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Product Details

  • Series: Transformers (Ballantine Books)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497987
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"2007 looks set to be the year of the Robot In Disguise" - Empire" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Star Wars, Transformers, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.

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Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


Customer Reviews

Alan dean foster is a realy good writer and it gets you sucked in into the book.
sabrina
The story is very engaging so, if you liked the Transformers movie series, you really owe it to yourself to read these as well - they're equally as good!
Sci Fi Fan
This book does give away certain information away to the Transformers that should have effected the movie and corisponding book, but it didn't.
Tekrat

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dusty Kothenbeutel on May 4, 2007
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This is the first Alan Dean Foster book that I have read. I see inside the cover that he has written original stories, and I would like to read those someday. I enjoyed his storytelling ability in this book. The rest of the shortcomings I don't hold against Mr. Foster, since he was simply writing the story he was paid to write.

The Good: Several favorite Gen 1 Autobots return, surely to be welcomed by diehard fans who grew up on TF like I did. Specifically, Optimus, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Ironhide. Starscream is the perennial main Decepticon character, and lives up to expectations perfectly, with the added bonus of not being whiny and annoying like on the cartoon. The other familiar Decepticon is Frenzy.

The Bad: The rest of the Decepticons are less familiar to Gen 1 fans, which includes Barricade, Blackout (with Scorponok as a tiny, dependent, mostly helpless symbiote), and Bonecrusher. Megatron is oft-referenced, but one of the linchpins of the plot is his long-term AWOL status, thus he is never directly involved.

Also Bad, Frenzy is present strictly as a token punching bag, and is rendered nonfunctional with no effort. In fact, I can remember him having just 3 lines of dialogue in the whole book. His entire presence is easy to forget and barely mentioned.

Still more Bad, not once is the physical appearance of any character described, human nor Transformer. It is apparently assumed that you will be familiar with the appearance of the toys, lest you would not be reading this book in the first place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel S. Garland on July 13, 2007
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Foster is a good writer, and when making fiction based off an existing franchise that's what really counts. I think the Transformers, by their very nature, are best appreciated visually. I mean, giant robots are hard to portray by just written description, you need to SEE how big they are. However, we have the movie images of the 'bots to run our imaginations off of, and Foster can tell a story quite well, so this comes off as being an interesting prequel if you already like the movie. Granted, we know nothing shocking will happen to many of this book's characters because we see them in the film, but the tale here definately adds some depth to the characters and creates a little more meaning to the goals in the film. It is sci-fi about giant alien robots, so you need to suspend a lot of disbelief to enjoy this thoroughly, but the plot is smooth, the characters are consistent, and the action does pull you in. If you even think you're interested in this genre then you'll enjoy reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Evan the Dweezil on July 27, 2007
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While this book has a few errors in regard to the timeline established in the movie, it was a quick fun read. The best element was an expanded role for the powerhungry Starscream, whom we only see briefly on the screen. He's up to his dastardly best, trying to secure his place in the Decepticon food chain.

I also have to say that Foster did a pretty good job for having been handed a partially written manuscript and reshaping and adding to it, molding it into its present form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Lewis on May 12, 2007
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If you need something to preoccupy yourself while wating for the Movie, go ahead and get the book. Some of the events that happened in the book are mentioned at the [...] site and in the comic book prequel.
It gives you more or less some background history to the Sector Seven government agency that plays a big part in the upcoming movie. And of course their frozen technological prize, Megatron.
Also, it goes on and tells of the autobot's and decepticon's first encounter with a group of humans from sector seven while experimenting with a spacecraft they built based on the technology from Megatron, that winds up in the middle of their war.
Though it seems a little fast pace and some there are some unanswered questions, it's worth a read. I would also get the Comic book Prequel series, all 4 issues of the 4 part series are out already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tekrat on June 16, 2007
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This is a good setup for the upcoming (or grab the book Transformers) You can identify with all the charectors. The book itself was rushed. There are section that are just plain to short and thin on details, especially the climax.

I wish this could have had at least a mention in the other Transformers book. This book does give away certain information away to the Transformers that should have effected the movie and corisponding book, but it didn't.

If you want a little back story on the movie I recomend this book and The Transformers: The Movie Prequel (Transformers). It was a fun ride until the end.
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First a quick note on what this book isn't. This book isn't about how the Autobot/Decepticon war began, nor does it tell how the allspark cube got blasted into space, nor is there mention of exactly how Bumblebee lost his voice. There's no mention of characters from the Transformers mythology that didn't make it into the film or even a flashback to anything that happened on Cybertron.
However this book is a very nice read. It's a great story of cold war intrigue surrounding moving "The Iceman" aka Megatron from the arctic to Hover dam and the (from the movies POV) forgotten first contact between man and transformers in deep space that led the war to humanity's doorstep.
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