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.