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5.0 out of 5 starsA Great Read !
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2019
Kudos to Mr.Cole, an excellent book. Action,action,action !. When you put aliens, and soldiers together, you get non stop action. I loved it.
I enjoy "aliens come to earth" movies, so I thought I'd give this book a shot. The idea and premise have been done before but still, this was a little different. If the aliens are hostile, we expect them to be violent too. No discrepancy there. But there was an excess of violence with the mercenary team destroying the other humans on this island. I vacillated between a 3 & 4 star rating and decided on a 4 because it was a well-conceived story.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
Ex Navy Seal Victor Seymour and his team are hired by the government to rescue hostages and take care of some wet work on an island in the South Pacific. What Seymour's team doesn't know is that there is a hostile alien life form there, but that's half the fun. This book checks off all the boxes for a creature thriller- chest thumping mercenaries, crooked CIA and government types, a deserted island with a spooky past, a "Predator" type alien beast run amok, scientists and government spooks meddling in things that could doom us all, etc. . . If it's a bit "by-the-numbers", it's also a fun ride, and the strength of the novel are the well-written action scenes and the suspense and sense of dread that builds as the mercenaries explore and uncover the secret of the island and why they must prevail.
**I received an advance copy for review via NetGalley- thanks to the author and publisher**
5.0 out of 5 starsI will never forget this engrossing and frightening story, for all the right reasons!
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2019
Thank you Michael Cole for your new novel The Pilot, as I now have a permanent picture of the being in this book implanted in my memory. And I say that with positive sincerity. As a huge sci-fi fan I found the premise familiar (alien invasion vs. humanity), yet very well done. As I was reading the book I was reminded of several classic movies actually, like Predator, Alien, and The Thing. It has everything a reader (or movie audience for that matter) could want: Tough military hero (check), creepy horrific alien (check), terrifying action building to a blast-filled crescendo (check), sleazy government agents/scientists (check).
If you are looking for a great classic sci-fi book with shooting, scary aliens, and macho killing of said aliens, this is your next read. I encourage you to read it soon so you can be the first to say "I read it before it was a movie!" If you are a film producer, please option this book right away because it could easily be your next blockbuster (reference the aforementioned permanently etched image of the alien on my brain).
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, thank you.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis checks all the creature feature boxes…
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
With roughly 1/3 of reviewers providing reviews of 3 stars or less, I’m definitely bucking that trend. This book, The Pilot by Michael Cole is a very good, albeit with undertones of “Predator” which are only slightly present. If you are a fan of Alien creature thrillers (I am), this book hits all the check boxes: a horrific Alien, a former Navy Seal leading a group of ramped up mercenaries, a deceitful CIA agent and other government officials, a sinister island with a checkered past, unrelenting action, suspense and mayhem.
To me, it was captivating from the beginning. It’s a fast paced, yet not rushed, adrenaline fueled and high octane read which is difficult to put down once started. Every action, reaction and unraveling of events and the sense of why the team must overcome the Alien are well explained and abundantly clear as the story progresses to its satisfying ending. Well done Michael Cole. I’ve read most of his books and so far, this is one of the absolute best.
2.0 out of 5 starsPredator derivitive with Alien body horror mashup...
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
A covert action team is sent in to retrieve a high value VIP. Along for the ride is a CIA rep they don't trust who is hiding an agenda. They have to eliminate enemy soldiers in the jungle and along the way run into gruesome warning signs left by the alien warriof. Sound familiar? It's Predator mixed with Alien xenomorph body horror motivations and just enough story changed to avoid being a complete copy of John McTiernan's masterpiece. Spoliers: They got a young trooper with an affinity for electronics. So, Hawkins. Guess who dies first? The have two giant heavy weapons guys. Mac and Blaine, meet Ivan and Rex. A badass ethinic tracker with a cool blade. Billy is now Japanese. I could go on but nah. At least it was free on Prime.
I have read other Michael Cole books and enjoyed them but this one did not grab me and I stopped reading before the creature appeard. The mercenary group were quite unlikeable and were all the Marvel superheroes roled into one and killed all the North Koreans in sight with consumate ease. All creature features are unrealistic but this is so OTT I could not go on.