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Aspho Fields (Gears of War #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,018 ratings  ·  160 reviews
As kids, the three of them were inseparable; as soldiers, they were torn apart. Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago fought alongside Dom's elder brother Carlos at Aspho Fields in the epic battle that changed the course of the Pendulum Wars. There's a new war to fight now, a war for mankind's very survival. But while the last human stronghold on Sera braces itself for another
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Published May 25th 2009 by Tantor Media (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

I was drawn to this by two things: firstly, the author is Karen Traviss, and secondly, I’ve read some very good things about it. It is based on a video game, but don’t let that put you off.

Aspho Fields didn’t disappoint; I have no idea what the Gears of War game is like, but the story that Traviss tells here is pretty darn good. This is a prequel to the events in the game (apparently).

In the light from the APC’s instrument panel, [his] face looked like violence personified.

The story so far: see
It's pretty odd that I read this as I have not played Gears of War and have never read anything else by Karen Traviss. And while this didn't make me want to run out and buy a Play-box/X-Station 5000 game console and team speak with a bunch a people I don't know, it very much made me want to read more by Karen Traviss. She writes very well, with a great balance between story and detail, and I was turning pages quickly the whole way. This is a very entertaining military science fiction story that ...more
Nov 12, 2008 Ruby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gamers/Sci Fi readers
Marcus Fenix...Dominc Santiago....if these names are unfamiliar to you, then you probably have not played Gears of War on the Xbox 360. If that be the case, this book will introduce you to some memorable characters as well as a world plagued by war against humans as well as the creatures they call the Horde.
I was introduced to this game from Epic by my gamer hubby and have fell in love with the characters as well as the story. Liken alot to Halo, Gears brings out a story line that is rich witho
Review from Badelynge
Karen Traviss does a great job of bringing some Gears of War goodness to those of us who like to relax our trigger fingers once in a while. Traviss admits herself that she's worked on a lot of stuff in her day, tie-ins and the like and that not all of the varied franchises and projects have been particularly worthy. But Gears is different. She thinks it's special. I'm inclined to agree. Working on something you really love rather than it just being the latest meal ticket has
As a huge fan of the ‘Gears of War’ games and an avid reader, it seemed only natural I would stumble across this gem, a book which incorporates two of my favourite hobbies - reading and gaming. ‘Aspho Fields’ is that rare oddity of a story which absorbs you from the start, and never releases its emotional grip on you, even after you have turned the last page. It encompasses such a strong variety of themes, there is something for everyone; to coin it purely as an action would do it no justice.

Mike (the Paladin)
I realized recently that I often open my reviews with, "Well...". This usually indicates I'd like you (and me to for that matter) to pause and reflect a moment.

This is obviously a military science fiction read. It's based on a computer/video game (which I've never played by the way). It has it's flaws but on the whole I think it deserves a 4 star rating....maybe not the highest 4 star rating, but a 4 star rating.

First unless you've played the game I doubt that the fact this is based on a game sy
David Dalton
I really liked this sci-fi action thriller. I am not a gamer, and knew nothing about Gears until I read this book. But I do enjoy reading action-packed stories. This story had lots of man v locust and man v man action.

It features two storylines, one in the current timeline (14-15 years after the Locust first emerged) and another from about 15 years ago. There is plenty of background info on the characters, especially with the two brothers Dom and Carlos and their best friend Marcus (main shooti
Phillip Dimarzo
At first I thought the Gears of War series would not transfer well into literature. The game was very vivid and the action/violence was what either hooked you or left you disinterested. I, however, was wrong.

While the book lacks the constant threat and worry of the game, it does a marvelous job portraying the characters. Making your heart beat when their's does and breathing relief when a situation is escaped with few to no casualties. In the game, I was Marcus Fenix. From the book, I knew him.
Fried Green Grubs

While this books is presented as something of a hard-boiled military fiction novel (based on the popular game, which I haven't personally played), I found that not be the case.

