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The Shadow Saga #2

Alien: Sea of Sorrows

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As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s 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 mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe—a living Xenomorph.

Decker doesn’t understand why they need him, until his own past comes back to haunt him. Centuries ago, his ancestor fought the Aliens, launching a bloody vendetta that was never satisfied. That was when the creatures swore revenge on the Destroyer…Ellen Ripley.

313 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2014

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James A. Moore

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James A. Moore is the award winning author of over forty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, seven Forges, The Blasted Lands, City of Wonders , The Silent Army and the forthcoming The Gates of The Dead (Book Three in the Tides of War Series) and A Hell Within, co-authored with Charles R. Rutledge.
He currently lives in Massachusetts.

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Profile Image for Michael || TheNeverendingTBR.
468 reviews161 followers
April 3, 2022
I was expecting to really like this one as the first book was really good but unfortunately this one was long and very boring in my opinion.

I never liked any of the characters and I consider it a terrible addition to the Alien universe.

I'd have preferred a continuation from that first book. 😏
Profile Image for Sinisa Mikasinovic.
136 reviews26 followers
June 2, 2018
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 this, which surprised me greatly. Expendable as mercenaries are, they need their alien samples sooner, rather than later.

First and third books are full of action. But this one went all the way!

Five hours of sheer terror, panic, rage, and satisfaction. I don't think I can phrase it any better :) It has it all - colonists, infestation, queens, betrayal, fear. The only thing missing was a Predator ;)

If you are a fan of the Alien franchise you'll enjoy this book immensely. If you are not then I've got nothing for you. But you probably don't even exist either, so it's okay. Everyone needs a bit of terrifying killing machines lurking in the shadows in their lives. My heart beat so fast I lost weight.

Listening with the full cast was, once again, an awesome experience. I just love Audible and the things they pull off. Directory did a marvelous job and I'll keep splashing my cash for their books for as long as they'll keep making them.

Overall, 15* for 3 books. Impressive.

- So Decker, I think I can probably find you a little bit of armor... and maybe a weapon or two.
- Ahh... I'm not a weapons kind of guy...
- You wanna survive this?
- Um... yeah. Let's go find some weapons.

- Hey, this was a good landing! What did you do?
- He read a manual.


Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Canonical Alien Trilogy #2)
by James A. Moore (Goodreads Author), Dirk Maggs, John Chancer (Narrator), Stockard Channing (Narrator), Walles Hamonde (Narrator), Laurel Lefkow (Narrator)

Verdict     Blood, sweat and tears. Beautiful!
Runtime     05:07
Profile Image for Emma.
976 reviews976 followers
September 5, 2018
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 sound used for the facehugger application process, which is enough to make you lose you lunch, and never failed to make me gag, shudder, and lean back in my seat to get away from what, for me thankfully, was a non-existent threat. The characters were shit out of luck though. To be fair, all i'm looking for in this type of listen is lots of people getting killed by lots of aliens so I was pleased it delivered this and a whole load more.

The absolute best part is always the anticipation, that feeling of knowing so much more than the people on the ground. So you get situations where a team investigating the old mines of LV-178 go quiet and their coms aren't working because of the Trimanite interference, but their heart rate monitors show a big spike 10 hours ago followed by what looks like them sleeping and everyone's totally fine about it.... because it doesn't seem like something's wrong.. and i'm like 'OH YOU THINK SO???' What I KNOW is that they were scared shitless by a bunch of aliens, then facehuggered, and are now glued to a wall with gross alien secretions until a baby alien rips its way out of their chests. AND THEN everyone's in even more trouble.

The two main characters are excellent too. Alan Decker, a descendent of Ripley who seems to have some kind of empathetic connection to both humans and aliens, sounds like Bryan Cranston so I pictured him as an early Walter White throughout. Wayland-Yutani Corp Acquisitions manager, Andrea Rollins, was a cast iron callous bitch, with an attitude like Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada and a serious disregard for human life, always pushing the requirement to capture a live specimen. While I flat out LOVED her, I haven't been so desperate for someone to run into a bunch of aliens since Burke. Even if she might not be as human as I hoped.

