnessed situations relatable to the topic but would, I think, have found Liyah's take on it shockingly impractical. But, then, Liyah thinks like a modern woman from a safe resource-rich pluralistic secular society, and not like Anna, from a threatened resource-circumscribed pluralistic religious society. Unfortunately, Liyah comes from a threatened resource-circumscribed xenophobic religious society, making her several lectures on the topic out of place (and time) enough to jar the reader's suspension of disbelief. Here the author's skill as a writer and world-builder may work counter to the reader's enjoyment of the book. The more believable and realistic the setting becomes, the more damaging these modern intrusions are. Fans of Aliens who are not bothered by this will likely find this book to be both enjoyable and a refreshing take a well-worn franchise. Others may want to stick to less creative but entertaining books like Alien: The Cold Forge.

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  • jcmwbjs
  • 27-02-2020

Very good almost great

I’m a HUGE Alien fan and often wonder how do they keep screwing these up? Scott Sigler delivers. I Just finished, loved the middle, I loved the ending, a few small issues, first 3rd has its moments of absolute slog, the narrator delivers one character is an annoying valley girl “like, fur sure” but with all that said, Sigler gets it, at least to me he does, I hated the last few Alien books, prototype and isolation but I enjoyed the majority of this. A highly recommend for Alien, Aliens fans, while not perfect, it’s very good

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  • CJ
  • 23-04-2020

Could have been great.

There’s a great story in this book. However, the author hurts it by using overt tones of feminism. The alien series has always had strong female leads. There’s no need in throwing feminism in our face.

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  • David
  • 28-02-2020

Sigler great Pinchot awful

Pinchot sounds like a teddy bear’s soothing voice reading Alien is a sin. Sigler is excellent but the narration is abysmal does not match the genre at all. How disappointing for a mostly epic Alien audiobook collection.

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  • CryptoHunterJD
  • 01-03-2020

Great listen!! Both thumbs up.

To the author, from a huge fan of the Aliens franchise: Well done sir, well done. To future listeners, you won’t be disappointed. After listening, if you wonder if all of Scott Sigler’s works are this good, then I must say that they most definitely are and that you should check out some of the authors other works. I have been a fan of Scott Sigler and the Aliens franchise for years, and for myself this audiobook was a most satisfying experience.

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  • Jeronimo78
  • 19-05-2020

poorly written

where do I start? extremely predictable, inconsistent characters and the feminist agenda. I wish I could find one book or movie that isn't filled with this crap. if you like the series, skip this one. the only redeemable quality was the performance, though at times a little over the top. especially one characters sarcasm.

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  • Cian
  • 07-03-2020

I am getting a refund

boring story written for 10 year olds and a very poor performance. If you are in between buying this or Aliens : The Cold Forge, go with Cold Forge.

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  • johnweedon
  • 15-03-2020

Heres a spoiler for you,,,, absolute "S**T"

Scott Sigler, must be one of the most self congratulatory novelists l have encountered but still gave this a go , because its an "Alien" story and was hoping for some salvation post Isolation and the recent WTF? "Echo". All Jeff hardy narrated titled were a blast and l suppose we have to be grate Sigler aint doing his own God awful narration(hence performance rating). He once stated on Rogan, that if has the reader for ten mins/pages that's all he needs , "l've got them".. He is delusional, l know as l have even read some of his books based on "Ancestor". Five hours into this crap and the repetitive use of "we don't have a choice" motivational mantra of our leading lady .. l realised l did have a choice , but having thoughts of self harm at times, l persevered , intrigued by the promise of a twist or two . Yep give me an Indian burn any day......Thank the stars for Audible's no questions asked return policy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2020

Refreshing change to the Alien Universe

I have purchased all the recent alien books excluding Echo and this is one of my favourites. The change in scene from 'space' to a medieval type setting is refreshing and adds a bit more depth to the universe. Narrator does a very good job and the story is well written. I would definately recommend this if you enjoy alien stories.

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  • MG
  • 17-06-2020

The franchise shown love and respect

With Aliens:Phalanx, I thought I was going to get a light-hearted and fun adventure about Aliens squaring off against Knights in armour. I expected King Arthurian legend, mixed with the horrors of space. I guessed it would be a bit like a What If Versus Comic, Judge Dredd Versus Predator etc I was wrong, and the book is all the better for it. Aliens:Phalanx is dark, visceral, and mostly bleak. Its miserable and really reminds me of the desolate tone of The Emperor's Blades. It was slow to start, possibly the first third is world building, but once it gets going its bloody brilliant. Why is this a 5 out of 5 book?. Love and care (at least in my opinion), have been taking with the Alien Franchise here. It's a fresh take on the mythos, and impressed me with its sheer guts to not only try something new with the IP, but nail its execution completely. Phalanx's second accomplishment is its characters. I quickly fell in love with all three of the main protagonists, their development and personalities were exceptional. If you like the franchise, then you will easily enjoy this. If you are new to the series/don't care for Aliens, then you should still give this a go. Imagine it as grim dark fantasy outing, and you will enjoy it no end. A Must Read/Listen

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  • Arran Feltham
  • 27-04-2020

yes ! just yes well done definitely worth the read

I loved it! it's a brilliant little side story to keep the Alien universe alive and frightening. I loved the characters and inventive language used including the subtle refrences to other books. the writer should really be proud of this and I hope to hear more from them. I could really picture the surroundings and felt like I was living the story. the performance was entertaining if not good I personally loved all the voices After having listened to pretty much all the alien and AVP related Audio books on here I definitely think this is one of my favourites.

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  • Mr J.P Elmes
  • 26-04-2020

Medieval fights Evil

An interesting and alternate setting for the Alien franchise , and with a nice twist.

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  • Craig
  • 20-03-2020

Best Alien book of the series yet

Loved every minute of this story. Characters where interesting and god so emotionally attached. Would love to hear more. Prequel or Sequel will be fantastic. Would live to listen to a Audible Drama play to. Recommended to any Alien fan. Worthy of a Film or tv series. I compared the feeling I had during the fight of Helms deep from LOTR to the battles described in this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-2020

Could not wait

It was a great book and glad I got it. Can’t wait for the next aAlien book to come out.

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  • Andrew Wagstaff
  • 24-09-2020

Best Alien story since Aliens

Ignore the negative reviews this story is not childish its a fresh perspective of the typical Alien story

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  • Mr. Francis S. Beadle
  • 14-09-2020

Original story largely free of Alien clichés

I absolutely loved this. It was a very interesting and original take on the Aliens series, which was largely character and plot driven rather than than rehash of alien monster clichés driven. I really wanted to know what would happen next, and I really enjoyed the main characters and how they interacted. The terrifying Aliens were the background of a fresh new story, and not simply the story in and of themselves. In case you haven't read the description, the background for the book is basically what would happen if Aliens arrived in medieval times. Can humanity survive? How on Earth can we avoid extinction? Not going to say more. Best to enjoy it without spoilers.

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