In my opinion, this book is really about the horrors of war and its traumatising effect on the main characters. Each one of them is a walking casualty with loads of baggage they are unable to deal with. The reader is allowed to steep in this trauma throughout the entire book until the the characters are
Margaret Fisk
You might have noticed that I have reviewed a number of books by Karen Traviss. I am forever grateful for the publisher early reader program that introduced me to her second book. She has led me on a merry chase, taking me far from the sociological science fiction that drew me in the first place, but never so far as this book, which I believe is the first video game book I have ever read.

I have not played Gears of War, and really have no intention of doing so. However, my younger son brought thi
At first I thought the Gears of War series would not transfer well into literature. The game was very vivid and the action/violence was what either hooked you or left you disinterested. I, however, was wrong.

While the book lacks the constant threat and worry of the game, it does a marvelous job portraying the characters. Making your heart beat when their's does and breathing relief when a situation is escaped with few to no casualties. In the game, I was Marcus Fenix. From the book, I knew him.
The reason why I chose this book is because I was looking through the book store and I saw the book and I said, "why not". The genre of this book is science fiction. The setting takes place in a broken down society on the verge of extinction.

The main character for this book is not described in the book. Former knowledge of the game helps here because the character is based on the game. From the game I know that the main character is Marcus Fenix. On the front cover of the book there is a pictur
Adam Bogert
I was hesitant to read the Gears of War books for several reasons, not the least of which being I found the story of the first two games rather lacking, filled with characters that were quirky at best and forgettable at worst. Yet Gears 3 managed to reverse all my opinions about the franchise, delivering a memorable story (which I've played half a dozen times) and leaving me wanting more. And so I took the plunge.

It's worth noting that Karen Traviss, author of the novelizations -- Aspho Fields i
So pretty much the only reason I want to read these is because I love Gears of War, I do have both the Gears and Locust symbols tattooed on me, so that's all the proof you need. I won't sit here and describe the games to you, but I will say the even the game itself had a really great storyline and as it continued into a trilogy of games it became an absolutely epic story. It is so good and I would think it'd make a great movie but at the same time it could end up being something really corny wit ...more
Phillip Nguyen
Karen Traviss is one of my favorite authors. She excels in writing militaristic novels and after reading her work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I've really begun to love her books. Aspho Fields adds a good chapter to the Gears of War story. It takes place right after Gears of War and it really adds on and embellishes the characters from the game. In particular, Colonel Hoffman, Marcus Fenix, and Dom Santiago. What I liked most about this book was the flashbacks in which you meet a young Ma ...more
First off I don’t play computer games, especially war games, and I don’t read military SF... except for maybe Tanya Huff and Karen Traviss. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I love Traviss’ Star Wars Republic Commando books I would never have looked at this twice let alone picked it up... and if that had been the case I would have missed out because this book is good. It’s hard to compare because – as I say – I don’t have much Mil-SF in my reading repertoire to compare it with, but as a book a ...more
To begin I will say that I am a big fan of gears of war, but for that review I will just base on the book and not taking my fan thought be in the way....

This book is really enjoyable to read for different reason.. first Karen Travis really seem do research and talk to EPIC (creator of gears of war world) when you read this novel you really have the feel that you watch a part of the world in the game.

second.. The exchange between Character are very well done either some are funny, some more serio
Jon Cole
While Karen Traviss was certainly a known quantity when diving into this book, I had little to draw from as far as the Gears universe is concerned. The story in the games never blew me away by any means, but this novel managed to fill in the gaps beyond my initial expectations.

The book offers two major plotlines in a parallel fashion - the story of Aspho Fields and the aftermath of the Lightmass Bomb at the end of Gears of War 1. Aspho Fields was a black ops push to obtain key technology during
While I'm not a "Gears-head", I did nonethless enjoy this book a great deal. Like most works based on a licensed property, this one really filled in all the character blanks of the characters of the ubbr popular Gears of War videogame on the XBox 360 console. Grant it, most of the fans of this game probably couldn't give a toss about character development, and see such things as nothing more then a lose string of excuses to beat the crap out of aliens. That being said, it does mean something to ...more
Mitchell Mcconnell
This book is amazing. In order to understand it you need to play the 1st game in the series. What this book talks about is the story between the 2 games and before the 1st game. the book talks about the 2 main characters in the game there names are Marcus and Dom. the book starts out with the queen of the locus giving us a little bit of there history. my favorite part of the book is when Baird charges all these grubs and kill the all by chain sawing them with his lancer. Thats all I have to talk ...more
TK Keanini
I've been a big fan of the game and wanted to know more about the story line and a deeper understanding of the vivid characters of Delta squad.

