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About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Star Wars, Transformers, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.
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Product Details

  • Series: Transformers (Ballantine Books)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345497988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345497987
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first Alan Dean Foster book that I have read. I see inside the cover that he has written original stories, and I would like to read those someday. I enjoyed his storytelling ability in this book. The rest of the shortcomings I don't hold against Mr. Foster, since he was simply writing the story he was paid to write.

The Good: Several favorite Gen 1 Autobots return, surely to be welcomed by diehard fans who grew up on TF like I did. Specifically, Optimus, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Ironhide. Starscream is the perennial main Decepticon character, and lives up to expectations perfectly, with the added bonus of not being whiny and annoying like on the cartoon. The other familiar Decepticon is Frenzy.

The Bad: The rest of the Decepticons are less familiar to Gen 1 fans, which includes Barricade, Blackout (with Scorponok as a tiny, dependent, mostly helpless symbiote), and Bonecrusher. Megatron is oft-referenced, but one of the linchpins of the plot is his long-term AWOL status, thus he is never directly involved.

Also Bad, Frenzy is present strictly as a token punching bag, and is rendered nonfunctional with no effort. In fact, I can remember him having just 3 lines of dialogue in the whole book. His entire presence is easy to forget and barely mentioned.

Still more Bad, not once is the physical appearance of any character described, human nor Transformer. It is apparently assumed that you will be familiar with the appearance of the toys, lest you would not be reading this book in the first place.
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Foster is a good writer, and when making fiction based off an existing franchise that's what really counts. I think the Transformers, by their very nature, are best appreciated visually. I mean, giant robots are hard to portray by just written description, you need to SEE how big they are. However, we have the movie images of the 'bots to run our imaginations off of, and Foster can tell a story quite well, so this comes off as being an interesting prequel if you already like the movie. Granted, we know nothing shocking will happen to many of this book's characters because we see them in the film, but the tale here definately adds some depth to the characters and creates a little more meaning to the goals in the film. It is sci-fi about giant alien robots, so you need to suspend a lot of disbelief to enjoy this thoroughly, but the plot is smooth, the characters are consistent, and the action does pull you in. If you even think you're interested in this genre then you'll enjoy reading this book.
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I liked how this story took place before the movie on what happened before the Autobots and the Decepticons came to Earth in search of the Allspark. In the beginning, it shows the discovery of Megatron in the Artic, uncovered by a secret government called Sector Seven planning to move him to their base for studying. The agency sent four of their members into space to search other beings like Megatron to see if there is life out there. Unfortunately, the four people did indeed found other beings while cruising in their shuttle, a race of mechanical bipedial giants that are engaged in a long civil war between good and evil, and they themselves are caught in the middle of the battle. The atmosphere of this story impacted me on what situations the people face in the cold Artic in trying to move the giant mechanical being, danger lurks in the treacherous blizzard, or the encounters of both Autobots and Decepticons that made human kind know that they are not alone in the universe. If people would like to know the beginning of the movie, then this should be the story they need to find out the whole setting.
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While this book has a few errors in regard to the timeline established in the movie, it was a quick fun read. The best element was an expanded role for the powerhungry Starscream, whom we only see briefly on the screen. He's up to his dastardly best, trying to secure his place in the Decepticon food chain.

I also have to say that Foster did a pretty good job for having been handed a partially written manuscript and reshaping and adding to it, molding it into its present form.
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If you watched the first Transformers live-action movie, at some point did you wonder how the transformers knew to come to earth? The answer may surprise you it isn't what you think.

Transformers:Ghosts of Yesterday was well paced and well written. I don't want to tell you much because of giving away and spoiling the story for you. But if you like transformers then you must give this book a try.It takes place in the sixties when the USA and Russia were in a race to reach and explore space. And that's all I'll tell you!

I do recommend this book. It won't be a disappointment.
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This is a good setup for the upcoming (or grab the book Transformers) You can identify with all the charectors. The book itself was rushed. There are section that are just plain to short and thin on details, especially the climax.

I wish this could have had at least a mention in the other Transformers book. This book does give away certain information away to the Transformers that should have effected the movie and corisponding book, but it didn't.

If you want a little back story on the movie I recomend this book and The Transformers: The Movie Prequel (Transformers). It was a fun ride until the end.
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