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Predator - Incursion

The Rage War, Book 1
Narrated by: John Chancer
Series: The Rage War, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
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Predator ships stream into human space in unprecedented numbers. The Colonial Marines, controlled by Weyland-Yutani, respond to the incursion, thus entering the Rage War. This terrifying assault by the Yautja cannot go unchallenged, yet the cost of combat is high.

Predators are master combatants, and each encounter yields a high body count. Then, when Lt. Johnny Mains and his marines - the VoidLarks - enter the fray, they discover an enemy deadlier than any could imagine.

Audiobook one in an epic trilogy that continues in Alien: Invasion and concludes in Aliens vs. Predator: Armageddon. The universe will forever be changed.

Tim Lebbon is the New York Times best-selling author of the movie novelisations 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.

©2015 Tim Lebbon (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Awesome book

Perfect balance of action and character development with a few twists along the way! Good attention to detail that fits into and reveals more of the Aliens vs Predator universe. if you're an AvP fan you'll enjoy this one.

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in space, noone can hear you scream

really good story so far. love a mix of predator, xenomorph and human story. can't wait to see what happens!

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Slow burner but great build up

*Disclaimer* I struggle to listen to some audio books as my mind tends to wonder often, so I find myself back tracking a lot.

This title took me 3 attempts at the first few chapters.
The epilogue was amazing and I was excited, but then the story timeline jumped a lot and introduced me to a lot of characters, which just took me longer to remember (due to my short attention span)

But once I had a handle of all the characters and locations, the escape into this universe was great.

I'm looking forward to the next issues in these sagas.

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  • Rob
  • 05-08-2017

It was really good

What did you like most about Predator - Incursion?

I like the sub story or the ai robot

What did you like best about this story?

It had a great pace and was an interesting universe

Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favourite?

The ai robot I found her internal thoughts fascinating

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book was better

Any additional comments?

Considering its about predators aliens, space marines and ai robots it did have a few boring chapters

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Frantic sci-fi

Lots of action but also layers of concepts to develop (AI humanity, cultural insights etc.). Think the reading was excellent and highly recommend this audio book to anyone after Aliens/Predator, you'll get what you're after. basic dialogue and limited expansion of interesting sub plots stopped it getting the full 5 stars, but don't let that stop you!

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Worth getting!

A good listen for any AvP fan.

Tim clearly has a great grasp of the Aliens universe. The story is original but also familiar, with all the grit of being off world with the Colonial Marines. Imbedded with Indies and settlers, and spearing xenomorph heads with Predators.

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an interesting story, usual problems

the problem with this book is a common one, the all to familiar problem of a male voice actor doing female voices. Honestly nothing breaks a good audio book more, the female marines are supposed to be badass but come off sounding like deranged schoolgirls and the main scientist character sounds like a half crying cat lady instead of an adventurer.

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would make a great film

if you close your eyes when listening you can imagine every terrifying moment the marines went through..great story well narrated....well done👍

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  • Lola B.
  • 08-09-2016

Wow

So, I almost didn't finish this book but this was my fault. I wasn't really listening to it the first time! I had to restart the book and pay attention. I'm so glad I did finish it because all the story lines tied in with each other so well by the end I was at the edge of my seat. I don't want to give anything up but I am a long time AVP fan and I was pleasantly surprised. I can't wait to read the next one! Please listen carefully. There are like four story lines going at once and it could be easy to get confused if you aren't really listening. It's definitely worth your undivided attention.

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  • Xanatos
  • 28-06-2016

Hard to get into, but overall worth it.

Starts off very slow. A lot of boring 'historical' parts. Give it time it gets a lot better. Will be trying the second book. It's worth noting I'm a fan of the theatrical movies the aliens and predators. This might not be your cup of tea if your not.

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  • jeremy lamarch
  • 15-05-2016

I was really wanted to like this book!!

