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  • Alien: Inferno's Fall

  • An Original Novel Based on the Films from 20th Century Studios
  • By: Philippa Ballantine
  • Narrated by: Julienne Irons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Summary

A gargantuan horseshoe-shaped ship appears over the mining planet Shānmén, unleashing a black rain of death that creates Xenomorph-like monsters worse than the darkest of nightmares.

As war breaks out among the colonies, a huge ship appears over the UPP mining planet Shānmén, releasing a horror that yields hideous transformations. Rescue is too far away, and the colonists’ only hope appears in the form of the vessel Righteous Fury. It carries the Jackals—an elite mix of former Colonial Marines and Royal Marines. Led by Zula Hendricks, the Jackals seek to rescue the few survivors from the depths of the planet, but have they arrived on time?

©2022 Philippa Ballantine and Clara Carija (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Not what you expect

I just finished it. I have read most alien
books and I thought Alien Echo was the worst among them until I read Inferno’s Fall. There are just a couple of pages worth of actual marines fighting the new xenomorphs. The rest 98% of the book is about a family of indentured miners of the CPP in a mine. There is a LOT of signaling: male characters who are incompetent and arrogant while female members of the mentioned family are strong and brave. I usually don’t react to these things as long as there is a good story there to tell. However no answers are given as to why the colonies are being attacked or by whom and the whole thing feels rushed and incoherent.

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Fanfic at best.

I love almost any Alien extended Universe media and have only once asked for a refund on an audiobook, something Idon't quite feel right doing (Aliens vs Predator: ultimate prey).

This book may be my second refund...an absolute slog to get through, story was fanfic levels at best - narration had a lot of mispronounced words and very strange timing where a sentence ends and instead of naturally flowing on, there's no pause which can be very jarring.

I wont use the words some do to describe how they feel others act in terms of modern culture, but if you want a story where men are constantly portrayed as useless/idiotic/selfish wastes of space bar a few on the 'Fury', then this may be for you. The 2 males in the Knot's family only seem to be there to show how weak/defenceless they are compared to the women and near the end of the book, the main character of the Knot actually states that all men disappoint - even the plastic ones. It genuinely is hammered home again and again. Ignoring all that, generally a poor story.

Nowhere near the quality of The Cold Forge or Into Charybdis, waste of a credit and my time. Don't waste yours.

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Disappointing

Have listened to all the A&P books, this is just full of modern day politics. I'm expecting more from an alien book, so far the worst by far.

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Awful...

Not even worth taking the time to highlight all the problems with this book - see previous reviews. I am just writing this to tell you not to waste your time.

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Awful

The only audiobook in the Alien universe that I was unable to finish. Awful in every way.

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How Many More Times...

...Can you tell the same story? Same plot, different planet. It is to much like the film franchise that churn out sequel after sequel becoming dull and monotonous. There has to be creativity out there? A writer to recapture the frantic terror and ingenuity of Ridley Scott's masterpiece? From Greenberg's title graphics and Goldberg's music you knew horrors were growing, until John Hurt fell backward onto the breakfast table, and...! How could that shrieking, trembling, malevolence have led to this?

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  • mr
  • 06-08-22

politics in a book

Woke talking points at the start of the book turned me off from the start
"strong female lead" shades of star wars force awakens......it's a Sci-Fi horror keep it non political please .

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Disappointed

Story was too similar to others in the Alien franchise (which is admittedly getting stale and redundant). All this wouldn't be a problem if it was well told and had better written less spiteful more relatable characters. The best Alien franchise book I've read/listened to in past 2 years was Alien Phalanx. It had the balls to try to do something different with the franchise (which admittedly not everyone will like) and was masterfully written with great character development and good plot pacing. In comparison this book felt disjointed, with no real character development

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Disappointing

A good reason why not to pre-order. Took me almost 4 weeks to finish. Worst narrator ever, sounds like she used her laptops mic to record and no feeling what so ever.
Story wasn't the best, no recap so it was really hard to get in to. Felt like the new SW movies, same events in a new setting.

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Don’t waste your time.

I really struggled to get into this book and it was by far the worst out of the series we have available on here.
A couple of very brief moments where it gets interesting but this is at the very end. Had potential with the Xenomorphs and engineers etc.
But just political correctness and woke bull crap which has fully taken over our society.
We could do with the black goo from the engineers to start this world over again or just to completely cleanse our species.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-22

Stupid, slow, frustrating and sexist asf

I am and have been an avid alien fan my entire life. I follow every alien movie, novel, comics all the Audio dramas and audiobooks. I was very excited about a new addition with Alien: Inferno…..disappointing….bad narration, the story was extremely slow paced and confusing. Too much time spent on shitting on men, practically the entire book. Really annoying. The black goo does not work like that btw, someone might wanna do more research before they write a novel about it. This was an all around disappointment…. I would also like to add….the hyper feminism and anti-male bullshit needs 2 stop. The emphasis should be back on maybe.. oh I don’t know…….the Damn xenomorph!?!?! Don’t waste your time.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03-08-22

Yikes

So men are terrible I suppose and I'm not sure this is even an Alien book. Also it's hard to keep up because the narrator reads this book like a 10 hour run on sentence. I don't know a single character.

