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2012: The War for Souls

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As the mysterious date of December 12, 2012 arrives, a strange alien presence bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into chaos.
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Published September 1st 2008 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sep 15, 2008 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has to have every book Strieber's written - and no one else.
Shelves: sci-fi
This book taught a number of important lessons. Most notably, that sometimes the staff recommendations at my local Barnes & Noble are not to be trusted. They were apparently duped by whomever wrote this Publishers' Weekly quote on the back cover:

"Fans of apocalyptic page-turners like King's The Stand and Niven and Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer will enjoy this ambitious — and audacious — tale."

I am not a judgmental person, and I think that it's good that Publshers' Weekly employs at least one
Mary S
Dec 03, 2013 Mary S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book? Writer Whitley Strieber really wants to get across the impending doom of the 2012 date (end of human consciousness -- according to the ancient Mayan calendar). The books catches our attention right away. One of the lead characters, Martin Winters, is in the Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. He is an archaeologist on a mission. Then the world goes crazy and this pyramid blows up. I was following along and gobbling it down up until this point. Here everything starts to go sou ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Marvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Strieber started out as a very competent writer of horror and fantasy novels. Then Communion was released in which he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. It was a fairly interesting story whether you believed it or not. But his fiction suffered since you could no longer separate his fiction from what he claimed as fact. When I read 2012 I was hoping for the return of Strieber the novelist. But it is impossible to tell the fiction from what Strieber is professing to believe. I doubt he r ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF and horror fans
From Publishers Weekly
Strieber's epic sequel to 2006's The Grays blends equal parts science fiction thriller, supernatural horror and provocative spiritual speculation. As struggling author Wylie Dale works on his latest novel, which revolves around an upcoming date when the earth crosses both the galactic equator and the solar ecliptic—a time that the Maya predicted would mark the cataclysmic end of this age—he begins to uncover evidence that what he's writing about is actually happening on a p
Dec 10, 2009 Francoise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book, I assumed, because I had come across it at the same time that the movie was released, that the two were related because the names were the same. But, I was so wrong! The movie was basically another "disaster/end of the world" type of movie, whereas the book is an sci-fi book dealing with the concept of parallel universes and the idea that one of these universes is run by evil creatures that are able to assume human form. These creatures have only very rare ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Steve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First off, this book sucked big time.

The description from the back made it sound good but the constant jumping between parallel worlds made it confusing and, for myself, hard to keep track of the various characters in each world. The other thing that confused the hell out of me was that in an early chapter it lists 1 date then the next chapter lists an earlier date and the story continues from there. It actually started off pretty good once I was able to keep track of things in the other worlds
Jan 03, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was more of a political attack than an entertaining story. Continued reading it for the sole purpose of analyzing the author. Have to admit. It did make me laugh out loud.
Jul 03, 2012 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
what a HORRIBLE book. so, i have about 1900 ebooks to read on my kindle. i figure the best way to parse so many books in so little time (if i live for another 50 years i'll have to read 38 books a year or about 3 books a month) is to take them in alphabetical order and apparently the alphabet starts with numbers.

and i thought "hey, it's 2012 and this book is about 2012, good choice." i hoped that it would be some sort of historical fiction/speculative future that mixed real life data about the m
Feb 13, 2009 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2010 Johnny712 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
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Apr 29, 2010 Lloyd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2000s
This book was not really what I had expected. I don't know if I was looking for more of the concepts put forth in the film "2012" (which IS NOT an adaptation of this book, by the way) or some intense fictional study of the Mayan long count.

What is was was a pretty solid piece of work with strong concept of metafiction and fiction vs. reality concepts. It deals more with extraterrestrials, which I should have expected from Strieber and gets more into a sci-fi/horror fiction examination of the loo
Chris Morton
Jun 09, 2014 Chris Morton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Mayan calender ends ... the war for souls begins ... load of bollocks.
The ancient Maya, in their primitive yet deceptively remarkable way,
have calculated December 21, 2012 to be the day on which our Earth
aligns exactly with the center of the galaxy as it does only once
every 26,000 years. On this day, the world will come to an

In 2012: The War for Souls, author Whitley Strieber shows his
vision for the horrors predicted to come. Archaeologist Martin
Winters is in the Pyramid of Khufu before the day breaks, seeking
answers to a question that could support a theory h
Stan James
Sep 09, 2014 Stan James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is a nutty action adventure that combines Whitley Strieber's beliefs about the soul, climate change and life after death with the 2012 doomsday prophecies, parallel universes and an overarching plot that has a pulpy L. Ron Hubbard feel to it, right down to a reptilian-humanoid alternate Earth that wants to crush (and eat) soft, puny humans.

