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Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes Hardcover – August 4, 2011

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Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes is the first-ever original novel set in the continuity of the classic 1968 movie. Conspiracy tells the story of what happened between the scenes of the first film, exploring the adventures of the Astronaut John Landon, Chimpanzee scientists Dr. Milo and Dr. Galen, and Gorilla Security Chief Marcus.
Written by Andrew E.C. Gaska, and adapted from a story by Gaska, Rich Handley, Christian Berntsen and Erik Matthews, the book contains illustrations from the top talents in the industry, including:
Jim Steranko, Andrew Probert, Timothy Lantz, Joe Jusko, Mark Texeira, Dave Dorman, Chris Scalf, Brian Rood, Chandra Free, Dan Dussault, Ken W. Kelly, Colo, David Hueso, Miki, Matt Busch, Dirk Shearer, Barron Storey, David Seidman, Sanjulian, Chris Moeller, Thomas Scioli, Scott Hampton, Leo Liebleman, Lucas Graciano, Erik Gist, and Patricio Carbajal.

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Taking place during the events of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes film, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes explores a shocking, never-before-told storyline!
After his spacecraft smashes into a dead sea of a seemingly alien planet, a man is separated from his fellow astronauts when a raiding party of intelligent apes attacks them. Captured, he finds himself a prisoner in a world turned upside down, with apes as the rulers and man in its zoos. His only hope is to communicate with a couple of chimpanzees who just might be open minded and compassionate enough to be sympathetic to his cause. But the man called John Landon will discover that intelligent minds, be they ape or man, all fear the unknown, and his destiny is not to become part of this new world...but instead to find himself under the knife of a simian brain surgeon on the Planet of the Apes.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1st edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393367
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CONSPIRACY is one of those Rare Treats that combines Beautiful Illustrations with some wonderfully well written prose. The Original APES movies left some Glaring holes in them which Mr. Gaska(the author) has filled in quite nicely.
We learn what happened to John Landon after he was separated from fellow astronaut, George Taylor. We follow his journey alone and discover the horrors which HE was put through.
But this is much more than Landon's story. We also find out how the Apes managed to find the submerged spacecraft which brought the Humans to the planet and their retrieval of the craft - leading to the premise of the Third movie, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES.
AND we learn more about some of the supporting cast of Apes whom we only caught glimpses of in the original movies - along with new characters.
This book is a Wonderful addition to the APES mythos.
I HIGHLY recommend it!
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Apparently the first in a series of books that will fill in the blanks between the scenes in the original APES series; this is great fun. I was skeptical, but this is well worth reading. I look forward to further installments, I'd especially like to read a story that takes place in between the events of ESCAPE and CONQUEST and between CONQUEST AND BATTLE. There is so much left untold in the films themselves..

Very well produced hardbound book with excellent painted illustrations.
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CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, written by Andrew Gaska, with illustrations by a host of top talents, is a fiction novel set "between the scenes" of the first movie, with the goal of telling a compelling story while also spackling over the narrative cracks that I spent so much time calling out in my reviews. As far as I know, although there have been several APES novels published over the years, this is the first one that's actually set in the universe of the original film series (as opposed to novelizations of the films and two TV shows, and a couple of prequels to the Tim Burton film).

While, as a general rule, I tend to avoid licensed fiction (having been burned by a few too many subpar Star Trek books in my teens), Gaska won me over with a strong storyline that nicely plays in parallel to the events of the first film, tracking wayward astronaut John Landon -- Chuck Heston's traveling companion in the first half hour -- from his cornfield capture to his fateful, unfortunate encounter with the business end of a surgical scalpel (in a scene that's as unsettling as anything in the actual film). This was one of those stories I'd always wanted to see told, so it's great to see it realized, and realized so well.

But Gaska does more than just use his page count to fill us in on poor, lobotomized Landon. He also manages to make all the time travel hugger mugger of the first three movies, which the filmmakers were clearly making up as they went along, feel absolutely consistent within itself, arriving at a solution to the question I posed in my earlier review of why there would have been a rescue mission for a one-way journey that made me perk up an eyebrow and say, "Hmm. That totally works.
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The idea is simple, the execution elegant. Take the original movie series and fix the plot holes and continuity errors while staying true to the source material. As a hardcore fan of the original movie series, I can tell you that is not an easy task. While the films do build off each other in many ways, they also seem to forget what came before in others. To bridge those gaps and tie together those loose strings would require a dedicated and talented author. I am here to tell you that Andrew E.G. Gaska is just that.

I bought this novel because I am a fan of the series, I was curious what Mr. Gaska's vision of Landon's life was, and I wanted to support a new (to me) author. Before the first chapter was over, I knew I had stumbled across a true gem. It is immediately obvious how much time and effort Gaska has put into researching the source material and coming up with compelling explanations as to how it all fits together. Add to that the well-developed characters, fascinating narrative, and wonderful explanations of long-unanswered questions, and we have a novel definitely worth owning.

Often times when I was reading CotPotA, I found myself wishing it could be made into a movie with all the original actors. Unfortunately, outside of Hasslein's theories proving to be true one day, I don't see that happening. The joy is that we do have the novel though and it includes some truly magnificent artwork as well. I enjoyed reading it and I cannot wait until the next book is out. I hope Mr. Gaska continues to write them and they continued to get published. I guarantee I will be purchasing as many as he puts out.

tl;dr - If you are a fan of the original Planet of the Apes movies, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
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CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES is exactly what fans of the original PLANET OF THE APES films have wanted all along: a return to the original storyline and vision. As other reviewers have noted, author Andrew Gaska takes us on a wonderful journey, answering many long-standing questions about how astronaut Landon came to be lobotomized and how scientist ape Dr. Milo managed to locate and salvage the lost Liberty 1 spacecraft. Gaska doesn't stop there for even as he answers questions he also opens the door to many new possibilities. For example, in one exciting scene he recounts how Liberty 1 goes into the crash mode so vividly depicted in the original film when it sees itself on a collision course with a ship that looks exactly the same. Could this duplicate ship be the Liberty 1 carrying Milo, Zira and Cornelius into the past? We may have to wait until the second book in the series to find out. In addition to new potential plot twists, POTA fans will recognize tips of the hat to other APES lore, such as the reference to The Inheritors which were introduced in the comics tale TERROR ON THE PLANET OF THE APES from the Curtis series of POTA magazines in the 70s. Great stuff all around.

On the technical side, though, the book is not perfect. Be prepared to find many editorial mistakes, such as words misspelled and at least one piece of dialogue being attributed to the wrong character. I also found the APES heiroglyphics imprinted on every page distracting, making it sometimes difficult to read the text. These blemishes can be forgiven, however, if one so chooses (which I do) given the rich construct of the story and the absolutely amazing companion pieces of artwork.
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