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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (Aug. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034549945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345499455
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Traviss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three previous Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England.

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The book seemed to drag on. The flashback parts were fine, but the present day stuff seemed to be just filler. Too often, the author would write whole chapters about the characters going on patrols where nothing actually happened, that sort of thing.

The other thing that really started to annoy me is Traviss' insistence on making her pet character seem so important. Apparently every single person on the face of the planet is in awe of Bernie Mataki, and apparently every single person feels the need to bring up Mataki in reference to something they've seen or done. Traviss has all these great characters from the Gears universe to work with, and she still finds it necessary to make her's so central to the plot.

Another minor issue I had was with the terms she used. The characters from the games all spoke with American accents. They used American lingo and jargon. Yet Traviss had a lot of them talk like Brits. "Mates" isn't a term North Americans really use to refer to friends or comrades. Yet Traviss had characters from the games talking as though they just stepped off of Coronation Street.

If you're a Gears fan, I'd recommend the novels just because it does flesh out the backstory. But otherwise I'd recommend to stay clear. They're not very entertaining novels if you aren't a diehard Gears of War fan.
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This story continues Traviss' deepening of all the Gears of War characters. It is essential reading continuing the story between Gears 2 and 3.
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This book focuses more about Hoffman's involvement and how is it that he's so great. I loved this book, I imagined Anvil Gate a lot bigger than what the game drew it but oh well..

Great great book !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Anvil gate Aug. 8 2011
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I won't spoil it for anyone reading this review. I enjoyed the book. I started reading the series a while back and have been pleased by the imagery the book can conjure. The author has done the job exceptionally well. If you enjoy the franchise and want to continue to story then get the book. If you'd prefer a pick-up book with no back story then don't. I think that someone could pick it up with minimal knowledge of the game or other books and know what was going on, but wouldn't fully enjoy it.
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well written, follows the same format as the previous 2 novels Aug. 8 2011
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Anvil Gate is the follow up to Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant. It is the third book, of an expected 5, in the Gears of War Universe.

This one picks up right where Jacinto's Remnant left off. The survivors of the sinking of Jacinto continue to struggle with the Stranded and other concerns that have arisen due to the sinking of Jacinto.

Once again Karen Traviss provides a snap shot of the lives of the Gears we've all gotten accustomed to while also digging into the history of the Pendulum Wars and what has formed the two survivors of that bloody battle.

The complaint I leveled at previous Gears novels still stands. You will begin reading during the current time period and then when Karen wants to visit the past, the next chapter or two will be devoted to the past. Then you're handed back into the current time, rinse repeat. It can become slightly disjointed but not really all that difficult to follow. Sometimes you just find yourself wanting to know what is happening, be it in the past or current time and the suspense is taken into a chapter from a different time frame.

Over all the story is really good. Epic did a fantastic job choosing Karen to "own" the Gears story. I just wish she focused on past or present and maybe write a book specific to the past and specific to the present. Of course, some of the past pertains to what's happening in the present, but as this is the third book to be written this way, it just feels like it has become a cliched story telling vehicle.

This book will take you right up to the follow up novel, Gears of War: Coalition's End. Coalition's End will take you right up to the opening of Gears of War 3, which is why I'm going to finish reading (and hopefully review soon), before Gears 3 is released next month.
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Continuation of the Gears of War Saga Aug. 3 2011
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Overall I really liked this book, I don't think it delved as much into the past of the characters as the other books, which is something I am deeply interested in. The books pace I felt moved along nicely, I don't remember to many spots in the book where I found it a choir to read like other books.
Cheers to the Gearsiverse! Sept. 23 2014
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I love the way Traviss captures the way soldiers think and feel in combat as well as after the action is over. She does a great job with how people talk and the rude humor is fun. The way she interweaves the past and present really provides depth to the whole storyline in and around the games while standing on its own merit. Hoffman was already a great character, but this look at his past in Anvil Gate gives us more of this honest guy trying to figure out how to survive in some of the political games he's caught up in. And any time we get Marcus, Anya, Dom, Baird, Cole, and Bernie, it's all good!
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Book was good, these are titles that jump back and forth between the present and the past. This is the slowest book from what I have heard and now that i just finished it I realized that it was, but it tells a lot of stories about hoffman and more insight on the characters lives, remember a bit slow since it just fills in minor details for a lot of the characters but great read nonetheless and fills in the gaps in the GOW stories.