Aliens: Phalanx

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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The number-one New York Times best-selling author of Infected delivers medieval carnage as a pre-industrial society fights extinction at the hands of a massive infestation of Xenomorphs.

Ataegina was an isolated world of medieval castles, varied cultures, and conquests, vibrant until the demons rose and spread relentless destruction. Swarms of lethal creatures with black husks, murderous claws, barbed tails, and dreaded “tooth-tongues” raged through the lowlands, killing 90 percent of the planet’s population. Terrified survivors fled to hidden mountain keeps where they eke out a meager existence. When a trio of young warriors discovers a new weapon, they see a chance to end this curse. To save humanity, the trio must fight their way to the tunnels of Black Smoke Mountain - the lair of the mythical Demon Mother.

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Oooof...

I love Scott Sigler, but shoehorning in all the feminist BS ruined this one. Seriously, we get it. Men are evil rapists and women are virtues, all-powerful super heroes. Sad that pandering to the latest fad of white-knighting and man-bashing ruined what couldve been a good story.

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Good initial concept, finally forgetable

I am putting this on my audible to swap list. I genuinely liked the idea of putting a fantasy element to the Alien franchise and applied my credit to this new release while traveling. It may be that my life is currently too full to be nominally stimulated by any audiobook, but I’m quite disappointed by this story putting too many undercurrents of contemporary ideology into an attempted depiction of a past world of short resources and looming danger. Performance was good, and a few clever environmental features gave a bit of imagination but the rest is refried heinz, with sugar, vinegar and too many preservatives.

Note: I much dislike hybridisation of the main storyline unless it’s characters that intertwine nicely from book to book, but this one tries to recreate an entire cultural, historical and civilisational context during the read, and made me think of the Alien as just another screaming troll in a dragonlance or tolkien book. It detracts from the feeling of dread, and makes going to a trek something of a “sponsored by trip advisor” thing not a real survivalist journey.

Note II: I understand the search for new hero prototypes, and again using current political essentials to be correct is a thing, but do I really want that dangling in my face when it’s screamed over invasively? First an LGBT Mortal Kombat;?a similar Aliens takeover, now this. I really miss no nonsense character building with fresh and deep context but you can tell the author’s activities and everyday hangouts of the author by reading through the buildup. And where I’m coming from, it’s first world uninspired pseudo modernism drawing on utterly incomplete and fictional historical accessories trying to instill some final ideas which insult my intelligence as well as my morphology or the combination of both. Where’s the Alien in all of this? Oh, walking dead prop.

The author needs to go around the world, the authentic one, with real dynamic situations and people, places and facts, and perhaps this won’t read as an armchair general with a fetish figurine on his desk kind of rendition.
Can’t recommend unless you really need all aliens books lining up on your shelf.

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!!!Aliens: Phalanx needs to be made into a live/action movie!!!

Action packed from start to finish! Twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, asking and craving for more! Original/refreshing breath of air back into the Alien Franchise! I have never been this excited to eagerly want to return to listen,again and again from the pauses I had in this book! This story deserves more than a five star rating, the unbelievable hard work and creativity put in this Alien novel goes beyond years of story telling without question! I honestly felt like I was right there, deeply immersed like the Matrix inside the story along side with every character, every scene, living every moment of terror and excitement! FOX-As one of many, true die-hard Alien fans! I’m pleading-practically begging at this point, to make this novel into a movie!!! I wouldn’t make this kinda of praise or recommendation about a novel, if it didn’t hold it’s worth in gold! This novel for sure will receive the awards and accolades it deserves! The only thing I’m sad about, which is nothing to be sad about at all-LOL! (Me being Melodramatic) - Is the fact that the novel had to end! This review is pure and from the heart!

-Maurice Meadows

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Very good almost great

I’m a HUGE Alien fan and often wonder how do they keep screwing these up? Scott Sigler delivers. I Just finished, loved the middle, I loved the ending, a few small issues, first 3rd has its moments of absolute slog, the narrator delivers one character is an annoying valley girl “like, fur sure” but with all that said, Sigler gets it, at least to me he does, I hated the last few Alien books, prototype and isolation but I enjoyed the majority of this. A highly recommend for Alien, Aliens fans, while not perfect, it’s very good

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Sigler great Pinchot awful

Pinchot sounds like a teddy bear’s soothing voice reading Alien is a sin. Sigler is excellent but the narration is abysmal does not match the genre at all. How disappointing for a mostly epic Alien audiobook collection.

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Great listen!! Both thumbs up.

To the author, from a huge fan of the Aliens franchise: Well done sir, well done.

To future listeners, you won’t be disappointed. After listening, if you wonder if all of Scott Sigler’s works are this good, then I must say that they most definitely are and that you should check out some of the authors other works. I have been a fan of Scott Sigler and the Aliens franchise for years, and for myself this audiobook was a most satisfying experience.

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Interesting and original

This felt like a true part of the alien universe, while maintaining nothing to do with the alien universe. Awesome all around

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A Sigler must read

Wow what a great add to the Aliens saga. If you like aliens you will love this book

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A lot of feminist propaganda.

A decent overall story. The performance was okay but I didn’t like how he made certain characters seem like they were teenagers from the Valley in California. I’m pretty sure people that grew up in Ategina (spelling?) wouldn’t sound like that. I appreciate strong female characters like Ridley from the original movie series but I didn’t like the attitude of the main character toward her lover. If the roles were reversed in those situations there would be folks yelling misogyny from the mountain tops.

