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Gears of War: The Slab [Kindle Edition]

Karen Traviss
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Marcus Fenix. War hero. Decorated Gear. Loyal son. Traitor. As the Locust Horde advances into one of humanity's last bastions, Marcus does the unthinkable: he defies Colonel Hoffman's orders and abandons his post in the middle of the battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Dr Adam Fenix. As the Coalition struggles to defend Sera's surviving humans from the invading 'grubs', Marcus faces a court martial - and a possible death penalty. In the Slab, there are no rules and no mercy. Marcus must learn to survive in an institution populated by the most dangerous dregs of society.



Meanwhile, COG scientists continue the race against time to find a weapon to defeat the Locust - but there's another traitor - one of the most trusted men in the COG, who knew the Locust existed long before the creatures erupted from their underground warrens. Worse, there's an even bigger threat emerging: a life-form called the Lambent, which drove the Locust to the surface and that will eventually destroy all life on Sera.



As the Locust infiltrate deeper into COG territory, the Slab is in danger of being overrun. All the prisoners are released . . . except Marcus. The Locust close in while Dom Santiago mounts a last-ditch rescue bid to free the one man who can save humanity.


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The fifth tie-in novel to this hugely successful game: high-octane, all-action and telling the story of beleagued humanity, facing a powerful alien species bent on their destruction

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MARCUS FENIX. WAR HERO. LOYAL SON. TRAITOR. As the Locust Horde advances into one of humanity's last settlements - Ephyra - Marcus does the unthinkable: he abandons his post in a bid to rescue his father, the weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is lost during an assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy. As the Coalition of Ordered Governments struggles to defend Sera's surviving humans from the invading "grubs," Marcus faces a court martial. Deserting his post in wartime means the death penalty. But his sentence is commuted to forty years in the COG's most notorious prison - known as the Slab - where a prisoner's life expectancy is less than two years.

In the Slab, there are no rules and no mercy. As Marcus begins this nightmarish day-to-day existence, it will finally be revealed why his sentence was commuted and who intervened to save his life. While his friends and fellow Gears Dom Santiago and Anya Stroud fight to get him released, Marcus must learn to survive in an institution populated by Sera's most dangerous criminals.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 622 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TNYBJM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SLABsolutely brilliant 20 May 2012
By DV4021
Format:Paperback
This book goes into a lot more detail about the relationships and emotions of the original Gears of War characters than the ones previously. Out of all the books in this series this is by far my favourite. Traviss has managed to tie together missing pieces from this period of the Gears time-line and put them all into one book, including the origins of the famous scar on Marcus's face.
There are a lot of clarifying moments throughout and the introduction of some new, well thought-out characters. Traviss writes about the struggles of living during war time and dealing with bereavement brilliantly. I would recommend reading the other books first- although it's not essential.
Overall the book closes a lot of doors and opens very few new ones, it certainly feels like the end of an era. If you've enjoyed the other books you must read this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but a little over-long. 12 Jun. 2012
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I was very excited when I first heard that the title for the fifth in Karen Traviss' series of "Gears" novels was to be "The Slab". There are many mysteries in the world of Sera, but perhaps one of the greatest is what actually led to Marcus Fenix's imprisonment - and what happened during his years in Jacinto's notorious prison. These events have been alluded to many times in the books and games - always with the suggestion that what happened was too terrible to be relived and recounted. I was disappointed, then, by the "reality" as presented in this latest Gears of War novel. The events that led to Fenix's imprisonment were interesting enough - although not particularly unexpected - but what happens in the prison is... not much really.

For a book that will presumably be classified as "military science fiction" (and one that's based on an action-packed series of games), there is surprisingly little in the way of action in this book. At about 600 pages in length, "The Slab" is too long, and much of the material seems repetitive, with Hoffman's endless navel-gazing accounting for far too many words. Previous entries in the series, particularly "Anvil Gate" and "Aspho Fields", managed to genuinely expand the world and history of "Gears of War", with events that are barely touched upon in the game. There's not much in "The Slab" that we haven't already been told - or worked out for ourselves.

