Audio Review 60 // Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon (The Rage War, Book 3)


Look at me, I've completed a series finally! The Rage War by Tim Lebbon was a three-part series set in the future timeline of the Alien verse. If you haven't read my first two reviews, here are some handy links:
Book Two

So far, I've enjoyed the series. It isn't about setting the fandom ablaze with its awesomeness, but it has definitely been a fun and exciting listening. But before I waffle on for too long, let us dive into the details.

Title: Alien vs. Predator: Armageddon (The Rage War #3)
Author: Tim Lebbon
Fluff: The Rage launch a massive assault on the Human Sphere. Their greatest weapons are the most fearsome creatures in the galaxy—the Xenomorphs.

Having fled centuries before, the Rage return to take revenge and claim the planet for their own. Now, through a deal struck with the unlikeliest of allies, the human race may rely on the Predators to ensure mankind's ultimate freedom. Yet even the combined might of the two races may not be enough. The fate of the Earth may rest with a single android—Liliya of the Rage.

Review

Wow. What a great way to finish the series. I found the smaller cast and location list really aided this concluding story. With fewer moving pieces, the story was able to pick up the pace and have a lot more exciting action scenes in it. It felt like I was listening to a multipart TV show rather than a solo story.

Highlights for me include having a lot more Predators in action. I felt like the third primary race of the book had been poorly treated with a lack of storytime, but part three fixes that. We actually get to hear about different clans, wargear and fighting styles. Also, the mention of the Predator homeworld excited me (hopefully, one day, we will get this story). This aspect of the Predators was much needed, in my opinion. 

It wasn't all positives, though. Lowlights, for me, sadly include a predictable ending; you could see it a mile off. It was also left very open. Not sure if it was due to lack of time to finish it up correctly or if they plan on continuing this arc? I feel Lebbon could have used another hour to tie up these loose ends. I would love to know if he had more planned or if this was done on purpose. The other main issue I had throughout the series was the Xenomorphs. The Aliens could have been portrayed as a bit more terrifying. Instead of being pure cannon fodder for the Android Generals, the way they were being controlled was a clever way of making a random force into a coherent army.

Overall this series did an excellent job of creating an action-packed, sci-fi, light-horror story. If looking for an easy sci-fi listen, I do recommend this series.

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