Book Review 204 // Aliens: Infiltrator: A Novel by Weston Ochse

What is it and the Alien franchise that keeps me coming back? This time I enter another body horror tale with the xenomorph threat called Infiltrator by Weston Ochse. Let's see how bad this gets!

Title: Aliens: Infiltrator

Author: Weston Ochse

Blurb: The official prequel to the huge new Alien video game from Cold Iron Studios, as a Weyland-Yutani scientist arrives at Pala Station and finds the researchers there courting disaster... of the Xenomorph kind.

Dr. Timothy Hoenikker arrives at Pala Station, a Weyland-Yutani facility. Lured there by the promise of alien artifacts, instead, he finds a warped bureaucracy and staff of misfits testing the effects of Xenomorph bio-materials on living creatures. Unbeknownst to the personnel, however, there is an infiltrator among them whose actions could spell disaster. Also on staff is Victor Rawlings, a former marine who gathers together other veterans to prepare for the worst. As the personnel receive delivery of alien eggs, the experiments spin out of control, and only the former Colonial Marines can stand between the humans and certain death.

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Format: 299 pages, Kindle Edition

Review

I didn't realize this until after, but Aliens: Infiltrator is actually a prequel to the game Aliens: Fireteam (is this worth playing?). This novel is an excellent stand-alone book, and little knowledge is needed to get into it as it is well explained. This ease of joining in also holds it back; we aren't really getting anything new, aliens get loose, people die, etc. But this is what I needed, so I was pleased with the results.

Now of course it can't be an Aliens story without the dreaded Weyland-Yutani company being involved. And involved they are. We join Dr. Timothy Hoenikker as he arrives at the Weyland station Pala. He had believed he was coming to study alien artifacts but instead, he discovers a darker reason. Turns out the base is a Colonial Marine testing site, and here the scientists are tasked with developing better equipment. Their goal once honourable was to create acid-resistant armour and save lives, sadly power corrupts, and soon the team is creating deadlier xenomorphs! Why would you do this?

Of course, the shit hits the fans and the bugs are soon loose causing mayhem and only with the aid of some ex-marines turned rent a cop are the bases survivors able to last as long as they do. 

I loved the chaos and action of this title, the characters were well thought out and portrayed even if they are the traditional archetypes. It was also nice to get a little change in pace by having the scientists tamper with the genetics of the hosts to manipulate the Xenos (an idea tested in Prototype). These little twists worked really well. I was engaged the entire time and by the end felt very satisfied with the title. A great filler book.

Think I need to paint a white Xenomorph that cover image is ace!

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