But it's not all bad - far from it. Each of the previous books in the series has allowed us to see through the eyes of another character, giving us more information about their personal histories and a greater insight into their worlds. Dizzy, Cole and Baird in particular stand out as characters that have benefited greatly from this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Win! 5 July 2012
By Bern
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read all of Karen Traviss' Gears of War novels and loved them all. This was on a 5 star par with the others and I would strongly recommend you read it if you enjoyed any of her other works.

She does a great job on back story and character development which, for obvious reasons, you don't get a whole lot of in the game. Who wants to listen to dialog and emotions when you have a loaded Lancer! I'd say that most of her books are 80% character development and great story, and 20% action. This novel, as well as the others, complement the XBox series of GoW games well and it really left me wanting more.

As a fan of the GoW series I enjoyed finding out about the back story prior to GoW 1, and could have happily read a version of "The Slab" 10 times the length of this novel. Karen is a great writer and she does justice to the GoW series.

My only tiny complaint was the electronic version wasn't available at the time so I picked up the paperback (old skool), and the plastic film on the cover started peeling back after a few reads. Bit of a nit pick but thought it worth noting. I think the electronic version is out now so you could avoid this if you need to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite! 27 Jun. 2013
Format:Paperback
As a massive gear fan I've read all the books and this was probably the most enjoyable, my favourite character is Marcus so it was nice for the book to be based on him, rather than the other books where it doesn't talk about him that much in detail, not complaining though! I enjoyed reading more into his relationship with Anya and Marcus, seeing how they became involved and how they wrote to each other. the best part for me was Marcus towering in to the prison for the first time and everyone being shocked to how big he was, and of course him slapping a few of the inmates around was great to read!! the whole book though was exciting and even though it was the long it kept it interesting all the way through and I loved the end how it was the same as the beginning of the first game. One minor bad point was there was no Baird or Cole, of course they wouldn't be involved as it was set earlier than the 1st game which is when they met, but I missed bairds comments, 10/10 though and if you have read the previous 4 then you need this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars hopefully not the end 10 Mar. 2013
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As far as video gaming goes im not a massive game, but the name of karen traviss on the novels got me to pick up the games and then read all her books and the graphic novels. I love the world of sera, and karen has made it feel very real.

The slab can be a bit dissapointing at times. If your expecting the prison to be ruthless and deadly, it feels like a monastary compared to being outside the wire fighting the locust horde. It does give a lot more insight into the character and relationships of the fenix men, and hoffman, anya and presscott are all under the microcope here too.

Although the events are set not long after emergence day I would say to read the novels in order as the slab assumes you know events from all 4 other novels and all 3 games, otherwise it would be a massive spoiler, to gears 3 especially.

I just hope traviss continues writing in the world of sera, as these have been my favourite sci fi novels for a long long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Gears of War is an absolutely amazing universe! This coupled with the fantastic author 'Karen Traviss, is a sure fire way to get some awesome entertainment.
Published 5 days ago by Mrrichci
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the Gears game and loved the book series. Highly recommend to anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Kieran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as described.
Published 6 months ago by Kerry Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyable read, fills in the gaps a bit more and explains more stuff on marcus.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. D. P. Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Prison style
Great book, we finally learn why Marcus was in prison and what in was like, love the Gears Of War Books.
Published 8 months ago by Josh Lynch
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
A good well written book. Ties in well with the games and fills the blanks.
Published 8 months ago by Kris79
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read well written book
Published 10 months ago by jeff53
5.0 out of 5 stars Gears Of War - The Slab
Another awesome Gears Of War book! Really enjoyed this one along with Aspho Fields!! Would highly recommend to any fan of Gears Of War or the casual reader!!
Published 13 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Oh yehhhhhh Marcus Fenix yehhhhh. Set before the first game I was very interested to know why Marcus had been put in prison and this book explains all. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cpt Duchebagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Definitely a staple book in the series. Very well written and exceptionally put together. I would recommend this book to anyone, not just a fan.
Published 22 months ago by Shiny
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