All in all, heaps of fun with blood and bodies everywhere, recommended.
Profile Image for Kaisersoze.
602 reviews29 followers
October 2, 2014
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 against him as they somehow know he is a descendent of Ripley - the human they identify as The Destroyer - and feel an all compelling desire to rend him limb from limb...

So, yeah. This book is basically the futuristic version of Jaws: The Revenge.

If you can manage to make your mind suspend its disbelief past this point, the rest of the novel is pretty darn good. The writing is decent, the set up is good, and the action set pieces are more varied than that of the previous novel. All the Aliens tropes are also in place: Ill-advised effort to capture the aliens by Weland-Yutani? Check. Reluctant guide who knows more than the fighting types he's going to accompany into the lair? Check. Shady bureaucrat who is only concerned with profit and his/her own safety? Check and check (there are two). Mayhem and slaughter with an increasingly small cast trying to get out of said lair alive? Check. It's like Moore took the film Aliens and wrapped it in a slightly varied outer shell of goodness, so if you liked that, you're not going to go far wrong with this.

My issues are small but significant with the primary among them being the cast is simply too large. Only a few of the mercenaries that accompany Decker down the mine shaft are detailed enough to be discernible; some have a single character trait that is meant to define them (eg. Silent Dave); others get introduced and a character point is emphasised only to go nowhere (eg. Piotrowicz and his recording of everything for money). Then there is the ending, which though it wraps up the events on New Galveston in an acceptable way, leaves several plot threads hanging. Given the next book goes back to provide more detail the aliens on LV-426, I was hoping for something a bit more final here. I can't even hope the survivors of Sea of Sorrows might tie into events of Alien: Resurrection since the dates between this book and that film don't match up (the book taking place about a hundred years after the film). Hence, some frustration on my behalf ...

The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Goodreads needs an option somewhere between liking a book and really liking it. Too many books like James A Moore's Sea of Sorrows fall between the two ratings for me.

Recommended to anyone who is also a fan of the Aliens universe.

3.5 Malfunctioning Mining Lifts for Sea of Sorrows.
Profile Image for Sabrina Grafenberger.
103 reviews19 followers
September 24, 2018
This book was a lot better than the disappointing Alien: River of Pain.

My only real criticism is that we didn‘t 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 thought I could enjoy a cruel and cold-hearted character that much.
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571 reviews56 followers
March 30, 2015
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 communication system among them than previously thought along with confirmation of their organic technology regarding space flight. But these few minor details are few and far between in a novel with very little story or plot. With the exception of our main character, Decker, the characters are bland with very little depth. Even the atmosphere Lebbon beautifully set up in the first book is mostly wiped away. This one has no twists, no surprises, and virtually no energy. In fact, although this is nearly 500 years in the future, without the high-tech weapons, this could have taken place during the Civil War. Other than terraforming the planet of LV-178, the book was shockingly void of any futuristic or science fiction concepts.

The story is a basic dungeon crawl in mining tunnels where paid mercs escort an empath to retrieve a live specimen for Weyland-Yutani. They battle here and there and as each one dies in various generic ways, the human numbers dwindle down to the characters we suspected would survive in the first few chapters anyway. Uninspired and not very creative, this book seems like the author just went through the motions in this project for hire and I know from reading a lot of Moore's other books, he can do much better. This one is for diehard Alien fans only. I just wish Tim Lebbon was hired to write all three books himself. Hopefully Christopher Golden's final book in the series, Alien: River Of Pain is better.
Profile Image for Cathy.
1,625 reviews239 followers
October 26, 2022
Very confusing intro and prelude. Had to check that I had picked up the correct book, aka the sequel to Alien: Out of the Shadows. Anyway, once the story starts with chapter one, we are in a plot very similar to that of the second Alien movie. The main character (barely) Decker is a descendant of Ellen Ripley.
He is sent to a planet to recover a Xenomorph. Settlers have been lost. The ship is staffed with marines/mercenaries and he is a consultant. They go down into a mine, some of them get snatched, the others try to recover them, there is a malfunctioning escalator… it‘s a bit like painting by colours… it‘s all very predictable, down to figuring out who the „synthetic“ is this time around. No big surprises and it doesn’t add anything new to this universe. It was ok, but you don‘t miss anything if you skip this.

