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The new novel set within the action of the Xbox Game Studios video game Gears 5, by New York Times best-selling author Jason Hough

Tied into the record-breaking Xbox Game Studios video game Gears 5, Gears of War: Bloodlines reveals a mission that takes place within the events of the game. 

Stinging from a defeat by the Swarm and the grievous injury of her best friend, JD Fenix, Kait Diaz finds herself forced to choose between following her mother’s Outsider ways, or her duty as a Coalition of Ordered Governments soldier like her father, Gabe Diaz: hero of the upcoming Xbox Game Studios video game Gears Tactics

As Kait learns of Gabe’s choices during the Battle of Gatka Ridge, the brutal mission that defined his Pendulum Wars legacy, she discovers how his actions shaped her future - and prepared her for war against the Swarm.

©2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, the Coalition, the Crimson Omen logo, Gears of War, Marcus Fenix, Xbox, and the Xbox logo are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-2020

Let down

If your a gears fan like an actual gears of war fan be warned. This book and the book before it is a huge disappointment to the series. Nothing about it is gears of war! There trying to make you dislike the cog and the main character as in the last 2 games “Kate” is everything that the first few books stood against in my option. She walks in like hey fuck the cog and they bend over and take it? Wtf is wrong with the people writing this! Karen was wayyyyy better at writing the novels and David (the narrator from past gears of war books) was much much better at getting into charter and making you feel as if you where there. I forced myself to listen just so I could keep up in between games and so on. I’m a die hard gears of war fan. I’ve went threw every book every comic all the games and all the lore I could find. Take it from me this book is a waste of time and an embarrassment to the franchise that we’ve all grown attached to. I’m truly and honestly sad that it’s playing out this way. 💔

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  • crazyhands911
  • 05-05-2020

Better, but still lacking

Better than his last attempt at a Gears novel, but still nowhere near the level of Karen Travis.

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  • Pete
  • 26-04-2020

Good Book, HORRIBLE Narrator.

While this book fixes the issue Acendance had (Lack of a flashback story), the main issue is that it just goes:

Current storyline, Flashback, Current.

The original 5 novels had a few chapters of current, then flashback, then current, then flashback and so on. Each chapter built upon each other via metaphor and symbolism and the themes of the past were echoed in the current segments. This just gives you Kait. Gabe. Kait. End. So for me, Gabes part was like reading a really big run on sentence, and then none of what we/kait learn about him is incorporated into the last part of the book when it goes back to kait.

Story was okay, but yet again this book shows that anything dealing with stuff that isn't swarm, is just more interesting. The new games 4 and 5 just really lack in the enemy department and will never live up to the Locust, and hell even the UIR from the Pendulum wars. Flashback story was the most engaging part of the book, save for the moments that Hoffman is around with Kait. The rest is fluff.

Why on earth is David Colacci NOT doing the audio for these... he did the first 5 books flawlessly and now we have Nan McNamara instead. She is amazing as the voice of Anya, but the novelty wears off after 10 mins. I'm sorry but shes just not good at audiobook reading at all. She hardly changes the voices so it's hard to follow who is who, and I constantly find my mind drifting off and needing to rewind several times just to actually absorb what shes reading because it's just so monotone and bland. I got about halfway and just decided to read the actual book instead and found the experience much more enjoyable, which is sad because audio has been my go to for years. Please change her out for the next book. David Colacci or Ray Porter would be ideal.

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1 star for the inclusion of a flashback story. 1 for the use/mention of established and well known parts of Sera to those that have read the older books, and 1 star for the proper handling of Hoffmans character in both past and present stories of the book.

Pacing, Narration, and lack of an exciting or intimidating enemy in the current storyline keeps this from being a 5

*(The last 2 points are NOT Jason's fault, its The Coalitions as they just don't have a good enemy for this new series at all, and Jason is stuck with that. Plus the fact that they decided to use Nan over David for Narration even though hes the person that read the 5 books we had prior to these 2.)

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  • Gio C
  • 24-04-2020

Struggling to finish.

I love the Gears franchise. I'll gladly even take bad Gears over no Gears but this book , even more the the previous, is very hard to get through because of the narration. Nothing against Nan McNamara I just don't think this is in her wheelhouse. The characters voices are very distracting.

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  • DLP
  • 21-06-2021

Not bad

It was a bit different from the other Gears books but it did fill in the gaps of what happened to Gabe Diaz. Playing the games and reading the books don't always since up, so you wonder what happened. I'm still wondering what happened to Anya and hopefully that story will be told soon.

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  • Loki
  • 21-05-2021

Eh…honestly kind of boring

I feel like the author of this book never wrote anything before nor played any of the games nor read Karen Traviss’ books.

Point one: he repeated a LOT of words and phrases too close to each other and sometimes in succession. The phrase “after all” appeared quite literally twice in the exact same paragraph in reference to Kate.

Baird has never been a boot licker, yet he seems to be one here.

There’s no such thing as “Tuesday” on Sera. They don’t have the same days of the week as we do on Earth. Remember, our days of the week are based on Earth mythologies, which Sera does not have.

This is Kate’s story, I get that, but treating the characters of Marcus, Baird, Cole, and Hoffman as if they don’t remember what happened during both the Locust and Pendulum wars is just lazy.

And Sorotki? Really?! You made him look like a coward! He’s a flipping King Raven pilot!! He’s crazier than any Gear, including Gabe!

Also, the narrator didn’t bother to differentiate between characters much. But eh. I guess she tried.

Overall, kind of boring and wayyyyyy too repetitive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-2021

Strongly recommend!

This was even better than the previous book "Ascendance" writen by the same author. The story of Gabe is what really made this an awesome story (the rest is the same standard as ascendance). If you are interested in the Gears story this is a must read since it contains lot of plot for both Gears 5 and Tactics.

The performance was also great (just like in ascendance). I hope she will continue to read all the comming Gears books (if there are any)

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  • Alec
  • 03-12-2020

great expansion to the series

i enjoyed the book a lot, the only thing that seemed off in the whole book was how Cole was written. his trademark attitude seemed off, most often he would swear instead of being as happy go lucky as I'm used to

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-09-2020

Great Story and Read... What's best though?

Great performance, and liked that they gave us more back story. Curious how or if they'll do any more books after forcing you to make such a heavy decision in game. Hope they realize the corner they painted these novels into, and hope for more to come.

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  • Logan
  • 07-09-2020

Family Ties

The basic knowledge you get from this is more surroundings Kaits father which sort of takes the majority of the book sadly. It should have done more present to past like books before this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 14-10-2020

Hardly 'Gears of War'

Story is good in itself. Without spoiling too much, it's about Kait's father before E-Day, so it could be any old war book in my opinion. A good story, but not if you fancy revisiting the characters you know and love.

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 18-05-2020

loved every minute,

loved every minute perfect for any gears fan, have always loved the books, love the audio books just as much

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