- Series: Aliens (Dark Horse)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (May 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595820329
- ISBN-13: 978-1595820327
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aliens: DNA War (Aliens (Dark Horse)) Paperback – May 30, 2006
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Authors cannot arbitrarily enhance or alter these owned properties. Each book must be approved by the owner or licensor before it can be published, and therefore becomes a kind of "canon." I'm somewhat surprised that long-time fans and frequent readers of licensed properties are tuned in to every micro-detail, yet don't know that their beloved venue is tightly controlled, and not by the authors.. Apparently many reviewers are not aware of the cramped box within which professional writers must work. It's hardly a "whim" business. What readers find in these books is not always the author's idea.
PS I am not giving a star rating to the book, because I'm the author; I only put "3" because the review menu required it.
It is a very well-written book. The characters are captivating, well-described without actually being described, and very easy to actually bbe cared about. I found myself upset when certain characters died. The story is well paced and detailed. I especially liked that, as the reader, I wasn't aware that I was reading an "Aliens" novel.
I only find a few problems with the book. The story adheres to the standard "Aliens" template. The main character is a broken, dark person caught along with a rag-tag crew on a ship. There a company who put the gears in motion (PlanCom) and the crew is investigating an installation on a planet because the installation hasn't been heard from. Then aliens attack, people die, and so forth.
I was also dissapointed in the fact that there were few original twists to the Aliens saga. The book tended to keep to traditional aliens hazards (i.e. face-huggers, chest-bursters, and drones) another similiar danger is the lead scientist, Jocasta Malvaux. Like in many other aliens stories (the movies, Nightmare Asylum, many others) Jocasta is obsessed with the aliens and thinks they can be trained.
However, I am an "Aliens" wonk and I found it entertaining anyway. The thing that made the real difference for me was the writer. Diane Carey is an excellent writer. I am not exaggerating. The book was very captivating, I read it in two sittings. The writing really saved it and made it fun. At first I was skeptical because she was new the the alien mythos, but Diane Carey rises to the ranks of the Perries.Read more ›
That said, I was actually quite pleasantly surprised while making my way through the first half of the book. I immediately noticed that unlike so many other entries to this franchise, Carey avoided the common mistake of telling a tale that's essentially a drawn out rehash of one of the 4 films. Instead we are treated to a first person account (rare for sci-fi) of an Earth-based police officer that accompanies a group of scientists & marines on a mission to a distant planet apparently invested by the xenomorph. So far so standard, but the planet's descriptions are definitely unique and paint a mental picture unlike any environment seen in the films thus far.
The next point of originality comes from the fact that we discover the police officer's reason for being asked on the mission in the first place. It turns out his mother and sister happen to be two of the 52 individuals on the infested planet and with intentions of irradiating the alien threat with robots, the story becomes a man's attempt to convince his mother to get out of there so the xenos could be destroyed. The mother comes off as a mix between Jane Goodall and Hillary Clinton and believe me when I tell you that you'll hope for her demise from the moment you meet her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was exciting and fast paced. I liked how the author told the story from a first person view and how there was something that was going on with the humans and the aliens... Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Kevin97
While this will never make the Classics of English Literature, the author here is certainly a cut above the pulp thriller variety which doom so much in this genre. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Larry Gilstrap
Despite the fact that all the life has been taken out with ectreme prejudive by Aliens on Rosamund 6, a Dr. Malvaux has an idea that most people would scoff at. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by TorridlyBoredShopper
I just finished reading it and although it was very interesting I think there was more potential to the story and some serious flaws. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Gerardo E Tasistro G
Diane Carey's novel DNA War misses the mark. The author plays on the strain theory presented in a previous work titled GENOCIDE and harps on a man vs. nature theme. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by K. Fitzsimons
With "DNA War", Diane Carey thankfully junks all of the dangling plotlines that Michael Jan Friedman had created in the previous ("Original Sin") Alien novel while also dumping all... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Mark Louis Baumgart
Aliens Novels: Book 11, DNA War / 978-1-59582-032-7
In my review for Original Sin, I noted that all its predecessors in the aliens series have relied on one of two... Read more
ALIENS DNA WAR IS A GOOD READ. I HAVE READ MOST OF THESE NOVELS AND I FOUND THIS ONE TO BE ONE OF THE BETTER ONES. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by COOL JEWEL
A good fun read. I enjoyed it and it kept my interest. Not the best I have read but not the worst by far :) If you are an Alien fan, you will def enjoy.Published on August 22, 2008 by Stephanie Williams