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Here at last is the eagerly awaited fourth book in David Gerrold's classic and gripping series of alien domination - the story of humanity's courageous struggle for survival against the greatest threat Earth has ever known.

As the tenacious invaders remake Earth's violated surface, transforming its flora and fauna into a replica of their own terrifying home world, a handful of scientists, soldiers, and citizens prepare to fight back - hoping it isn't already too late. In Mexico, a dead Chtorr leads to a stunning discovery about the aliens. At the same time, a military-scientific expedition deep into the heart of the Brazilian jungle uncovers another surprise: a massive hivelike city where the aliens have embarked on the next step in their remorseless campaign to transform humanity.

©1992 David Gerrold (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Gregory
  • DRYDEN, NY, United States
  • 09-15-15

Always been my favorite of the series

The narrative voice of the C'Torr series changes through the 4 existing books... but this one is the most focused of the 4 so far out. Gerrold has a nice balance of talking about the biology of the world he's imagined, and furthering the plot in that "opera of disaster" milieu.

Pruden continues to deliver a solid, well paced narrative, and works a wider range of voices.


Well worth a listen.

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  • Jim N
  • Chicago, IL
  • 08-12-18

The Invasion Grows More Intense

A Season for Slaughter is the fourth and, thus far, final book in the unfinished War Against the Chtorr series. I've been waiting decades for more and supposedly, substantial portions of the fifth and six books are coming one of these days. Meanwhile, even incomplete, this remains a series worth reading.

This entry contains some of the most memorable scenes in the series. We're given much more insight into the Chtorran ecology and how it interacts with both terrestrial lifeforms and other Chtorran life. This is great stuff and throughout the books, whenever Gerrold delves into the nature of the alien invasion, he really delivers. Unfortunately, I think he overplays his hand a bit with some of the character interaction in this novel, going back to the well of protagonist Jim McCarthy's hair trigger temper and difficulty with relationships a little too often. There's also a relatively long and somewhat heavy-handed lull in the middle of the novel focusing on McCarthy's romantic relationship with "Lizard" Tirelli. It's not the she isn't an interesting character or that the relationship hasn't been developed over the previous 3 books. It's just a little too much of everything and consequently, doesn't quite work. However, the book bounces back from that lull with a vengeance and the final third of the novel contains some of the most disturbing and spectacular scenes to be found in the whole series. Definitely recommended.

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Great book, but series isnt closed

This book continues in the amazing fashion of its predecessors. If you have enjoyed the series so far this book drives the story forward along the same lines.

My only reservation is the continued anger issues Jim expresses.

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Aargh! Mr. Gerrold, please write the rest!

The War Against the Chtorr books are remarkable, but do be prepared. They end on a cliffhanger, with the finish being promised over the years and never (as of yet) appearing. They are still highly entertaining and well worth the time. l had originally read them when they first came out and found that revisiting them was definitely worth the time.

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an inbetween type of story.

A lot of needed world building which will be totally wasted without the next book. The sexual threads may have been bold in 1900 but have not aged well in this re-read..... You might get this reference. .. David Gerrold writes like Peter Max paints.