Let me start by saying NOOOOO!!!! I have been waiting so long for a new Predator book to come out and was disappointed...
So when I think of Predators, BAD @SS is all I really thought needed be said and is the only reason we read Predator books! That being said maybe Tim Lebbon needs more input. So to most of us fans, Predators are super high tech, Huge hulking Hunters with really cool weapons! So Great and Scary in fact that Superman himself has a difficult time defeating one!
Mr. Lebbon portrays them as little more than red shirted Startrek extras! He has them die by the dozens; Running from battle getting chased across the Galaxy; Making deals with humans because the big bad xenomorphs are bullying them! Just generally weak.
It is 600 years in the future and the Predators are still using the exact same clunky technology as 1987?? Meanwhile the humans have developed cool spaceships, stealth suits that can do virtually anything, and countless other super weapons!
There was a time when killing a Predator was a challenge and took 300 pages to get it done! Tim Lebbon managed it in the first chapter!
To sum it up if you want to watch predators run away and hide. Oh wait they can't hide because their cloak technology sucks!

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  • david sorlagas
  • 28-04-2016

Might not be what you're expecting.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. I was expecting a book about Predators and humans, and most likely Aliens. While you do get some of this, easily half of the book is spent telling you about a different group that are the catalyst for the actions of these three races. Most of this book is the set up for action in the next book. I was hoping for much more of the classic suspense and action of the original alien and predator stories. This book gives you more sub-plots and politics.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

When you actually get to an action scene involving the marines and the Predators and Aliens, the story does get very intense. Unfortunately, it then cuts to a scene discribing some historical information, or a meeting between the Company and Marine officials. While these scenes are needed for the plot, the way they are placed in the story really cuts in on the excitement and messes with the pace of the story.

Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favorite?

Character development was good on all of the main characters. I actually felt there might have been a little too much of it in some cases. John Chancer did a good job bringing life to the characters, though. I really enjoyed the personality he was able to give the marines when they were giving each other a hard time.

Do you think Predator - Incursion needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Most of this book was spent setting up the next in the series.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad story at all. Also not what I think of as a classic Alien or Predator book. If that is what you are looking for, as I was, then it's a little disappointing. Otherwise, though, it is a decent read.

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  • Joe
  • 04-02-2017

Ambitious... but doesn't deliver.

What was most disappointing about Tim Lebbon’s story?

Minor spoilers for the series ahead...

The story doesn't really fit the Aliens or Predator mythos. They take away some of the defining aspects of those two groups. The Aliens are traditionally hive-minded simplistic killing machines? Let's find a reason to make them organized. The Predators are tribal and motivated by "the hunt"? Let's find a reason to make them allies to the humans. Also, we can talk to them now. The humans are still the worst characters. The bad guys motivations are hollow. The human protagonists are one-dimensional. If you're a fan of the gritty feel of the universe in the movies, you get a generic sci-fi universe with plenty of plot convenient technology that constantly prevents suspension of disbelief.

The series is a serviceable time-sink, but for a fan of the franchises it's more frustrating than entertaining.

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  • J. Eisenach
  • 03-03-2018

Okay but has more potential

I love the predator and alien movies and characters. For years I've wanted more movies as I feel they have a ton of potential. This is the first book I've read and it felt disjointed. I'll try the next book in hopes it gets better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-05-2017

Just couldn't get into it.

I've been listening to audio books every other day for about 7 months now and I just couldn't get into this one. The first part of the book drags out, especially when there are 5 or more main characters to keep up with and all the voices sound the same. I didint make it to the end. Lost enthusiasm. Maybe a better read than audioble. :)

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  • David
  • 18-05-2016

Desperate need of editing, and or re-writing.

Compared to the neat, clipped and tight writing style of Alan Dean Foster who wrote a lot of Alien Novelization - this story wanders and bores like Grandpa Simpson rambling about the old days. After five hours of dull, non-stop introduction of characters the story still manages to pile up, and yet things still go nowhere. Even with major explosions, space disasters, and xeno attacks, the story still manages to remain dull, and stays uninteresting following marines, scientists, and Weyland Yutani employees as they basically worry, feel ill from space travel and fret about their futures. Chapter after Chapter of new characters bore and troop on by like a parade. and I just don't care. Worst of all no real interaction of the Predators which this is named after and what I paid money for.

