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Gears of War: The Slab Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss has written four previous novels in the Gears of War series: Aspho Fields, Jacinto’s Remnant, Anvil Gate, and Coalition's End, and is the writer of Epic Games’s 2011 blockbuster video game sequel, Gears of War 3. She’s received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series (City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge) and for her groundbreaking Star Wars novels in the Republic Commando series (Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and 501st) and the Legacy of the Force series (Bloodlines, Sacrifice, and Revelation). Her novella, Human Weakness, appeared in the Halo anthology Evolutions. A former TV and newspaper journalist and defense correspondent, she lives in England.     

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Product Details

  • Series: Gears of War
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439184073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439184073
  • ASIN: 1439184070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,546 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay M on May 17, 2012
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Karen Traviss has done an excellent job with the Gears universe so far, and The Slab is no exception.

The story is one of the best yet, detailing Marcus' time in the infamous Slab. It's dark, gritty, and has an air of hopelessness to it even though those who've played the videogames know the best result.

The book is easy to read and follow. Fans of the videogames be warned, this is more of a character-driven story. There's action scenes (including a nice little nod to the first game at the end,) but most of the book focuses on the characters. I found no problem with this, however, and couldn't put it down until the end.

I would give the book five stars, but what's holding me back is one tiny thing; we are teased answers to two of the big questions left at the end of Gears of War 3, but not given them!!

All in all, a great read. Hoping for a sequel, set after Gears 3! Please Karen!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim L. on May 15, 2012
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Karen Traviss pens another superb entry in the Gears of War saga. This book is a prequel to the first Gears of War game, dealing none whatsoever with any time period after the opening scenes of the original game release. Traviss once again delivers a paramount performance, balancing the raw emotions brought about by war and death against hope and the sheer will to survive.

This is a book any Gearhead will enjoy, with plenty of backstory to connect certain plot lines, and make the reader rethink events that they witnessed in the previous GOW games. Loyal fans of the franchise will be rewarded with sly, often subtle hints of foreshadowing scattered throughout the book, and will have a few "Aha!" moments along the way. For example: the origin of the scar on Marcus Fenix's face is finally revealed. Traviss does a good job of fleshing out minor characters and giving them a history in the Gears universe, not just a recurring name in the series of books.

Basically, if you're already a fan of Gears of War--you need to purchase this book immediately. I would recommend playing the games and reading Karen Traviss's other work in the GOW universe before reading The Slab, but this book can still be enjoyed as an entry point for new readers.

Well worth the price. Any Gears fan needs to read this book, and the rest of Traviss's work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Dylewski on May 12, 2012
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For anyone who has enjoyed the other books, you will love this one. Another great story for the series. I just hope these books keep coming out
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Play on May 24, 2012
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I am a huge fan of the game. So if you are too then you need to pick this book up. It fills in alot of the missing pieces the game leaves out. I can not say enough good things about Karen or her writing style. Its a must buy for all Gears fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dee on June 22, 2012
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My boyfriend loves the Gears of War books and games, it only made sense for me to by him the last one (I believe...) ! He's rationing out the pages until the game comes out, but he's told me so far it's good !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lerch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 13, 2012
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Gears of War: The Slab is the last book (supposedly) in the series, and arguably one of the best written and laid out.

One thing that Karen has done in previous books is to focus on multiple timelines. OK, only dual timelines generally. What this means is that in previous books you would have 1, maybe 2, chapters where you were in the past. The next chapter or 2, the present. This would alternate until Karen would close off the past in the penultimate chapter, then close the book with the closing of the "present."

This book focuses entirely on the past, the past before the beginning of the first game in the series. There is nothing about what happened after the end of Gears of War 3 the game. Nothing about what happened in long forgotten battles where our heroes became heroes. This is a book on the fall from grace of what is thought to be the greatest hero of the COG - Marcus Fenix's downfall. The when, where, why and how of Marcus's internment into arguably the worst (or last) prison known to Sera and the COG. This is the place Dom saves Marcus from at the beginning of the first Gears of War game.

The emotions run deep and Karen does a tremendous job keeping you interested. All of the characters are true to their game counterparts, only deeper, given the book is an easier medium to delve into deeper emotions - game makers don't always do a good job of getting you into the heads of the characters.

I would say this is easily the best in the series - the best in a series of great books.

Worth a read, definitely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zissou7 on September 21, 2012
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I'm not sure what else to say other than this was a Great series! The jumping around within the series was a little distracting but nothing that should deter anyone from reading them. I must say I am a huge fan of the Gears of War series, both game and books but the books really delve into the characters and their life storyline. Karen Traviss is an excellent writer and I really didn't want to see an end to the series. These books really make you feel like Epic Games did a really poor job with their storyline compared to the in depth detail Traviss included in the series. I also find it a plus that she stuck with what little storyline Epic Games did giver her. Not to give anything away but Anyone who really enjoyed the game should definitely give this series a read.

This was a great end to the series! As stated before, it's a little unusual that the series ends with the begining of the game. Ultimately I am sad to know that Traviss is done with the series...although Epic Games did just announce that they were bringing out another Gears of War game that features Damon Baird when he was actually a Lieutenant. If Traviss were to write another book with Baird as the main character and throw in some current Fenix/Stroud relations...Wow, I would definitely buy the book before it comes out. Great job Karen Traviss!
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