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Gears of War: Coalition's End Hardcover – August 2, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
Book 4 of 5 in the Gears of War Series

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#1 New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and comic book author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess’har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also the lead writer on the blockbuster Gears of War 3 video game from Epic Games. A former defense correspondent and television and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Gears of War
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183953
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential for any fan of Gears of War (GoW)

Unbeknownst to most people, A LOT of stuff happens between the games GoW 2 and GoW 3, which may leave you scratching your head in confusion at the storyline in GoW 3. That's because THREE WHOLE BOOKS worth of storyline happen between the end of 2 and the beginning of 3. The story, in chronological order, is as follows:

Gears of War (game)
Aspho Fiels (novel)
Gears of War 2 (game)
Jacinto's Remnant (novel)
Anvil Gate (novel)
Coalition's End (novel)
Gears of War 3 (game)
The Slab (novel)

As you can see above, Coalition's end is a large piece of the puzzle, and essential reading for GoW fans.

Karen Traviss knows the GoW franchise perfectly and doesn't mess with the cannon. In fact, the characters we know from the games are enhanced with deeper exposure.

AUDIOBOOK: The reader (David Colocci) is absolutely AMAZING; he is able to impersonate each of the characters so perfectly that you'll see them in your head as you listen. Everyone from terse Marcus to boisterous Cole to gruff Hoffman to accented Bernie, and more. I honestly believe David Colocci should win an award for his voice work in the GoW series.
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Fifteen years of war with the Locusts has left mankind almost wiped out on the planet Sera where billions of humans have perished and only a handful are left in small groups.

Survivors are still fighting random attacks from the Locusts as they emerge from the ground. A group of survivors and COG forces move to the island of Vectes that has never been invaded. The island is out to sea and made mostly of rock and perhaps that is why the locust never invaded. The survivors and the COG join forces with the reluctant civilians of the island to form some sort of civilization.

Suddenly vegetation stalks appear near the shoreline and walking polyps that explode on contact begin attacking the humans. The only remaining imulsion drilling platform and numerous ships including a war ship are sunk by the creatures.

The island is mostly granite and they thought it was safe from invasion. Volcanic fissures thread through the island from the ocean and the infection/invasion follows them. The giant Lambent stalks emit the crab like walking bombs usually quickly after they sprout but now they form blisters that just pulse and then turn gray. Shortly thereafter the red polyps scurry out of the ground looking for anything to attack!

What they thought was a safe place to start over is now under deadly attack from the Lambent who are intent in finishing the job that the Locusts started, exterminating mankind.......

This book takes you into one of the last stands of the humans on Sera who cannot find a break. A war among themselves followed by the Locust war and now the Lambents. The book does a good job of telling the story but it uses constant flashbacks to help develop the characters in more detail.
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I've read all the Gears novels (and played the games), but wasn't really happy with the last book, Gears of War: Anvil Gate. I felt it didn't do much to move the story forward, and the flashbacks didn't really seem terribly relevant to the overall story. Coalitions End does shed a bit more light on why Anvil Gate is relevant to the story, but more importantly, it's a much better book in my opinion.

Like Anvil's Gate, this switches back and forth between current events and flashbacks. The flashbacks focus primarily on the various characters around Emergence Day, which is interesting and sheds a lot of light on the Gears history. The current events pick up where Anvil Gate left off and set things up for Gears of War 3. It doesn't get around to answering really any of the big outstanding questions some of the other books have raised, and actually adds a few more to the pile. Hopefully Gears 3 takes care of wrapping these up.

Overall, an enjoyable read, and a good addition to the Gears universe.
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It seems like ancient history when the war of the world began, but in fact it is just fifteen years since the Locust Horde came from within to assault the humans (see Aspho Fields). Their objective was total annihilation of all humans. Mankind fought back though billions died as the ruthless enemy made no distinction between soldier and civilian.

The Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) destroy what is left of civilization though they defeated their insidious foe and another powerful adversary at one hellish cost (see Jacinto's Remnant and Anvil Gate). The survivors take refuge on Vectes, a difficult to reach isolated island. As the COG begins to argue, haven turns to hell when the mutilating Lambent begin a deadly assault which explains why the Locust left the underground to fight on the surface. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago know a last stand on Vectes is suicide as the polyps make the tickers and berserkers look benign; the only place left for the dwindling few humans are the equally suicidal Wastelands.

The fourth Gears of War tied to the games is a terrific entry as Karen Travis provides a fascinating spin to the military science fiction saga with the motive to the recent global war of destruction. The story line showcases the desperation humanity faces as the remaining two survival choices will remind readers of Joshua playing Tic-Tac-Toe in WarGames as each solution facing humans leads to total annihilation. Although there is somewhat a similar tone to Anvil Gate, fans of the Gears of War universe will enjoy action-packed Coalition's End as things have gotten dramatically worse enhanced by a major betrayal for the human race.

Harriet Klausner
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