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  • Stephan
  • 30-07-22

Thought it would have been good

I found the plot to be interesting to be interesting but i didn’t agree with the characters, particularly the male ones. There was an obvious gender bias with the writing. Alien franchise always had strong women and I love that but Ripley wasn’t surrounded by incompetent or weak men. Suffice to say the writing of the characters needed to be better, it just simply wasn’t realistic to be believed.

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  • Gina Zadina
  • 02-08-22

Woman good man bad

I understand there is always a little politics in sci fi. I get it.
As a hardcore Alien fan I must point out my disappointment.
Was very much looking forward to this as the character Zula Hendricks was excellent.
However this book just blew it.
I look forward to forgetting all about it.

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  • Alex
  • 02-08-22

Really??

I am all for equality. But this book is plagued by the same woke, non story progression forced inclusivity as the last few books. Sad

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  • D&D Gamer
  • 01-08-22

A weak novel, and a weaker Aliens novel.

Overall the Story is one of the weakest and least entertaining Aliens novels in years. From bashing you in the face with Synth-Trans allegory to deriding and shitting on basically every man in the book to show that "woman strong, man bad". The Aliens franchise has always been heralded by not being afraid to have strong female characters but the author spent more time trying to make the men look incompetent, evil, or dumb rather than writing decent characters. Further more it suffers heavily from perspective jump flow breaking with minimal pay off. Sometimes giving a bunch of perspectives is useful but when you constantly switch between more than 2 or 3 perspectives it can seriously disrupt the flow.

There are some good points here and there throughout the story and I enjoyed most of the last two or so hours but the last 15 minutes is where they plug the glaring plot hole as to why (apart from Mae's story) this doesn't feel like a sequel to Colony War, and that is because it barely is. Rather this book much like the other more mediocre Alien novels of the last three years is one where the goal is to tie all of the other disparate stories together, but in a janky hamfisted way that could have used a lot more set up.

In the end this is bad Alien novel that I cannot endorse.

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  • harrison delgado
  • 30-07-22

Aliens and Predator have officially been taken ove

Where to start , first it was the last Predator book with forced LGBTQ issues ( a character proclaiming that they are trans for no apparent reason ) now its Aliens turn to go woke
Couldn't even get through 45 minutes without " the agenda " rearing its ugly head
Annoying

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  • Patrick E Lynch
  • 30-07-22

Where did my time go

At this point I swear they are messing with us on purpose, how you have something so simple and mess it up so bad, its the only way it makes sense. We have our somewhat older female protagonist, who is too prideful to be with a man, but wait she still needs love right? Well loophole, ANDROID. Thats right she has her own walking vibrator (not my words, theirs) who is male btw... This book came out of the blue and I was super excited to listen to it. Oh where has my time gone. After 4 hours or so of listening I finally get 15 minutes of xenomorph content in the form of a high speed car chase, I guess. 4 more hours in you get 2 more minutes of xenomorph content. How can you do this to fans and be able to sleep at night? tell me. Please do not spend your credit.

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  • ZombieAteMyPC
  • 16-08-22

Worst Alien book ever written. Cant finish it.

I have read 24 books in the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs Predator universe and this is by far THE WORST book ever written. 50 pages in and it's full of "Man bad Woman Good" which is a fine storyline if done right and not intended to insult either gender (The movie Prey and the book Alien Phalanx is an example of how it should be done right). However its clear this author has been hurt by a man in the past and has taken it out in this book. I hope she finds peace.

Now the narrator. She reads the entire story as if it is one long sentence and never takes long enough pauses. She also makes very mocking sounding voices for every male character she does seemingly adding to the "Man Bad" narrative this book keeps pushing.

In a world where we just wanted to read about Xenomorphs eating people of both sexes equally we instead get a story of Woman hating Men. If this is where the future of this series is going then count me out for now on. Keep your sexist woke global warming opinions to yourself and out of our Xenomorph stories.

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  • Artis L.
  • 16-08-22

Not science fiction, just imbecilic fantasy!

Horrible! Infantile!
Not worth The time to listen. No more please !
Not Worthy of publication.

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