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Gears Of War: Anvil Gate Kindle Edition
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The second storyline (each book has both a present-day and historical story) partly concerns Colonel Victor Hoffman (the other part concerns Marcus' father, Adam Fenix). He famously held the fort city of Anvil Gate (original Kashkuri name Anvegad, meaning 'key' as it was the key to keeping other nations out of Kashkur) during a long and deeply unpleasant siege during which the other side resorted to some seriously underhanded tactics to try and take the city. So Hoffman resorted to some underhanded tactics of his own, and here's where the full thing gets told, giving us a much better insight into Hoffman's nature and personality than any of the games had time to, since in them he was quite a secondary character who only seemed to exist to bark orders until game 3, where if you read between the lines you do learn a thing or two.
All in all, a wonderful way to put further flesh (and a bit of muscle) onto the bones of the Gearsverse. Congratulations to Karen Traviss for some truly excellent writing.
But don't take my word for it, buy the series yourself, you won't be disappointed. An excellent addition for any Gears fan. 10/10
So whilst the rest of us are sadly having to wait, here's a little something that might make you feel a little better, the next title in the book series by Karen Traviss.
Whilst I'm not the biggest fan of the author's Star War's series, I have to admit that she does GoW well. Readers will be more than pleased to hear that the fan's favourite COG's are back in action with the odds stacked against them firmly in the thick of things.
Its brutal, its got a body count and above all else it sets a blistering pace. Beautifully written it will occupy the reader and fill their Gear quota for a little while longer. Whilst you can join the series here, I'd only recommend this for the serious Gearheads, after all they know the backstory, they know what's happening and they know the world. For those who've yet to pick up their weapons and join the fight, well you'll get lost pretty quickly so if you want to start with the books pick up the first one. All in great fun and definitely something to keep you going.
For all you lovers of Damon Baird (there must be someone out there...don't all holler at once) you'll love this one as Traviss has a good go at poking around in Baird's uber-cynical smarty pants noggin.
Possibly less effective are the flashbacks featuring a young Adam Phoenix pining over lost reliquaries while fighting in an urban hell of war theatre. In the same timeline a young Hoffman commands the defence of Anvil Gate and resorts to questionable though pragmatic tactics that will haunt him forever. I did love the story of Bai Tak, the Pesanga volunteer with his team of grinning machete wielding hill men. You'll remember him from the Aspho Fields flashbacks in book one. The main timeline moves along a bit more with the CoG learning how to combat Lambent and that data disc from Gears 3 finally turns up to wallop an even bigger wedge between Hoffman and Prescott.As ever the characterisation is superb, with great dialogue alongside more introspective examinations of the main players and the effects of war on human morality. Oh and there's a fair bit of backs to the wall Gear on Glowie action... and with Lambent involved that means plenty BOOOOOM!!!! Enjoyable stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wicked book. True to the charecters. Such a good read. Couldn't put it down.Published 4 months ago by Tinfed85
Bought as a present, my brother really enjoyed the book and has since read others.Published 17 months ago by C. Bennett
Great story and expansion on the gears universe, love this story and Marcus fenix is one of the biggest badasses everPublished 21 months ago by Carl
Despite being a library book, the plastic covering was actually an advantage as it kept the book in good condition.Published on 27 Feb. 2014 by Jess
Out of the first three so far, this had been my favorite but 'end of the coalition' is on it's way and i'm looking forward to the read.Published on 10 Mar. 2013 by Cpt Duchebagg
Good part of the series and tells the history of anvegard and Hoffman
New characters and the emergence of the polyps begin