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South China Sea (Predator)

by Jeff VanderMeer

Series: Predator

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Quick chapters and a tough cast of characters make this novel stand out among the Predator canon. Author, Vandermeer wisely works the series formula, keeping in mind that the best Predator stories feature a cast of hard-core killers being picked off one by one. The little details like the crocodile Pol Pot and the idiosyncrasies of the Russian ice-queen Marikova (the scene where she watches the Predator sink all the boats is an eerie moment) makes this one quite captivating in its imagination. Humor creeps its way into the book too, especially through Horia with his never-ending list of old Romanian sayings. The Predator's gripping siege upon temple ruins showcases some terrifying tactics on the alien hunter's part. When the Predator starts playing back the voices of the dead and throwing their severed heads over the wall its quite chilling to read. With the finale of the book, Vandermeer manages to give us a twist on the typical Predator ending (yes, we do get someone self-destructing) but extra touches of something truly alien as well with the strange fate of Nikoai and the unexpected with Maxim and Marikova. Only the sub-story with the pirates seemed a bit like filler, but in the end serves some purpose. ( )
  Humberto.Ferre | Sep 28, 2016 |
Ok technically not my sort of thing but I am a Jeff VanderMeer fan and whilst I didn't see much of him in this novel it's still a quick, fun easy read. The plot is tight and moves at a fair old pace, the characters are a good mix and there's enough for a high body count, plus (shock horror) there are few strong female characters. Ok I do harp on about such things but it's so rare. The end is satisfyingly over the top and having seen the latest Predators movie I deeply wish someone had filmed this version instead. ( )
  clfisha | Jan 1, 2011 |
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DOUBLE CROSS. TRIPLE CROSS.
WHO WILL SURVIVE?
On a remote South China Sea island, stocked with some of the most exotic animals in the world, a deadly hunt is underway...just not the kind the participants expected. The hunters come from all walks of life: a South African arms dealer, a Romanian ex-wrestler, two former KGB agents, a wildlife TV host, a Thai pirate, a down-and-out rock, and a billionaire with a mysterious past. Each has come to the island for personal reasons, some secret, some deadly. But when the encampment's owner, ex-Khmer Rouge Colonel Rath Preap, finds the fences cut, animals slaughtered and members of his private army missing, it's clear that it's not just another day at the hunting lodge. Another creature is out for blood--and a lot of it. An adversary that has faced death on a thousand worlds, a battle-tested Predator with an unstoppable lust for conquest. Its story will play out across the landscape of old temple ruins, hidden ambitions, startling secrets, and a fight for survival so intense the jungles will run red with blood.
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Graphic Novel. On a remote South China Sea island, a deadly hunt is underway... but not the kind of expedition the participants expected. In this remote, jungle-covered island somewhere between Thailand and Indonesia some of the most exotic animals in the world have been gathered as the prizes in a challenge of human against nature. The hunters come from all walks of life. Each has come to the island for personal reasons, some secret, some deadly. But when the encampment's owner, ex-Khmer Rouge Colonel Rath Preap, finds the fences cut and his security men missing, it's clear that the game has turned. And as the hunters battle for survival, they discover there is another creature out for blood... an adversary that has faced death on a thousand worlds - a Predator with an unstoppable lust for conquest!… (more)

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