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Battleship (Movie Tie-in Edition)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  210 Ratings  ·  32 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 E
ebook, 272 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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David Pomerico
Jun 17, 2012 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.
A decent enough novelization of a mediocre movie.
Bill Barnes
Good story poorly written or researched

First off an enlisted man from E2 to E9 would never address any officer by his given name. A Senior Officer NEVER salutes a junior officer first. The characters other than Hopper are all Petty Officers or Chief Petty Officer and as such are never saluted or called Sir. An RHIB is not a ship it is a boat. The premise of the story is decent. Naval protocols should have been researched a tad. One last thing, There is no way in the world that Hopper could have
Leigh Calloway
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written book version

Enjoyed the movie, and enjoyed the book. Yeah, it's easy reading and not going down as a literary classic... but a fun read with likeable characters. Worth the .99 cents I paid to get through a boring night at work.
Charles Nickerson

Standard story, not very griping
Wouldn't waste time reading, just not worth the time. A a a a a a
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page Turner

Sometimes old is better than new! As was proven by the crew of the John Paul Jones. Very compelling adventure!
Stanley Hulkower
BattleByShip, loved it, better than the movie

Read it in two days, fast reading, very riveting, the end is the best. Read it and enjoy it, forever
Lord Nouda
Jun 23, 2012 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
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
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May 28, 2012 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
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 24, 2014 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
May 07, 2012 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
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
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
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Alex Crocker
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lt. Alex Hopper is a officer on the USS john Paul Jones. during the RIMPAC naval war games objects crash into the pacific ocean and admiral Shane sends 3 destroyers and they are separated and in need of reinforcements are forced to fight an unknown enemy when all 3 destroyers are destroyed they are forced to go into a last resort option. They have a battleship

This book is action packed and is one of my favorites of all time. It ties with the movie and gives the book a really good view of what is
May 07, 2012 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.
Chris Benson
Sep 15, 2015 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!
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..."!
Riley Jenson
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it i thought it was a fun book to read it's my favorite book ever. I don't wan't to say anything about the book because of spoilers. I would give this book to my friends.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read really liked it. Movie is comeing out soon read before I watched it.
Aug 17, 2012 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.
Roston Jones
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the book and seen the movie.
May 26, 2012 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.
Joan Christensen
I miss his humor in this book.
May 27, 2012 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 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when i read it just like l watch a vivid movie.
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Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. David often jokingly describes his occupation as "Writer of Stuff". David is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real world issues with humor and references to popular culture. He also uses metafiction frequently, usually to hum
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