What I wouldn't give to have a no nonsense character, with good dialogue like a John D. MacDonland novel, with a Predator in the story. Well nothing like that here. Maybe in hour 7 they will start to show up and thin out some of these awful characters, and then story will pick up and be more manageable. But there's better books here on Audible to spend my time - thanks.

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  • Robert Channing McNeill
  • 26-04-2017

Slow paced. Picks up near the end.

The book starts very slowly and doesn't really pick up till the last quarter. The narrator is decent, but does not do separate voices very well. Overall, it was a good book. I just was expecting more action than I was given.

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  • Tim
  • 01-01-2017

Good start to a brutal war.

Was a good story, started out a little slow but ended great! Was kind of disappointed in the performance of it, probably just got used to listening to Star Wars books with sound effects and music but after you get into he story it gets better. Would have loved for Johnathan Davis to have narrated it.

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  • A Reader
  • 05-01-2017

Pretty Good.

Good story but it was a bit slow in places. Narrator was ok but his attempts at female voices was a bit strange in places.

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  • Simon
  • 30-04-2016

In Space Nobody Hears You Sigh

Maybe I am being a bit harsh on this one . . . there is a decent story in here. The rationale that is drawn for the incursion of the Predators is actually clever and unexpected. There are some good action scenes and a couple of very powerful scenes. One involving a young girl called Luciana is particularly moving.

However, there were problems for me. Rather than being a story centered on these iconic monsters of Sci-fi it felt like one that merely used them as the monsters it required for the plot. In addition the narration is good for the most part but the very strong, tough female characters at the centre of the story were made to sound very “girlie” by both the dialogue and the voicing - sorry there must be a better word or phrase than “girlie” but I can’t think of another one that says quite what I mean.

What I really missed though is feeling the sense of dread of the aliens or the predators. It just wasn’t there for me and more time should have been spent stirring that up rather than the back story about the Founders. I will say that the scene set for the second book seems promising and it’s very possible that this will be a series that picks up momentum as it goes on. It could be that if I accept the role that the predators and aliens have been given which is a subservient one I’ll enjoy it more, but sadly I’m not completely sold on it yet.

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  • Peter
  • 22-07-2016

whut?

Well performed. Confusing story timeline. The timeline/date relevance gets lost in the audio version and the author just cannot seem to decide which characters/situations are important and which are background colour.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-11-2019

At least he wrote a book!

Okay, so first thing is well done for writing a book, genuinely. However, there were a few things that didn't come across well.

Average conversation is
"Blah blah blah" said Bob
"Blah blah blah" said Terry
"Blah blah blah" said Joe
Really need to mix that up!

"Major Such-and-such was the youngest General in the Colonial Marines". This sort of error is prolific and is just odd to read.

Hero commentary made me throw up in my mouth a bit. "I've got the rear" he said. "You sure did the other night" she said (or something to that effect).

Narrator sounded bored, and that was playing the book at 1.5x. To be fair, I dont think it was his fault.

Got through 4 hours before I had to give up.

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  • S. Morris
  • 04-03-2018

In Space No One Can Hear You Yawn

Being a fan of the Alien and Predator franchises as well as a science
fiction fan in general, I mulled for a while about these series of Alien
Versus Predator books by Tim Lebbon. Reviews were a bit mixed so I left
them. I recently purchased the Alien: Out of The Shadows audio drama
co-written by said author which impressed me so seeing as book 2 of this
Rage War series was a freebie via a get two books for 1 credit deal, I had
now committed myself to the entire series.