The full-cast audiobook dramatization was well done, although the action with all the background noises was often unintelligible, aka you needed a lot of imagination to figure out what was going on.
Profile Image for Octavi.
1,051 reviews
March 22, 2021
Una pena. Técnicamente el audiolibro es impecable, es brutal. Pero repiten la historia de siempre por tercera vez. Lo dicho, una pena y una oportunidad perdida.
Profile Image for Michael Hicks.
Author 35 books434 followers
May 3, 2018
[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 an intense listen that will make you feel like your surrounded by Xenomorphs, worried that a facehugger might try to leap out of your speakers.

Story-wise, I appreciated the changes and shift of focus that this audio drama brought to the table. Much of the original prose novel was centered around the empathic Decker, and it would surely be difficult to sustain an audio drama built around stuff that occurs so much inside one guy's head. Maggs has slightly shifted the focus a bit more toward the mercenaries that have abducted and pressed Decker into service on behalf of Weyland-Yutani. While I had complained a bit in my original review that Sea of Sorrows was rather derivative of the Aliens film, I found it easier to digest during this second go-round. I'll chalk that up being more familiar with the story beats and the movie-like (minus the visuals) presentation Audible has afforded it.

Although it's been a couple months since I read Moore's book, I feel like Maggs made some pretty big changes in the story itself, trimming a lot of fat, shifting scenes around slightly and giving us a stronger ending than what had been written originally, in addition to tying this story a bit more fully into the narrative begun in Alien: Out of the Shadows. Maggs also wastes no time getting us right into the action, starting immediately with Decker's abduction, which occurred in the prose work after an extended introduction to Decker, his abilities, and his history with Weyland-Yutani and LV-178.

Maggs and his cast put the pedal to the metal early and often, giving us another strong entry in Audible's adaptations of these Titan books. I'm hoping we get plenty more of these suckers in the years ahead, and if I may be so bold, I'd recommend Alex White's recent Alien: The Cold Forge for next year's Alien Day release.

[Original review follows]
[Begin transmission]

I don’t really have much to say about this one. It just kind of exists within the realm of ALIEN tie-in fiction. SEA OF SORROWS is certainly readable, but it doesn’t add much in the way of originality or freshness.

Set 400 years after the first ALIEN flick, Weyland-Yutani still wants an alien to call their own and set loose a score of mercenaries on a defunct mining colony we visited previously in Tim Lebbon’s book. Forced into the mission is Decker, a very distant relative to Ellen Ripley who the aliens can sense and hate and want to kill. He’s a low-level empath and can feel the aliens in return. Unfortunately this plot conceit feels a bit superfluous to the whole thing, with the book trying to retread the familiar action of movie-sequel ALIENS.

It’s moderately satisfying if all you’re looking for are alien kills, soldiers taking baths in acid, and occasional glimmers of evil corporate subterfuge, but it’s certainly not breaking any new ground on any of the franchise’s previously established conceits. It just is what it is and doesn’t aim any higher than that.

Profile Image for Gerhard.
1,053 reviews529 followers
June 5, 2015
While Tim Lebbon’s Alien: Out of the Shadows was a halfway decent stab at recreating one of the greatest SF horror franchises on the page, James A. Moore’s 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 instincts and let rip on the Alien multiverse (call that the James Cameron way).

