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Alien: The Cold Forge

(Aliens, Predator, and Prometheus Universe)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,197 ratings  ·  180 reviews
A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley's Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley's Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat--the loss of the Aliens. Yet there's a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abrup
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Published July 17th 2018 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published April 24th 2018)
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Scott Sigler
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think the movie ALIENS was the high point of this franchise, you will love this book. If you think PROMETHEUS was a work of staggering genius, I suspect you will not.

As a lifelong ALIENS fan, I thought this book was awesome.

The characters are fascinating, and in true ALIENS tradition they are all pieces of shit in one degree or another. White captures the essence of the series, which is that human greed, arrogance and selfishness are just as (or more) powerful th
Michael Hicks
While I've enjoyed my share of Alien tie-in works across comics and prose novels, The Cold Forge by Alex White might be the first to truly impress me beyond being a few days worth of solid entertainment.

Most Alien stories seem to involve beleaguered colonists or Colonial Space Marines getting more than they bargained for, with the authors content for their stories to exist as little more than a redux of one of the first two films. While this approach has certainly worked well and given this fra
Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alien: The Cold Forge
The Alien Series
By: Alex White
Narrated by: Michael Braun
I am thinking this is supposed to occur after the 2nd or 3rd movie but I think after the 3rd. The ship is called the Cold Forge but it has a small crew, mostly for the lab. The main lab doc is working with chimps, aliens, and alien eggs. But the crew gets a visit by the big brass to see results. But you know that all alien movies, nothing stays calm long!
Great narration!
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So when the reader learns that the Cold Forge is actually a Weyland-Yutani research station, you just know that these so-called ‘research subjects’ will not act like typical guinea pigs. Pretty soon all hell will break loose. And, of course, it does.

“Why do you call it the Cold Forge?” Dorian asks …
“Because this entire station is dedicated to the manufacture of adaptive weapons, biological, artificial intelligence and software,” Anne replies, her matter-of- fact voice carrying through the cavern
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi, horror
Let's put this book into context, shall we? I didn't expect too much because it is, after all, a horror in an SF setting just like the movies. We have a cross between Alien 3 and Alien 4 without so much of the goofy, with Weyland corp still being the bad guy, and very few actually likable characters.

Stir, mix, let steep in some xenomorph stew, wait for the stupid humans to do something nasty, perverse, and generally unlikable. *Hello, efficiency expert in a top secret lab!*

And then let things ge
kartik narayanan
Game Over, man, Game Over!

Welp, that sentence doesn't come in the book but Alien: The Cold Forge manages to hit all the other beats from the Alien movies, especially Aliens.

A:TCF is a sleeper hit. I picked it up with low expectations since there have been so many hit or miss productions with this property. But, I ended up putting a night out just to finish it. This shows just how awesome it is. It takes all the elements that work, from Aliens, and manages to put a unique twist on everything. Yo
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“It is the intent of every murderer poured into a mold and painted pitch black. It is a symphony of death, a masterpiece of hellish design - raw will.”

Beautifully vicious in every way.
All the shades of human monsters slamming up against the true black of something without even the concept of morals.

Unique among the alien stories is that our badass MC woman is severely disable. But the fight on her!

Enjoyable action/horror/SciFi movie of an audiobook. 4.5 Stars
Holly (The GrimDragon)
"She shoves him down and shows him all the wonderful things her body can do, devouring every inch of his flesh. She washes him in her fantasies, wringing every last drop of ecstasy from his bones, and showing him that he's been missing from her station life for far too long.

He is startled.
He is aroused.
He is accepted."

As a massive fan of the Alien franchise, this was a pleasure to read! I haven't read the newer canonical Alien trilogy, but I dig all of the novelizations, for the most part. In fa
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-the-book
I flew through this book at times cause I love the Alien franchise and Alex writes amazing dark scenes and the action is thrilling! The first 100 or so pages weren't entirely my thing but the rest was so much fun. The Xenomorphs are described in a way that made my mind create the most amazing 4k movie scenes haha. The survival was tense, the gore where limbs are torn off and flesh was being devoured were fking awesome I had to slow down to cherish them some more. Blue is one of the MC's and I li ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An appreciated albeit underwhelming addition to the Alien series. The Cold Forge follows the formula established by the original Alien, and which has been wonderfully recaptured in the prior novels Out of the Shadows, Sea of Sorrow, and River of Pain, and offers a fresh new story that can be read on its own without any prior knowledge of the series to enjoy.

