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Predator: Stalking Shadows

Written by: James A. Moore,Mark Morris
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

THE ACTION-PACKED PREQUEL TO PREDATOR: HUNTING GROUNDS

In the aftermath of the events of Predator 2, US Marine Scott Devlin is assigned to the clean-up operation in Los Angeles. He is soon thrust into a world of secretive government agents, highly-advanced technology, and an unstoppable juggernaut lone agent, Alan "Dutch" Schaefer.

DUTCH IS BACK

As Devlin rises through the ranks, working in elite counter-terrorist units, he gathers evidence, slowly piecing together the shocking truth of what he saw that night. Fighting for freedom from the jungles of South America to the Scottish Highlands, Devlin learns who the real enemy is, and how to fight for survival. He's not the only one fighting back against the Hunters. Dutch has been working in the shadows ever since his first encounter in Central America, gathering knowledge, weapons, and teammates.

Fighting both the Hunters and shadowy government agencies, Dutch and Devlin must team up to take the fight to the aliens - to become the predators.

©2020 TM & © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • TheUncleKoof
  • 27-08-20

A Predator Story worth the time!

Dutch is Back, but this isn't what makes the story worth the time. Almost everything we know about the Predators from the films is mentioned. Dutch's story is eventually revealed, which isn't really a surprise. The main character is fleshed out as good as any Soldier would lively admit.

The Predators are mentioned only when the need is relevant. Sure there are things that could have been developed more about them, but the mystery about them is what makes this story click.

The Story is well written and moves at a casual pace when needed. The performance is pretty good, except when Dutch is portrayed. I'm not a fan of Dutch's voice in this. Still this is completely worth the read or listen.

Predator & AVP Fans should enjoy this one. If you enjoyed Tim Libbon's Rage War series (which goes into more detail on the Predators), then you'll have fun with this one too.

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  • Nathan Ridings
  • 16-08-20

Could Have Been Great - It Wasn't.

I get it, video game books are hard. Sometimes you don't have much to work with and sometimes games ignore the books and render your work non-cannon even if you produce something good. Be that as it may, Resident Evil and Halo have managed to deliver some solid novels to us, and I really enjoyed the recent Predator anthology book. I also love the game this is based around (primarily a Predator player myself). The framework of the game could have offered us a good story, and every now and again it looked like this novel was headed that way. Except it would be a fake-out and we'd have to wait again. It's like waiting for the promise of fun with the fun never being delivered. The book can't stop telling us how badass the characters are, but showing and telling are two different things. The writing is about as subtle as Jesse Ventura and Old Painless, with the author telling us how we should feel about everything and everyone - dividing people into good and bad without complexity. There's no real depth to Dutch or really any other character in this work. Everyone else is a stock character, including the black best friend who we know is going to die. I mean, the moment we met him, I'm going "yep, you're the one who is going to die and give us angst." The bad guys were bad for...reasons. I guess money? What's more, the climax of the book (the death of the friend) didn't really mean anything because the reader predicted it, and then the main character moves onto a command role...and all is well? Well that's a dud of an ending. Where is this going? Nowhere. Where the book was at its best was setting up the Predators through seeing their handiwork. This writer could build suspense pretty well. I'm impressed by that, if nothing else, because suspense is difficult. Especially since we know the monster. The problem is we got several false starts. We start building up, you're ready for something to happen. Okay, time jump. Build up again. Okay, time jump. Every time jump, the energy of the story dissipates. So the suspense never meant anything, throwing away the best asset of the work. Now the story did try and build a mystery for us, but got repetitive in that regard. We can only see a main character ponder something we already know for so long (meanwhile the story grinding to a halt time and time again) before readers get bored. It's okay for the characters to not know things we do. Let characters figure it out. But goodness sake I don't need eight hours of this nonsense. Tell me a story. As far as the Predators went, none of them were more than obstacles. The description of the Sharkskin one was interesting, but it had no personality. The original Predator was a sadistic game hunter. Predator two gave us the more honorable blood-knight who picked LA because it wanted to make a splash. Three gave us a group of Bad Bloods who break many of the rules the second Predator established for us. Even the awful new movie gave us two different preds with different motivations. Go to the expanded universe and you can see even more diversity among the Yautja and characterization of them. None of that is present here. They're just things to be opposed. What's more, never did I feel like I wanted the humans to triumph. When the original Predator wiped out Arnold's team who'd been established as 80s action movie badasses through cleverness and stealth, I was impressed by it. Arnold had to get craftier and more resourceful to beat it. Harrigan had to be more determined than mortal men could possibly be to beat his. These guys...just blew them away. Who cares. This was the wrong way to write a predator story. The original Predator was subversion of action movie tropes. This work seemed to forget that and plod along without even delivering on the action throughout more than half the book. This could have been good. The writer is not unskilled in word craft. In this case, the narrative itself is the failure, not the line by line.

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  • Robert
  • 18-01-21

Good to see what happened to Dutch

The majority of this book follows Scott Develin as he progresses through his military career from Special Operations to eventually encountering “Hunters” on operations in the jungles of South & Central America. It was pretty cool to see elements of the first and second movie incorporated into the book. We also finally get to find out what happened to Dutch after the conclusion of the first movie.

My only major complaint with the authors is their total lack of knowledge of the military rank structure. Scott would have made Sergeant within five or six years of him enlisting and unless he went to a commissioning source (OTS, OCS, etc.) he would have not been promoted from an enlisted man to a Captain magically. Also, the majority of soldiers typically stay in 20 years and retire at a very young age. Very rarely do you see people stay past 20 years unless they are on the path to E-9 as an enlisted soldier or a General Officer as an officer. They should have consulted with someone before completion of the book.