So what we end up with here is a perplexing and by-the-numbers rehash of Lebbon’s novel, only set in a much later timeframe. We also see main protagonist Decker nipping from LV178 to Earth and back again, as if it was a brief drive to the corner shop, with Moore riding as roughshod over the laws of physics, let alone logic, as the aliens do over human flesh.

The novel even has the same narrative hook of grunts-for-hire going in blind to some armpit of a planet and slowly being picked off by the creatures that they wholly underestimate. In this instance we have a direct descendant of Ellen Ripley fulfilling the role of the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

Decker shares a telepathic link with the alien creatures (whose grandeur and horror are sorely diminished by Moore constantly referring to them as ‘bugs’ and even ‘cockroaches’, which brings to mind a totally different movie, Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers).

Neither the familial link, let alone the telepathy, are explored in any depth, and are therefore rather unconvincing. The ending sees Weyland-Yutani finally procure the live specimens they crave, which is a good set-up for the third novel. Let us hope that Christopher Golden was allowed enough creative control to take this saga in the new direction it deserves.
Profile Image for Michael Bates.
63 reviews5 followers
April 17, 2015
To start, I love aliens.I love when a big team goes in to retrieve something and most die. Simple but I love it,
Nothing to surprising however in this book I thought they could have done a little bit more, a little different from the rest of the aliens books.

Plot and Characters-3 Stars. Here is the problem I have, the main character, Decker, is a empath. Thats a pretty cool idea when it comes to aliens, with their hatred you would have a early detection warning basically. With that ability, I would have gone and made Decker into the best Alien hunter since Predator. He could have been pretty bad since he could shoot in their direction since they have very different moods from humans, however he is instead very scared. (Understandable when your talking about Aliens). However, be different from the rest of the movie and books. Finally make a badass to go against the Aliens, heck even make him a Honorary Predator, just make him not so scared. So Decker aside, I think the supporting characters were good, you had your typical mix of macho, rude, nice, smart, big, small etc. Rollins, the female antagonist, is one of the best characters in the book. She is a great bad guy, willing to sacrifice lives, doesn't care about the rest of the group in the least, and to put it bluntly, she's a bitch.

Aliens-4 stars. In typical fashion, the Aliens kicked ass and again looked unstoppable unless a warhead is used. The difference this time is some of the insights into the Aliens mind, which was a little refreshing. However with Aliens, you don't need much to change with them, They are badass, plain and simple.

Overall I would have rated it higher if not for the very scared, pushed around, main character. Other than that not a bad book, not great either.
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Profile Image for Geoff.
Author 69 books116 followers
August 9, 2014
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.
Profile Image for Neil.
121 reviews30 followers
August 29, 2014
one of the better alien novels i have read, ok at the start messy middle good end.
Profile Image for Cheryl.
382 reviews27 followers
December 21, 2022
This was a good listen (courtesy of Audible). I enjoyed both the story and the telling of it.

We follow Decker who is a distant descendant of Ripley - her from the films! He is an empath who can feel others' emotions, including those of the Aliens when they are close by. The premise is a little ridiculous: the idea that the aliens still have a massive grudge against Ripley all these centuries later! Having said that this is a book about Aliens so I think we have to suspend disbelief here and despite what I said it was good fun. Ripley really did piss them off!

There’s lots of action here, plenty of blood and fight scenes, and it is all very well described. It was like listening to a good Alien film.

If you like Aliens, yes you will like this. I’m off to listen to the next instalment.

A very decent 4*/5
Profile Image for Shawn Deal.
Author 9 books15 followers
October 29, 2020
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.
Profile Image for Stephan.
461 reviews13 followers
June 22, 2016
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 good to add.

In the prequel to this book I commented how many mistakes or odd decisions there was. The biggest problem with this story is that it doesn't quite fit with it.

