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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: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gears novel, a bit on the slow side though Aug. 16 2013
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The Good: Ties all the loose ends of the story leading up to Gears 3, the mystery behind Anvil Gate is finally revealed, the day-to-day struggle to survive is gripping

The Bad: Not much action, Delta Squad takes a back seat, the ending has no meaning, no significant plot twists

The siege on Anvil Gate has always been a mystery to Gears of War fans. Mainly because the Pendulum Wars are never talked about in the games. The Pendulum Wars was a 70 year war between the Coalition of Ordered Governments and the indies or independent nations. They didn't want to be ruled under the COG so they fought for it. The book jumps between just before the events of Gears of War 3 and a few decades prior as Colonel Hoffman during the siege of Anvil Gate. The recent events are the continuing survival of humanity, the search for more Immulsion, and the discovery of polyps and Lambent stalks (seen in Gears 3).

I have to say that Anvil Gate doesn't really go anywhere. It's more descriptive narrative than anything else. There's not as much dialog as other Gears books and that's a shame. The book doesn't really focus on Delta Squad as much but mainly Hoffman and Baird. All the events seen in Gears 3 are told here in this book which is great insight. The constant shaky line between the COG and Gorasnaya (the COG's main enemy during the Pendulum Wars) is interesting to see as well as how they deal with the indies wreaking havoc and making things harder for everyone. I honestly can just say that Anvil Gate really shows you how hard it is to survive in the Gears universe. Not something the games can really portray. Sure it looks hard to survive, but the day to day stuff isn't really talked about.

There really aren't any new characters if you have been reading all the Gears books, which is fine by me. The relationship between Hoffman and Mataki as well as the occasional quips of Dom thinking about Maria are interesting. We also get to see more about Marcus' childhood and how Anya Stroud's mother, Helena, and Marcus' dad, Adam, served together. It kind of brings all the little strands together and ties the knots. All the little questions that you get from playing the games are answered here in a nice cohesive tale.

I just wish there was some more action and some more shocking twists. The story just kind of ends and is really just a tale that puts all the pieces together for you, nothing spectacular or complex, but non-Gears fans won't appreciate the novel at all. If you really love the Gears universe and want more insight on the Pendulum Wars (besides Aspho Fields) then give this a gander.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gears of War rocks! Oct. 26 2012
By Crazie Betty - Published on Amazon.com
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These books are seriously so good. I already loved the GOW universe before I started reading the books, because of the games. But I'm absolutely amazing at how much the books add to the overall Gears story.

Hoffman is one of my favorite characters in GOW so this book was easily absorbed by me given that roughly half of the book goes back in the past to tell Hoffman's story of the siege at Anvil's Gate. It really is so fascinating to me to really get to see how things that have happened to these people 30+ years in the past have affected them so drastically in the present. In both negative and positive ways.

In this book we are introduced to the Lambent (unless of course you've played GOW3 already then you already know about it). Having played the games prior to reading the books I already had an idea of what was going on but I found it extremely interesting to actually get to see how they discovered the Lambent and learned about them. It's crazy to me how much time lapses between the 2nd GOW game and the 3rd. These books definitely pick up the missing pieces and I would highly recommend doing it in order. It truly adds so much to the experience. Gears of War can be done in chronological order as follows:

Gears of War (Book1): Aspho Fields
-Gears of War: Game 1
-Gears of War: Game 2
-Gears of War (Book2): Jacinto's Remnant
-Gears of War (Book3): Anvil Gate
-Gears of War (Book4): Coalition's End
-Gears of War: Game 3
-Gears of War (Book5): The Slab

I just finished this one today and I can't wait to start reading Coalition's End! I think it's going to be awesome to get to see the final piece of the puzzle put into place regarding the lapse between the 2nd and 3rd games and once I'm done with the 4th book, I'm going to play the 3rd game since that's their order. I've already played the games so its not like I don't know what's going to happen but now that I've gotten so much background into the characters and their lives, I'm looking forward to a renewed excitement in seeing the end of their journey.
5.0 out of 5 stars Spolier April 14 2013
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act of desperation, Hoffman feigned surrender to the UIR commanding officer under the guise that the citizens and troops in Anvil Gate be allowed to leave prior to the UIR's occupation. The UIR CO agreed. Once the UIR troops were inside the walls of Anvil Gate, a small regiment of Gears set fire to and attacked the UIR troops. This allowed Hoffman to regain control back of Anvil Gate and weaken the UIR forces enough to allow for the return of close air support to Fenix and his Gears.

Modern day, Hoffman used a similar strategy on the Lambent during the attack on Vectes. Shortly after discovering the Lambent Leviathan, two more appeared on a course to the harbor. Two of the Leviathan we destroy before enter the port by the COG Naval Forces, but one survived enough to make it the harbor. Once the Lambent Levitation got close to shore, it start spewing Polyps just like the stalks. COG forces were able to direct the Polyps via trenches to a centralize pin where they could be ignited without causing server damage to the base. The final Levitation was destroyed by the Hammer of Dawn once the satellites were aligned.
Traviss has an uncanny ability to pull readers in the Gears Universe with ease. Her writing is rich in character development that brings a genuine since of history and lore to the universe. Her ability to put the reader in the front lines as a grunt and give you a glimpse of who they were before they were soldiers is her strongest suite. I feel that her passion she put in to these novels is what made her the lead writer in Gears of War 3 video game.