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Alien: Sea of Sorrows

(Canonical Alien Trilogy #2)

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As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Deckers job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.

The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published July 2014 by Titan Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Martin No, but the main character, Decker, is a descendant of hers. She is mentioned several times.
Elyse "According to Aliens, Amanda at some point married, taking on the surname McClaren, but had no children - that fact may, however, be a lie as Ellen…more"According to Aliens, Amanda at some point married, taking on the surname McClaren, but had no children - that fact may, however, be a lie as Ellen had no other children and Alan Decker is said to be a descendant of hers and the only place he could come from is Amanda." Or it's a plot hole. *shrug*(less)
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Sinisa Mikasinovic
I've been looking for this!

Ever since I started this series, though horribly out of order, I get goosebumps whenever someone mentions aliens. Of any kind :)



Not sure why Audible came up with such an unusual publishing plan, but I don't care much. Reading the series out of order just made those "A-ha!" moments that much better.

Weyland-Yutani Corporation is at it again. Sending people in blind, requesting they get the "specimen" back. Preferably alive. This time they even have a plan on how to do
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Emma
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Now as a book i'm not sure this would have worked for me, even though it had more plot than I was expecting and linked really well to other offerings in the universe. It's pretty basic and has some questionable dialogue. But as a dramatised audio, it was just right- any cheesy bits add rather than detract from the experience. From the motion sensors to hissing aliens and automatic gun fire, it dings all the audio bells so loved in the films and sets your mind's eye alight. Extra points for the ...more
Kaisersoze
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Though this is the second in a new trilogy of novels set in the Aliens universe, Sea of Sorrows only ties in with Tim Lebbon's opening novel Alien: Out of the Shadows insofar as it has a common setting. But the action takes place about 300 years after the events of that novel, ensuring there are no repeat characters to follow along for the ride. Instead, we get Decker, who, as the blurb reveals, is a descendent of Ellen Ripley. This means that the Aliens harbour a particularly impressive grudge ...more
Sabrina Grafenberger
This book was a lot better than the disappointing Alien: River of Pain.

My only real criticism is that we didnt learn anything new about the Xenomorphs. The story takes place 300 years in the future and pretty much nothing has changed. Facehuggers impregnating victims can only be an exciting revelation so many times.

I recommend listening to the full-cast audio production instead of reading the novel. The cast delivers a great performance, especially Stockard Channing as Andrea Rollins. I never
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William M.
James A. Moore, best known for his horror novels Blood Red, Deeper, and the Serenity Falls trilogy, tries his hand at writing his share into Alien cannon. Unfortunately, after reading Tim Lebbon's excellent book one in this new trilogy, Alien: Out Of The Shadows, this entry was a substantial letdown and really doesn't add anything we have not already known about the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and very little more about the Alien mythos.

We do learn, however, that the Aliens have a more advanced
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Geoff
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked this so much it got a five star review.
The plot, the pacing, the characters... everything gelled.
This is how military sci-fi/horror should be written.
Highly recommend.
Michael Hicks
[Updated 5/3/2018]

Having now listened to the Audible Original Drama adaptation of James Moore's Sea of Sorrows, I've bumped up my rating to four-stars. The Dirk Maggs production was, in my opinion, a significant improvement over the prose novel. As with the prior two Alien Audible Originals, Sea of Sorrows is performed by a full cast of actors, including Stockard Channing, complemented by sound effects and musical score. And like the prior two entries, it sounds freaking incredible and makes for
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Michael Bates
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Gerhard
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, sf-fantasy
While Tim Lebbons Alien: Out of the Shadows was a halfway decent stab at recreating one of the greatest SF horror franchises on the page, James A. Moores Alien: Sea of Sorrows is thoroughly disappointing.

Perhaps the keyword lies in the word franchise: it is clear that all of these authors, despite their credentials as accomplished horror writers in their own right, have produced these novels to some corporate plan (call it the Weyland-Yutani way) rather than being told to follow their writerly
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Neil
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
one of the better alien novels i have read, ok at the start messy middle good end.
Shawn Deal
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, action, sci-fi
This was certainly enjoyable for what it is. If you like the original movies this is a good take and extension on those stories. I enjoyed it.
Stephan
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, crap, aliens, horror
Decker, an descendant of the legendary Ellen Ripley, is forcibly recruited to aid a bunch of mercenaries on a quest to capture a live Xenomorph.

All in all I can't say I enjoyed this novel. It started fairly well with quite an interesting character. Including a psychic empath was an interesting idea and it added an extra dimension to the story. The way he was forced to help Weyland-Yutani was very grimdark and it added a lot to the atmosphere of the novel.
Other than that there's not really much
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Brian Taylor
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first experience reading a James A. Moore book. I can't imagine how difficult writing, and staying faithful/true to an already established franchise like ALIEN must be. My hat goes off to Mr. Moore for pulling it off rather well.

A quick note, this book stands on its own. You don't need to have read Tim Lebbon's OUT OF THE SHADOWS (although I would recommend you give it a go, especially if you love the ALIEN franchise).

I'm not going to lie, I almost stopped reading this book after
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Lacey
I enjoyed reading this book. It's about a man named Decker who is an ancestor to Ellen Ripley. He also has empathic powers, and is tortured by nightmares of big black creatures that want to kill him. The aliens know somehow that he is related to "the Destroyer" as they call Ellen Ripley, and a lot of their hatred is geared towards him, with a need to wipe him out before he can them.

