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Gears Of War: Anvil Gate by [Traviss, Karen]
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The third official novel set in the world of the blockbuster video game GEARS OF WAR, one of the fastest selling Xbox 360 games of all time.

About the Author

Karen Traviss is a full-time novelist and New York Times bestselling author, but has spent much of her working life as a journalist. Previous jobs inc. advertising copywriter, police media liaison officer, journalist lecturer + PR manager. Originally from Portsmouth, Karen now lives in Devizes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1101 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841497398
  • Publisher: Orbit (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VDILA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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so although I enjoy all the Gears books, this one, told partly from Baird's point of view, has to be my favourite. It's the second of a three-book story arc which chronicles what happens in the intervening time between the end of game 2 (Jacinto sinks) and the beginning of game 3 (humanity living on ships on the Seran ocean). Things are changing rapidly for Delta Squad and the rest of the COG's remnant. The Locust might not be able to reach them, but their island idyll isn't all it's cracked up to be: they now face two different groups of enemies, one of whose motivations - and indeed the reason for their existence - are as yet unknown.

SLIGHT SPOILER!

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.
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The Gears Of War series by Karen Traviss is brilliant!! Excellent reading and endless hours of page-turning. If you are a fan of Gears Of War, I defiantly recommend purchasing all 3 novels and the 4th when it comes out later this year. Essentially the novels fill in the blanks between the video games, but also give a lot of in depth back story and history on each individual character. This history pre-dates Emergence Day and goes as far back as The Pendulum Wars, years before the Locust wage war on humanity when the war was human V.s human, fighting over fuel - Emulsion.

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
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I've read this book back in 2011, after having played Gears of War 1 and 2, when I was eagerly anticipating the release of Gears of War 3. The story takes place after Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant. I thought this book was quite good, the style of the first two books in the series is retained and it further develops the storyline and gives more backstory to some of the characters. I'd easily recommend this to fans of the Gears of War franchise interested in learning more about the Gears of War-universe.
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The entire set of these books are some of the best I have read, cannot wait for the final instalment to be released in august. If you are a fan of gears of war, or sci-fi in general, then get this book.
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Fan's of the Gears of War Games will have been chomping at the bit for the next offering which has sadly been delayed until next year. Our Spy who has been to and about and had a quick play has told us that it's going to be phenomenal.

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.
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The third book in the Gears of War series by Karen Traviss follows on directly from events at the end of the last book Jacinto's Remnant and is still building up to the finale of the video game Gears of War 3. Delta Squad and remaining Cog Forces have settled alongside the inhabitants of a sheltered naval outpost at Vectes. They maintain an uneasy truce with a group of Indie refugees who hold a valuable source of Imulsion. The two sides struggle to bury an enmity that burned for generations during the Pendulum Wars. Bands of Stranded pirates nibble at the order that both sides crave. And if that wasn't enough, boats are going missing or found bereft of crew, mysterious holes punched through the hull.
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.
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