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Gears of War: The Slab Hardcover – May 8, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 5 of 5 in the Gears of War Series

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About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss has written four previous novels in the Gears of War series: Aspho Fields, Jacinto’s Remnant, Anvil Gate, and Coalition's End, and is the writer of Epic Games’s 2011 blockbuster video game sequel, Gears of War 3. She’s received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series (City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge) and for her groundbreaking Star Wars novels in the Republic Commando series (Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and 501st) and the Legacy of the Force series (Bloodlines, Sacrifice, and Revelation). Her novella, Human Weakness, appeared in the Halo anthology Evolutions. A former TV and newspaper journalist and defense correspondent, she lives in England.     
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Product Details

  • Series: Gears of War
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439184073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439184073
  • ASIN: 1439184070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Traviss has done an excellent job with the Gears universe so far, and The Slab is no exception.

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!!
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Karen Traviss pens another superb entry in the Gears of War saga. This book is a prequel to the first Gears of War game, dealing none whatsoever with any time period after the opening scenes of the original game release. Traviss once again delivers a paramount performance, balancing the raw emotions brought about by war and death against hope and the sheer will to survive.

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.
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My boyfriend loves the Gears of War books and games, it only made sense for me to by him the last one (I believe...) ! He's rationing out the pages until the game comes out, but he's told me so far it's good !
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I am a huge fan of the game. So if you are too then you need to pick this book up. It fills in alot of the missing pieces the game leaves out. I can not say enough good things about Karen or her writing style. Its a must buy for all Gears fans.
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Finally, we find out what happened to Marcus while he was in prison. This story packed more character depth and emotional punch than some of the previous Gears stories, but this look back deserved it. The Hoffman in this storyline has a really good reason for leaving Marcus in jail when it's invaded, but it doesn't seem to track to the beginning of the first game. I think Dom and Anya were a lot more consistent in what they did trying to free Marcus and finally we see a bit more of Adam's feelings, too. The book says it is Traviss' last in the Gearsiverse and I'm disappointed to hear that. Traviss has great story telling skills and I really enjoyed how she expanded the game's universe.
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I'm not sure what else to say other than this was a Great series! The jumping around within the series was a little distracting but nothing that should deter anyone from reading them. I must say I am a huge fan of the Gears of War series, both game and books but the books really delve into the characters and their life storyline. Karen Traviss is an excellent writer and I really didn't want to see an end to the series. These books really make you feel like Epic Games did a really poor job with their storyline compared to the in depth detail Traviss included in the series. I also find it a plus that she stuck with what little storyline Epic Games did giver her. Not to give anything away but Anyone who really enjoyed the game should definitely give this series a read.

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!
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For anyone who has enjoyed the other books, you will love this one. Another great story for the series. I just hope these books keep coming out
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Gears of War is my all time favorite video game. When I found the series had to turned to books I instantly went on to Amazon to search for them and found them all. Recently I ordered the Slab and it arrived to me within a weeks times. The book was clean, perfect and new just what I expected and I could not be more happy with my purchase. As the series continues to develop I will continue to purchase the next books from this site.
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