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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: DH Press; 1 edition (May 23 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820341
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 10.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Painful to Read March 15 2007
By Ryan Trammel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was the first Predator book I had bought in about five years and my expectations were high but the book failed to deliver. The author completely abandons the 'yautja' backstory laid down by Nathan Archer, Steven Perry, Stephani Perry and others. This could have been overlooked if the story had been any good but instead we get a bunch of human and alien characters that aren't developed enough to care about what happens to them and then Predator children using mind control to make humans kill other humans. Does anyone really buy that the Predators that hunted Major Schaefer and Detective Harrigan would send their children to fight in their place?

The Predators aren't portrayed as noble warriors with a different worldview and value system but rather a bunch of nomadic planet-plunderers who enslave other races and steal their technology. Like an organic version of the Borg from Star Trek.

The humans aren't any better, generally being shown as a bunch of brainless, selfish malcontents.

Mr. Shirley goes back and forth between being provocative and preachy regarding religion, government, the environment and the military. It does not contribute to the story and just gets really tiring. Not to mention the poor dialogue.

I usually love anything to do with the Predator but Predator: Forever Midnight was a struggle to finish.
16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Forever... Horrid. June 5 2006
By Adam K. Lindsey - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book IS NOT a good one. Forever Midnight flat out, is the most horrible book I've ever read. It completely contradicts the ENTIRE francise. Here are some notes over the book I made (without spoiling the plot line):

Apparently, John Shirley never read anything that reffered to the term, "Yautja" because in his book he says the true name of the race is, Hish-Qu-Ten (The People Who Take Territory)

Predator's are now... asexual? Going through cycles of hormonal changes that change deadlock colors and turn the males in females... When the gender shift happens, females carry eggs

Also, they aren't dreadlocked hair, Shirley refers to them as "fleshlocks"

Predators now also use "mindprobes" - and are very submissive to the "O Great Leader" (all of the damn O Great things the leader gets called are annoying as hell, but atleast you get to read from their point of veiw a bit)

Comics and novels before this one sometimes make mention that an unblooded does not hunt, in this book there are younger "spawnlings," around 65 years old... not 100. The Mindcontrol probes allow "spawnlings" to control humans to kill each other, as the book said, "like a videogame"

Predators now have "Kill-Glands" - that is what makes them kill. Cute, aye?

Preds also now hunt on "flying platforms"

They also show no honor in killing/hunting, they only do it for the "Joy of Hunting." Way to contradict even the AVP movie.

If you never read a predator book, I guess this would be good... it's written fantastically, but john Shirley, it seems like... just made a lot of crap up. Perhaps I am too used to the more comic-bookish novels, but man, atleast they stayed somewhat consistant.

...what I wouldn't give for Nathan Archer, or one of the Perry's to have written this.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
WHY???? Jan. 16 2008
By Dark Bulbs - Published on
Format: Paperback
THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE! I'd never heard of John Shirley before eading this "book". I've been a fan of Predator for as long as I can remember, and this book is worse than having to deal with army of cockroaches on Steroids. The Creatures in this waste of paper are definetly not Predators, Yajuta, or whatever you please to call them. Reasons why they aren't
1.Predators do not change sexes! They are either Male or Female not both.
2.Their cloacking devices are not shields
3.They do not enslave other cultures
4.Predators have an honor code, they don't kill everything they see.
5.Whatever the hell I forgot to list
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
from a long time fan July 26 2006
By R. Howell - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of the Predator franchise. I really enjoyed the AvP books by the Perrys and Bischoff, I have many of the Predator graphic novels, as well as the Nathan Archer Predator novels. John Shirley's Forever Midnight was dismal if you have any of the aforementioned collection. Basically, Shirley rewrote the whole Predators background and history with no regards to any of the former authors. Before, the Predators were honorable Hunters. Sure they hunted humans but it's like humans hunting bears, get rid of the guns and go fight a bear with a knife for a more equal fight. Now, Shirley has them as scavengers, heartless killers, and slavers.

As for the story, it's more like a first person shooter video game than a comprehensive novel. It was painful to read and I had to force myself through the book. The interaction of the predators amongst themselves was just so vastly annoying it made them look like whimpering idiots. And surely the humans of the future (set in 2117AD) would have their own name for the Predators other than "Predator", scientists love naming things, they wouldn't name an alien race something so obvious. The planet itself was all right and I liked the "local" Atavite humans but the story was just so blah that I couldn't get into it. I couldn't stand any of the characters and the age of Derry seems to change throughout the book.

Overall, someone new to the franchise will like this book, as for a long term fan and collector of Predator franchise items, this book was severely lacking and shows no respect to the previous history set forth by previous writers (as permitted by the copyright owners, mind you).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What the ... Aug. 12 2011
By Onyx - Published on
Format: Paperback
I confess I gave up on this book half-way. This is saying a lot because I read all the other predator books in one sitting.
If you are at all familiar with the pre-existing Predator lore (in which case you are probably one up on the author) then you should hate this. The predators have been effectively re-imagined, and not in a good way. Forget about the honourable, macho-man's macho-man, hunters. Instead what you have are fawning transsexual (yes Shirley has the preds change gender during their life spans. And yes he pulled that out his ear - I know.)sycophants who say things like (and this is an actual quote) "May a cool breeze blow across your reproductive organs."
Even putting aside the fact that Predators don't fancy cool breezes, no self-respecting predator is ever going to say gay-sounding junk like that. The Preds are the kind of guys who will sharpen blades around the fire while regaling their colleagues with tales of dangerous and exciting hunts, formidable prey, cool weapons and (of course) Pred chicks. Any Male Predator who actually acted like Shirley's' versions would have his skull crushed and his remains repeatedly blasted by the combined plasma-castor fire of every other Predator in the vicinity.
Take my advice and ignore this one. Rather read AVP: Prey and AVP:Hunters' Planet (predate the movies) and Predator: South China Sea.