Aliens: Earth Hive

Aliens: Earth HiveI really wanted to like this book I ve been fascinated with the Xenomorphs for quite a while now, and I purchased this around the time Prometheus was released Interestingly enough, the Engineers actually do feature here, although I am unable to discern as yet how everything fits together That s tie in fiction for you Earth Hive was released in the early 1990s and is book 1 in the Aliens series, but details about Xenomorph behaviour, biology and society is so sparse, and treated so peripherally, that it reads like a footnote of something much larger All this novel basically tells you about the Aliens, is that they have heads like bananas Yes, bananas Obviously, the assumption is that anybody who is reading this at least knows what the Xenomorphs look like, otherwise this is open to serious misinterpretation Is the novel scary No Is the novel atmospheric No In short, it s not really a novel about Aliens they don t feature on page nearly enough It s a novel about corporations who want to use the Aliens as biological weapons, and that idea is also pretty old by now or at least, it was already old in the 1990s At first I wasn t sure whether the brusque writing style and dialogue should be described as workmanlike or awkward In the end I decided on awkward This is only recommended for die hard Alien fans, although it just left me intrigued enough to consider reading the sequel Aliens Nightmare Asylum at some point. This was a great Aliens novel While the first two movies were classics, this novel was better than any of the movies that came after the first two.A derelict ship is found in Earth orbit, and an alien is onboard The ships black box shows a way back to what is probably the Aliens homeworld Of course the government sees bioweapon all over the alien and sets off to the homeworld The problem is, Weyland Yutani already has an alien specimen on Earth, and they want to be the only ones to have it So they follow along to sabotage the government mission as well as find the homeworld Things go downhill from there The twist to all this are the two main characters, a male and female who were part of an Alien incursion years in the past who are recruited to assist the expedition since they are the only people who have truly encountered them It s Hicks and Newt from Aliens, but the names have been changed to protect the guilty or something Well, really only one of them is recruited, the other isI won t spoil it Even with all that, the worst news is there s an Alien Queen on Earth and a cult whose object is to spread the alien propogation It s not a happy endingAlso, the elephant like Alien being shows up again, and sadly he s not who we thought he was.So this review is a little haphazard, but there s a lot going on in this novel and I wanted to avoid spoilers since there are several surprises in this one If you re an Aliens fan, you need to read this one. So I read this book in under 24 hours because I found it to be such a page turner I m hesitant to rate this book five stars because I worry people will start to assume that I m not frugal enough with my ratings, that I just give four or five stars to anything with passing quality not that anybody actually reads the reviews I leave I can see someone thinking, why does this deserve five stars I mean, this is just a cheap sci fi story, right It s not some literary masterpiece that captures the essence of the human experience And to that I would say, no, it s not a masterpiece But really who goes into a sci fi book called Alien Earth Hive thinking one is going to learn something profoundly insightful about what it means to be alive No, my only hope going into this story was that the book would entertain me I did not go into this book expecting any outlook changing ideas By that standard entertainment the book went well beyond my expectations Almost immediately, I was introduced to characters who I actually cared about Basically, only the main characters of Wilks, Billie, and Mitch, but that s than I can say for many stories where I can t even get behind the supposed protagonists I felt the strongest part of this book might have been its characters I, at least, identified with them, especially Billie Whenever I felt there was a plausible chance one of those characters could die I was genuinely nervous.The book does a good job creating enough of a backstory for its lead characters that one feels they ve been developed fairly decently.We learn nearly right away of the history between Wilks and Billie How Wilks saved Billie when she was a little girl from her home planet Rim, a colony world that was overrun by aliens before the outset of the story How they were two of only a handful of survivors from that planet And how ,as if they hadn t been through enough, the earth government had imprisoned Wilks and wiped Billie s memory in order to keep public knowledge of the aliens secret At the beginning of the story, thirteen years have passed since Rim, and Wilks is still in prison and Billie is in an insane asylum I think I felt an instant mix of anger at the injustice of the future government and empathy for the solitude Wilks and Billie must have been forced to endure Stuff quickly changes, though, when the government decides they want to capture a live xenomorph specimen from the alien home world and bring it back to earth in order to create a profitable and powerful weapon Suddenly, the government needs someone who has experience with live organisms, and much to the government s annoyance, Wilks is the only person at hand Wilks gets assigned and that s when things start to kick off.I went into this story looking for adventure, and this