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  • Angela Bartlett
  • 31-05-20

I loved this book!

I want to see it made into a movie. I got so engrossed listening to it that I lost a whole day! Mr. Cronin did an excellent job in my opinion. He captured each of the characters perfectly. I would love to read more Predator books by Mr. Moore and Mr. Morris. You are a very good team!

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  • Jason Randolph
  • 16-04-21

A predator story

I enjoyed this story takes place after Pretator 2.
And is explore a on going time line. They name the chapters after the years. So it is an interesting narrative. So check this out when you can.

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  • Kenneth Whetstone
  • 12-04-21

a bit hard to enjoy from other Predator stories

it was a bit hard to enjoy the normal human panic and wonderment when going against a predator, the voice narrator often confusing and missing the original Dutch's accent plenty of times and reading some of the story almost too dryly. the story felt more of slow description of actions than real thrill of movement and felt completely off instead of sliding into something that can be accepted into the predator series lore, despite tying in to the only recent predator movie. it felt like the story really had no substance other than meat packing of human soldiers clashing heads with government types then getting blown away. still a somewhat good story, but I don't know that it's one I can fully accept into the lore, but more as an author's vision than complete canon.

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  • max120976
  • 14-10-20

THIS!!!

This is the direct sequel to PREDATOR 2 that we all deserve!!! I’m going to have to listen again real soon. Good stuff!!!

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  • J. Burger
  • 28-05-20

Disappointing

Seems rushed, like there was a deadline to meet. Storyline jumps and creates gaps in continuity. Narrator seems to struggle with a decent German accent. No decent character development. Storyline seems patchy. Very disappointing overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-22

don't normally grumble but...

the narrator needed to brush up on military jargon i.e. chin-hook.
also the Schwarzenegger impression...yikes
story: felt like it was a predator drama sorry but these guys a hell of a lot more delicate tender feelers that I remember SF being let alone Joe groundpounder.
as a Frontline combat medic if he had taken the time to put gloves on to apply a tourniquet he would bled out.
lastly "hasta la Vista buddy" NO
ending on a good note though good action well described terrain and combat.

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  • Ronald P Kirkley
  • 10-09-22

This was such a pleasant surprise!

I absolutely loved this book. I expected something predator and something fun but I did not expect the epic over a lifetime approach or even more so the depth and richness of the characters. This really hit me at times which was shocking lol. Bravo and bravo to the performance as well. Just really good stuff all around.

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  • Richard
  • 06-07-20

Not great

I hate to be negative about Aliens or Predator audiobooks as until now they have all been excellent, but this one was just not up to par. The story doesn’t really feel like it ever starts or more like it’s leading to something that never happens. When you compare it to If it Bleeds or the Rage War trilogy it’s just not worth the time.

The narration is ok, but his voice for Dutch is off and it just bugs me seeing as everyone knows how Arnold talks.

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  • tayothecreator
  • 30-05-20

Don't waste your credits on this

Unimaginative story,cliched characters,story never comes to life. I love tales about the predator but this is a very poor effort.
Much better tales are Predator Rage War series and If it bleeds.

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  • james jones
  • 13-06-20

quality predator book

really enjoyed this. was great to find out what Dutch has been upto all these years.

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  • Alex
  • 02-06-20

Brilliant!

Expertly written and narrated!
Would love to hear more like this!
Easily the best Predator audiobook out there!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-20

"Suddenly"

Good, unique story that any predator fan will enjoy. Only pet peeve is the over use of "suddenly".

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  • Mrs Shepherd
  • 13-07-22

Not my kind of thing

I found the plot irritating and dull. It focuses on one soldier's life journey, we travel through time at the moments he encounters the predators. I was not that interested in this bit part guy's experience. I didn't really get anything about the predator from this either. this lacked substance and the ending was weirdly sickly sweet. Not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-22

very good

loved it ! Ties everything in from Predator 2. they should make this the next Predator film.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-22

The movie sequel we deserved but never got.

Every fan of the predator franchise should really check this book out. Ill promise you that you wont regret it

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  • Andrew c
  • 15-03-22

awesome picking up from predator 2

a must read for all predator fans, Dutch is in it what more do I need to say

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  • David E.
  • 09-01-22

Dutch is back

Great read, I think it would have made a great second predator film. Great that Dutch made a return.

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  • Richie
  • 02-06-20

Get to the chopper.....and never come back

Ill keep it short, but not sweet.
No fleshing out of characters it feels rushed
Zero advancement in human technology. (we are hunting the Yautja now)
Zero human weapon advancement
Military lingo and tactics are straight out of an 80s B movie. (I think a 16 yo Mathew Reilly fan wrote it)
Zero predator. We have cases of their stuff but it is NEVER is explored. (Agggggggg come on)
Dutch is a huge let down too.
I pre-ordered this book and now I'm returning it.

I'm gutted

Anyway, for you predator fans out there i will not leave you empty handed check out
Predator - Incursion and the entire Rage series.
Predator: If It Bleeds is fun too.

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  • Mr Trevor Kirk
  • 02-04-22

Ok. but the previous books in the series were better

I was looking forward to the continuation of this series but I found this book a little bit disjointed, one minute you’re in the jungle next minute in a bar. It didn’t really have a connecting flow to the story of the plot