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Predator 2 Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 1990

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns (Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515105783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515105780
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite the awful cover art this novelization by Simon Hawke (written, mostly, in a Colorado coffee shop) is a nice extension of the movie. Novelizations usually feature extended scenes which are mostly cut from the script before filming, Predator 2 is one of the rare instances when virtually all of the shooting script was filmed, only important scenes never made it to the movie.

A lot of fans of the first movie reject Predator 2 because they opposed Danny Glover replacing Big Arn as a hero. Before Gary Busey was cast as Peter Keyes, the government agent trying to catch the Predator, the role was actually supposed to be Dutch. But perhaps by having a new set of characters the movie is kept new and fresh. The explanation of what happened to Dutch (and Anna) was revealed by Keyes, but it was cut. It's here in the novel, and apparently Dutch debriefed the military in a hospital where he was dying from radiation sickness before escaping and never being seen again. So that's the official story.

Hawke writes a lot better than Paul Monette (who novelized the first movie before it was massively overhauled) and even squeezes a Lethal Weapon in-joke in there, though he does get a few details wrong (the Pred has 5 fingers, not 3) I did enjoy the narrative frequently cutting to the Predator's point-of-view, giving his take on events and logic.

There are currently lots of Predator books in print, but this one is not. I think it is time for someone like Dark Horse to re-publish it.
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A good read that closely matches the film, however, I would have preferred even more insight into the predator character
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voodoo magic, mon! 5 July 2013
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite the awful cover art this novelization by Simon Hawke (written, mostly, in a Colorado coffee shop) is a nice extension of the movie. Novelizations usually feature extended scenes which are mostly cut from the script before filming, Predator 2 is one of the rare instances when virtually all of the shooting script was filmed, only important scenes never made it to the movie.

A lot of fans of the first movie reject Predator 2 because they opposed Danny Glover replacing Big Arn as a hero. Before Gary Busey was cast as Peter Keyes, the government agent trying to catch the Predator, the role was actually supposed to be Dutch. But perhaps by having a new set of characters the movie is kept new and fresh. The explanation of what happened to Dutch (and Anna) was revealed by Keyes, but it was cut. It's here in the novel, and apparently Dutch debriefed the military in a hospital where he was dying from radiation sickness before escaping and never being seen again. So that's the official story.

Hawke writes a lot better than Paul Monette (who novelized the first movie before it was massively overhauled) and even squeezes a Lethal Weapon in-joke in there, though he does get a few details wrong (the Pred has 5 fingers, not 3) I did enjoy the narrative frequently cutting to the Predator's point-of-view, giving his take on events and logic.

There are currently lots of Predator books in print, but this one is not. I think it is time for someone like Dark Horse to re-publish it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novelization 27 Jan. 2013
By Curt - Published on Amazon.com
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This Novelization came by high recommendation and it lived up to it. In this interesting novel we (at certain points) get to see the classic film from the perspective of the Predator himself and learn more about how he views humanity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 20 Mar. 2000
By Onyx - Published on Amazon.com
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After reading the Predator "film tie-in" I was not expecting much from this book. Suprisingly,tasty tidbits are revealed about the Predators as certain events are portrayed from the Predator's perspective. Reference is also made to the Predators coming to Earth from the dawn of history to conduct their "Big Game". This book also in no way contradicts what we read in the AVP novels. What a pity Simon could not have written the Predator novelisation as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy follow-up 24 Mar. 2015
By Anthony Ogozalek - Published on Amazon.com
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Until recently, I never had the chance to find, let alone read, this nice adaptation of director Stephen (The Ghost & the Darkness) Hopkins' 'Predator 2', his 1990 sequel to the 1987 original starring Danny (Lethal Weapon) Glover. Although it still makes the mistake of saying the creature having two-three fingered hands, it remains true to the celluloid version & is enjoyable as if one was viewing the real thing on VHS or disc. Like Paul Monette's novel, this book deserves a read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Aug. 2015
By Mario Leblanc - Published on Amazon.com
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As good as the movie.
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