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Publisher's Summary

A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley's Hope and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs

With the failure of Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating setback - the loss of the Aliens they aggressively sought to exploit. Yet there's a reason the Company has risen to the top of the food chain. True to form, they have a redundancy already in place...the facility known as "The Cold Forge".

Remote station RB-232 has become their greatest asset in weaponizing the Xenomorphs. However, when Dorian Sudler is sent to RB-232 to assess their progress, he discovers that there's a spy aboard - someone who doesn't necessarily act in the company's best interests. For Dorian, this is the most unforgivable of sins. When found, the perpetrator will be eliminated with extreme prejudice. If unmasked, though, this person may be forced to destroy the entire station...and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don't do the job first.

©2018 Alex White (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great story line

Nice to see the aliens as a part of the story but more interesting sub plots taking center stage. And the narrator was OUTSTANDING.

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Wrong Genre

This was a book about a sociopath, not aliens. Should not have been included in Alien canon. Disappointing.

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Awesome

I am a big alien fan and this book definitely delivered. Dorian was awesome he really carried the story along with blue. I loved the back and forth dialogue so much I must have listened to the chapters several times because it was so engaging. This is I think the best audio book I have listened to. The aliens were definitely scary also.Dorian was an asshole but a much needed one also. The narrator was very good and it seems all characters came from different voices.

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Dorian made for a flawless story

I am a huge Alien fan. I have many of the books. Seen the movies over and over. The Cold Forge is a masterpiece. Dorian is the perfect antagonist. There are few fleshed out antagonist leave a long lasting impression on me.

1. Annie Wilkes
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3 Dorian

Alex White did an excellent job with his characters. I felt for Lucy, Blue, joviar, and especially Dorian. Michael Braun was excellent. Please please team up again.

Hey Alex can we get a prequel for Dorian? He is pure narcissistic evil. The definitive sociopath. I actually about the aliens for a brief moment to delve into the mind of a monster.

Excellent, great book. Had me on the edge of my seat for the whole 11 hours.

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Not an Alien Story

I'm a big fan of the Alien stories but this isn't it. This story was told from the mind of a psycho marine with Alien activities as a footnote. Not what I was expecting. This was a disturbing story of corrupt power and manipulation of command - not what I'm looking for in a syfy story.

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A very big disappointment

Easily the worst of the Alien series. An 11 and half hour waste of time..

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Author needs to get some adjectives other than the F-bomb. Good writing is intensely warmed with figurative imagery and analogies. Plot dragged in places. Just not satisfying enough for this reader

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Edge of my seat

This whole thing was a freaking psychological thrill ride and I loved it from start to finish. Excellent work, I would recommend this to any Alien fan.

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Great book! Great narrative!

So much fun to listen too! I liked the narrative. Any story where I'm actually like 'I can't wait to get back to my book to see what the jerk so and so does next' is a good book.

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The best Alien novel ever written, bar none.

The Cold Forge is the best Alien novel yet written. It is even superior to Steel Egg, and is good enough to stand on its own even without its association with the Aliens mythos. I recommend it without hesitation. Kudos to Michael Braun for his superb narration, including female voices (which have been a problem for male narrators in the past, who too often make the mistake of actually attempting to imitate a woman's voice rather than focusing on conveying the character's intent in their dialogue). I must also give author Alex White credit for successfully incorporating elements of the new Prometheus/Covenant mythos regarding alien biology (specifically the black goo) into the larger Aliens franchise without compromising its established lifecycle.

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  • Z33
  • 07-08-19

well realised story in the alien universe

Great book that really gets what makes the franchise so popular (unlike the recent movies) and was performed well. I liked the nod to Alien Isolation too (that game needs a sequel !). Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend.

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  • Flink
  • 01-26-19

Great read, but...

The characters are all pretty unlikeable. It wasn't until the last third of the book that you finally feel like there's someone to root for - and that's more of a strong reaction against the villain, rather than any love for the protagonist. If you can resign yourself to that fact, this is actually a really good book. A fast paced, exciting book. I enjoyed this over any of the full cast dramatisations I've listened to, which I have always enjoyed.

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  • Raph
  • 08-05-18

Why can’t the movies be this good?

Absolutely brilliant story from the Alien universe. A creepy and intriguing tale that builds and builds, delivering tense thrills, suspense and action with characters you actually care about.

