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More "Aliens" than "Alien",
This review is from: Alien - Sea of Sorrows (Book 2) (Alien Trilogy 2) (Paperback)
I enjoyed Tim Lebbon's book a lot...a bit fan-fic-ish at times (but forgiveable, since that's exactly what it is - just very good fan-fic), so this second installment had quite a lot to live up to.
MILD SPOILERS HEREIN - BE CAREFUL
Whereas Lebbon's book was very much an ode to the first movie, Sea of Sorrows unashamedly takes its cues from the second - a rag tag team of freelance Commando-types travel back to LV178 centuries after the events of "Out of the Shadows", after the Corporation decide that they want to capture another specimen and have the ideal person to accompany the brutes - Decker, not only a mild empath but also someone who shares a connection with the Xenomorphs through a blood tie - his descendant, after all, was "The Destroyer" - Ellen Ripley.
The book sets up the circumstances behind the inevitable ambush nicely. Decker's empathic abilities sound a bit of an excuse, but they rarely come into play and don't become as annoying as they could easily have done. The buried ship from "Out of the Shadows" is revisited, though disappointingly little more is learned (yet).
The sections written from the Xenomorphs' viewpoint are a nice touch.
A perhaps inevitable scene towards the end of the book is hinted at (as in, given away completely) via a picture on the back cover. Found that an odd choice - and would be a little annoyed I think if I were the author. I would much rather have been surprised.
The book moves at breakneck pace - there is no letup and it is a thrilling, if sometimes a tad predictable, ride. It is more of an adult book than the first installment - more profanity and an awful lot more gore.
There is one sentence around a third of the way through that I must admit I found tantalising - regarding another descendant of Decker (and who is already mentioned in the Aliens movie) - I wonder if this might be partially covered in the third book? Talking of which, I understand that "River of Pain" is tied directly into these first two books, but I have trouble in seeing how....and that is why I had no choice but to pre-order it really!
This "Counterpoint" and expansion to the film sequence has been an excellent ride so far, and "Sea of Sorrows" does not fall short in any department.
A solid, thumping good read.
Final note - I would also like to think that in an office somewhere, someone is talking about adaptations of these - even animations.