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Product Details

  • Series: Gears of War
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034549945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345499455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Traviss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three previous Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England.

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

Customer Reviews

A great fill in on the story.
Richie Rich
I love the way Karen Traviss writes and the book was wonderful and it gave life to the video game that I love.
Kara Leigh Bennett
Book was good, these are titles that jump back and forth between the present and the past.
Adam I. Renteria

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2011
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I won't spoil it for anyone reading this review. I enjoyed the book. I started reading the series a while back and have been pleased by the imagery the book can conjure. The author has done the job exceptionally well. If you enjoy the franchise and want to continue to story then get the book. If you'd prefer a pick-up book with no back story then don't. I think that someone could pick it up with minimal knowledge of the game or other books and know what was going on, but wouldn't fully enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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Anvil Gate is the follow up to Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant. It is the third book, of an expected 5, in the Gears of War Universe.

This one picks up right where Jacinto's Remnant left off. The survivors of the sinking of Jacinto continue to struggle with the Stranded and other concerns that have arisen due to the sinking of Jacinto.

Once again Karen Traviss provides a snap shot of the lives of the Gears we've all gotten accustomed to while also digging into the history of the Pendulum Wars and what has formed the two survivors of that bloody battle.

The complaint I leveled at previous Gears novels still stands. You will begin reading during the current time period and then when Karen wants to visit the past, the next chapter or two will be devoted to the past. Then you're handed back into the current time, rinse repeat. It can become slightly disjointed but not really all that difficult to follow. Sometimes you just find yourself wanting to know what is happening, be it in the past or current time and the suspense is taken into a chapter from a different time frame.

Over all the story is really good. Epic did a fantastic job choosing Karen to "own" the Gears story. I just wish she focused on past or present and maybe write a book specific to the past and specific to the present. Of course, some of the past pertains to what's happening in the present, but as this is the third book to be written this way, it just feels like it has become a cliched story telling vehicle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2011
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Overall I really liked this book, I don't think it delved as much into the past of the characters as the other books, which is something I am deeply interested in. The books pace I felt moved along nicely, I don't remember to many spots in the book where I found it a choir to read like other books.
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By SciPhido on September 23, 2014
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I love the way Traviss captures the way soldiers think and feel in combat as well as after the action is over. She does a great job with how people talk and the rude humor is fun. The way she interweaves the past and present really provides depth to the whole storyline in and around the games while standing on its own merit. Hoffman was already a great character, but this look at his past in Anvil Gate gives us more of this honest guy trying to figure out how to survive in some of the political games he's caught up in. And any time we get Marcus, Anya, Dom, Baird, Cole, and Bernie, it's all good!
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By Adam I. Renteria on September 19, 2014
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Book was good, these are titles that jump back and forth between the present and the past. This is the slowest book from what I have heard and now that i just finished it I realized that it was, but it tells a lot of stories about hoffman and more insight on the characters lives, remember a bit slow since it just fills in minor details for a lot of the characters but great read nonetheless and fills in the gaps in the GOW stories.
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By Juan A. Rodriguez on June 30, 2014
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The different story lines here dragged on forever. For that reason this book was difficult to get through. If you are a huge fan of Gears of War, this book is for you, otherwise. pass on this.
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Played the Gears of war game with our xbox, hubby in one room and me in other playing on line. the books are helping me to understand the complete story line.
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Ahh anvil gate we finally discover what happens in the past and gives us better appreciation for victor hoffman. So one must wonder in his position would you?
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