This is a Horror book, not an action book as found with the Aliens series of novels/media. That plural means a lot; if you want "Hoo-huh!" a
Ben Brown
“Alien: The Cold Forge” is a book that I had heard a LOT of chatter about within the "Alien" fan community over the last few years – in terms of regard, it seemed to sit right alongside “Alien: Isolation” as one of the most well-received pieces of new I.P. in the franchise. So, as a huge fan of the series, you can imagine my excitement when I finally – FINALLY – found the time to read it on my own.

Boy, was I in for a disappointment.

To be clear: “Alien: The Cold Forge” isn’t bad, per se – the w
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alien: The Cold Forge gets what works about the first three Alien movies (yes, I think Alien 3 has plenty of stuff in it that works), and the Alien: Isolation video game, and continues in the same vein to tell a story about obsession, espionage, and the will to survive. Alex White understands that the scariest monster in this universe is and always has been Man, and goes about showing that the sort of cold, corporate, greed-driven evil represented by Weyland-Yutani and Seegson can also give birt ...more
John Walker
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A taut thriller worthy of the franchise

As a fan of the original movie and a lover of science-fiction horror, I was giddy with excitement at a novel set in the Alien universe. That it would be written by Alex White, whose Every Mountain Made Low moved me, just made it more amazing. If you are a fan of Alien, or sci-fi horror in general, get this book. You’ll devour it. Or perhaps it will devour you, and you’ll be glad for it.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't hate this book, and I wouldn't call it terrible. But it wholly unlikable from the lazy writing style to a cast of utterly reprehensible, unlikable characters. Even the "protagonists" you were supposed to root for were terrible beyond redemption. It's like the author took the couple of adversaries from the Alien movies and stuffed them all in one book, but not before making them thorougly despicable. ...more
D.L. Young
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read. Really enjoyed this. Great addition to the Alien universe.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing original in this book. Please ignore the five star fandom ratings. The only deviations this book has with other Alien entries is the lack of ANY character that you actually want to survive. Also the black lesbian cripple who pilots a white male android. Seriously.... They cut out the three-legged dog with one blind eye and diabetes because then the novel would have had something you actually wanted to survive. This is pure dreck. Further, it was crass. Within the first paragraph ...more
Reading is my Escape
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook/Owned

Dorian Sudler knows he shouldn't smoke.
- first sentence

This is a dark story, but that isn't different from the other alien stories. It focuses on corporate and human greed and the evil greed creates. Weyland-Yutani had a backup plan if Hadley's Hope (Aliens) didn't give them the specimen they craved. They created an isolated scientific research station called The Cold Forge and transported eggs there to be stored for future research. Blue is a scientist wh
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Not gonna lie, I went into this with pretty low expectations.
Earlier this year I read a few of the other Alien novelisations and at best they were fun yet repetitive, but at worst they were boring and a little ridiculous.

I not only had an absolute blast reading Alien: The Cold Forge , but it felt like a totally unique story in the ever-expanding Alien universe.

Okay...yes, This book has everything we can come to expect from a Xenomorph book/film: a crew isolated in deep space tri
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While it's always nice to have a new Alien story it'd be even more nice if they did it well. Alex white on the whole did it well but with a few caveats

Firstly the inclusion of the Prometheus style black goo instead of the traditional idea of the facehugger laying an embryo seems an almost forced retconning to accommodate the new films and one that isn't really necessary since we knew the aliens seen in covenant were a work based on the back goo not a means of delivering the goo itself. Its not a
Ursula Johnson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alien-series
Man & Woman More Brutal than the Aliens

