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Hunter's Planet (Aliens Vs. Predator S.) [Paperback]

David Bischoff , Stephani Perry
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1 Dec 1994 Aliens Vs. Predator
The story is set on the planet Ryushi, where the "Aliens" are perfect killing machines born on another world, and the "Predators" are the only match for this horror.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (1 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857982282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857982282
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Bischoff is an American SF author. Born in Washington D.C. and now living in Eugene, Oregon, Bischoff writes science fiction books, short stories, and scripts for television. Though he has been writing since the early 1970s, and has had over 80 books published, Bischoff is best known for novelizations of popular movies and TV series including the Aliens, Gremlins, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and WarGames.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel!!! 1 Jun 2005
I dived into this book (not literally) as soon as finished the first one and although it was not written by the same author, it still has the same style and class that made me love the first one.
Machiko Noguchi returns and she is as cool as ever.
I have never read a book by David Bischoff before and I have to say he is very similar to S.D Perry in the way he goes about telling the story, for example, frequently changing between the narratives of many people in the story. Therefore while reading this book, it wasn't really a struggle to get used to the writer's style.
The storyline, yet again is excellent. I really like the way that the story starts off all peaceful and happy and then turns upside down into a war zone. It pretty much carries on after the last book. It is very interesting to read about Noguchi's time with the Predators.
This book is let down a bit by the lack of detail in some parts. Throughout the story David Bischoff mentions that Noguchi betrayed the Predators, but it does not really explain why. (However, while writing this I'm in the middle of the third book and all is revealed there)
I was glad that the down to earth feeling of Machiko Noguchi is still present and lots of her humour and charm are also there.
Most of the book was perfect and kept me hooked all the time, but now and again there is the odd bit that drags on a bit, however this is a good book, but it is not as good as the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good installment 12 Oct 2010
By eck
i have started to read the avp books and quickly found out there is an order to these (which should have been obvious) and i had started the wrong way round.i read hunters planet first instead of war.i got a lot of questions i had after reading hunters planet answered in war and found hunters planet a good twist to the series (though the plot has been done before,this book is brilliantly written).the only downside i have is in the opening few chapters when the predators go on the hunt for an alien queen.i found the progression and completion of this task a bit 'havent i read this before'.and i had.the opening sequences of both war and hunters planet are so simelar,i thought Perry and Bischoff were in the same room stealing ideas off each other,trying to see who could get theirs published first.but the books are very well are kept in the story and in touch with the characters throughout however there could have been a bit more alien vs predator combat,one on one,claw to claw.i still enjoyed hunters planet and am looking forward to reading the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hunters Heaven!! 26 Sep 2009
I was reading Predator and AVP books back to back when they first came out, and neither Alien, Predator, nor sci-fi fan will be disappointed for buying this book.
It holds great suspense and edge, and delves into a believable world that Forever Midnight later attempted to destroy. You won't be sorry with this one, it is a real blast!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so 16 Aug 2004
By Sci-Fi fan - Published on
This series contains 3 books: Prey, Hunter's Planet, and War. The first and third are absolutely spectacular. The writing is fantastic--beautifully descriptive, with believable characters, and most importantly, they fit seamlessly with both the Alien and Predator universes. The second is a different story--Hunter's Planet certainly isn't the worst book I've ever read, but it's far inferior to the other two in this series. It is an enormous let-down, both in terms of writing quality and just plain fun. It makes all Machiko's adventures in Prey seem meaningless, and the behavior of both the Aliens and Predators just doesn't feel right, doesn't feel like things they would actually do. (Note that the first and third have the same author; the second is different.)

This is going to sound peculiar, but I recommend reading the first and third and skipping the second, and not just because of the differing quality of the novels. The events of War actually take place between Prey and Hunter's Planet, and War is perfectly readable without reading Hunter's Planet. In fact, several scenes that were told in flashback in Hunter's Planet are RETOLD in War, only told far more descriptively, and even with important events completely altered! If I had the chance to start over, I would skip Hunter's Planet entirely.

