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The Predator

By: Christopher Golden,Mark Morris
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black's new movie with a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker.

The official novelization of the summer blockbuster The Predator, Shane Black's new movie set within the universe of the previous films. With a screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, the film stars Yvonne Strahovski, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Sterling Brown, Keegan-Michael Key, Edward James Olmos, Jake Busey, and more. 

Author Christopher Golden (Alien: River of Pain) will work closely with James A. Moore, author for the official prequel novel.

©2018 Christopher Golden (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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What is this?

So much of this has absolutely nothing to do with the predator or aliens, just boring stories about random people. This is a waste of my time.

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Fantastic

If the movie is half as good as this storyline then it will be a great movie.
(Possible Spoilers) As usual the Predators are her on a hunt and he has found his targets, group of black ops military personel that have no idea what they are about to face. McKenna, a sniper, is the only one survives and when located, he is taken back interrogated and deemed unstable. Good way to get him make his story unbelievable expecially when more than one government entity as well as private have placed all their monies on the location and eventual study of any and all alien artifacts. They will not allow anyone to get in the way, especially when one is located and now also a prisoner...the enevitable happens, he escapes and begins looking for his weapons and anyone that gets in his way...well the enevitable happens. And McKenna, bound for a VA psych ward with other inmates happens to get in the way. Yeah it will get interesting.

Enter another, bigger, stronger and far more dangerous, predator into the mix and you have hell unleased in a small town on Halloween night.
There are several other players that come into it as they try to stay ahead of the first predator and they too make the storyline.

It is well worth listening to it simply because there is more explanition about the Predators as their thoughts are also shared, something that hollywood has never gotten correctly unless they change the script and even then it's not always that great.
If however you have seen it are intend to see it, you should also listen/read this as well just for the background info on both predators and the players involved.
This is the sequeal to the first book; Predators-Hunter and Hunted.
That too is a great read/audio because it too gives a bit more info on the Predators...damn good storyline.

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Very Hollywood and filled with plot holes

This book will remind you of Hollywood movies with its emphasis on attractive main characters, excessive explosions, and cliche plot points. Unfortunately this book is filled with plot holes and lets you know that the focus was not on the story itself of the world building, but instead its purpose is to ensure that as much violence occurs as possible.

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this sucks

I thought I might give this book a try but then I got 20 min into it and NOPE, do not try

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Better than the actual film!

The author and the narrator did an amazing job trying to turn the silly 2018 Predator film into a proper story. There are some clashes in tone because of the script and the silly dialogue but the author managed to flesh out the main cast and even side characters more than the film did.
If you want a proper Predator story tho I recommend the prequel which is more in tone fir a Predator story.

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The Predator has met his match!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It stayed close enough to the movie to make it extremely entertaining. Wish I'd have "read" the book before seeing the movie. Mr Golden and Mr Morris did a good job of bringing the movie from the screen to become a movie for my ears. Mr. Cronin did an excellent job of portraying the characters and making them believable.

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Better than the film

while the film had elements of the book, the book read a little better. too bad the film was a wreck.

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Bland, typical hollywood checkbox nonsense

I've read several of the reviews and can tell a lot of them are fake. Between giving a synopsis and no actual commentary, and just saying "wowee, better than the movie!", which I had never heard of, I knew something was amiss. I'm a few hours in and I can already say with certainty that this book is simply not good.

It started out okay. Kind of like the Hunters and Hunted book, which was chaotic and poorly paced, but otherwise a decent listen. But this one is more chaotic and manages to be paced even worse. There are far too many pop culture references and the dialogue is, for want of a better term, cringe. The story keeps jumping around with no real regard for proper flow, and to characters that can only be described as ranging from boring to frustrating.

This is where the Hollywood checkbox comes in. Not that I have issues with autistic folks, but to be a self proclaimed "neurodiverse" person, which the audience can figure out for themselves and instead rubbing it in their faces just smacks of petty identity politics. Whereas normally, I wouldn't even mention it, I am so tired of seeing it and being fully aware of what it actually comes from is just disappointing. But he is certainly one of the more tolerable characters.

