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When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet. Corporate spy Tamar Prather steals a Xenomorph egg from Weyland-Yutani, taking it to a lab facility run by Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. Former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks--now allied with the underground When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet. Corporate spy Tamar Prather steals a Xenomorph egg from Weyland-Yutani, taking it to a lab facility run by Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. Former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks--now allied with the underground resistance--infiltrates Venture's security team. When a human test subject is impregnated, the result is a Xenomorph that, unless it's stopped, will kill every human being on the planet.


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When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet. Corporate spy Tamar Prather steals a Xenomorph egg from Weyland-Yutani, taking it to a lab facility run by Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. Former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks--now allied with the underground When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet. Corporate spy Tamar Prather steals a Xenomorph egg from Weyland-Yutani, taking it to a lab facility run by Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. Former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks--now allied with the underground resistance--infiltrates Venture's security team. When a human test subject is impregnated, the result is a Xenomorph that, unless it's stopped, will kill every human being on the planet.

30 review for Alien: Prototype

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Lynch

    While I'm not the kind of guy who typically reads media tie-ins, as soon as I saw that this was written by Tim Waggoner I became intrigued. I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, and seeing Waggoner as the scribe left me with hope that this would be a true to form sci-fi/horror blend. Those of you who may have similar reservations about this book need not fear, I had a blast reading it, and Waggoner managed to bring something completely new to the table. Alien: Prototype follows Zula Hendricks, While I'm not the kind of guy who typically reads media tie-ins, as soon as I saw that this was written by Tim Waggoner I became intrigued. I'm a huge fan of the Alien movies, and seeing Waggoner as the scribe left me with hope that this would be a true to form sci-fi/horror blend. Those of you who may have similar reservations about this book need not fear, I had a blast reading it, and Waggoner managed to bring something completely new to the table. Alien: Prototype follows Zula Hendricks, Colonial Marine turned security trainer and Tamar Prather, corporate spy for Venture, a Weyland-Yutani competitor. When an ovomorph is brought to a Venture colony, the resident scientist decides they must study it with a human test subject, and it all goes downhill from there. I enjoyed following Hendricks, she was a strong female lead who's out for one thing, hunting Xenomorphs. Tamar Prather is all about working for herself and whoever will pay her the most. The other characters in this book were written decent enough and Waggoner shows that he knows his Alien stuff. Everything felt like it fit perfectly in the universe. Due to certain circumstances within the book, the Xenomorph here is deadlier than ever before. All I can say without spoiling anything is that it's called a Necromorph, and for good reason. Waggoner does an excellent job switching back and forth between perspectives here, and keeping the story interesting until we can get what we all want, Xenomorph action; There's plenty of that on display here and fans of the series won't be disappointed. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The Necromorph is just as deadly as advertised and brings something new and interesting to a very familiar world. There's enough blood and gore here to satisfy anyone who's into that, even if you aren't necessarily a fan of the franchise.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Only from audible. The narrator was barely acceptable IMO. She did this over enunciating thing that drives me crazy. But lots of xenomorph action from the start. Filled with idiot scientists and a mercenary who want to weaponize the xenomorph and or find out more about it to bring back to evil mega Corp Weylund Yutani. Chaos and death ensues in a delightfully dark and amusing manner.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have really loved the Alien audiobooks and audio dramas of the last few years. This one just disappointed a little. First, I didn't realize that I needed to have read some of the Alien graphic novels before listening to this to find out about The Adventures of Amanda and Zula Killing Aliens. I could somewhat figure it out, although I am desperate to know what happened to Amanda, so I'll be tracking down the graphic novels for sure. Second, there was A LOT of set up in this book, and it didn't I have really loved the Alien audiobooks and audio dramas of the last few years. This one just disappointed a little. First, I didn't realize that I needed to have read some of the Alien graphic novels before listening to this to find out about The Adventures of Amanda and Zula Killing Aliens. I could somewhat figure it out, although I am desperate to know what happened to Amanda, so I'll be tracking down the graphic novels for sure. Second, there was A LOT of set up in this book, and it didn't really pay off. In Alien: The Cold Forge, there was quite a lot of set up as well, but the payoff was worth it (holy moly Blue trying to escape the aliens was TENSE). To me, the scariest part of the aliens is when they are stalking people. It's the sustained suspense of people trying to avoid (or kill) the aliens when they could suddenly appear from anywhere and strike. There just wasn't a lot of that in Alien Prototype. For example, using the robot aliens from the training grounds to attack the Alien was kind of clever, but not worth the endless time we spent on the training grounds before that. Third, there's the Alien itself. It's more like Alien: Accidental Prototype since it wasn't intentional that it ended up crossed with a flesh-eating disease. I was intrigued by that setup, but it just didn't work for me. Like, aliens are already pretty darn deadly as they are. Adding in that this Alien can infect you with a flesh-eating disease that kills you in about 30 seconds just didn't make it scarier for me. It seems like lazy writing if you have to add in a flesh-eating disease to make the Alien scary or interesting. Kind of like the Jurassic Park/World nonsense that you have to keep building bigger and scarier dinosaurs rather than just making a good story. Okay, so you have this additional worry that the Alien can infect you from several feet away, but honestly if there is an Alien a few feet from you it's already REALLY worrying. The whole "dual drives" of the Alien thing also made the Alien seem a bit indecisive which meant it was actually a little less scary. And fourth, speaking of the "dual drives" thing, there was so much repetition. Did you know that the Alien is driven by its nature to kill and reproduce, but the flesh-eating diseases also drives it to infect people? Yes? Oh too bad because you will be beaten over the head with it. And did you know that as a synthetic, Bridget doesn't have to worry about either the flesh-eating disease or the Alien trying to impregnate her? Well you will never forget it because it will be mentioned again and again, sometimes within a few sentences. The bright spots? Zula and Tamar are badass ladies on opposite sides of the empathy coin. They both get the opportunity to show how badass, clever, and prepared they are. And if there is another theme to a good Alien story it's badass women kicking Alien butt. I think overall this book suffers from comparison to The Cold Forge and Isolation, which I think did the suspense and tension much better. As for the narration, I think Sarah Mollo-Christensen is okay. She narrated Isolation as well, and she does an okay job at differentiating voices. I suppose she does have a strange way of enunciating at times, but it didn't bother me. I've listened to Isolation a couple of times and both times enjoyed it a lot. Sadly, I'm returning Prototype.