book definitely has it A journey to the Aliens home planet Corporations competing with the government to obtain and study an alien specimen in order to develop a powerful weapon Androids Space pirates Sign me up I loved how this plot was able to pivot so many times At first, the story is claustrophobic, exploring Billie and Mitches confinement Then you re in space tasting freedom for the first time Then you re on another, hostile world out of the fryer into the frying pan Then you re back to earth, but an earth that has changed, become infected with something It s amazing The shifting plot, as you can probably tell, also brings a changing setting Sci fi stories, especially those in the horror genre, can stay pretty static in terms of their setting, sometimes even mostly confined to a single ship, like in the original Alien movie, but nope, not here The mood of the scenery shifts with that of the plot Here you will experience a prison, an insane asylum, corporate board rooms, secret experimental facilities, space ships, a foreign planet and And I hope that I haven t given the impression that the story lacks any depth simply because it s sci fi or because it s part of the larger Alien franchise It s no War and Peace, but it still gives the reader the chance to investigate some very interesting ideas Ideas such as what capitalism might look like if allowed to run unchecked into the future You get super mega corporations committing horrible crimes to develop weapons for profit and mostly getting away with it corporate espionage, human experimentation, murder, treason You also get a bit of human android romance, investigating if love is really possible between human and machine What is the minimum amount of sentience required for love That question is answered a bit superficially and the relationship felt, at least early on, a bit forced to me, but in the end, I was happy it was in the story Overall, I think the author did a good job balancing action scenes with thoughtful, reflective scenes and dialogue But things weren t always perfectMAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD My biggest complaint with the book, was that one of its major supposed twists was so patently easy to see coming If you ve read the book, you probably know what I m going to say Mitch is an android Mitch is an android MITCH IS A FUCKING ANDROID It s so obvious, I don t see how anyone couldn t see that coming The first time Wilks comes across Billie and Mitch behaving romantically, Wilks gets really angry because he is protective of Billie, having saved her on Rim and from the asylum she was rotting in, and doesn t want Billie falling into what he sees as the emotional trap of developing feelings for a non human He contemplates telling Billie why she should stop messing with Mitch, and only stops short of basically handing the reader the fact that Mitch is an android Then later, after Billie and Mitch have had sex which is immediately followed by weird proclamations of love,by the waylikecome onyou just met Mitch tells Billie he has something important to tell her and she cuts him off, basically telling him the equivalent of tell me with your dick WTF I can sort of forgive the love at first sex sort of thing because Billie has been in asylum all her adult life and has never been in a real relationship, but come on, as an author you can t make it that obvious that Mitch is an android if it s supposed to be a big reveal later on But you know what It s ok Apart from that one thing, I think Perry overall does a good job keeping the reader guessing I especially liked the relatively minor scene where a pilot who has had an alien embryo implanted inside him escapes from a facility in which he is being experimented on Or so we think he has escaped It turns out the whole escape sequence was just the pilot s fantasy, all in his head, and the reader is shockingly yanked back to experimentation table just in time to witness a new born alien burst from his chest That was harsh That hurt I thought it was crazy how many guards the pilot was singlehandedly killing to escape, but I just thought the author really wanted me to strain my suspension of disbelief Maybe the pilot had a lot of adrenaline running through his system I don t know Anyway, I loved how Perry sort of pulled off the equivalent of the super cliche dream sequence and got away with it, even though there was some use of the actual cliche dream trope in other parts of the book Good job, Perry Ok, so I think this is approaching one of the longer reviews I ve written on this site I should probably start to conclude So, ahem, wrapping up, for where my expectations were set, this book well surpassed them Aliens Earth Hive is a story with great characterization, an adventurous plot, and some really interesting ideas that will leave you thinking well after you finish reading.You know, I was given this book as a child in middle school and it just sat on my shelf for probably just a bit over 10 years Bored yesterday, and having just seen Alien Covenant, I decided to pick it up, and I am so happy I did My only regret is that I didn t read it sooner Five out five goodreads stars A 3.5 is probably closer to what I would score this book I rounded up just because It s a fun read that doesn t try to be GREAT LITERATURE and that s okay It served the purpose of continuing the story after Aliens while ignoring the later films Better than the flawed Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. What I learned from this book would be that if I wanted to possibly study an advanced, killer, alien species be it for military value, biological value or any value and said species could replicate