It also features an explosive Ann Coulter cameo that proves Strieber still has a sense of humor.

Some spoilers follow, though most are revealed fairly ear
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalyptic
The end of the world is so last year!Archaeologist Martin Winters is drilling beneath the Great Pyramid when it explodes around him"," leaving behind an enormous black lens. Thirteen other sacred sites suffer the same fate"," and the lenses begin spewing UFOs. People attacked by the glowing lights lose their souls – literally – and begin to wander across the countryside.Meanwhile"," in another universe"," author Wylie Dales is writing a novel about the events in Martin's world. Gradually Wylie r ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This is the first book by Whitley Strieber I’ve ever read. Prior to this book, all I knew about him was “Communion”—I’ve seen the movie, but I haven’t read the book. I say that this was my “first” book by him because I will definitely read more.

As you can guess from the title, it is a take on the 2012 doomsday prophecy. In this story, aliens are planning to takeover the Earth, but they also want to steal human souls. In this world aliens have technology available to accomplish soul stealing, bu
Didn't listen to enough of this one to actually rate it, so this 'review' is more for my own tracking purposes.

Beginning seems like a total mess of diverse characters and plot lines, though. And I HATE it when a non-autobiographical book includes a writer as the main character. Just seems like a tracing paper copy of the actual author. Trolling other reviews, seems that people think this author actually DOES write himself in like this... so I'm not sure what to think. Anal probes... LOL!

May give
Mar 13, 2015 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο του Γουίτλι Στρίμπερ που διαβάζω, μετά τους Λυκάνθρωπους (The Wolfen) που διάβασα φέτος τον Ιανουάριο. Όταν το 2009 κυκλοφόρησε αυτό το βιβλίο από τις εκδόσεις Λιβάνη, αμέσως μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον η περίληψη του και, όσο να'ναι, ο συνδυασμός επιστημονικής φαντασίας, περιπέτειας και υπερφυσικού τρόμου με ιντριγκάρει αφάνταστα. Όμως βλέποντας τις πραγματικά μέτριες κριτικές σε Goodreads και Amazon, συγκρατήθηκα και δεν το αγόρασα. Όμως πριν λίγες μέρες το πέτυχα στο ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, my interest is more than a little peaked about 2012, and the historical background and predictions surrounding the much-anticipated date. So, 2012: The War for Souls practically jumped off the library shelf and into my eager hands.

I've never read anything by Whitley Strieber, and I was very young when he wrote Communion and received all the attention for the work. So I was even more intrigued by the book.

I really enjoyed the first third of the 2012. I devoured the first 10 chapters
Alan Hoffman
The cover gives you the impression that in this fictional work there may be some serious discussion of aliens or the events speculated to happen on 2012. It isn't. It also is not a sequel to his fiction novel The Grays.

If anything it reminds me ofthe latter installments of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, (King fans may hate me for this) where King was almost free associating plotwise and throwing in any story elements with the kitchen sink to complete his horror/fantasy adventure, including ro
Artur Coelho
Este é o tipo de livro que é divertido ler não pela sua qualidade literária mas pela quantidade de ideias bizarras por página. Striber, pelos vistos, vai-se juntar a outro dos meus prazeres, Dan Brown, cujas obras se lêem pela mesma razão. Estranheza é coisa que não falta neste semi-apocalíptico 2012. É uma verdadeira caldeirada de ideias obscuras de margem. Tem um pouco de tudo. Profecias maias, helicópteros negros, teorias da conspiração, controle de mente, tecnologia antediluviana, apocalipse ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted a SciFi book to read during the holidays, that was an actual SciFi story, with aliens, battles, and survival in it. I had recently seen the movie 2012 and wasn't sure I was ready for an "end of the world" type of story. I read the back cover ... a writer is involved, end of the world , aliens, control over the human soul, gateways ... I decided to give it a try. At the beginning it had a familiar feeling of "War of the Worlds" to it. As I read further I learned of parallel worlds, horri ...more
Martin Hill
Jun 20, 2013 Martin Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitley Strieber is either the most imaginative writer alive or he’s a visionary. Or maybe he just does heavy drugs. Whichever it is, in 2012: The War for Souls, he created a sweeping thriller filled with twists and turns not only in plot, but in science and religion as well.