Besides that I thought this was a very good story that is a believable fiction unlike some of the other fictions out there with strong female main characters.

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More Junkie juice, please.

For hard core Alien fans, Mr. Sigler does not disappoint. Definitely was worth the wait.

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  • Cian
  • 03-07-20

I am getting a refund

boring story written for 10 year olds and a very poor performance. If you are in between buying this or Aliens : The Cold Forge, go with Cold Forge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-25-20

Could not wait

It was a great book and glad I got it. Can’t wait for the next aAlien book to come out.

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  • Simon Dyer
  • 03-22-20

doesn't feel like aliens

I just didn't like it. Story and characters weren't interesting enough and I didn't really care for them. I guess I'm just more of a fan of the more futuristic alien books. I'd recommend out of the shadows or the cold forge. not necessarily a bad book just not my sort of thing.

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  • Craig
  • 03-20-20

Best Alien book of the series yet

Loved every minute of this story. Characters where interesting and god so emotionally attached.

Would love to hear more. Prequel or Sequel will be fantastic. Would live to listen to a Audible Drama play to. Recommended to any Alien fan. Worthy of a Film or tv series. I compared the feeling I had during the fight of Helms deep from LOTR to the battles described in this book.

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  • Aj
  • 03-20-20

Would Recommend.

Enjoyable listen. This is a new, unique take on an Alien story. The author has done a good job of crafting an Alien story in this type of culture and had many good ideas which i would have liked to explore further. The story focuses more on human interaction and society with the Aliens as a constant looming presence in the background which didn't really grip me like other Alien stories have. The narration was decent although Crene spent half the book talking with a camp accent and the other half not. Overall it was good and i would recommend it.

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  • Kareem
  • 03-19-20

A new twist for a beloved series

Didn't know what to expect with the setting but thoroughly enjoyed this read. Was a little irritated by the swearing early on but it grew on the character in a strange kind of way and suited him.

the story ramps up in stages and I found myself gripped far more than I thought I would in the beginning.

Highly recommend.

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  • Neel
  • 03-19-20

Best Alien book I've heard in ages!

Completely different but in a good way. This freshens up the franchise in a big way. I dont think any Alien fan would be disappointed. #nospoilers

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-20

Excellent from start to finish, with only 1 con.

A classic girl meets xenomorph story this is not.

Told from a completely different perspective than the usual futuristic backgrounds, I thoroughly enjoyed the shift in scenery, sophistication and overall approach!

There are so many great levels to this story; concept, the characters, their development, the history and small details which help to effortlessly transform you into a "fly on the wall" of this brilliant unfolding story. As any avid fan of anything Alien, I found this simply refreshing, utterly thrilling and it now sits easily as one of my top stories in the Xenoverse. I hope there is more to come in this particular line in terms of a prequel detailing the series of events leading up to the present story, as that would be straight on my pre-order list!!

My only con: "Black Bastards".
Mr Sigler.... Adding "hearted or souled" in between these two words would have made all the difference without losing any of the power of the moment. As unintentional as it may be, it really broke the bubble. Thanks to Mr Pinchots narrative performance for quickly rebuilding it.

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  • johnweedon
  • 03-15-20

Heres a spoiler for you,,,, absolute "S**T"

Scott Sigler, must be one of the most self congratulatory novelists l have encountered but still gave this a go , because its an "Alien" story and was hoping for some salvation post Isolation and the recent WTF? "Echo".

All Jeff hardy narrated titled were a blast and l suppose we have to be grate Sigler aint doing his own God awful narration(hence performance rating).

He once stated on Rogan, that if has the reader for ten mins/pages that's all he needs , "l've got them".. He is delusional, l know as l have even read some of his books based on "Ancestor". Five hours into this crap and the repetitive use of "we don't have a choice" motivational mantra of our leading lady .. l realised l did have a choice , but having thoughts of self harm at times, l persevered , intrigued by the promise of a twist or two . Yep give me an Indian burn any day......Thank the stars for Audible's no questions asked return policy.

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  • Flink
  • 03-15-20

So good

I loved being in the Alien universe again. But, I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to have a completely different type of story. It all happens on a single planet with a group of people who have never even heard of the Weyland Yutani Corporation.

This is the best one I've listened to in some time, and would make a great film adaptation. The twist helps to explain a lot and left me with questions that would make for a good sequel.

If you have read and enjoyed previous Alien books then go ahead and get this one too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-20

The story is even worse than the cover art

I dont really even know where to start to be honest. The is not an Alien story. The Alien has just been bolted on to sell this junk. The Aliens is this book run around in daylight and get killed by kids with spears and stones. There is no company, no colonial marines, no mining colonies, no synthetics, no space.. The author created an entirely new framework set in a medieval world of underground communities which in my opinion is an absolute fail. Boring, tedious and paper thin. It seems like the whole thing has been written to be aimed at teenage girls complete with gender equality messages every 5 minutes. The voice naration is bad and for a certain character is beyond a joke, you'll see. Totally disappointed

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  • Peter Van Drie
  • 03-20-20

Fantastic evolution of the Alien storyline

Thoroughly enjoyable book, great to have some positive light in what is normally a very dark world.

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  • Ben
  • 03-19-20

Amazing and new.

Loved this book.

Refreshing from a space story.

Love how it ties into other story’s

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  • Aaron
  • 02-26-20

Blown away, this is cold forge good

Very surprised at how a setting like this could make a great aliens story. Lives up to the hype