  4. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Bunce

    Originally published October 25, 2019, at BORG.com. Alien: Prototype review--Tim Waggoner upgrades your Xenomorph and Synth fix in new novel Review by C.J. Bunce If only the movies since Aliens had been this good. Wrapping up the year's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic Alien, coming next week from author Tim Waggoner is the next novel of the Alien universe, Alien: Prototype. I've read most of the Alien tie-in novels, and this novel is right on the heels of Originally published October 25, 2019, at BORG.com. Alien: Prototype review--Tim Waggoner upgrades your Xenomorph and Synth fix in new novel Review by C.J. Bunce If only the movies since Aliens had been this good. Wrapping up the year's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic Alien, coming next week from author Tim Waggoner is the next novel of the Alien universe, Alien: Prototype. I've read most of the Alien tie-in novels, and this novel is right on the heels of the best of them, Tim Lebbon's Alien: Out of the Shadows. Three tough-as-nails female characters drive this story. Readers first meet Tamar Prather, a master of corporate espionage and all-around resourceful spy. Tamar self-driven and self-serving, and she breaks into Weyland-Yutani to steal a stasis pod housing a valuable trade secret, with a buyer at an opposing corporation ready and waiting. Several hundred colonists live in the testing facility on the planet Jericho-3, and they're about to meet a threat even worse than your typical Xenomorph encounter. To protect them is Zula Hendricks (first introduced in the Aliens: Defiance comic series), a member of the security staff who has been training her squad for just this kind of alien encounter. Hendricks knows first-hand what works and what doesn't in combat, having lost her last platoon from her own bad judgment. Working for the new corporation is a new take on the franchise's synthetics, an upgraded cyborg named Brigette, and Hendricks' synth friend Davis, now assisting her but no longer in your typical synth bipedal form. Despite Alien: Prototype′s requisite, nasty, sci-fi monster--and this time readers will meet an entirely new version of the Xenomorph even more difficult to defeat than her predecessors--the real villains of the Alien-verse continue to be the corporate wonks who refuse to heed the warnings of those who have encountered the Xenomorphs in previous clashes. But for the first time it's not Weyland-Yutani that is behind the decision-making leading to the next disaster. Some Frankensteinian efforts combined with that colonial marines action from Aliens, All You Need is Kill/Edge of Tomorrow, and Starship Troopers, and more of what makes Alien... Alien: those weasely, dastardly, bastardly Burke/Paul Reiser types that ultimately teach us not to fool with mother nature--it all spells good sci-fi reading. Waggoner knows his universe and its rules, what makes a soldier a colonial marine, and a synth a synth. The action makes for a quick, fun read. For all fans of the Alien-verse, Alien: Prototype arrives in paperback in bookstores next week.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This was an absolute blast to read! It's got everything you'd expect in a book based on the Alien franchise, but done in such a way that it feels fresh and not just a rehash of the movies. I mean how can you go wrong with a Xenomorph that is infected with a disease that rots flesh allowing it to cough on humans to spread the disease? You can't go wrong, that's how. Throw in some synthetics, a disgraced Colonial Marine, and a planet that is going through a major storm and you have a fun mindless This was an absolute blast to read! It's got everything you'd expect in a book based on the Alien franchise, but done in such a way that it feels fresh and not just a rehash of the movies. I mean how can you go wrong with a Xenomorph that is infected with a disease that rots flesh allowing it to cough on humans to spread the disease? You can't go wrong, that's how. Throw in some synthetics, a disgraced Colonial Marine, and a planet that is going through a major storm and you have a fun mindless book that will keep you entertained. I could go through more of the plot, but I'd much rather just tell you it's not what you expect. No one is safe and the story goes into some interesting areas. We get a number of point of view scenes from the Xenomorph, which is pretty fun, especially when it is listening to its instincts as well as the instincts of the disease. This also leads me to the fact that there are some pretty violent scenes, there's no holding back in what the disease or the alien can do to soft squishy humans. If you've seen the movies, which I'm guessing you have, then you probably have an idea of the violence level, but there's something to reading about it that puts you more in the headspace. I think this might be part of a series, but I only read this one and was just fine, so you should be good. But, I am intrigued what the other ones are like after reading this. In the end, this is just a good fun story about a diseased alien trying to start a family while some evil humans stand in its way. If you are a fan of the Alien movies, than definitely check this out, and if you are not, then I don't know, the action is pretty non-stop, you might like that.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ursula Johnson

