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Primeval: Extinction Event [Hardcover]

Dan Abnett
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March 31 2009 Primeval
When an Entelodon goes on the rampage down Oxford Street, causing untold damage and loss of life, Cutter decides a new approach to tackling the anomalies is needed. However, his investigations expose him and the team to a violent encounter with a mysterious Russian scientist and a situation more catastrophic and frightening than they've ever faced before...

When Cutter, Abby and Connor disappear without a trace, Lester and Jenny must use every trick in the book to try and track them down...

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" enjoyable romp... This is a novel which will surely please fans of both Savile's writing and Primeval." Sci-Fi Online"

About the Author

DAN ABNETT is a prolific writer of both novels and comics. He has written for a diverse range of characters in comics, including the X-Men, Batman, Superman, Mr Men and Dr Who. He has written 25 novels for Black Library. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes were both bestsellers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised June 11 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To be totally honest, I didn't expect much going into this book. I'd just finished watching all three seasons of Primeval and was in the mood for more so decided to give the books a try.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel.

I had a few qualms with it, but I think that happens with everything. The relationship between Cutter and Stephen wasn't as close as I have come to believe it is/was from the series. Granted the author chose to based the novel after Helen revealing that she had slept with Stephen, so some animosity is, of course, to be expected, however it is also based after Cutter and Stephen "talked" about it, so the sometimes overly hostile nature of Cutter and Stephen in it felt rather off.

Also, there was a bit too much mourning for Claudia/pining for Jenny going on for my tastes. I prefer the shows take on the whole UST thing, where it's never really made a FOCUS on the series. I think the book would have benefited from the author taking that route instead.

There were a few other nitpicks that I had but it would be pointless to get into them as for the most part they were easily looked past.

Qualms aside, it was nice to see the team back together again after what transpired at the end of S2 and what happened in S3. It was also interesting to see them outside of the U.K.

The book brings into light the idea that the anomalies are NOT only found in the U.K. but rather all over the world. A very intriguing (and logical) idea indeed.

The characters were, for the most part, true to themselves - with, of course, the aforementioned qualms and the original characters were nicely rounded so that you actually felt something when one of them got hurt or was killed.

I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Primeval and isn't looking for something that stays 100% true to the series, but nevertheless is still good for an entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read March 22 2009
This was a really good book. It's a standalone story as opposed to a retelling of one of the episodes, but the length and the amount of detail that goes into it really gives you a sense of how good a Primeval film would be. Some of the deaths were predictable, but the subplot involving Lester was surprising. Overall, a really enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Adventure Jan. 27 2013
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The characters all were true to the tv Series and you could "hear" them saying the scripts. Loved it :)
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The Lost Island was EXACTLY what I was hoping for in a novelization of this television program. It was true to the personalities of Cutter, Jenny, Stephen, Abby, Connor and Lester; characters that I care enough for to go looking for a book about, and it did not have a bus-load of "original characters" that were taking over the story like so many other attempts usually do. The dinosaurs were the spice of the story, and venturing through the anomaly for a time to escape from the monsters was something that I could see happening on an episode. The only problem was that I liked it so much that I read it too fast and it was over. I have not found another to match the awesomeness of this one, and that is a real shame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the book series so far Sept. 8 2009
By D. Peck - Published on
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I have read the first three books in the series so far, in order, and Extinction Event stands out to me as by far the best I've read up to this point. While the action takes off right away and remains steady to the end, this book is not as dark and relentlessly, oppressively dreary as its two predecessors. And ironically, I personally felt that this author made far better use of the characters and kept the main characters to the fore of the story. I could very easily visualize most of them, Connor especially, saying many of the things in the story. This book was very in keeping with all of the Primeverse, quoting from both the television program and the earlier books, and to me did quite well in keeping with the spirit of the show. The only thing I didn't like was the abrupt ending. But the subtitle is Book 1, right? So I can only hope there is a Book 2 out there somewhere soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn for Primeval fans Jan. 31 2009
By L. Spencer - Published on
I've read a few tie-in novels in the past, and, as with all fiction, the quality can definitely vary. That said, I approached this book with great hope, and I'm absolutely delighted that I picked it up. The characterizations of all of the familiar characters (Lester, Cutter, Stephen, Abby, Connor, and Jenny all appear) are absolutely spot-on from their sources, and the new and peripheral characters are all well-drawn and interesting. As well, the book does what all good tie-ins should do - take the people we "know" and love and put them into scenarios that are both believable but so expansive that they might not be possible to show on tv. This tale takes our heroes away from their familiar shores and plunks them down into the South American jungle, and I really believed that they were there - they reacted to both their unfamiliar surroundings and the new threats they faced there exactly the way that I would expect, and even the familiar "redshirts" of the show, the sometimes-interchangeable soldiers became exciting and necessary support within the story. This is probably one of the five best tie-in novels that I've ever read, and I didn't hesitate to recommend it to my friends who also love the show, even buying a few extra copies to spread around. The only warning that I'd put on this is that it is a very adult story, with a lot of excitement but also a level of violence that I don't think I'd recommend to someone who doesn't have the stomach (which includes some adults!) or the maturity level to handle it (mid-teens should be fine). But if an adult story doesn't bother you, by all means, pick this up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun read for Primeval fans June 13 2008
By bOoKwOrM - Published on
A fun book based on the UK scifi show called "Primeval". The book is a new adventure(not a novelization of an existing tv episode), and is in the same hardcover fromat and style of writing as the new Doctor Who novels. Definitely recommended for fans of the show.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost but not forgotten Dec 26 2009
By T. Todd - Published on
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This was a pretty good book, not quite as good as "Extinction Event" probably because I like a mixture of all the characters, Cutter and Stephan were in it a bit more. Also a number of extraneous characters given too much in the book but still good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars purchased for my son Oct. 18 2008
By J. Norris - Published on
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I purchased this book for my 11 yr old son. He loved it. He read it about 3x the first week. It definitely has the action/adventure that would appeal to a boy of this age.
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