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Battleship (Movie Tie-in Edition)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  133 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews

During a routine naval drill at Pearl Harbor, American forces detect a ship of unknown origins that’s crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Lieutenant Alex Hopper, an officer aboard the USS John Paul Jones, is ordered to investigate the ominous-looking vessel—which turns out to be part of an armada of ships that are stronger and faster than any on Ea
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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David Pomerico
Jun 17, 2012 David Pomerico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It might be silly, but this is actually such a fun idea for a movie, and Peter David is such a good writer, that he truly did a great job fleshing out the story and characters. If you like military SF or stories about alien invasions, this is your kind of story. I'll admit I'm biased, having worked with Peter on this novelization, but I had a great time with it, and I think you'll find it an enjoyable summer read.
Erika L. Miller
"Battleship" is the story of two brothers who join the US Navy, one, Stone Hopper, who chooses to follow in his father's footsteps, and then there's Alex Hopper, or simply addressed as Hopper because, "When asked, he would cavalierly explain that "Alex" was a lame-assed name compared to "Stone", joins simply for a girl.

The story is setup with Stone, the older and more mature brother, of the two is always looking out for his wayward little brother. Hopper winds up getting into a confrontation w
Drew Perron
Peter David tries, gosh darnit. He really tries.

I picked this one up because of the amazing job he did with the novelization of Batman Forever, taking a movie that warped and twisted interesting characters into a confused dayglo nightmare and turning it into something with thoughtfulness and depth. And he tries to do the same sort of thing here, delving into the characters' thoughts, filling out backstories, and trying to emphasize moments of pathos and tragedy. Unfortunately, none of it can sav
Victor Orozco
Apr 28, 2014 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good adaptation. Definitely works better when reading it than watching it sometimes. This movie was regarded as a box office bomb because of its connection with the board game. Nobody had the notion of a board game movie since Clue. Still as far as an action movie goes its pretty good. Its not perfect. I described the movie to my father as a delicious cheeseburger served with rotten bread. The bread of course being the acting and the story, the beef and cheese being the action. The book is ...more
A decent enough novelization of a mediocre movie.
Benjamin Copsey
Alex Hopperis a sailor and he has getting into a lot of fights. And he gets into a fight with a commander he gets court martialed, but he is sent on one last voyage to find out what it was that crashed near Hawaii. When him and some other ships find the vessel it turns out to be and alien ship. After lots of fighting it they destroy them before they can use a satellite dish to launch a message to their home planet. And when they find an alien in England they know that they will come back to resc ...more
Lord Nouda
Jun 25, 2012 Lord Nouda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
0 Stars.

This has got to be the worst book I've read in years. Thank GOD I didn't go watch the movie, because if this book is representative of it, it sucks. For an action movie, it sure lacked action. The aliens were like a really bad extraterrestrial commie stand-in. Pure ebiiiil.

The main players involve some alien "Stingers" (their equivalent of submarines/surface ships) that got wiped by conventional weapons. Apparently extremely advanced alien shield tech can be overcome by 50 calibre bulle
lafon حمزة نوفل
May 29, 2012 lafon حمزة نوفل rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book was so boring, I couldn't think of a better thing to do after finishing it than taking a nap. Honestly if the movie is this boring there is no way I'm going to see this, or even watching it on disc. Reviewing a book like this is hard, not simply because it is media-to-book plot (after all I have reviewed books such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) , but rather because it left no lasting impression upon me. To review something you have to at least remember part of the plot. I just fin ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Nicolas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Obviously when I picked up the novelization of a movie based on a children's board game I wasn't expecting the next great American novel. I did, however, expect Peter David to make it work. I figured reading the novel first would make the movie more enjoyable, because it would provide the opportunity round out flat characters and add a little depth. Well, Peter David has let me down. It was a dull, melodramatic story with cliched characters and no drive. The dialogue was filled with odd pop-cult ...more
Chris Benson
Sep 15, 2015 Chris Benson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The navy will always win... Always. If you tell me otherwise i swear...
Good book, its like the Movie! Shocking!
Despair Speaking
A tad less action-packed than the movie but hey, it's not easy to put actions into words. After all, one action is equivalent to a thousand words. So it fits the movie. Although I suppose one is better off watching than reading. What makes Battleship cool was the action and the visuals. And since the action couldn't be described perfectly and you can't see the visuals in books unless it's a moving one like in the Disney's version of Treasure Island, it's just not as good. Kudos to the author for ...more
Roston Jones
Apr 03, 2016 Roston Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the book and seen the movie.
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May 24, 2012 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction/war story lovers
I enjoyed this book. It was more entertaining than I expected a novelization of a movie sponsored by a board game to be, quite frankly. It was riveting enough for me to read it all the way through without stopping. However, I will say that I found the premise of aliens so formulaic in their outlook on life that they are too stupid to take precautions a little bit silly. Summery: good, quick read, nothing to write home about.
Charlie Ricard
Great read all the way to the end. I don't really understand how it's based on the game though. They really could have done without the line "You sank my..."!
May 29, 2012 Orange rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an quick and easy read and was an enjoyable way to spend a Summer day. If you don't expect a lot, it will not disappoint!
Aug 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Read exactly like the movie. Nothing new, no subtleness that a movie wouldn't be able to portray, it was... eh, ok. Pretty bland.
Jul 03, 2014 Mattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book. can't wait to see the movie, i feel prepared for it. Definitely set it up for a sequel.
Nov 26, 2013 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book takes a while to get into. get past the first 2 chapters and it is good
Jun 18, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read really liked it. Movie is comeing out soon read before I watched it.
Jun 12, 2012 Vince rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable and cliched with flat characters. I expected better.
Aug 26, 2012 Lyons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i read it just like l watch a vivid movie.
Joan Christensen
I miss his humor in this book.
Feb 23, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really liked this book
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