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Coalition's End (Gears of War) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 441 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ome (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439183953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439183953
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major properties has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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An official novel set in the world of the blockbuster video game GEARS OF WAR, one of the fastest selling Xbox 360 games of all time. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Karen Traviss is a full-time novelist and New York Times bestselling author, but has spent much of her working life as a journalist. Previous jobs inc. advertising copywriter, police media liaison officer, journalist lecturer + PR manager. Originally from Portsmouth, Karen now lives in Devizes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syntax Error on 27 May 2012
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This is by far the best Gears of War book so far and probably one of the best sci-fi books written by Karen Traviss. This is the fourth book in the series and is a compelling read for any Gears of War fan.

Gears of War: Coalitions End takes place at the end of Gears of War 2 and the beginning of Gears of War 3. The book has many flashbacks which give you an insight it the characters past. You get to know how some of the main characters met and how they became part of the COG.

If you have only played the GOW games, there are some new characters introduced to you in this book. Still very easy to follow the story but there are some moments when you are taken back in to the GOW past which may be unfamiliar.

The book kicks of where GOW2 ended after the sinking of Jacinto. The COG have now taken up home on Vectes, the naval base becoming the New Jacinto.

This book is ripe with emotion. Some of the characters have a very sad past, the book is so well written it leaves you feeling very empathetic. There is plenty of action written in and you will not feel bored or feel that a particular story drags on too long.

After reading the book there are still many unanswered questions, in particular the origins of the Locusts and Queen Myrrah. The book adds additional questions to the pile.

This is a very good book as a stand alone title but if you have read the other books or played the games you will enjoy it that little bit more. This book is a definite read for fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By d1sturb3d on 14 Oct. 2011
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To be perfectly honest, I was already a fan of Karen Traviss before purchasing the first published GoW novel. I had read the Republic Commando novels written by her and I was pretty sure she'd be a perfect fit for the Gears universe. However, yet again, I must admit that she exceded by far my initial expectations. :)

Every single thing you see in the games, either about Marcus, Dom, Cole or Baird is just nailed perfectly by Karen. Not only she understands the characters but if I didn't know better, I'd say the WHOLE Gears universe was penciled by her from the very beginning. In the end, I dunno who got lucky: Epic Games or us.

Anyway, long story short, this is in my humble opinion the best Gears novel yet. I almost read it in one single day, simply because I just couldn't stop reading it. The writing is smooth, character-driven and it keeps you on guessing... Nothing is black and white in the Gears universe and as a warm-up for Gears of War 3, this novel was just perfect.

I can't wait for the The Slab, but until then, I'm pretty sure I'll read this one at least a couple of times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wyliecoyote1973 on 12 Sept. 2011
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As always Karen has done another fantastic job in writting this book, carries straight on from the last one but seems alot more gritty like the first one was. I really feel like I know these Guy's & never want the books or games to end even though I know they will. Must buy for any gears fan, truly epic story.
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Apart from the dramatic sinking of Jacinto (the last human city), things were pretty much still "business as usual" for our heroes in Delta squad at the conclusion of Gears 2. The core of Marcus, Dom, Cole and Baird remained intact; still supported by Anya and their invisible robo-pet "Jack". Colonel Hoffman was still in charge and every indication was that, come Gears 3, their raven would touch down somewhere and everyone would immediately resume slaughtering locust and high-fiving each other. There must have been a few scratched heads, then, when fans first started Gears 3. Suddenly, Delta are living on a converted warship/ark/farm in the middle of the ocean. Dom has grown a beard (and aged 20 years), Anya is in full body armour, Hoffman has gone AWOL, and a whole host of new characters have appeared from nowhere like this is an episode of "Delta and friends". But I knew what was going on: I've been reading Karen Traviss' excellent series of novels based on the games.

Each of the books in the series aims to fill out some of the back story from the games, and promises to reveal new secrets and insights into the characters' pasts. "Coalition's End", the fifth book in the series, covers events between the end of Gears 2 and the beginning of Gears 3, and also contains "flashbacks" revealing the past experiences of Cole, Dizzy and Bernie in the days, months and years following E-Day.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the Gears of War novels, and this one is no exception. Traviss' writing is engrossing, and her experience as a former defence correspondent and member of the Territorial army clearly shows through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Drury on 27 Mar. 2012
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Finally decided to jump into the literary world of Gears Of War. I think it was always going to be difficult to add more story to the already excellent creativity of the Gears Of War backstory and I feel it has shown in this book. The games are already very detailed and I don't feel that this book has added anything essential. It felt quite repetitive in parts and as much as I love the Gears Of War universe the book just didn't demand much of my attention. I would only recommend this for die hard fans!
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