This is the latest in a line of all new stories set in the Alien universe. I've read some of the author's books before and he has a gift for storytelling. This book was corporate Weyland-Utani espionage combined with the science of the Aliens. Unlike the films, there are no likeable characters in this book, with the exception of the synth Marcus. Man is far more brutal than the Aliens in this book. The action comes fast and furious and the battle of wills b
Jim Goodrich
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of sci-fi horror, then you'll like this one. And if you're a fan of the Alien franchise, then you'll love it. It's got all of the Alien elements you'd expect (facehuggers, chestbursters, a Synthetic, and even a power loader) along with a really really bad bad-guy: Dorian. Dorian really made the story in the first half, but unfortunately, in the latter half he kind of degenerated into a comic caricature of evil. It detracted from the story the way he changed from a weaselly Weyla ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing like a good Alien story and this one delivers. These beasts will not be controlled and they will escape and wreak havoc. The one thing I didn't like about the story is that I don't think there's a protagonist. There are innocent people who did nothing wrong but pay with their lives and there are definitely evil people, but I started rooting for the monsters towards the end of the book because I thought all the main characters needed killing. Very enjoyable continuation of the lor ...more
Blair Hodgkinson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
At first I found this one slow and predictable but it picked up and threw a few curves.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This licensed spinoff isn't bad throughout, but it does suffer some structural problems and an ending that goes completely off the rails. The setup is straightforward enough. The Cold Forge is a remote, privately-owned-and-operated secret weapons development station with three projects in simultaneous development: a super-virus programmed to infect and destroy any computer infrastructure, some kind of long-range transmitter jammer/disabler, and enough xenomorphs and egg cases to start a hive. It ...more
This was another audiobook read for me, a format i'm trying to get better about utilizing. Alien has been one of my absolute favorite franchises since I was young. It was such an amazing thing seeing Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley kicking ass and taking zero shit. Ripley along with Ellie Sattler from Jurassic Park were always my favorite badass fictional ladies.

As always, this will be a spoiler-free review. If you are an Alien fan I'm sure you will already know the premise of this book. Weylan
Sci-Fi & Scary
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: request-author
Just getting down my initial thoughts. Will shape this into a full review later.

Alien: The Cold Forge did not appeal to me at first. In this case, I know exactly why. The first reason is that extended exposure to the narrator made my eyelid twitch. He reads like William Shatner acts and it goes from semi-amusing to annoying very quickly. The second reason is that I liked neither of the main characters. One of them I know I was supposed to hate, because he's a grade A toe-rag, but I'm pretty sure
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This story was a disappointment. From such a promising premise, comes an antagonist that is so comically evil the entire rest of the novel becomes unbelievable.

All the characters, save the Android, are psychopaths. Even our hero is a lying, selfish, narcissist.

This leaves pretty much no one you want to root for. Which makes any scene that would be tense and emotional have no impact. Because you don't care. Even the scenes that are suppose to fill you with a sense of justice don't have the impac
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was just what the doctor ordered. Yes, it includes a reference to that epic crapfest Prometheus but it is kept low-key enough that it is not really relevant to what is happening, and yes, it does recycle generously from the detritus of Alien: Resurrection. However, the story is interesting enough to hold attention and do a few new things here and there, while not straying too far from what makes the franchise formula so enjoyable. Basically, you get precisely what is advertised, and I ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While familiar in a lot of ways, with The Cold Forge White delivers a solid new entry in the Alien canon. And even apart from the existing franchise, the novel is a strong tale of sci-fi horror. With a cast ranging from morally gray to reprehensible characters, The Cold Forge is an exploration of survival, greed, and the line between humans and monsters. Delivered with cinematic tension and strong narrative construction, the events of the novel quickly go from bad to worse in a fast-paced and gr ...more
the tony.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a huge fan of sci fi movies or books however I loved this book! The author paints a perfect picture and kept me engaged, a few terms I looked up to see what the meaning was and I did have to google certain equipment just so I can get a better visual, but that’s just my ignorance of not being fluent in science fiction lingo. Author also built great characters and kept me in suspense. You know you’ve read a great book when you can’t seem to put it down (“just one more chapter and I’ll go t ...more
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