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Anvil Gate (Gears of War #3)

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Continuing the saga of the bestselling game series!

With the Locust Horde apparently destroyed, Jacinto’s survivors have begun to rebuild human society on the Locusts’ stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll—but it’s nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can’t handle. Then the nightmare that they thought they’d left behind begins to stalk them again. Something far wo
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 27, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it
'Philosophical, moralistic choices and deep thinking in a Gears novel – who knew!'

Here we go with Karen Traviss third novel in the Gears of War series, Anvil Gate. It has a sort of daunting ring to it – the read itself wasn't, but blimey this one doesn't pull any punches. You may puke on the way while reading this, blood and guts aplenty.

I've seen death, I've seen the dead – reading about it doesn't really bother me. I'm sure that’s just not me, as a society we've become desensitised towards
Aug 12, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2012
Review from Badelynge
The third book in the Gears of War series by Karen Traviss follows on directly from events at the end of the last book Jacinto's Remnant and is still building up to the finale of the video game Gears of War 3. Delta Squad and remaining Cog Forces have settled alongside the inhabitants of a sheltered naval outpost at Vectes. They maintain an uneasy truce with a group of Indie refugees who hold a valuable source of Imulsion. The two sides struggle to bury an enmity that burned
Mar 17, 2015 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! The artwork was better than the first two books.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
These books are seriously so good. I already loved the GOW universe before I started reading the books, because of the games. But I'm absolutely amazing at how much the books add to the overall Gears story.

Hoffman is one of my favorite characters in GOW so this book was easily absorbed by me given that roughly half of the book goes back in the past to tell Hoffman's story of the siege at Anvil's Gate. It really is so fascinating to me to really get to see how things that have happened to these
Jackson Hampton
Jun 11, 2012 Jackson Hampton rated it it was amazing
Gears of War: Anvil Gate is the 3 installment of Karen Traviss' Gears of War series.

The first part of the book follows Jacinto's Remnant quite nicely as they settle into a new location on an island. However, the current inhabitants have never seen Locusts. They're also not huge COG fans. In a way, it's sort of an homage to the American Indians. However, the Cog soon realizes they face a new enemy. The Lambant. They're like Locusts on steroids. And they explode! After destroying many fishing vess
Matt Cash
May 20, 2013 Matt Cash rated it it was amazing
Note: This is the second book in the story arc between Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, in between Jacinto's Remnant and Coalition's End.

Continuing the Vectes story arc started by Jacinto's Remnant, the CoG now have a new enemy in the Lambent- a new race of creatures that have no apparent goal, no obvious motive, and no pattern to exploit. The Stalks that the creatures emerge from make their first appearance here, albeit a very primitive form that shows up later in the series.

Traviss, once ag
Nov 20, 2016 Luke rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Gears of War and Military Sci-Fi
Anvil Gate sees Delta and the rest of the COG on Vectes beginning island life, but as the series suggests, it wouldn't be Gears of War without a monstrous enemy to ruin their day.

I read this after playing Gears of War 3, so this book filled in a lot of the blanks very well. I never tire of Traviss' writing; she manages to convey each character's distinctive personality to the point where I believe I really am inside their heads. I love the Gears of War series, and with each book the characters a
Giornno Giovanna
Dec 14, 2016 Giornno Giovanna rated it it was amazing
the perfect book of the history of the cog
Roberto Ramos
Feb 02, 2012 Roberto Ramos rated it really liked it
Este libro es mas complicado de leer que los dos anteriores de la serie, me costo mas trabajo por que la narrativa es un poco mas enredosa (también que el libro este en ingles, es el tercero que leo en otro idioma). La autora juega de la misma manera con los tiempos, pasado y presente, pero creo que en este son mucho mas historias de otros personajes que en sus anteriores trabajos en la saga (celebre mucho que metiera a Bai Tak en este libro, su historia es muy buena aunque breve).

