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Gears of War: Coalition's End Hardcover – August 2, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in the Gears of War Series

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About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and comic book author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess’har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also the lead writer on the blockbuster Gears of War 3 video game from Epic Games. A former defense correspondent and television and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

Product Details

  • Series: Gears of War
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183953
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Coalition's End follows up Gears of War: Anvil Gate in the 5 book series from Karen Traviss based on the Gears of War universe.

Coalitions End picks up where Anvil Gate left off and takes you right up to the opening mission of Gears of War 3 (or so Karen Traviss is saying in interviews; game isn't out yet, so I can't say for sure). This book sets us up for the invasion of an enemy that is supposed to be worse than even the Locust; the Lambent. Within the book we are introduced to several of the new enemies that will face the Gears in Gears of War 3.

Superbly detailed with plenty of background for all of the characters means that you don't NEED to have a background with the games to pick this book up and read, though I would recommend at least reading through the other 3 books before starting here. I don't think there is enough character development for someone without at least the other books so you know the characters a bit better if nothing else.

The book is written in Traviss' typical Gears of War fashion. You have chapters of what is happening in the present with chapters full of what happened in the past interspersed. The plot vehicle works, but after reading 4 books like this now, I am hoping that the final book in the 5 book series shakes off this now cliched writing technique.

One thing different about this book is that instead of going right to paper back, as the other novels have, this one has been released in a hardback book format. The sleeve is nice and the cover art isn't bad.

Good book that fills in a lot of cracks, but as I've stated in my other reviews for Gears books, one star is subtracted for what I deem a tired writing style in terms of all the flash backs and flash forwards.

Highly recommended.
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Essential for any fan of Gears of War (GoW)

Unbeknownst to most people, A LOT of stuff happens between the games GoW 2 and GoW 3, which may leave you scratching your head in confusion at the storyline in GoW 3. That's because THREE WHOLE BOOKS worth of storyline happen between the end of 2 and the beginning of 3. The story, in chronological order, is as follows:

Gears of War (game)
Aspho Fiels (novel)
Gears of War 2 (game)
Jacinto's Remnant (novel)
Anvil Gate (novel)
Coalition's End (novel)
Gears of War 3 (game)
The Slab (novel)

As you can see above, Coalition's end is a large piece of the puzzle, and essential reading for GoW fans.

Karen Traviss knows the GoW franchise perfectly and doesn't mess with the cannon. In fact, the characters we know from the games are enhanced with deeper exposure.

AUDIOBOOK: The reader (David Colocci) is absolutely AMAZING; he is able to impersonate each of the characters so perfectly that you'll see them in your head as you listen. Everyone from terse Marcus to boisterous Cole to gruff Hoffman to accented Bernie, and more. I honestly believe David Colocci should win an award for his voice work in the GoW series.
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Format: Hardcover
It seems like ancient history when the war of the world began, but in fact it is just fifteen years since the Locust Horde came from within to assault the humans (see Aspho Fields). Their objective was total annihilation of all humans. Mankind fought back though billions died as the ruthless enemy made no distinction between soldier and civilian.

The Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) destroy what is left of civilization though they defeated their insidious foe and another powerful adversary at one hellish cost (see Jacinto's Remnant and Anvil Gate). The survivors take refuge on Vectes, a difficult to reach isolated island. As the COG begins to argue, haven turns to hell when the mutilating Lambent begin a deadly assault which explains why the Locust left the underground to fight on the surface. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago know a last stand on Vectes is suicide as the polyps make the tickers and berserkers look benign; the only place left for the dwindling few humans are the equally suicidal Wastelands.

The fourth Gears of War tied to the games is a terrific entry as Karen Travis provides a fascinating spin to the military science fiction saga with the motive to the recent global war of destruction. The story line showcases the desperation humanity faces as the remaining two survival choices will remind readers of Joshua playing Tic-Tac-Toe in WarGames as each solution facing humans leads to total annihilation. Although there is somewhat a similar tone to Anvil Gate, fans of the Gears of War universe will enjoy action-packed Coalition's End as things have gotten dramatically worse enhanced by a major betrayal for the human race.

Harriet Klausner
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I've read all the Gears novels (and played the games), but wasn't really happy with the last book, Gears of War: Anvil Gate. I felt it didn't do much to move the story forward, and the flashbacks didn't really seem terribly relevant to the overall story. Coalitions End does shed a bit more light on why Anvil Gate is relevant to the story, but more importantly, it's a much better book in my opinion.

Like Anvil's Gate, this switches back and forth between current events and flashbacks. The flashbacks focus primarily on the various characters around Emergence Day, which is interesting and sheds a lot of light on the Gears history. The current events pick up where Anvil Gate left off and set things up for Gears of War 3. It doesn't get around to answering really any of the big outstanding questions some of the other books have raised, and actually adds a few more to the pile. Hopefully Gears 3 takes care of wrapping these up.

Overall, an enjoyable read, and a good addition to the Gears universe.
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