faster than cockroachesI wouldn t do it on my HOME PLANET.Not related to the book Aliens Cauldron, which I just finished up, this is the first book in a different, hardcore series if I must say so With a grizzled, war veteran hero, a traumatized young girl turned ass kicker, Earth Hive is exactly what I was looking for when I picked up an Aliens novel It has the violence, the machismo, the intensity of swarming aliens and the humility of arrogant humans abounds With this book, I finally got to see not only deeper into the Aliens background with a visit to their supposed homeworld, but Perry also introduced several other alien life forms just as deadly as the Aliens themselves perhaps I sooo wanted to see a Predator butwell there are other hunters, I suppose Not this book is not literature, but it s yummy, delicious, sweet pulp and if you like a swift read with a lot of action and horror and sci fi artillary you ll like this one It would make a damn good filmAliens 5I can almost see it, except the happy ending thing might be a problem Not my first Perry novelization, so wasn t really expecting to have my socks blown off, but this still managed to kinda disappoint With such a strong franchise providing fertile ground to plough, there should be no need for rehashing bits from movies both from within the franchise and outside or creating awkwardly spliced in love stories The best bits of the novel, in fact, came in the parts outside the main mission storyline, presented mainly as or less background exposition and I guess setup for future instalments of the series. Wilks Was A Space Marine With A Near Fatal Flaw He Had A Heart Billie Was A Child, The Only Survivor Of A Far Flung Colony Outpost Thrown Together In The Last Hellish Night Of An Alien Invasion, Billie And Wilks Helped Each Other Get Out Alive Thirteen Years Later Wilks Is In Prison, And Billie Lives In A Mental Institution, The Nightmare Memories Of The Massacre At Rim Seared Into Her Mind Now The Government Has Tapped Wilks To Lead An Expedition To The Aliens Home Planet To Bring Back A Live Alien But The Competition On Earth To Develop The Aliens As A New Weapons System Is Brutal When Wilks S Team Departs On Their Mission, A Trained Assassin Trails Them And What Follows Is No Less Than Guerrilla Warfare On The Aliens Planet And Alien Conquest On Earth A semi entertaining side story to the Alien franchise. So, this book starts off with two dream sequences One would have been bad enough, but in order to introduce the two main characters, Newt Billie and Hicks Wilks, Perry puts us through two dream sequences to bring us up to speed It s a cheap method for character development, though, to be fair, Aliens had one, too.Earth Hive has a lot of other throwbacks to Aliens, including but not limited to a scene where Wilks shows Billie how to use his weapons asses and elbows is used once It s the only way to be sure is also used and an android gets torn in half by an alien, in the exact same way Bishop was.It s ridiculous I m not sure what the purpose of all that is, except that maybe the writers really wanted to write the novelization of Aliens and figured this was the closest they d get.Now, I don t necessarily want to blame Perry for all this, because this book is actually the novelization of a comic of the same name that was intended to be a sequel to Aliens The problem was that this book was released the same year Aliendid, and the publishers of the comic retconned the story to maintain the continuity of Hicks and Newt dying The problem is that they left the exact Same Backstory for both characters, including the scene where Newt s parents find the Space Jockey s ship on LV 426 here renamed Rim It s so stupidly transparent that I can t even imagine what the publishers thought they were accomplishing here, because the entire time I was reading about these characters, I pictured Hicks and Newt from the movie I don t see how anyone else couldn t.Perry doesn t get off completely, though, because at one point one of his characters makes a reference to a character he read in an old book The name was so specific that I looked it up, and it turns out the character is the lead character in a book Perry wrote eyeroll This whole book is a mess, so because I d heard enough good about it to have some high expectations for it Maybe book two will make a better impression, because there s no way it can be as bad as this one. Aliens Novels Book 1, Earth Hive 0 553 56120 0I m a die hard fan of the Aliens movies, so it seemed natural to branch out a bit and check out the novel series that was written based off of the film and comic franchise Earth Hive being the first book, I dived in with relish, fully expecting, however, that the end results would be pretty poor I was pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case.Wilks and Billie are the sole survivors of an alien infestation on a remote colonized world, years ago, when Billie was just a child and Wilks was the marine who rescued her If this sounds familiar, there s a good reason Wilks and Billie are basically Hicks and Newt from Aliens Without getting too deep in the back story, it seems that the original comic writers hadn t initially foreseen that the two would be killed off in Alien 3 , so when the novel series came out afterward, they just changed the names of our heroes, added a few tantalizing throw away references to the others who survived a similar outbreak and are missing in action a marine and two civilians Hicks, Ripley, and Newt , and then moved forward without changing anything else in the story In a way, I think this is actually a fortuitous change Hicks and Newt have a lot of emotional