They end up on New Galveston which is a mining place for Weyland-Yutani, and the soldiers use Decker and his power
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Estevam (Impish Reviews)
IN ONE SITTING, BOYS.
Review to be written.
Ashleigh (ash_and_books)
Left on an odd ending and there arent anymore audible original Alien audiobooks
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The best Alien book I've read so far. I dig that James A. Moore does the underused technique of ending every chapter with an epic line or moment, but in a mature and well-done way. The story is different and action filled while mixing in somber, genuinely creepy moments. The ending isn't cliche either and I'm curious if the sequel after this may follow some of the ending lines of what happens. Full review to come.
Susanne
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one! Set 300 years in the future, its not constrained by the canon we already know. (You dont already know who dies.) The characters are engaging and you even get a little Xenomorph POV. If you like sci-fi horror, you would probably like this. ...more
Quiet
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alien is a horror franchise.
AlienS is an action franchise.

The author doesnt know that.

The first in these original novels, Out of the Shadows, was a phenomenal book that captured the spirit of Alien perfectly. Youve got the insurmountable titular Alien, and common folk trying to make do. There was your Android, evil corporate figure, and all the rest of the franchise staples, WHICH IS WHY WE READ THESE. Its a franchise series; we come for what we expect and like, and the first of these books (by
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Jonathan Maas
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A master class in action-oriented SciFi from James A. Moore

It is often easy to overlook these types of books as genre fiction or books for hardcore fans only.

What people forget is that when franchises anoint a novelist to write these things, they often go for Bram Stoker-award winning writers like James A. Moore.

I am reminded of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom by A.C. Crispin - Disney had a franchise, they went for the best in Crispin, and the book is beyond incredible.

I'm also
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Satu Suomi
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gillian Kaney
Very sad to say that I found this to be a major drop in quality compared to Out of the Shadows and River of Pain. The story was bland with none of the characters we were invested in. but the worst thing for me was actually the voice cast. they were all just void of emotion unlike the other casts and Dekker who was the main character was the most annoying of all of them which really didn't help. I didn't really feel invested in anyone until right at the very end when a sacrifice was made.
I will
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jas
1.5 stars

I'm cheating a little bit, because I am dnf-ing this book but considering it as 'read'.
I got halfway through it and decided I would do myself a favour and read a brief plot summary, once I quickly realised that the rest of the book didn't have much else to offer.
There's only so many times you can read about a bunch of grunts who you don't care about being killed off in the same ways as those before them.

I liked how it started, I liked that the protagonist was an empath, and I liked
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Chris
It was well-written and had some good set pieces, but it felt like I had seen it all before, from the cannon-fodder grunts to the smarmy exec who gets his comeuppance. It was almost like a re-hash of ALIENS, just set a few hundred years in the future with a different planet.

I liked how it came back to the planet from the first novel written by Tim Lebbon, with the crashed ship being a bit more centre-stage.

I enjoyed it, but it could have been so much better.

I'm looking forward to book three,
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Charles
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I liked this quite a lot. Plenty of action and some good alien type gore. The story reminds me quite a bit of the second movie--Aliens. There's a somewhat similar set up and the character of Willis here reminds me of the Burke character in the movie. There are mercenaries, many of whom used to be Colonial marines. Clearly there's room for a sequel here, though I don't know if one is intended. Good stuff.
Tasha
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No where near as good as the other books in this series. And how do the Aliens know that Decker has some of Ripleys 300 years ago DNA? Thats like homeopathy and Im not buying it. Plus the other characters arent well developed so care very little about them. Im assuming their guns are more advanced and thats why they manage to kill so many aliens? ...more
Pickle.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Impressively produced dramatised audio version. Pretty cheesy in parts but an interesting addition. A little more fun than the two most recent Ridley Scott films - recaptures some of the camaraderie of Aliens (1986).
Cameron Smith
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time to return to LV-178, a few hundred years later after Out of the Shadows. New Galveston has been rediscovered! Colonies exist in a few locations, and an old mine has been discovered. Its full of the rare resource, Trimonite. Why would anyone have left a mine full of an abundance of the stuff?

Decker is our hero in Sea of Sorrows. A very reluctant one. Initially he was part of a team set to fix the Sea of Sorrows, a section of LV-178 where the sand has gone a rotten black full of weird silicon
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Darren
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TITLE: Alien: Sea of Sorrows
AUTHOR: James A. Moore
GENRE: Science fiction
PAGES: 292
In 1979, director Ridley Scott released his movie Alien with the tag line In space, no one can hear you scream. Cinematic history was made, several sequels were done, a few video games made, comic books were made, books were written and there was a team up of sorts with another science fiction creation, Predator. What the movies all had in common was a fear born of darkness and claustrophobia, and certain death at
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R Coulbeck
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent edition to the Alien franchise. I must admit I was a bit worried when I read the description - Aliens swearing an ancient pact against Ellen Ripley (the destroyer) and all her descendants. But you'll have to trust me on this, it works. It isn't done in a silly way, it all makes sense in the lore.

Also a consequence of being unsure about this book, I put it off. In fact I read the third one first as it had a more conventional story line. That was a mistake. This book has a direct
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