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Gears of War: The Slab Audiobook

Gears of War: The Slab

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Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity’s last defended area -Ephyra - in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable: he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the rubble during a ferocious assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy. Marcus, grieving for a father everyone believes is dead, is court-martialed for dereliction of duty and sentenced to forty years in the Coalition of Ordered Government’s brutal maximum security prison, known simply as the Slab.

But Adam is very much alive, snatched from the destruction by the elite Onyx Guard on Chairman Richard Prescott’s orders. He’s now a long way from home and in a prison of his own - a COG doomsday bunker on the tropical island of Azura, a place hidden from the rest of Sera since the Pendulum Wars. His own guilty secret has been exposed: Adam knew the Locust existed deep below the surface of Sera long before Emergence Day, and were being driven from their tunnels by a lethal parasite known as the Lambent. Now he has to find a way to destroy the Lambent while the dwindling COG forces fight to hold back a growing Locust army that’s threatening to overrun the city. As Adam struggles to find redemption in his comfortable island jail, Marcus seeks his own atonement in the squalid, closed world within the Slab’s granite walls. While Dom Santiago and Anya Stroud fight to get him released, ready to make any sacrifice to free him, Marcus gradually finds unexpected kinship among Sera’s most dangerous criminals - and a way to carry on his personal war against the Locust.

©2012 Karen Traviss (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Nicholas A. Croson 06-06-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Another Karen Traviss masterpiece."
    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Colacci is one of my favorite readers to listen to. He does such a great job with this book and all the others.


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    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13
    Kamal Brampton, Ontario, Canada 07-18-13 Member Since 2016

    Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.

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    "Bittersweet return to the world of Sara"

    If you're a fan of the Gears of War game series on the XBox 360, you'll appreciate Karen Traviss' books to fill in the backstory and to fill the gaps between the games. Written primarily as a prequel to the games, this book fills in the blanks on just why Marcus Fenix was in prison, and what is the relationship between the Locust Queen Myrrah and Adam Fenix, that is alluded to heavily in GoW3. The book ends (unsuprisingly and without spoilers) shortly after Dom frees Marcus from prison, where the first GoW game starts off. How Marcus ended up in prison, how long he was there, and how he ended up there alone, are all answered.

    Along the way, Traviss really humanizes these characters. She lets us really see the heart of the brotherly relationship between Marcus and Dom, the repressed feelings between Marcus and Anya, and the complex balance of power between Chairman Richard Prescott, Colonel Hoffman, and Adam Fenix. Along the way, we see the explanation of just why Azura exists.

    Unfortunately, there are still many questions left unanswered - who are the sires? Where did the Locust come from? What really happened to Elayn Fenix? Who is Myrrah?

    I've seen the internet theories, but I'd like to see this properly explained, the main game series is over now so perhaps its time to fill in the blanks properly. Then again, maybe we'll see some infill games now that will explain this better.

    The biggest surprise to me was the humanization of Chairman Prescott. The games leave the impression that he's just a power-mad jerk, but this book really shows us that he's doing the best he can in an impossible and hopeless situation.

    I like just about everything Karen Traviss writes - lots of infill, interesting and believable characters, gritty story, etc. Definitely a worthwhile purchase. I can't wait for the next one!

    MKS

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    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12
    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A good solid read"
    Where does Gears of War: The Slab rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus. It shows why he is the way he is.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Better than the others.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Even in the Safest Prison in the World. You are still not safe.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great series."

    great book. narrator is the best there is in my opinion. a must listen for anybody who likes war stories.

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    James 06-09-16
    James 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The answer to your question, "what went on in the slab""

    This book is a great addition to the lore of Gears of War. I have always wondered what went on in the slab since the very first time I played Gears of War. This book really filled me in on those juicy details. In addition, so many other origin questions are answered in regards to Adam Fenix. This was a great book overall!

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    Mike0179 06-01-16
    Mike0179 06-01-16
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    "love all the books"

    definitely worth listening to more then once. I know this is the second time for me through the series and it won't be the last.

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    Brian Tapia TACOMA, WASHINGTON, US 04-19-16
    Brian Tapia TACOMA, WASHINGTON, US 04-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Gears of War"

    These books are all amazing. The world they transport you too, though apocalyptic is also quite magical.

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    K. Gilray Arizona 02-28-16
    K. Gilray Arizona 02-28-16
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    "Enjoyed more than I thought I would..."

    I initially was not happy with the narrator but he quickly grew on me, becoming the natural extension for the characters (putting aside the original voice actors).
    It flows smoothly into the first game too. Now I find myself wanting to hear more of the story!

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    Ryan 01-16-16
    Ryan 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great book. great story"

    this was a very good book of your a gears fan, connected quite a few dots

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    J horns 01-04-16
    J horns 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    The app or book or something glitched while I was listening to the book. Great story. Big fan of the game and books.

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