baggage attached to them at this point, and it s probably better to start fresh with this new Wilks and Billie, with comfortably similar back stories.To continue, it s ten years after the infestation that scarred Wilks face and haunts Billie s nightmares Wilks is still a marine, but a washed up one, addicted to anything that can channel his feelings of rage and despair Billie has been locked in a mental asylum and not a particularly nice one on account of the fact that her dreams and memories don t match the official government version of what happened on the colony and the rest of the world thinks she s a loony.When the alien home world is discovered how they discovered it isn t exactly fleshed out , the government this is a bit tricky we have a Terran Intelligence Agency , which implies a world government, but there are also borders to be closed later, when things go FUBAR, and it s generally unclear who controls what sends out the marines to collect a few samples The theme of alien as weapon has been omnipresent in the series and is a huge factor here, but the book does charitably note that there are also medical benefits from learning how the aliens survive in the vacuum of space Wilks volunteers for the mission under duress, but finds a certain spring in his step at the idea of facing his old enemy and settling a few scores He also breaks Billie out of the mental hospital and smuggles her along as an alien expert Neither really expect to come back alive, and both are pretty much at peace with that Meanwhile, after they break contact with Earth, the Terran authorities realize with glee and trepidation that there s an alien here , on Earth, hatching in the bowels of the science lab of a private corporation, which should give you some idea where the subtitle of the book Earth Hive came from As a fan of the movie series, this book is like chicken soup for the soul and provides all the little fanboy details that I was desperately longing for We discover a little about the mysterious dead alien we saw in the derelict spacecraft in Alien a space faring race, curious to take samples from the hostile alien home world and falling victim, not unlike our own Earthlings, to their little specimens We learn about the aliens social structure, physiology, and intelligence levels like the African reed frogs and the Jurassic Park raptors, the aliens are capable of changing gender if the situation calls for it, thus each baby alien is capable of growing to a queen in order to propagate the species The alien drones have no higher intelligence than an Earth dog the alien queens, on the other hand, are intelligent than most humans And, like everything else, they are capable of evolving.I expected or at least hoped this book would be heavy on the fan details, but I also feared that the actual writing would be pretty poor, if only because adaptation series books have a reputation of coasting on their laurels Perry does a fine job, however, in weaving a tale that is fairly well written, and kept at a quick clip and heavy on the suspense Don t get me wrong, there are a lot of details missing here the government situation on Earth is murky, and it is left to imagination why a derelict freighter orbiting Earth has an alien lurking among the dead crew It s not clear where the host picked up by the corporations came from, nor how he became infected Worst of all, alien babies born alone only grow into queens when the plot calls for it aliens babies born on, for example, the ship carrying Wilks and Billie ok, I m edging into Book 2 of the series, but it s the same author grow into drones, for no apparent reason other than that the plot calls for it Having said that, the crisp writing, fast pace, and overall plot are good enough to easily gloss over these little details I do wish that Perry had employed the technique of labeling each location shift with a time location stamp a practice I usually dislike, but the shifts in perspective here are harder to follow than usual After a few paragraphs, the reader can place their new location, but the shifts can be slightly jarring at times One thing I want to praise about the book Perry avoids the lazy evil corporation and evil government tropes that must have been a temptation while writing The corporations here are greedy, no doubt, but they are equally sane and are willing to destroy their project rather than unleash it accidentally on the Earth Equally sane is the Terran government who recognizes that the total destruction of their study samples is preferable to their escape into the general population True, they aren t motivated out of pity but rather self interest, but it is at least a sane self interest, and not the I ll risk everything for power insanity that often gets laid on thick in these sorts of novels The fact that Perry avoided this shows a great deal of skill on his part, I think.Bottom line, if you re a long time alien fan and you re desperate for details on the alien race, this book will definitely whet your appetite And you might even be surprised to learn that the actual writing isn t half bad, either Ana Mardoll

Librarians note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Steven Carl Perry has written over fifty novels and numerous short stories, which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies Perry is perhaps best known for the Matador series He has written books in the Star Wars, Alien and Conan universes He was a collaborator on all of the Tom Clancy s Net Force s

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 278 pages
  • Aliens: Earth Hive
  • Steve Perry
  • English
  • 15 April 2018

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