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Predator fans will be disappointed
on 7 December 2012
I'll be blunt; this is a terrible novel. It's only saving grace is that it doesn't turn the Predators into the comedic b-movie baddies seen in a previous book from the same publisher; Predator: Forever Midnight. What it DOES do though is turn them into incompetent cannon fodder.
The writing style is slow, repetetive and riddled with grammatical inaccuracies and typos. It's almost as if the publisher has foregone any kind of editorial process in order to get the book out earning money as soon as possible. How the author became a NYT bestseller is beyond me.
*SPOILERS MAY FOLLOW*
There are four preds this time around, although fans expecting to see plenty of awesome predator action will be hugely disappointed as they make around five appearances throughout the whole story, with at least three of those lasting for perhaps one paragraph each as they are glimpsed off in the distance.
The primary protagonist of the story (an ex army sniper-cum-forest ranger) stumbles across them by accident without them realising and manages to kill two of them with single sniper rifle shots before they even realise he's there. A third is killed in a similar fashion by a poacher (mistakenly thinking he's firing at the ranger).
The vast majority of the story is turned over to the efforts of the ranger and the lead poacher in trying to tracker and outwit each other, an incredibly dull and drawn out process that ends in an excruciatingly anti-climactic fashion without them ever even actually meeting.
To summarise, there is absolutely nothing new on offer here, and this isn't even compensated for by an at least interesting story. If you want to read a good predator novel that isn't just a rehash of the movies with all the good bits taken out then pick up Concrete Jungle, Cold War or South China Sea. All are excellent novels that offer a different spin on the predator concept. Don't waste your time on this one.