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Gears of War: Coalition's End [Hardcover]

Karen Traviss
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Aug. 2 2011 Gears of War
When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors — the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of civilians — have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance. The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees. Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a while, there’s hope . . . making peace with old enemies, and once again planning for the future. But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege from an even deadlier force than the Locust — the Lambent, a hideous and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its path. As the Lambent’s relentless assault spreads from the mainland to the island, the refugees finally understand what drove the Locust from their underground warrens and sparked the global war. While Marcus Fenix and the Gears struggle to hold back the invasion, the Coalition faces a stark choice — fight this new enemy to the last human, or flee to the wastelands to take their chances and live like the human pariahs known as the Stranded . . . even as Coalition chairman Richard Prescott still guards one last, terrible secret about the Locust, the Lambent, and the future of mankind. . . .
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#1 New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and comic book author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess’har series, as well as regularly hitting the bestseller lists with her Star Wars, Gears of War, and Halo work. She was also the lead writer on the blockbuster Gears of War 3 video game from Epic Games. A former defense correspondent and television and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England.

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This book has all the information that we needed to know from the past books and games, also as being the "pre-quel" to the last game (GoW3) its amazing as a reference . I haven't been able to finish it (I've got 50 pages left) but I already started Playing the last game, and it makes a lot more sense having read all the novels than just playing the games on their own.

Great job Karen for all those awesome books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Sept. 14 2011
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fast on time in excellent shape and exactly what i wanted and was an excellent buy thank you for your quick and amazing service
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another hit from Karen Traviss Aug. 8 2011
By Stephen M. Lerch - Published on Amazon.com
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Coalition's End follows up Gears of War: Anvil Gate in the 5 book series from Karen Traviss based on the Gears of War universe.

Coalitions End picks up where Anvil Gate left off and takes you right up to the opening mission of Gears of War 3 (or so Karen Traviss is saying in interviews; game isn't out yet, so I can't say for sure). This book sets us up for the invasion of an enemy that is supposed to be worse than even the Locust; the Lambent. Within the book we are introduced to several of the new enemies that will face the Gears in Gears of War 3.

Superbly detailed with plenty of background for all of the characters means that you don't NEED to have a background with the games to pick this book up and read, though I would recommend at least reading through the other 3 books before starting here. I don't think there is enough character development for someone without at least the other books so you know the characters a bit better if nothing else.

The book is written in Traviss' typical Gears of War fashion. You have chapters of what is happening in the present with chapters full of what happened in the past interspersed. The plot vehicle works, but after reading 4 books like this now, I am hoping that the final book in the 5 book series shakes off this now cliched writing technique.

One thing different about this book is that instead of going right to paper back, as the other novels have, this one has been released in a hardback book format. The sleeve is nice and the cover art isn't bad.

Good book that fills in a lot of cracks, but as I've stated in my other reviews for Gears books, one star is subtracted for what I deem a tired writing style in terms of all the flash backs and flash forwards.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating military science fiction Aug. 1 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It seems like ancient history when the war of the world began, but in fact it is just fifteen years since the Locust Horde came from within to assault the humans (see Aspho Fields). Their objective was total annihilation of all humans. Mankind fought back though billions died as the ruthless enemy made no distinction between soldier and civilian.

The Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) destroy what is left of civilization though they defeated their insidious foe and another powerful adversary at one hellish cost (see Jacinto's Remnant and Anvil Gate). The survivors take refuge on Vectes, a difficult to reach isolated island. As the COG begins to argue, haven turns to hell when the mutilating Lambent begin a deadly assault which explains why the Locust left the underground to fight on the surface. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago know a last stand on Vectes is suicide as the polyps make the tickers and berserkers look benign; the only place left for the dwindling few humans are the equally suicidal Wastelands.

The fourth Gears of War tied to the games is a terrific entry as Karen Travis provides a fascinating spin to the military science fiction saga with the motive to the recent global war of destruction. The story line showcases the desperation humanity faces as the remaining two survival choices will remind readers of Joshua playing Tic-Tac-Toe in WarGames as each solution facing humans leads to total annihilation. Although there is somewhat a similar tone to Anvil Gate, fans of the Gears of War universe will enjoy action-packed Coalition's End as things have gotten dramatically worse enhanced by a major betrayal for the human race.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to the Gears of War storyline May 2 2013
By KlumpDud - Published on Amazon.com
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Essential for any fan of Gears of War (GoW)

Unbeknownst to most people, A LOT of stuff happens between the games GoW 2 and GoW 3, which may leave you scratching your head in confusion at the storyline in GoW 3. That's because THREE WHOLE BOOKS worth of storyline happen between the end of 2 and the beginning of 3. The story, in chronological order, is as follows:

Gears of War (game)
Aspho Fiels (novel)
Gears of War 2 (game)
Jacinto's Remnant (novel)
Anvil Gate (novel)
Coalition's End (novel)
Gears of War 3 (game)
The Slab (novel)

As you can see above, Coalition's end is a large piece of the puzzle, and essential reading for GoW fans.

Karen Traviss knows the GoW franchise perfectly and doesn't mess with the cannon. In fact, the characters we know from the games are enhanced with deeper exposure.

AUDIOBOOK: The reader (David Colocci) is absolutely AMAZING; he is able to impersonate each of the characters so perfectly that you'll see them in your head as you listen. Everyone from terse Marcus to boisterous Cole to gruff Hoffman to accented Bernie, and more. I honestly believe David Colocci should win an award for his voice work in the GoW series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting things back on track for the Gears books Aug. 11 2011
By Daniel Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all the Gears novels (and played the games), but wasn't really happy with the last book, Gears of War: Anvil Gate. I felt it didn't do much to move the story forward, and the flashbacks didn't really seem terribly relevant to the overall story. Coalitions End does shed a bit more light on why Anvil Gate is relevant to the story, but more importantly, it's a much better book in my opinion.

Like Anvil's Gate, this switches back and forth between current events and flashbacks. The flashbacks focus primarily on the various characters around Emergence Day, which is interesting and sheds a lot of light on the Gears history. The current events pick up where Anvil Gate left off and set things up for Gears of War 3. It doesn't get around to answering really any of the big outstanding questions some of the other books have raised, and actually adds a few more to the pile. Hopefully Gears 3 takes care of wrapping these up.

Overall, an enjoyable read, and a good addition to the Gears universe.
5.0 out of 5 stars love it May 30 2014
By Karolina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of this book as well as the games. I have all the games that came out and the books.
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