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Evolution (Underworld, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743480732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743480734
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Can't miss: vampires, werewolves, action, special effects, and Kate Beckinsale in a tight black outfit. I'll be there."

About the Author

Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories.  He has written the official movie novelizations of Daredevil, Ghost Rider, Death Defying Acts, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, Roswell, Star Trek, Terminator, Warehouse 13Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro.  He has received two Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.gregcox-author.com.

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Greg Cox is a great writer.
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I do hope that there are more continuations after this. or a TV-series.
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It has a great storyline and is full of action.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Springs on March 23, 2006
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I truely enjoy this series and hope their will be another book and movie. I am not a huge fan of vampire movies, and when I heard about the original Underworld movie, I wasn't all that thrilled. I mean, a Romeo and Juliet story using vampirea and werewolves with automatic weapons? Oddly enough, it was a really enjoyable story.

Underworld Evolution picks up where the original leaves off. Selene and Michael are making their way from the battle where Selene dispatched her former mentor. Michael awakens as a hybrid, quite different from Micheal. In the course of the story, Selene learns about the history of the importals, and the truth about the history of the Eldars and the murder of her mortal family. All the while, her relationship with Michael grows.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 12, 2006
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I picked this up because I think I may have been the only person who really liked the original Underworld film, and I'm a sucker for vampire tales. Books made from films are always risky. It's hard to pack good righting into a novel hat must depend on a high action film for its entire plot. And that's what happened here.

The story picks up right after the first film, with Selene (our vampire) and Michael (now a vampire/werewolf hybrid) in flight from just about every supernatural creature you can imagine. They've done away with an elder werewolf , an elder vampire, and thrown the worlds of coven and clan into chaos. Very Bad Karma. The majority of the story is one long flight from hiding places to safe houses and back again. Worse, some new players have entered the plot.

Marc, who should have been the last vampire elder [and actually should also have found final death], is inadvertently resurrected by exposure to blood that make him a hybrid too. Only he really can turn into a bat and fly. And rip whole building to shreds. The transformed elder makes Michael look like a crosswalk guide. The other new player is Alexander Corvinus, who heads an organization which has been cleaning up after the public relations disasters of the occult set. Suffice it to say that he is not a sanitation engineer, and he plays a key part in making the story work.

Prepare for one long, running vampire fight with occasional stops for the history of these occult creatures. The writing is crisp, and lacks the overblown exclamations that other writers have used to cover up a lack of dialog or action. And yes, there is a lot of violence in the tale -- everyone in this book is a killer of one sort or another, and Greg Cox doesn't flint from pointing this out to the gaping reader. No, this isn't great literature, or even great vampire fiction, but it's an entertaining romp in the fields of night.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mace & Lacey Gannon on February 10, 2006
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Greg Cox writes yet another awesome book in the Underworld series. He fleshes out the characters and plot that the movie doesn't.

Even though the movie rocks!! Better than the first. But needed more indepth characterizations from Selena and Michael.

But like the book, it was never boring and full of awesome vampire vs. werewolf action and adventure.

A must see movie.

A must read book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa S. on June 18, 2013
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Loved this book as much as the movie. Enjoyed that it put more of the meaning and personal feelings to the characters, which makes the movie mean more. Great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Miller on February 24, 2006
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The third and final book in the Underworld triology is fast-paced, exciting, and contains a wealth of surprises. Deeper characterization runs throughout the book with even some of the sideline characters being given more depth and development than the main characters were given in the first book.

The good news is this is the best of the three. The bad news is a casual reader of vampire and/or werewolf fiction is probably going to come away disappointed because the entire triology shatters many of the conventions the genre is founded on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ania M. Nowak on February 9, 2006
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Underworld: Evolution is a very quick read and you can finish it in a few hours. After reading a sample provided by amazon I was slightly put off by the style of the author but decided to give it a chance anyway. Chances are that even when you cringe while going through the sample, tackling such gems as "her lithe body" or - even better - "her alabaster features...", you'll still be able to enjoy the whole book as these slightly pathetic descriptions don't make reading too hard.

I really liked that the plot was focused on three levels, vampires, lycans and mortals and that we got to know some more about the past and the way both vampires and lycans evolved. Thanks to such lycans as Lucian juxtaposing the sophisticated vampires and the crude and primitive lycans is less clear; hints on the evolution the lycan breed undergoes are really promising.

Another good thing was a nicely gothic background, kinda Draculean at times - Danube, mortals pursuing bloodsuckers, stylish rooms of Sancta Helena. The events taking place in the dungeon of Viktor's castle also had a nicely gothic touch.

Unfortunately this book has also flaws. First of all, no matter how romantic and great it might be, I really didn't like Michael coming from the dead. His "dead cells sparked to life..." and "a new heart blossoming within his body" didn't convince me at all plus it might be really hard to deal with the dude in the future if his creators decided to terminate him after all. Secondly, I really didn't get why Selene and the Cleaners didn't destroy the bodies of people killed by William before they turned into werewolves as a right at the beginning of the book Marcus and other Elders were about to do just that, before the dead people turned into werewolves.
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