La parte de Ho
Jack Hughes
Jun 29, 2012 Jack Hughes rated it really liked it
Okay i know this isnt the first book in the series. I was given this a freebie from my girlfriend who knows only too well my love for Gears. (I also have an action figure of Marcus :D) As far as im aware this is the third book in the series. But even so, it didnt feel like i was jumping the gun at all because i already had a basic knowledge of the storyline. If anything this filled in the gaps between the 2nd and 3rd game, and for a person who has played the third game will know some of the new ...more
Phillip Dimarzo
I'd been looking forward to reading the story of Anvil Gate ever since I played Gears of War 3 and especially after I finished reading the first two books. However, it just wasn't what I expected.

Following the pattern of the series, what happened at Anvil Gate is told via flashbacks, while in the present day humanity continues to struggle to survive. But unlike how I felt about Aspho Fields and Jacinto's Remnant, I had little to no interest in the flashback sequences. The story of Anvil Gate isn
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I'd been looking forward to reading the story of Anvil Gate ever since I played Gears of War 3 and especially after I finished reading the first two books. However, it just wasn't what I expected.

Following the pattern of the series, what happened at Anvil Gate is told via flashbacks, while in the present day humanity continues to struggle to survive. But unlike how I felt about Aspho Fields and Jacinto's Remnant, I had little to no interest in the flashback sequences. The story of Anvil Gate isn
Kurtis Dix
Mar 31, 2014 Kurtis Dix rated it really liked it
Gears of War Anvil Gate
Karen Traviss
Gears of War Anvil Gate is the end of the saga it takes place on an island they named New Jacinto which is there last place humanity has hope to survive but once they get there they start to realize that the enemies the C.O.G. were facing before were nothing compared to the new enemies they’ve discovered lurking in the waters near New Jacinto. They’re barely getting by to start with but with bandits and these new monsters life is getting even harder for them i
Sep 08, 2011 Cherie rated it did not like it
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr ...more
Feb 21, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
Great read, especially having read the first 2 books just prior to this one. The book continues the story of the world of Sera and the heroes from the games, expanding on their characters and providing more insight into each one. One of the things I liked about this was delving into the history of Hoffman and who he is. It provides a nice background for many of the decisions he makes in the current timeline. The nice thing about Karen Traviss' style in these books is that she provides all this h ...more
Brian Taylor
Feb 25, 2015 Brian Taylor rated it liked it
While this book is sufficient, it's not what I expected from a Gears of War title. To be fair, the video games are some of my favorites and that may have something to do with my feelings. Much of the book is character, which can work...but a Gears of War title needs more action, more balance. The flashback scenes take a while to get going and even then I really didn't care because there are so little of them. If the book is about Anvil Gate, why not just tell that story? Instead we get a back an ...more
Levi Tinney
Apr 22, 2010 Levi Tinney rated it really liked it
The best of the Gears books, and one of Traviss' best books, period.

She made care about Hoffman and Baird, and the addition of two more factions solved the issue that faced the last book: namely, that COG vs Stranded just isn't that interesting. With another society, one traditionally at war with the COG, joining New Jacinto, and the new threat that the lambent represent, the book had plenty of the moral quandries and tough as nails combat Traviss is known for.

Happy to know that Traviss is writ
Sep 01, 2011 Robertb rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very well written. The story line was based off of a video game that i enjoy to play. Even though it doesnt deal with their main enemy, the Locust, it deals with the Locust's enemy and they have to stop them from blowing up oil rigs that they use for fuel. In the end I thought that the Gears got lucky when they found out that the Hammer of Dawn was still operational from the first Lambant encounter. This book is the prequal to the new video game that is out Gears of War 3 ...more
Carlos Emilio
Nov 30, 2012 Carlos Emilio rated it really liked it
Traviss does not fail to relay the world of Sera to the reader. Despite its similarity with our world, the situation in sera is almost visible if you have been following the saga. This capability to make the reader experience the world also translates to forming a bond with each of the characters.
Overall the Gears of War experience is pretty well transmitted to the reader and for fans of the series who have been following the games and books, this book helps to further understand each of the cha
Matteo Pellegrini
Jun 09, 2013 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nuovo tassello nel vasto universo di GOW. Questa volta ci si concentra sul passato del Colonnello Hoffman e ci viene anche mostrato anche un Adam Fenix molto diverso da quello a cui siamo abituati.
Naturalmente il romanzo non dimentica di raccontare quello che succede nel presente, mostrandoci gli sviluppi della conclusione del secondo romanzo (il patto con i Gorazni) e la ricomparsa dei lambent.
Un romanzo da gustarci e che ci lascia in trepidante attesa del quarto romanzo, previsto per settembre
Jan 05, 2014 Charley rated it it was amazing
Book three in the gears of war series and it was amazing I'm actually running out of things to say about Karen Traviss because she is just an amazing writer and has captivated the true gears of war spirit.