This book starts the story but my first observation about it as I was
reading it was just how very slow things were to get moving. In retrospect,
I'd say that the entire first book was a bit contrived to stretch out the
build-up phase of this series such that nothing of any real interest
unfolded until quite late on. The book and the series as a whole uses the
format where we switch from character to character on a chapter basis and
having read all 3 books now I can say that this is fine and a lot of authors
segment their story telling this way but I found that the change of pace was
like sometimes moving off a roller coaster to very ponderous self musings
and introspection especially from the Lilia character in this first
instalment. Although I understand that characters need to be fleshed out and
often their thought processes or inner musings are required to do this, I
found that the pace of the story ground to a screeching halt as the author
went off into - at times - some naval gazing and the use of cerebral
narrative not best suited to material of this type.

As alluded to above, I got the distinct feeling that this book was mostly
padding before act 2 of the series. There are moments of action here that
are written well and certainly start to paint a picture of the wider
conflict to come but they are really too few and far between to keep the
story flowing.

Some story elements too were odd. The book begins in the 24th century as I
recall and yet the mention of a "hard Drive" for storage is made. This seems
very inconsistent and rather incongruous when mention of "Quantum Folds"
for storage are also made. The other minor thing I noted in this story and
the other 2 books was how distances were all in the ancient imperial system
of yards and miles. This small oversight from the author tends to suggest
that the writer has not placed himself into the future he's writing about as
especially in military terms, metric measurements are commonly used by even
the U.S military. Plus, this metric usage was reflected as I recall in the
movie Aliens seemingly set even before the time of this first book. Perhaps
none of the above niggles are even worth a mention but it irks the likes of
me as it suggests and amateurish undertone in the story writing and
consistency of the universe being depicted.

Narration is handled ably but I find John Chancer's rendering of the
characters and general tone to be perhaps more suited to the narration of
children's stories as his female and some male characters tend to sound like
some good and evil characters from a Disney cartoon. From all the books I've
listened to, I'd say that Mark Boyett would've made a better choice for
delivering this series of books. Still, Chancer's voice wasn't unpleasant
and, as I say, he delivered the story competently just not my first choice
for a book of this type.

I found the Johnny Mains character to be the most interesting and perhaps
in the best tradition of what an Aliens Versus Predator story would require.
Sure, his name reminds me of something a 50's Sci-fi comic book might have
come up with but his story thread was the most interesting by far to me.

The other small gripe I have is the reference to the date at the beginning
of most chapters. At the start of this book it can prove useful as there is
a distinct passage of time in the Lilia thread but thereafter it largely
feels superfluous and is best used when concurrent fast paced plot elements
are happening so not really needed here I felt so much.

This first instalment is painfully slow in places but does have flashes of
compelling action that help keep the reader interested. It's not a bad book
as such but it's relatively brief action sequences punctuated by lengthier
padding make it less appealing. This book is for the most part a launch
platform for books 2 and 3 and it shows.

The story concludes abruptly at a critical cliff hanger that then means that
you just must find out what happens next and so I did.

Not bad but could've been better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-2016

Slow start but engrossing

I found it took a while to get interested in this book, but persevered and it became much much better. Very engrossing once you get a few chapters in an begin to understand the story. Performance was good, but I preferred other performances from other books I've had in Audible

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  • A. DONALDSON
  • 29-07-2016

slow start good middle and ending

after a bit of a slow start and trying to follow each main characters storyline it soon picks up and is pretty gripping and entertaining. a story set further into the future than other aliens predator books it's interesting to see the advancements in human technology. the second half of the book is strong and leads nicely towards the next book/chapter

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  • Cameron
  • 12-07-2016

More Predator?

What did you like best about this story?

The parts to do with the Predators were my most favorite parts of this story. I like how mysterious they are and want to know more about them. I just wish there was more of the Preds, like their culture, habits, home lives and so on.

Any additional comments?

Good story overall though, really enjoyed it.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 31-10-2016

not a bad start

I pretty much enjoyed it. was kinda shocked that the predators finally get a name for their people now, it was kinda tough getting use to it.

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  • Nonie
  • 10-10-2016

brilliant, great listening, thank you

brilliant story, great narrator, I will be listening to this again ....loved it. starting book 2 and book 3 is already waiting to download.

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