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  • Matt's Opinion
  • 04-17-20

Outstanding across the board

I can’t place the last time I reviewed anything, let alone an audiobook, but such is my impression of this story and performance, I couldn’t help myself. It’s worth noting, I’ve read or listened to most of the books set in the Alien universe, aside from most of the crossovers. I’ve enjoyed most of them, but this one stood out. I think it has something to do with that fact that this story was honed, it focused on a specific area of the Alien universe, in this case Weyland-Yutani. It fleshed out every character and gave them purpose and motivation, but most importantly they were three dimensional. If I had first known of the premise, I may have been hesitant, as the Alien is very much a secondary player, however, given what I now know, it was definitely required to tell this story. The setting of the book is exactly what you would hope to expect from an Alien story, isolated, sterile, detached, and is very in keeping with the Weyland-Yutani fans of the franchise will have come to know and love or hate. I think the element here that transforms this audiobook from a great story in to something first-class, is the narration, it’s perfect, never have I heard a single narrator so deftly convey the necessary individuality within each character with such nuance, I can’t speak highly enough. If you are a fan of the franchise, I’m entirely confident you will love this story, but even if not, I still strongly recommend you give this book a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Chad G.
  • 02-24-19

Bloody brilliant

Blown away by this book

A must for any aliens fan

The characters Dorian and blue are so captivating

Would give this 6 stars if I could

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  • Serenitylee79
  • 08-18-20

Was a real struggle to get through.

I struggled really hard with this, the story drags like mad, the aliens almost feel like a side story. it's missing the tension of other aliens novels and movies. I didn't care for any of the characters at all, if they all got nuked I wouldn't have cared in the slightest. plus point is the narrator, did an excellent job reading but reading poor material. I'd recommend trying out the dramatised shadows trilogy, they were really good.

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  • Cian
  • 03-09-20

Perfect

This is by far the best Alien novel/audiobook ever written. In my opinion it deserves a perfect score.

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  • AIDAN DUNBAR
  • 09-07-21

not an Alien story

This is a story about a guy called Dorian and his hatred for a disabled woman. it just so happens its set in space and there are a few aliens in it. absolutely nothing like the other books. ie Sea of sorrows etc.

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  • Simon Marsh
  • 06-06-21

Not bad

it's not bad but I feel the author needs to get laid. I dont feel all the sexual stuff is needed and can be over the top in some points. the story without that stuff is good though

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  • E.R.
  • 05-23-20

Not the best in the series.

I've listened to most of the Alien series and enjoyed them immensely however this one I took little pleasure from. The story felt desperate and detached, the aliens of tertiary relevance to two uncomfortable main characters. Unnecessarily masochistic at times which added no additional thrill to the experience. The humans were far more monstrous and violent than the usual alien aggressors, an interesting twist that for me didn't read well and culminated in a thin ending.

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  • Aditya Maharaj
  • 05-24-19

An Alternative Story

To date, all Alien stories, via film or book have begun with humans thrown into an Alien environment, with zero knowledge of what they're facing. Usually led by a Weyland Yutani corporate suit and followed by marines or mercenaries.
So us viewers are witnessing the same cliché slow pace reveals we've seen over and over. Acid for blood, face huggers, chest bursters, queen egg layer.. Etc..

Cold forge was a breath of fresh air for story telling/cannon.
Setup in a space facility that are studying Xenomorphs. We already have the basics covered. It's just about survival now.
The characters are convincing, and well fleshed out and for once I didn't entirely dislike the Weyland suit, Dorian. Who knew?!

The writer also cover some interesting new aspects of the Alien cannon, which ties into Promethus/Covenant.

I do wish they remake this as an Audible drama or even a film adaptation.

Recommend the credit :)

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  • Sean Daly
  • 10-03-18

Brilliant.

I’ve been waiting for a fresh and inspired new story in the Aliens universe and this was it. Not connected or tagging along with any other stories..sitting nicely somewhere in the Amanda Ripley/Isolation era..tho she’s not a character. It’s a story that depicts humans as being the worse species and juxtaposes morality and ethics with very vulnerable people. This story..just..nails it.

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  • Nathan chapman
  • 05-25-20

Thrilling, brutal....with a few laughs

Amazing, I really enjoyed this book. Great writing and narration. Dorian is a fantastic character. 5 stars for sure.

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  • CC
  • 10-25-18

The Perfect Organism

I bought this book as a paperback, Amazon Kindle and audible. it is by far the best Alien story I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-21

Totally worth it

Initially skeptical but the story is brilliant. New characters that you love to hate and hate to love. In this arc, everyone knows what they’re dealing with, a nice change to the “usual” alien plot lines and yet chaos reigns supreme. Do it.

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  • nadia flowers
  • 12-21-20

pretty decent

a decent Alien series novel. Well read. I enjoyed listening to it. It's worth a credit

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