I have read many science-fiction novels, and I rank Prey and War among my absolute favorites, worthy members of the Aliens and Predator franchise. On the one hand, it's like getting more of the movies--more terrifying bugs, more awesome Predators, more battles, more excitement--and on the other, there is a lot of fascinating new information about the culture of the Predators, things I always wanted to know but never thought I would. I love the star character, and appreciated the fact that she wasn't the typical mindless sci-fi babe. If you love Aliens and Predator, you might find Hunter's Planet mildly interesting.

(As a side note, the AvP movie borrowed a LOT from these books :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel to an excellent book 17 April 2004
By Brenda E. Gibbs - Published on
Hunter's Planet is the wonderful sequel to Prey, and just like the first one, this book is outstanding. Machiko Naguchi returns for the sequel and is now working for The Company after hunting for the Predators for 2 years. Very well written, great plot with many unexpected twist and turns. It has action, mystery, and even a tiny bit of romance all thrown in to make one heck of a novel. If you have read Prey, definately pick this book up because contrary to other opinions, this book is every bit as good as the first one, and having Atilla the Hun (an android) adds even more to the book. A very entertaining read. So great I read 150 pages of it in one day.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to Prey 2 Mar 2005
By Annaleise Ferreira - Published on
I think this is the first book by David Bischoff I've read, and so I don't know how it matches the quality of his other work, but this overall was passable but not up to my expectations after having read Prey. The only really good scenes are involving the Yautja, such as the opening scene, the Pack flashbacks, and the final fifty or so pages of climax. In between it does get rather boring.

I enjoyed the character of Atilla, I rather like the human characters, though they're written a bit broad (Dick Daniels, especially), Machiko is well-characterized, and the Yautja characters are well written as well, although they do tend to blend together and Bischoff actually calls them by the wrong names a few times.

Bischoff's style can get old fast. He's fond of cliched expressions and repeats himself, a lot. His dialogue isn't the most realistic I've read, either.

I also didn't like the inclusion of a love interest for Machiko. I wasn't interested in reading romance in a Predator novel, but if it must be done, I would prefer that it wasn't so thrown together and contrived. Fortunately it only takes up a few pages and is easily skipped if you don't like it.

I have to wonder why this is the second book in the trilogy, instead of the third, since I understand that the story that was glossed over in this novel will be described in detail in "War". The whole novel made me a little frustrated with the way Bischoff kept referring to the events at the mining colony but never elaborating on them. I'm off to read War and I really hope for a return to Prey-like greatness.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 5 Feb 2004
By Mike - Published on
This was the first book I read of the AvP series. I thought it was great. It tells the story of Livermore Evanston who creates a "Hunters Planet" with alterior motives and brings in the point of view of him, Machiko Noguchi, and the predators and melds it into one at the end finale. It is good has good action and overall I think gets unfair reviews by people who nit pick and read a book with the objective of expecting it to be the way they want it and not the way it is written if you can enjoy the series and read the book neutrally you will enjoy it. If you go in with the objective of reading it and expecting it a certain way you won't enjoy the book. Unfortunately many of the reviewers here don't give it a fair shake and mislead customers with their reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Consecutive (should be 3, not 2) 2 Feb 2006
By Gehrig K. LaVelle - Published on
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I've read the three novels in this trilogy but take issue with continuity. Hunter's Planet should be the last one you read!!! Why? Machiko Naguchi kills "Shorty" twice. Huh? Please believe me and read Hunter's last. You'll get more out of the story threads and development. Being a surviver, Machiko spends some time with the "Pack" as she dedicates herself to the Hunt. Dark Horse doesn't usually make mistakes as becomes so obvious in these 2 & 3 novels. So, read "War" after "Prey"and then, and ONLY then, read "Hunter's Planet. I believe you'll enjoy all three if you manage to "think Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra" as Machiko. Maybe I'll wander over to the DVD's and "Review" the AVP. Enjoy, it's just entertainment, right?
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