All in all it's Aliens: Colonial marines, the novel.
Most of the story reads like this:
Mercenaries enter a new area. Aliens show up. Mercenaries fire and get one or two bursts of, then the aliens are among them. A couple of mercs die while the survivors kicks, shoves or clobbers the xenos out of the way and then either the aliens or mercs retreat. Rinse and repeat.
It has a few interesting bits like the empath, the way the author describe the utter alien way the monsters perceive their surroundings and how cold and inhumane the Weyland-Yutani corporation is.
...but mostly it's just boring, repetitive action with far to many characters you can't hope to sympathize with.
Profile Image for Quiet.
302 reviews11 followers
June 30, 2019
“Alien” is a horror franchise.
“AlienS” is an action franchise.

The author doesn’t know that.

The first in these original novels, “Out of the Shadows,” was a phenomenal book that captured the spirit of Alien perfectly. You’ve 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. It’s a franchise series; we come for what we expect and like, and the first of these books (by a different author, I add) nailed it perfect.

This book though is not “Alien” but “Aliens,” and I was groaning immediately when they introduce in the first 50 pages a team of mercenaries with pulse rifles and Hoo-Ha! bull crap. I’ll list the complaints so:
1) it’s never clear how many humans there are in this book, amongst the mercenaries and scientists. People are used as body-counts, which completely removes the edge of the monster.
2) lots of guns and explosions make for a fun movie, not a fun book. You can hardly tell what is happening and also don’t care; ultimately things stop going pew-pew-pew and then the story continues.
3) the aliens are weak and get punched and kicked— what?! This is not Alien and not even Aliens; this makes the monsters very lame.
4) The evil corporation is predictable, but in this book it is totally flat. Nothing fun is done with the nefarious Weyland-Yutani corporation besides have them be coldly capitalist represented through a cardboard still of an amoral archetype. Not interesting at all.
5) There are no characters in this book; just names attached to wholly bland archetypes.
6) there’s no fun info about anything introduced here, whether that’s other alien species in the universe (which aren’t detailed at all?!), various plagues and problems with alien life forms and diseases are mentioned and never detailed, and there’s nothing fun with the staples of the series neither. No lore, basically.

The only thing of interest is the ending, which isn’t interesting per-se but for long-term and serious fans of this series it doesn’t end the way every other story does. it doesn’t detail what happens next, and I hope the next book, River of Pain, gets into it— which admittedly I’m excited to check out.

But! For disclosure, this book is a pass, and even if River of Pain follows direct then this is still entirely skippable; only the ending was unique, and that ending will be the beginning (hopefully) of the next book: don’t need this one to understand it at all.

Skip! And seriously, whoever is signing off on these books, how this passed got “Alien” and not “AlienS” is baffling.
Stupid and a waste of time.
Profile Image for Brian Taylor.
Author 6 books14 followers
November 8, 2014
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 slogging through 100 pages. The first fifteen chapters set up the extremely fast pace of the latter 2/3 of the book. I became a bit bored but had faith in the author. I'm happy I did. The last 2/3 of this book will make any fan of action happy as hell. It's fast, visceral, and intelligent.

I also liked the larger cast of characters. Too often authors utilize a small cast and try to whittle it down over longer sections of the story. In a story like this you need 35 mercenaries, a group of miners, and a group of scientists running around from the alien threat. They know next to nothing about what's under the Sea of Sorrows and it felt genuine/refreshing. I thought having a large cast was a great move by the author. It really added to the scope of the story.

Another possible drawback of this story is it does follow a similar ALIEN formula. If you've seen the film ALIENS, you can probably piece most of SEA OF SORROW's plot line together. It's familiar in some places, which is nice, but a bit "been there done that" in other places. I thought it was a mostly good mix, but other readers may disagree.

What's great about OUT OF THE SHADOWS and SEA OF SORROWS is fans of the ALIEN franchise are finally getting great new material to devour. For far too long fans have languished under mediocre attempts at utilizing the potential of this storied franchise. Kudos to Titan Books, Tim Lebbon, James A. Moore, and Christopher Golden for reigniting our fandom. It's been a long time coming.

