Primeval: Extinction Event Hardcover – Mar 31 2009
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"....an 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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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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When a sea monster appears off the coast of uninhabited Guns Island ,near Ireland ,and devours a passing ship and its crew it sparks a potential international incident .Formerly claimed by the British ,its ownership is disputed between France and the Irish Republic.During World War 2 Britain had utilised the island as a base for ecperiments in biological warfare .Several anomalies have opened up across the island and dinosaurs from several peras of prehistory are roaming freely across the island .An expeditionary party is desopathched by the ARK ,including a military force , to invstigate and rectify the situation .The Irish government ,ever suspicious of British intent ,also send a military team to keep an eye on matters.The party must deal with the ravening creatures from the past ,the fierce almost inhuman cold and internal dissent to try and contain the problem before trying to escape back into their own era.
The book takes on the feel of a old -if violent -patrol movie ,with a small miltary outfit beset by larger and more imposing enemy forces.The tone is at times tartly cynical ,with the need to cover up potentially awkward incidents from the recent past .The action is plentiful ,if at times pretty bloody,and the characterisation accords well with the TV show.
One for the TV show fan ,but those unfamiliar with the series are best directed to start elsewhere in the book series.