“For centuries Earth has been visited by warlike creatures that stalk mankind’s finest warriors. Their goals unknown, these deadly hunters kill their prey and depart as invisibly as they arrived, leaving no trace other than a trail of bodies.
When Roger Elliott faced such a creature during the Vietnam War, he didn’t expect to survive. Nor did he expect that, decades later, he would train the Reavers, a clandestine strike force attached to Project Stargazer. Their mission: to capture one of the creatures, thus proving its existence, disassembling its tech, and balancing the odds between the HUNTERS AND HUNTED.”
Written by James A. Moore, The Predator: Hunters and Hunted is the first original Predator novel since Predator: South China Sea (Predator: Incursion was an AvP novel really) was released 10 years ago and serves as a prequel to Shane Black’s The Predator.
Readers of Alien vs. Predator Galaxy may be familiar with Moore as he’s previously written for Titan’s Alien books. He helped relaunch the Alien novels with Alien: Sea of Sorrows and contributed to Aliens: Bug Hunt, writing Distressed, one of the handful of shorts I really enjoyed in the anthology.
This is his first foray into the Predator side, though, and with The Predator: Hunters and Hunted, Moore delivers a really solid entry into the Predator lore. The novel focuses primarily around the Reapers, a specialized team operating out of the Stargazer Project who are all about hunting Predators.
The problem? They haven’t actually faced up against a Predator before! They’re being trained for that task by Roger Elliott, a survivor of an encounter with a Predator during Vietnam. I really enjoyed Elliott’s involvement in Hunters and Hunted as there’s a good deal of time put into his PTSD.
The emotional and mental aftereffects of encountering a Predator are something that I’m really enjoying seen explored a bit more in recent Predator stories such as this book and the most recent comic series, Predator: Hunters.
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