Then there's Kacey. To put it bluntly, she is by far the most insufferable character in the whole book. She typical misandric Mary Sue whos only flaw is that she doesn't know how to socialize. Except even while she is apparently overqualified for everything and superior to everyone, she is a complete and total moron. Tranq gun in hand, she watches the predator wake up while bound on a table and chooses not to fire. Then, when she finally tries, we find that she is totally incompetent with a weapon. And of course, the Predator spares her and no one else, even though she clearly, is momentarily, posed a clear threat. I want strong female characters, but I've had enough hollow excuses for them as this when there are scores of examples of such characters who were actually compelling and likable.

The plot is totally predictable. Without even finishing the book, I can already tell that Rory and Kacey, who are completely incapable of defending themselves or operating under pressure, are going to defeat the predator and what's his face who we thought was going to be the main character is going to sacrifice himself while all of the important male characters are systematically killed off. I see the real ratings here and I know I am far from being alone in feeling this way. But I am satisfied in that Hollywood is now losing all kinds of money because people are realizing that they are also tired of that hypocritical trite.

The narrator is passable, but he's certainly no Marc Thompson or Jonathon Davis. Could do with a bit more enthusiasm, but then again, as a voice actor myself, I don't think I could deliver such frankly lame line with any enthusiasm either. But hey, now I know why this book was free.

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A wild ride!

I'm huge into alien and scifi and have always loved the Alien/Predator franchise. I'm making my way through them all! This one was fantastic! I saw the movie a couple years ago and the movie was very true to the book! I was tickled about that! Loved the narration as well! 5 stars!

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Good book

Good novelization of the movie. Some things are different from the film but overall a good listen. Enjoyed it.

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  • 12-18-18

brilliant book.

Really enjoyed this much better than the movie. We need more aliens and predator books.

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  • Mr C Summers
  • 10-18-21

More entertaining than the film was.

Probably a better production and more entertaining than the film itself.

Not a great story but good enough audio performance.

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  • Deepsearch
  • 11-22-19

Starkly average.

It was okay. Very close to the film, which is disappointing as books are usually s lot better.

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  • Flink
  • 04-27-19

Wish I hadn't seen the film

This makes a few important changes from the film. No ridiculous suit. No predator that's trying to save us (whilst also killing everything in its path! ).

Frankly, this is a better story. But, unfortunately, if you've seen the film already then you just can't experience it in the same way. The 'surprises' aren't surprises. Still a good book. But, best to watch the film afterwards.

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  • HowGuitarz
  • 01-21-19

A better final act than the movie....

Im looking forward to watching the movie again. I think Black messed the final act up in comparison to the book, especially the death of a couple of characters and the final scenes. In fact overall the book just flowed better and I enjoyed it more than the movie since it fleshed out the characters, which of course a book can do easier than a film. The film could have had an extra 15 minutes added to fill in some glaring blanks. The constant references to dogs made more sense here. In the film it made no sense as it was missing key scenes. Overall its not as bad as some critics and fans have said and I enjoyed the listen but id say its not for everyone.

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  • Irishimpstixx
  • 09-28-18

Meh

It's OK but not much more than that, if you're in to the aliens vs predators films and books. For one I hope the film is better!

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  • Ms Ghost
  • 10-26-22

LOVED THIS

Say what you like, this was a thoroughly enjoyable listen. There are lots of holes in the story line which don't fit in with the whole predator premiss. Nevertheless you can enjoy this completely.
Sit back and just enjoy the ride

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  • The Goat
  • 10-14-22

Terrible

Utter nonsense and highly predictable. Whoever thought the predator needed an upgrade. The prequel was ok but sadly this is rubbish

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  • 02-23-22

I think the franchise needs an upgrade

although there are upteen grizzly deaths i have the feeling this is aimed toward a younger audience with the introduction of space dogs that seem bizzarly out of place for a predator story in my humble opinion. I would of been more intrigued with a grittier storyline but I excepted the more A- teamy vibe of the crew helping Mckenna on his mission to fight the big beastly upgraded predator and the shenanagins that ensue. Overall an ok listen and the reason i have given THE PREDATOR...3 stars.

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  • Vilemenace
  • 02-11-22

A1

Great story really enjoyed it way better than the film would recommend it to my friends

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  • 05-30-22

A bit of my brain died

I never saw the movie, but the plot of the audiobook idiotic. This may be the dumbest thing I ever listened to. The voice narration is pretty good, though, but doesn’t make up for the weak material.