Anvil gate is mainly about Hoffman and Baird. I always enjoy reading the prologue as it is just a snippet of what is going on through the characters eyes, it's one of those books you pick up and just can't stop reading, the action is just out of this world and explained in so much detail. Every
Jose Miguel
May 04, 2016 Jose Miguel rated it really liked it
I love Travis style, specially considering how unusual it is for a woman to write war stories, not to say game-based novels, but she really knows how to explode characters at relatable levels. While the third installment in the book series starts slowly, through half way the story we are totally deep inside on it, specially the flashbacks that add more development to the game's background. It's a strange case in which a book adaptation of a game works as a stand alone series, but these books hel ...more
Alyssa Allen
Nov 10, 2016 Alyssa Allen rated it liked it
As with all other GoW novels, this one has flashbacks to some earlier time.

I loved the Anvil Gate sequences in this book, and in my opinion, it didn't have enough! I thought the beginning was tough to get into. The parts with all of the politics and Stranded negotiations, etc, etc, was a bit dry for me.

However, Baird could almost be considered a main character, and I loved getting to know him better. Marcus has always been an unreadable character, but Baird is this mystery to everyone, so it was
Steve Johnson
Sep 27, 2015 Steve Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: video-game
Actual rating would be 3.5/5 stars.
I've read this book in 2011, after having played Gears of War 1 and 2, when I was eagerly anticipating the release of Gears of War 3. The story takes place after Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant. I thought this book was quite good, the style of the first two books in the series is retained and it further develops the storyline and gives more backstory to some of the characters. I'd easily recommend this to fans of the Gears of War franchise interested in learni
Wes Devauld
Oct 06, 2011 Wes Devauld rated it liked it
A good read, although the ending was a bit of a disappointment.

Throughout the previous book, and the first half of this novel, there are a lot of references to the unspeakable atrocities that happened at Anvil Gate. When the actual events are revealed, they are disappointing.

Besides that one shortcoming, the book is an entertaining read, and again follows the authors excellent pattern of two parallel timelines.
Dec 30, 2011 Greenwood1 rated it really liked it
RATING: have to gave 4 star but is more a 3.5/5

Very fun to read but compare of the world of GEARS OF WAR in that timeline of that book was way too slow of action scene was more a exchange between characters but very nice. where the problem was with this book was missing action it seem the urgency in the conversation between characters we will expect a bit more.

But again very good work by Karen Traviss
Finished in time before release of Gears III. Most interesting back story I enjoyed was how Hoffman became THE Hoffman in charge of the COG after E-day - by the end of the story, you get it. Well, I also enjoyed the Baird comical interludes of why everyone is so ignorant, but it appears that Baird is becoming a little more human ... cynicism notwithstanding.
Sep 02, 2010 Charlene rated it it was amazing
Before I started reading these books, I'd never heard the name Karen Traviss. Now that I have, and since I've been reading her Gears of War work, I can't wait to read more. She has captured the Gears characters beautifully, and given them a dimension in a way that the games just didn't have the leisure to. I can't wait for the next installment.
Sep 23, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was a decent Gears book and flowed the best out of the series. I was a little annoyed that a good bit of it was from Baird's point of view (if you play the game you know he's annoying) but it surprisingly wasn't that bad. Interested to find out if another book will be in the works after the third game is released and what that story line will be like.

Anthony Pangilinan
Mar 27, 2016 Anthony Pangilinan rated it it was amazing
A great story to fill in some of the mysteries the videogames have not answered and carries an overall great story about the COG's attempt to create a safe place for the survivors of Jacinto a well as giving insight on what Anvil Gate was.
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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I. Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the re ...more
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