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After Earth: The United Ranger Corps Survival Manual [Hardcover]

Robert Greenberger

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18 Jun 2013
"One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity s flight from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind s new home. Legendary soldier Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his thirteen-year-old son Kitai (Jaden Smith). While traveling to a nearby planet, an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai s ship, and they crash-land on an inhospitable Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain in order to recover their rescue beacon, encountering highly evolved creatures and a ruthless alien beast along the way. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance. This immersive in-universe book takes readers inside the world of the United Ranger Corps Nova Prime s fearless warriors and guardians. The pages of this manual contain all the information necessary to survive your tour of duty: Familiarise yourself with your weapons. Learn the tactics needed to combat Nova Prime s alien enemies. Uncover anecdotes about the heroes of yesteryear and the mysterious phenomenon known as Ghosting. Featuring stunning artwork from the movie, along with unit photography and other eye-catching visuals, the United Ranger Corps Survival Manual is the ultimate in-universe guide to After Earth, the thrilling new movie starring Jaden Smith and Will Smith."

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions, Div of Palace Publishing Group, LP; Har/Pstr M edition (18 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608872351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608872350
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 24.1 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars This book has exceeded my expectations 19 Jun 2013
By Marco A. Delgadillo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has exceeded my expectations, because I decided to buy it before watching the movie and when I received, I wasn't satisfied with the film because I expected so much more for all the advance publicity. The book contains a lot of information an fun things to discover and make you understand several things that were not in the film.

I must say that the film could be much more than it was but the book is much better than the film itself, And it is not only on the content but by the quality of the book and its realization similar to to the FRINGE's September's Notebook, which is one of the best books I have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable companion to the movie 24 Mar 2014
By SRFireside - Published on Amazon.com
After Earth the movie wasn't all that bad, but it was flawed. A big part of the limitations of the movie were how it presented many aspects of the plot from the origins of what happened to mankind and weapons technology, to the current conflict with the alien monsters, the Ursa. The movie either left out a lot of back story and exposition or gave so little of it that it made it hard to get yourself placed in this science fiction settings. The United Ranger Corps Survival Manual does a lot to rectify this.

This book is written like a field manual for Ranger cadets to familiarize themselves with their history, tools, enemies and more. It is set it the world of After Earth with no productions notes, interviews with the director and cast, or any other "making of" details other than conceptual drawings that help fill out the book's content. It's written to be as realistic as possible within the After Earth universe. This is what you get:

Complete history of mankind from a few decades from now to about a thousands years A.E. (After Earth exodus) - It tells a pretty bleak tale on the fate of Earth and the vast majority of its inhabitants. So very few survived to leave the planet according to the history in this book. It gives you a pretty bleak look at what happened and how we survived.

History of the Rangers - Tells of the corps humble beginnings up to the point where they are currently fighting with the Ursa. This includes the development of the "Ghosting" technique that renders a ranger invisible to the Ursa.

Ships and vehicles - This is really a minor entry that gives you some general information on the ships, but not enough to get into the fascinating designs you see in the film.

Weapons - The big bad weapon of the movie is the Cutlass, and where the movie tells you practically nothing about it this book gives you details in spades. Did you know there are several different model grades of the cutlass, each with varying capabilities and stats? Do you know how all those blades form from it? You find out here, and it's a pretty cool explanation. There is also explanation on various guns as well. Even though they weren't really shown in action in the movie the details given are very cool.

Survival technology - The life suit, Kitai's survival outfit, gets a lot of time in the book and gives you an idea just how useful this outfit is. You also get detailed explanations for other items like the wrist communicator, med and survival kits, communications and scanning. It's not as much details for the other items, but there is enough to satisfy me.

I read this book before seeing the movie, and it made a world of difference. I can tell the movie glossed over a lot of very interesting details, and I'm glad I was already privy to them. It made the movie flow much better for me, and allowed me to enjoy it and be immersed in the setting without getting frustrated over the tiny nuggets of background info the movie provided. For this reason alone I strongly recommend this book to sci-fi fans. It's sad that you need a supplement to really get into a movie, but at the same time the supplement really is impressive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK - art of the Film and the BACKSTORY to the film !!! MORE than i hoped for..... 17 Aug 2013
By Morpheus - Published on Amazon.com
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The After Earth: United Ranger Corps Survival Manual provides an in depth back story to the film. It is hardcover and loaded with full color pictures, production art, sets, costumes, and Characters. It gives the story of how and why Earth fell and had to be abandoned. It provides the Origins of the Rangers and adds different layers never revealed in the film. It is a shame that more of this book was not incorporated into the film. It is possible to enjoy this book and the story it offers without ever seeing the film. I highly recommend it. You have to see the quality to believe it !! Highest quality tabletop book. Hours upon hours of reading and stories. Worth every penny paid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is exceptional! 25 July 2013
By J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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The detailed information and all the pictures are really remarkable. I am astonished it sells for so little. Someone is taking a hit. This book should be priced at least $100.

LOL, it contains the letter sent from Commander Velan to the house to say why Kitai did not pass Ranger training.

The Combat Tutorial on Page 89 with the cutlass makes me want one. I need to see how much of it can be done with a machete.

The pictures of Nova Prime are breathtaking.

Definitely check out the movie. Get this manual to have the history of Nova Prime and hope for After Earth 2, 3 4, and beyond!!!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice background if you have seen the movie 22 Jun 2013
By ROGER WARD - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to know more about ghosting, the Skrel,ursa, weapons, or how many people left earth and how many many made it to nova prime, check this book out. It is not a behind the scenes book, rather an interactive training manual.
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