Pick up a copy of this book. You'll enjoy the hell out of it!
Profile Image for Lacey.
414 reviews46 followers
November 20, 2014
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 to escape the aliens, since he can sense them. Also of course, the Company wants samples of the creatures, so you got that going on as well.

I particularly liked the chapters from the "aliens" point of view. How they think and what they think. This was a pretty action packed book! But the ending left you wondering, what the heck?! hehe! Does Decker manage to wipe out most of their race like Ripley? You gotta find out for yourself!
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749 reviews51 followers
July 18, 2022
TW: graphic descriptions of blood, corpse depictions, injuries, death, murder

Left on an odd ending and there arent anymore audible original Alien audiobooks
Profile Image for Alejandro Carranza.
155 reviews4 followers
September 17, 2022
“Hemos dormido tanto, estamos débiles, pero el aire cambia , derriba, el aire se refresca, nos movemos, despertamos con el olor de la sangre, la sangre de la vieja enemiga.”

Honestamente la historia no se siente igual. Quizá se deba a que el autor no es el mismo, pero no se siente la misma esencia ni siquiera en los personajes, a diferencia del primer volumen, estos personajes se sienten un tanto más planos.

“Ella me ve y el calor de su odio se abre, imágenes, sentimientos me bañan, enviadas por esta cosa extraterrestre que se acerca, el rostro de Ellen Ripley pasa por mi mente distorsionando por sentidos no humanos, sin filtro, crudos y dolorosos. Ahora veo un poco, entiendo un poco más. Estas criaturas están conectadas de maneras que los humanos no podríamos. Son una colonia, una colmena, comparten pensamientos a niveles que nosotros no podemos y soy parte de eso ahora, me han marcado por mi sangre, así como Ellen Ripley fue marcada como la destructora. Ahora yo soy el destructor y mis hijos después de mi, no puedo detener a esta hermosa criatura, debo fusionarme con ella, someterme a su venganza.”

El que Ash apareciera nuevamente me agrado, porque aún a pesar de que hayan osado ya siglos desde el primer volumen, sigue teniendo su objetivo como IA bien planteado, los humanos solo son daños colaterales, irrelevantes, el verdadero objetivo es capturar a esa otra especie.

Me resultó un tanto forzado el cómo decidieron unir la trama por medio de un descendiente de Ripley, y considere innecesario que un wey tuviera prácticamente superpoderes telequinéticos, después lo tratan bien al ver cómo lo usa, pero si se me hizo algo innecesario.

Me gusto el cómo le dieron continuidad a ciertas cosas, al volver aún más grotesco el cómo esos monstruos usaban los cuerpos tibios humanos como incubadoras para sus crías, era fascinante y asqueroso a la ves. Pero más que nada el cómo profundizaron más en los alienígenas, en su inteligencia que más que instintiva es probablemente mejor, al apreciar ciudades edificadas aparentemente por ellos.

“Estás no son criaturas salvajes, están motivadas y planean sus movimientos, desde hace mucho han esperado su momento y ahora está cerca…”

Aún así no lo considero una historia memorable, así que me seguiré quedando al menos provisionalmente con el primero como autoconclusivo.

Los personajes que más me gustaron fueron Bridgets y Muller, pero no le llegan a los talones a Vakster y Lachance. Y el final fue bueno, aunque con un cierre aparentemente abierto, pero como en este volumen, ya no cometeré el error de tener la expectativa de que sea una continuación directa.
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491 reviews2 followers
April 6, 2023
Um livro divertido, que expande o universo de Alien, mas fica por ai mesmo.

Alan Decker é um engenheiro que recebe uma missão importante em um planeta com uma equipe de mercenários onde, pasmem: um xenomorfo foi identificado. Mas seu passado está relacionado diretamente com o das criaturas e isso vem a tona durante a leitura.

