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Predator 2: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Jove Edition edition (December 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515105783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515105780
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget on July 5, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the awful cover art this novelization by Simon Hawke (written, mostly, in a Colorado coffee shop) is a nice extension of the movie. Novelizations usually feature extended scenes which are mostly cut from the script before filming, Predator 2 is one of the rare instances when virtually all of the shooting script was filmed, only important scenes never made it to the movie.

A lot of fans of the first movie reject Predator 2 because they opposed Danny Glover replacing Big Arn as a hero. Before Gary Busey was cast as Peter Keyes, the government agent trying to catch the Predator, the role was actually supposed to be Dutch. But perhaps by having a new set of characters the movie is kept new and fresh. The explanation of what happened to Dutch (and Anna) was revealed by Keyes, but it was cut. It's here in the novel, and apparently Dutch debriefed the military in a hospital where he was dying from radiation sickness before escaping and never being seen again. So that's the official story.

Hawke writes a lot better than Paul Monette (who novelized the first movie before it was massively overhauled) and even squeezes a Lethal Weapon in-joke in there, though he does get a few details wrong (the Pred has 5 fingers, not 3) I did enjoy the narrative frequently cutting to the Predator's point-of-view, giving his take on events and logic.

There are currently lots of Predator books in print, but this one is not. I think it is time for someone like Dark Horse to re-publish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curt on January 27, 2013
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This Novelization came by high recommendation and it lived up to it. In this interesting novel we (at certain points) get to see the classic film from the perspective of the Predator himself and learn more about how he views humanity.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Onyx on March 20, 2000
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After reading the Predator "film tie-in" I was not expecting much from this book. Suprisingly,tasty tidbits are revealed about the Predators as certain events are portrayed from the Predator's perspective. Reference is also made to the Predators coming to Earth from the dawn of history to conduct their "Big Game". This book also in no way contradicts what we read in the AVP novels. What a pity Simon could not have written the Predator novelisation as well.
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Until recently, I never had the chance to find, let alone read, this nice adaptation of director Stephen (The Ghost & the Darkness) Hopkins' 'Predator 2', his 1990 sequel to the 1987 original starring Danny (Lethal Weapon) Glover. Although it still makes the mistake of saying the creature having two-three fingered hands, it remains true to the celluloid version & is enjoyable as if one was viewing the real thing on VHS or disc. Like Paul Monette's novel, this book deserves a read.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ichirou Ohgami on November 18, 2004
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It appears the author Simon Hawke doesn't completely understand the Predator's code of honor although he has a decent grasp of it.

Hawke should know that the killing of defenseless prey, pregnant women and children is considered dishonorable by the Predator and his people yet he doesn't associate the predators with honor.
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