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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: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

#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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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Halo, Gears of War, and Star Wars work. She's best known for military science fiction, but her upcoming novel, "Going Gray," is a techno-thriller set closer to home. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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This book pulls a lot of the story lines together.
Joelle M Myers
The Karen Traviss Gears of War books are some of the best books in general that I've read.
Kevin W. Merrel
Many lingering questions are answered in this book.
Kyle Fike

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8 of 8 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 12 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 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mdem on July 9, 2012
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This was an awesome book and it told such a great story I'm very happy I got this! Thanks for the great deal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason k on June 13, 2012
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As always Karen Traviss made a great novel one the gears series. Love it. A must buy for any fan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Schmied on May 25, 2012
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Like Gears of War? Get this book. This is a great read and might be the best one yet in the series. Keep 'em coming!
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