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The Predator: Hunters and Hunted – AvP Galaxy Podcast #73

We have just uploaded the 73rd episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our latest episode is a discussion about James A. Moore and Titan Book’s prequel novel to the upcoming film, The Predator: Hunters and Hunted.

 The Predator: Hunters and Hunted - AvP Galaxy Podcast #73

RidgeTop and I are joined by community guest star HuDaFuk (aka Leigh Burne of Xenopedia) have got together to talk about the book! Beware spoilers. We talk Predators in Vietnam, how brutal the book’s Predator is, how much of a punishment the Reapers take and plenty more!

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Comments: 26
  1. Trevelyan
    I definitely prefer the prequel over the finished film.


    I've been thinking a lot about this a lot and feel it would have made a better film as well.  While it would not deviate much from the original 1987 film, it would have been a fantastic sequel.  The following elements would have been fascinating to explore:

    • The drug bust scene with the predator causing chaos would be a great dynamic to see onscreen
    • The biker and carnival battles are downright terrifying
    • Flashback to Pappy's Vietnam battle
    • Keyes or other staff releasing the predator from confinement leading to a more interesting breakout scene
    • Explore the dynamic of the Reapers ala the 1987 original


    Heck even keep the global warming angle where the predators are doing more scouting to see if Earth would be a suitable new home, I really wouldn't care as it would mean more encounters


    Is it possible to read this whilst ignoring the film then?

    Not only that but the prequel is almost completely unrelated to the film...I'm not even sure why they called it a prequel...maybe because Traeger was in the cast?


    It's obvious that, were it a true prequel, the events of the film would be much different (e.g., 2 fricken predator escapes...are you kidding me?)
  2. huntin8-t0n
    I really liked the prequel novel, it was fun to watch, and only the last quarter of the ending fight felt a bit too long.

    All in all, it was interesting from either sides. It gave a glimpse of the predator culture / ideology (based on this book I thought the whole dna stuff could work, even if it was mentioned in only half of a sentence), but nothing detailed. There were some great parts, my only question was why they had to use the word yautja. But it's just a minor issue. The cloaking was fine, I'd say in the last fight. Pred tech evolves too.

    The whole Stargazer line, the Reapers and the politics behind it was awesome and exciting. Trager's character seemed really good and interesting, but Pappy gave most food for thought.

    The whole build-up was great. And also connectible with earlier but later movies, literature too. If you have read Hunters 2 already, you know what I mean. Stargazer can be a really good addition to the pred universe, I hope we'll see them around.
  3. Trevelyan
    This sounds almost as good as South China Sea

    It's better than South China Sea, imo.  More characterization of the predator's thought process and motivations.

    My review is now up :)

    https://www.avpgalaxy.net/literature/reviews/the-predator-hunters-and-hunted/

    Great review btw, I agree 100%. 

    Regarding the cloak..
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    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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  4. Dannyboy
    Does this book have some yautja PoV?

    Plenty, just posted about it in the novelization thread lol. I think it’s a book well worth picking up, just for those POV scenes alone. Was so interesting getting more perspective on their “view” of humanity.
    If I remember right, the novelization for the original movie has some Predator POV stuff. I know the Predator2 novelization does.

    Does this book have some yautja PoV?

    It has a ton, and it's very enjoyable!

    I’m kind of curious if the bio helmet we see in the display case next to jungle hunters  belongs to the predator in this novel.

    I wondered where that mask came from and I like this explanation.
    About the only logical explanation I can think of. Although traeger only indicates that there were 2 known visits. Then again we see lex’s spear. Hell if I know 🤷‍♂️
    Traeger only calls out those two specifically, but he never indicates they’re the only two.
    you know what I mean
  5. Xenomrph
    Does this book have some yautja PoV?

    Plenty, just posted about it in the novelization thread lol. I think it’s a book well worth picking up, just for those POV scenes alone. Was so interesting getting more perspective on their “view” of humanity.
    If I remember right, the novelization for the original movie has some Predator POV stuff. I know the Predator2 novelization does.

    Does this book have some yautja PoV?

    It has a ton, and it's very enjoyable!

    I’m kind of curious if the bio helmet we see in the display case next to jungle hunters  belongs to the predator in this novel.

    I wondered where that mask came from and I like this explanation.
    About the only logical explanation I can think of. Although traeger only indicates that there were 2 known visits. Then again we see lex’s spear. Hell if I know 🤷‍♂️
    Traeger only calls out those two specifically, but he never indicates they’re the only two.
  6. Dannyboy
    Does this book have some yautja PoV?

    It has a ton, and it's very enjoyable!

    I’m kind of curious if the bio helmet we see in the display case next to jungle hunters  belongs to the predator in this novel.

    I wondered where that mask came from and I like this explanation.
    About the only logical explanation I can think of. Although traeger only indicates that there were 2 known visits. Then again we see lex’s spear. Hell if I know 🤷‍♂️
  7. Wweyland
    Finished the book but liked the first half more than the second.
    The fight scenes were the meat of the book, and interesting in a sense that you knew where each bullet hit and which exact injuries anyone had.
    Also, the drug house and fairground scenes were really cool to picture in your head.
  8. Shimmering Canopy
    great podcast guys as always, thanks!
    agree with most points-loved the novel! gotta say, those awsome fight chapters never dragged to me :0) if anything couldnt stop biting my fingernails throughout!


    ditto for the neat P2 continuity. Always wondered what ever happened to the trail of tech the pred in P2 left behind.
    Kind of makes him look quite incompetent when you stop to think about it.
    Let's see: He left behind:
    spear tip (colombian penthouse). spear (rooftop aircon box). mask, shoulder cannon (abattoir). gauntlet,
    breather (alley, after falling from rooftop). medicomp (gran's bathroom).
    (man, it was probably glad it died by the hands of harrigan, as he'd been a laughing stock in the pred homeworld :0)...!
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