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AvP Galaxy Reviews The Predator: Hunters and Hunted

“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.

 AvP Galaxy Reviews The Predator: Hunters and Hunted

Click here to read the full review! Beware minor spoilers. 

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Comments: 44
  1. YTL_Hunter_H2
    Loved the fair ground sequence and that he used a disc instead of that shuriken nonsense. I could understand it being used against xenos but I absolutely loathe the fact they've never brought the predator 2 disc back
  2. Marc505
    Just finished this and found it one of the most enjoyable Predator novels I've read.

    The Predator himself was absolutely brutal, every scene featuring it was a proper treat. The Reaper characters were mostly well established, too.

    Only slight gripe probably was the author's frequent use of the word "hell" as an exclamation in sentences from most of the characters, which feels as if it's one of the author's own particular well used expressions that has seeped into the writing, but otherwise excellent and a real appetite whetter for the film.
  3. Wweyland
    Just listened to the podcast. Great interview Hicks!

    I’m sincerely hoping for the DH Press Predator novels to get Titan’s omnibus treatment as it’s the only EU lit that I haven’t read.
    Same here. I have heard of a lot of praise for "South China Sea" but seems that "Forever Midnight" gets a lot of flack for meddling with the Yautja culture (and naming) established in the AvP novels.
  4. HuDaFuK
    I saw the Predator omnibus in a book shop the other day; sadly, there was a conspicuous absence of "Volume One" or anything on the cover, unlike the first Alien one, which makes me wonder if they'll be moving on to the DH Press books.
  5. Xiggz456
    Just listened to the podcast. Great interview Hicks!

    I’m sincerely hoping for the DH Press Predator novels to get Titan’s omnibus treatment as it’s the only EU lit that I haven’t read.
  6. YTL_Hunter_H2
    Haven't read south china sea yet. Still on the fence about that one. The predator novel I read where they were referred to as hish scarred me as far as being optimistic towards authors I've never heard of writing about predator. I'm glad I took a chance with this one. It's fantastic. Loved the tactics used by the predator on the fairground action just vivid!
  7. Mark W.
    I loved the book - could not put it down. It felt truly like one of the best Predator experiences and yes - the scene with the alligator was epic - it was one of the most enjoyable and unique combat scenarios that i've ever read - the intro into it and the pacing of it was just pure brilliance.

    I really hope that James gets to write more Predator stuff and also as he hints a further foray into Aliens territory.

    I feel that with the recent news about Edward James Olmos's cut from the main film that he would be playing Woodhurst - i think that is a real shame because i think he would have been great on screen. I think Sterling K Brown is going to be perfect as Traeger - slick, deceitful and very tricky.

    Overall, a fantastic book and one that really adds to the anticipation of the movie and also Golden's novelisation.
  8. YTL_Hunter_H2
    Enjoyed the book immensely. Some good characters and good world-building going on.

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    that was my assumption almost finished now. Really loved they went the Yautja route.
  9. TheBATMAN
    Enjoyed the book immensely. Some good characters and good world-building going on.

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  10. YTL_Hunter_H2
    I'm about half way through this novel. It's definitely getting me pumped for the film. I'm loving how he writes from the predators perspective. I'm really hoping Edward James Almos makes it into the film. Really loving his character as well as Sterling K Brown's Traeger
  11. Xiggz456
    Just finished it and James Moore penned a brutal Predator story! Wow I’m sooo excited for the film to release now!

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  12. yautjapet
    Just finished the book. I really liked the predator as a character, and there were lots of chapters from his perspective and hints of lore to keep me happy! There were a couple bits that could prove intriguing for the movie...

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    Oh yes, I went back to check and you're right:
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  13. Corporal Hicks
    Just finished the book. I really liked the predator as a character, and there were lots of chapters from his perspective and hints of lore to keep me happy! There were a couple bits that could prove intriguing for the movie...

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    My copy has arrived! Looking forward to sitting down with it :)

    Enjoy.

    I've decided to wait until Friday to release the poddy. Give people a chance to read through the book.
  14. yautjapet
    Just finished the book. I really liked the predator as a character, and there were lots of chapters from his perspective and hints of lore to keep me happy! There were a couple bits that could prove intriguing for the movie...

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  15. Wweyland
    Thanks for the review, will be getting this book soon.

    I hope there is more connecting tissue between this and the movie novelization.
    Not like Covenant and Covenant Origins which were written out of order with zero connections.
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