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The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying 2,000 colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is a make-or-break investment for the corporation - and for the future of all mankind.

Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission. As the colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife, Daniels, complete their preparations, security chief Daniel Lope recruits the final key member of his team. Together they seek to stop the perpetrators before the ship and its passengers can be destroyed.

An original novel by the acclaimed Alan Dean Foster, author of the groundbreaking Alien novelization, Alien: Covenant Origins is the official chronicle of the events that led up to Alien: Covenant. It also reveals the world the colonists left behind.

©2017 Alan Dean Foster (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good preview into earth

Well the preview into earths conditions was nice. There was some slow parts but overall some nice info about the universe. Would have been hard to keep interest as there was not much action. Good thing this story was created after already being a fan. If it was first story in order...I don’t know if it would create fans.

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good

nice edition to the timeline. no aliens are involved but i expected as much. still great though.

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Pointless

I am a big fan of the Alien Universe especially the last two movies. I am intrigued by the story and ideology way more than the horror part of it. This book is pointless. Yes I understand the title of the book but, it is so generic. It's like if I wrote down a 200 page book of my experience and preparations for a vacation involving planes and airport traveling. There is very little substance of anything pertaining to the Alien Universe. As Trump likes to tweet.... SAD, so SAD.

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Hard sci-fi political intrigue in Alien Universe

If you haven't already - listen to this BEFORE the Alien: Covenant novelization!

Great reader, great writer - I love the Alien universe and and really happy to have an expansion of life on earth at the time of the Covenant launch with well voiced, interesting characters.

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OTBD

I have read the reviews for this book and I slightly understand the negative reviews. I love the mythos and various stories surrounding the Alien series. I have been a huge fan of the movies (first 2 mostly) since I was a kid. This book is different than the others, sure. It is not an "Alien" in the aspect that there are no xenomorphs, neomorphs... etc. What this book contains is a very good story about the trials and tribulations of the planet prior to the launch of the Covenant, why they needed to colonize, the fact that there was resistance to that motion and why. It is odd and it is slow in parts, but every story has a start and an end. Not all parts of a story move at 100 MPH. Tom Taylorson did a great job of narration and was spot on with the voice characterization. Knowing what comes next makes this book that much better in my opinion. The way Alan Dean Foster wrote drew me into the world and allowed me to get lost in the competing sides of the struggle.

Indeed, OTBD.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 02-13-18

Corporate Espionage, No Monsters

I've been a fan of the Alien films for a long time. I didn't have the opportunity to see Alien Covenant in theaters, but have the film on Blu Ray, though I haven't seen it yet. I decided to wait until the prequel Book was published and read it and the film novelization before watching the movie. It is unusual that the prequel book, which should've been published first, was actually last.
There are no monsters in this book, as it is a tale of corporate espionage regarding the mission of the colony ship Covenant. The intrigue is well written and interesting, though not all questions are answered. Weyland -Yutani is not quite the corporate powerhouse in this book, though they are a conglomerate. The head Hideo Yutani is interesting. The organization that opposes him, the Earth Savers has a "prophet" who seemingly knows what monsters like in the dark. His nightmares have given the Earth Savers fuel for their fire. This plot point is similar to one in an earlier book, Alien Sea of Shadows. Please note: Spoilers.
Duncan Fields, the prophet, seems to have an empathetic link to the Alien warriors, similar to Ripley's descendant in Sea of Shadows. He had the ability to see through the Alien warriors eyes. Duncan Fields seems to have this ability as well, though the background is not explained fully. Still a great read. I read this book using Immersion Reading. Narrator Tom Taylorson, is excellent, with a beautiful, clear voice and is gifted with accents. It was definitely a highlight to hear this book as well as read it. Worth your time.

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Great book, clean content and a great story.

The story and plot are clear and believable. The characters each play a followable role. I'm down loading the next book.

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Alien: Convent Origins: The Bureaucracy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story- It was trivial and almost everything that was interesting was dispensable to the main story.

What was most disappointing about Alan Dean Foster’s story?

It was boring.

Which scene was your favorite?

There is a scene that discusses the android David and the newer android Walter.

Could you see Alien: Covenant Origins being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I don't believe there was enough excitement in the story. It had several dead-ends/red herrings that really weren't that interesting.

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not what I thought

didn't realize it was a prequel to the covenant story. not bad just not what I was expecting.

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Disappointing-only makes you dislike movie more.

The movie for which the prequel is intended is too dark and unsatisfying. This prequel answers few, if any questions, and only makes you fond of characters with excellent back stories, only to cavalierly and swiftly kill them off in movie. Aliens' movies are supposed to be dark, but dark for a reason - not just maliciously and sadistically so.

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  • Jane
  • 10-24-17

No Aliens here - and very little else

I enjoyed the last two Alien audible purchases, but this was very disappointing. As a stand-alone thriller it really isn't page-turning stuff, but as the prequel it's thin, tedious and disappointing. Performances are pretty good, but that didn't make up for the sheer emptiness of the story.
Not recommended.


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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 10-17-17

Dull

Best I can say is that the narration is good. The story is brain-numbingly boring. It's a shame as the Alien Series of books has been genuinely excellent up to now

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  • Joerillibee
  • 10-12-17

Boring

This novel was boring and repetitive. I was very disappointed being a fan of the other Alien stories. I couldn't even be bothered to listen to the end.

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  • Gareth Stenson
  • 10-10-17

Boring.

Nothing to do with alien/promethuesus bar the name. Low grade detective story set in the future.

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  • Krzysztof
  • 10-07-17

Great intro into the "alien covenant" story

Overall a great insight into a world the covenant ship is leaving behind. You are introduced and get to know some of the characters. At times however some parts could have been explored a little bit further and others, especially motives of some individuals, are not that believable. If you are into Alien universe you will appreciate every input that adds to it. Otherwise it is mostly a good listen.

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  • Cazbean
  • 03-05-18

Fantastic pre story

A great addition to the already fab alien books. Gives a really nice story to accompany the series. Would make a lovely addition to movie franchise

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  • Neil
  • 12-21-17

Another good addtiion to the Alien cannon

A good story, which leads up to the Covenant movie. It doesn't really add anything new which would help flesh out Covenant, but a good well paced story.

The performance is good with each character given a unique enough sound.

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  • Ellis
  • 10-22-17

Cash Grab

Weak and unnecessary, living off the fumes of a poorly received film. Ultimately adds nothing.

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  • Jack
  • 10-01-17

good over all

was good but knowing that everything turns out ok and they do set off in the covenant kinda kills the story but at least it pads out the world a bit more

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  • ricke williams
  • 10-30-17

The back story that should have been filmed

The new tech that is predicted is brilliant. The descriptions of great Britain are hilarious

0 of 1 people found this review helpful