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Predator: Big Game
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 1999
Sandy Schofield is an excellent writer; when I read Aliens: Rogue, I was breathless throughout the whole story. However, Predator: Big Game was too short, and you never really got to know the characters except for Enoch Nakai. It was never explained why the Predator blew up his own ship, and as far as "The Hunt" goes that the Predators always embark on when they come to Earth, there wasn't anything significant about it in Big Game. All it was was "Bang, you're dead" over and over and over. It got boring. I didn't even want to finish the story for fear of being completely dissatisfied. All in all, I hope your next book can be as good as Aliens: Rogue, Sandy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's been a while since I've read this Predator book (close to 9 years). I remember liking these when I was a kid but now, after being exposed to writing far more sophisticated and intelligent, these kind of books are no more than pulp. But entertaining in a lowest common denominator way. The story of 'Big Game' is taken from the 1993 comic book of the same name. A native American soldier is hunted by the predator out in the desert. They fight in unexciting ways and the mystical babble preceding every chapter about Indian legends and spirits being invoked to fight the Predator fast become repetitive and boring. It's not terribly unique or engaging. There is no atmosphere or pathos. Characters are introduced, described and then killed. You can tell as soon as a new character turns up that they are going to die if they have less than a paragraph of description to them. The book feels very padded this way.

And the Pred himself is kinda boring. There's no connection to him or real sense of menace. In fact, tho the writer calls him a hunter (but never once a 'Predator' and he appears to be more of an indiscriminate murderer than an alien hunting for honor and sport. A rather weak story indeed. But perhaps I'm being over-critical. This is a book for 13 year olds or someone looking to pass the hours of a long journey. Do not read Predator: Big Game looking for sophistication or a thumping good slice of Predator lore. It's low-quality stuff. The constant spelling errors only prove this.

There are good Predator books out there, such as Predator: Turnabout, but this is right at the bottom of the pile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 1999
I enjoyed reading this Predator book it was fast paced, had a lot of action and I enjoyed the Indian legend tie in. I thought it might have been a little better if we could have known what the Predator was thinking from time to time. They can fly a space craft, build advanced weapons and act highly intelligent, so why blow up your only means of transportation when you can go in and take it back whenever you want? It was the "Why?" thing that bothered me the most otherwise I like the book.
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on 24 March 2013
Wasn't a bad book but there were a few problems, Some of the motives of the predator are spot on with it only being there to hunt, but the predator kills most of its prey the same way with all the gadgets they have and it only use's one or two of them. The final fight is stupid at most points (You'll know what i mean when you read it.) But there are many good points like how all the chapters start with a little hint on how the chapter will play out, and that the main character has lived in the area all his life so he knows what he's doing not just happens to be in the right place at the right time and has everything go there way. This book is for predator fans only and as short as it is you'll have it finished before losing intrest.
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on 13 January 2013
Again a gift for hubby. Collects and reads reads and collects he informs me it is a very good read
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2009
I liked the book, that is to say I didn't dislike it. But I like most things Predator. As a die-hard fan it fits nicely into the mythology and doesn't destroy roots made from previous Predator-lore. It takes the Predator in a different direction in terms of prey, kind of going back to nature a little. Some parts seemed chilling, other fast paced. On the whole its a good read.
Not the best in the franchise, but it wont have you sorry you bought it.
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on 3 October 2014
Love the Predator franchise.
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on 19 December 2014
Excellent reading.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 1999
I have read most the predator comics, and watched both movie, and some books, but Predator: Big Game is not a thriller, as some of my friends that own say it is terrifyin'. If you like the book, I'm glad that you like it. I just don't. Go aliens vs predator books!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 1999
I liked the native american tie in also. The story was pretty good for the most part, too.
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