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Gears of War: The Slab Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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The story is one of the best yet, detailing Marcus' time in the infamous Slab. It's dark, gritty, and has an air of hopelessness to it even though those who've played the videogames know the best result.
The book is easy to read and follow. Fans of the videogames be warned, this is more of a character-driven story. There's action scenes (including a nice little nod to the first game at the end,) but most of the book focuses on the characters. I found no problem with this, however, and couldn't put it down until the end.
I would give the book five stars, but what's holding me back is one tiny thing; we are teased answers to two of the big questions left at the end of Gears of War 3, but not given them!!
All in all, a great read. Hoping for a sequel, set after Gears 3! Please Karen!!
This is a book any Gearhead will enjoy, with plenty of backstory to connect certain plot lines, and make the reader rethink events that they witnessed in the previous GOW games. Loyal fans of the franchise will be rewarded with sly, often subtle hints of foreshadowing scattered throughout the book, and will have a few "Aha!" moments along the way. For example: the origin of the scar on Marcus Fenix's face is finally revealed. Traviss does a good job of fleshing out minor characters and giving them a history in the Gears universe, not just a recurring name in the series of books.
Basically, if you're already a fan of Gears of War--you need to purchase this book immediately. I would recommend playing the games and reading Karen Traviss's other work in the GOW universe before reading The Slab, but this book can still be enjoyed as an entry point for new readers.
Well worth the price. Any Gears fan needs to read this book, and the rest of Traviss's work.
This was a great end to the series! As stated before, it's a little unusual that the series ends with the begining of the game. Ultimately I am sad to know that Traviss is done with the series...although Epic Games did just announce that they were bringing out another Gears of War game that features Damon Baird when he was actually a Lieutenant. If Traviss were to write another book with Baird as the main character and throw in some current Fenix/Stroud relations...Wow, I would definitely buy the book before it comes out. Great job Karen Traviss!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the GOW Karen Traviss books are definite fillers for all the gaps in the game's story line's that only get touched upon briefly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It spoils some parts of "Gears 3", but mostly a decent prequel to "Gears 1".Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book. I love the Gears series and this was the first book I read of the series. It definitely made me want to read the others. Read morePublished 7 months ago by yousef kohen
Can't get enough of these books. Big fan of the games, and these trips into the expanded universe are great Like an alternate universe Apocalypse Now.Published 11 months ago by D.Cortes