Livro divertido, diversos ataques, mortes e tudo o que tornou essa franquia tão comercial, principalmente após o primeiro filme do Ridlye Scott (possivelmente a única apresentação desse universo que guarda seu próprio diferencial visto os outros). A consciência que foi integrada aos aliens me incomodou um pouco como uma forma para se comunicar com o leitor, mas nada que afete a leitura. Pra quem é fã da franquia, vale dar uma olhada. Pra quem não é, vale passar direto.
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1,180 reviews97 followers
February 7, 2022
SEA OF SORROWS, Book 2 in the Canonical Alien Trilogy, went a different yet familiar path with a long-off descendant of Ellen Ripley by the name of Decker. His life and circumstances are intricately connected to her as well as the company and he has this mental connection power that sort of evolves as the story does. It was a pretty fun time and I think this is a 3-star story, but the Audible Original full cast performance of it all totally upped my experience. Stockard Channing slays in this and is such an impressive addition to the cast. I had a lot of fun watching this "new generation" of pawns start to face off with similar problems and mission orders and riding along with them for how they chose to handle it all.

On to the next!
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729 reviews179 followers
September 6, 2021
If the last one was Alien 3 but worse, this one starts out looking like Aliens but worse, but then it surprises by instead being about how there was an alien city that was destroyed by the capital-A Aliens hundreds or thousands of years ago on this planet and Weyland-Yutani send in a bunch of mercenaries (not Colonial Marines) to recover artifacts accompanied by the protagonist, who is a bad-ass cool tough guy who is psychic and also a descendant of Ellen Ripley (Amanda Ripley died childless according to Aliens, but as these novels are now canon as well apparently, that's a retcon, not a plot hole), which the Aliens know and it causes them to hate and fear him especially. It's the sort of story you could see being played out over recess, if elementary school students watched the Alien movies (except that the purple Powerpuff Girl OC protagonist also has casual sex with one of the lady mercenaries on the day he meets them, because why wouldn't he?).
Moore has definitely seen at least some of the movies, since he shamelessly mines them for scenes he thinks are cool—I'm not sure how he managed to miss the tone of the series so badly. The writing itself is fractionally better than Lebbon's in the first one, but it's hard to even see this as an Alien novel.

(The most irritating thing about this book is that the narrator calls the aliens Xenomorphs (capital letter, no qualifiers) at one point, so I guess that's their fucking name officially now.)
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133 reviews3 followers
December 27, 2022
The sound work was so much better than most of the others I’ve listened to so far. I hope the movies start involving the xenos, and their connections with humans.
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2,435 reviews1,062 followers
March 6, 2020
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.
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Author 13 books142 followers
April 15, 2020
I enjoyed this one! Set 300 years in the future, it’s not constrained by the canon we already know. (You don’t 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.
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Author 26 books320 followers
September 27, 2018
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 reminded of Valerie Frankel, who collaborates with people like Snooki and makes surprisingly good books - but that is for another tale.

What James A. Moore has done is made a book that is just as good as any Alien tale

It starts out like a cannon, and every chapter leads to the next. Every sentence is either character development or plot-pushing, and usually the latter.

The one minor critique I had with action-oriented tales, like the great Ice Hunt by James Rollins, is that each chapter predictably takes out the lesser characters and bad guys, and you kind of know where it is going.

Not so with this tale - some survive, and many do not. You don't know what is going to happen.

Finally - a great character in Decker, and a great exploration of Weyland-Yutani

James A. Moore introduces many Alien-type characters, Manning the tough Colonial Marine, Rollins the person who pushes the plot along by holding up the Weyland-Yutani corporation's end of the bargain.

Decker is the main character - and very interesting. He deals with Weyland-Yutani, a corporation that puts the East India Company to shame with its power and its ability to change the world, or in this case solar system.

But Decker is great.

You don't need to read the others of this Canonical trilogy to understand this - it seems to fit in well with them, but it also stands by itself.

Great tale!
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