As indicated by the title, this book centers on the belief that the ancient Mayans believed the world would end – either figuratively or literally – on December 21, 2012 because a sophisticated calendar created by them ended
Na versão portuguesa: "2012 - A guerra das almas", de Whitley Strieber.
Uma obra cujo tema é a profecia do fim do mundo às 11h11 do dia 21 de Dezembro de 2012, segundo os Maias.

Na sinopse da contra-capa (edição Livros d'Hoje) pode ler-se: "Em 2012 pode vir a acontecer um dos marcos mais importantes da História. A cada 26 000 anos, a Terra fica alinhada com o centro da nossa galáxia. Às 11h11, do 21 de Dezembro de 2012, este acontecimento vai voltar a suceder. O povo Maia acreditava que marcaria o
Ian Barrera
This book was very interesting because it makes you wonder about what going to happen in the future. Some parts in this book were hard to understand, but once I got to the end I did understand better what happened in the book. I do recommend this book who is interested in science fiction.
The main reason I read this book was because when I saw the cover and it was really cool, so I decided to read it because of that. Reading the first chapter I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I k
Feb 21, 2012 Ambyr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-have-on-audio
I really went back and forth on this one. The detail is very... detailed. But there are part of this book where it really felt like the author put the writing down and just didn't bother to re-read the previous bit before starting again; serious contradictions. Because I read this in a continuation, these contradictions not only stand out, they grate against me.
Furthermore, there were so many areas of the book where Strieber went into so much detail it was like diarrhea of the pen, where the de
Andre Avelas
Apr 22, 2011 Andre Avelas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's December 2012, and structures around the world, hidden by famous landmarks, are rising all around the world and releasing lights that attack people, robbing them of their souls. What stays behind is an empty shell, wandering aimlessly on the Earth. It seems the apocalypse as predicted by ancient mayans will actually happen... only this is a parallel Earth. On our Earth a famous writer called Wylie Dale (who claims was abducted by aliens) is having blackouts where he sees his parallel-world, ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Whitley Strieber is one of my favorite authors because Communion is the scariest book I have ever read. The Greys & Transformation, while good but not as good as Communion, still managed to be creepy. I knew from the start that 2012 was not dealing with the Greys but had faith that Whitley could make the Seraph just as creepy. The book started off with an interesting premise, the black lenses, the writer with a mysterious connection with another world. However as the book progresses things f ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Kenneth712 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade
2012 The War for Souls a Sci-Fi fiction novel by Whitley Strieber lots of things were happening. There are 2 different universes and 3 main people. There is Wylie Dale an author writing a book, Martin, and Samson a former general that wants to help the aliens. I don't get why Samson wanted to do it that time because if the aliens destroys the earth than they might just betray Samson. It would be like " Thanks for helping us and now we don't need your help anyone." It is a strange sci-fi and it h ...more
Michelle Lenore
Oct 10, 2007 Michelle Lenore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Strieber book. I grew up during the hoop-lah of his Communion "non-fiction" book & was completely turned off by him simply because of the controversy surrounding the book. Had I noticed the author's name first, I probably would not have even picked up the book. Lucky for me, though, I saw the title first and was completely drawn in - didn't even realize who the author was until I got home & started reading it.

That being said... This was a very interesting book. I read it
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American writer best known for his horror novels The Wolfen and The Hunger and for Communion, a non-fiction description of his experiences with apparent alien contact. He has recently made significant advances in understanding this phenomenon, and has published his new discoveries in Solving the Communion Enigma.

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