    Predictable, Gory & not Up to Earlier Original Books This book is the latest edition of the Alien series. The last book, was based on the Isolation game. Like the last book, it's somewhat of a letdown. Predictable, gory and fast moving, it's an entry that should've been more. Adding a new genetic equation in the evolution of the species, it just serves as an outlet to make the book similar to Alien Covenant on the gore quotient. What's lacking is corporate hijinks. I was hoping for a larger Predictable, Gory & not Up to Earlier Original Books This book is the latest edition of the Alien series. The last book, was based on the Isolation game. Like the last book, it's somewhat of a letdown. Predictable, gory and fast moving, it's an entry that should've been more. Adding a new genetic equation in the evolution of the species, it just serves as an outlet to make the book similar to Alien Covenant on the gore quotient. What's lacking is corporate hijinks. I was hoping for a larger focus on this. The earlier original story books did a fantastic job of incorporating corporate greed vs the need to capture an alien and the stories were solid, not needing shock value. If you haven't read them, Alien, Out of the Shadows and Alien Sea of Sorrows were much better books of suspense, great characters and solid stories. This book did have Zula and her synth friend Davis who were very likable, but parts of the story were not addressed. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. The same narrator from the last book was used and her voice is too soft. Her male accents aren't great either. I'm sorry they couldn't get the wonderful Tom Taylorson who did the Alien Covenant books. Just a so-so entry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    John Marshall Davis

    This is the first book I've read in the Alien franchise, not counting the novelization of the original film. I picked it up on a whim and I am pleasantly surpised at how it good it is. Much of the plot is familiar to anyone who has seen any of the films or, I can only assume, any of the novels. However, this book builds off familiar tropes and weaves new elements into what could have been a highly derivative work. The author provided solid characterizations to avoid the major players coming This is the first book I've read in the Alien franchise, not counting the novelization of the original film. I picked it up on a whim and I am pleasantly surpised at how it good it is. Much of the plot is familiar to anyone who has seen any of the films or, I can only assume, any of the novels. However, this book builds off familiar tropes and weaves new elements into what could have been a highly derivative work. The author provided solid characterizations to avoid the major players coming across as two-dimensional. The reader has to care about who is going up against the Xenomorph or whatever dangers exist. A couple of the human villains are a bit too familiar to fans of the franchise in how their goals and lack of morals or good sense are explained. They exist to facilitate the Alien's birth and that's about it. But the story has heroes and at least one morally ambiguous character to carry the narrative. It's not entirely perfect but I feel it deserves 5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura Steinert

    I have read none of the other books in this "series" or the related books by other authors. I was interested in the glimpses inside the mind of the Alien, and was happy with the "explanation" of why the Alien looks different in each movie. I was a bit annoyed at first at how the chapters skipped from person to person, seemingly unconnected except on the same planet. However, because they were well-rounded and interesting characters, I kept reading. I was glad I did! Lots of action; pretty vivid I have read none of the other books in this "series" or the related books by other authors. I was interested in the glimpses inside the mind of the Alien, and was happy with the "explanation" of why the Alien looks different in each movie. I was a bit annoyed at first at how the chapters skipped from person to person, seemingly unconnected except on the same planet. However, because they were well-rounded and interesting characters, I kept reading. I was glad I did! Lots of action; pretty vivid descriptions of the colony, the new diseases, and the thought processes involved in the different approaches in how to deal with a deadly creature. Between 5 and 6 hours reading time, and entertainment time well spent.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    An interesting Alien tale, it took a little liberty with the aliens lifecycle but otherwise was ok. There's enough action to keep things going, the link to Amanda Ripley was tenuous at best but the main story has enough of a twist to make it not the same as all the other Alien stories. Not required reading by any means but if you're a big Alien fan then you'll enjoy this enough to be worthwhile.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Really enjoyed this, I'm a big fan of the Zula Hendricks and Amanda Ripley comic arc (and the Isolation game) so seeing Zula getting a novel was great. Really fast-paced exciting stuff, and probably the most I've enjoyed an Alien novel in recent years.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bill Brinkley

    It was an interesting story and had several please twists. I recommend this book for Alien fans.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ienjoyhorror

    Would make an amazing Alien movie, with elements from Aliens, if Ridley Scott could realize that he's making an Alien movie, not a blade runner movie about androids.

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    Edward Taylor

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  16. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Tom Norford

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Bocquet

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave Sloan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nara Walker

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    Matthew McCormick-Rimmer

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Swray03

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