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Predator: South China Sea (Predator)

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On a remote South China Sea island, a deadly hunt is underway... but not the kind of expedition the participants expected. In this remote, jungle-covered island somewhere between Thailand and Indonesia some of the most exotic animals in the world have been gathered as the prizes in a challenge of human against nature. The hunters come from all walks of life. Each has come ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Dark Horse (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mar 14, 2013 Nicholas rated it liked it
Quick chapters and a tough cast of characters make this novel stand out among the Predator canon. Author, Vandermeer wisely works the series formula, keeping in mind that the best Predator stories feature a cast of hard-core killers being picked off one by one. The little details like the crocodile Pol Pot and the idiosyncrasies of the Russian ice-queen Marikova (the scene where she watches the Predator sink all the boats is an eerie moment) makes this one quite captivating in its imagination. H ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Evan rated it liked it
What's this? Arsty Jeff Vandemeer writing a movie tie-in? The result is really fun, to be read in the same freewhelling spirit it was written.


Grace notes are the scene where the Predator sits asleep in his ship, snoring. The weird, interglactic disease that overcomes one of the characters, and the lovely haiku Vandemeer uses to describe a character committing suicide:

"Raised the gun to his head. Pulled the trigger. Opened a window in his head and fled through it."
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Quite simply put, this is what a Predator film should be like. I love the first film and this novel takes the foundations laid there and move them on to another level. Excellent characterisation, technology and story - a plus on all fronts and can be enjoyed be fans and newcomers alike.
Because everyone needs to read something utterly schlocky sometimes. I assume that the author wrote it for the experience and the dollars, rather than a love of or belief in the franchise.
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Jeff VanderMeer's new novel is Borne, set for publication in late April of 2017. His most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series won the Shirley Jackson Award and the Nebula Award, was shortlisted for several others, and has been acquired by publishers in 32 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott R ...more
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