If you are a fan of the game, this book is a must read. Soon, there will be a movie and lets hope and pray they do a good job. Combine a book, movie and a series of games based on this world and I personally can't get enough.

The author did a spectacular job adding so much more to the history and understanding of the Gears of War universe.
This book offers a rich look at the world only hinted at in the Gears of War games. I found out about this book completely by accident and fell in love with it. THe only thing that I can say that comes close to being a criticism, is that the bouncing back and forth in time (indicated by headings at the beginning of relevant sections) was really confusing, right at first. But that didn't detract from a truly amazing work.
Matthew Ciarvella
After Legacy of the Force, I swore I'd never read another Traviss book again. The veneration of the warrior culture; the brotherhood of soldiers; even Traviss's love of the tribal warrior (this time around, it's the Pesangas) . . . Traviss loves these themes. And they don't really fit in with the Star Wars universe. But they do work wonders for another universe: the Gears of War setting.

The Gears universe fits Traviss MUCH better, because it's a brutal kind of place, a grim and gritty and violen
Important to note- there's two kinds of video game players: those who disgustedly skip cutscenes any time they are given the option and those who don't. If you are part of the former, I'd give this one a pass.

Gears of War is not a story driven series. It's the kind of game you can enjoy just as much with the sound off and a smoke in your hand.

Yet somehow, Karen Traviss manages to remedy this. This entire book series offers an insight to the characters and their past that manages to literally ch
Alex James
Gears of War: Aspho Fields by Karen Traviss - 5/5 stars

I couldn’t fault this book. The characters were very realistic and the plot continued to engage me throughout.

Karen has done an incredible job bringing out the characters in ways that allow us to learn about them more. Their inner qualities don’t diverge from the characters in the video game series either.

The story seemed to center on Dom’s search to discover what happened to his brother Carlos at the battle for Aspho Fields. It isn’t all re
Kate (Crazy Antics Reviews)
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Hilmi Isa
Kepada sesiapa yang mungkin masih tidak mengetahui, Gears of War (GoW) merupakan sebuah permainan video yang popular pada tahun 2006. Sehingga kini (2013),terdapat tiga (3) buah permainan video sekuel dan prekuel GoW. Menampilkan Marcus Fenix dan Dominic 'Dom' Santiago sebagai watak utama (protagonis),permainan video ini berkonsepkan sains fiksyen yang berlatarbelakangkan dunia fantasi di mana manusia sejagat menghadapi ancaman makhluk asing. Uniknya,makhluk asing tersebut bukan berasal dar ...more
Oct 05, 2009 Tyler is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fall-of-2009
Karen Traviss' Gears of War Aspho Fields overtook me with the amount of action and back story.
Theme of this book fits into "A Pioneer never quits" because even when things are starting to look really bad people seem to pull through and continue on. I like the style of this book because it has a mix of humor, drama, and has some serious notes to it.
The characters in this book are awsome, partly because they have a very unique personalities to them. Carlos, Marcus, and Dom remind me of my two frie
"The Official Prequel" to the Gears of War video game is a bit of a misleading description. This novel takes place intermittently between two time periods. The first of which is directly after the events of the first game as the COG forces are adjusting to a downplay in Locust forces after the detonation of the Lightmass bomb. The other time period is spread out from the primary protagonists' meeting and childhoods up through the events surrounding a mission and battle that takes place in and ar ...more
As a regular read this would get a 3-star as it's nothing out of the ordinary. Being a game-based book that's entertaining and gives more depth and background to the characters from the Gears of War games in a good way it gets an extra star. I would love to see the character Bernie (or "Boomer Lady" as Cole calls her) in the games. The book started by confusing me profoundly. It states clearly "prequal" on the cover page, yet the first chapters are about what happens between Gears of War 1 and 2 ...more
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