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Predator: Stalking Shadows, New Prequel Novel to Illfonic’s Predator: Hunting Grounds On The Way!

Following on from his work on The Predator: Hunters and Hunted, the prequel novel to The Predator which I think was far superior to the film, James A. Moore is returning to the world of Predator to help set the stage for Illfonic’s Predator: Hunting Grounds!

This official prequel novel leads into the new Playstation 4 video game from IllFonic. PREDATOR: STALKING SHADOWS is the bridge between Predator 2 and the current day continuity. U.S. Marine Scott Devlin takes on a new assignment that begins with the clean-up of a Los Angeles combat scene revealing what appears to be alien weapons and tech. His next mission, to an equatorial jungle, seems like an assault on a drug cartel until his team finds human bodies, skinned and suspended from the trees. Justifiably freaked out, Devlin digs deeper and discovers hidden truths, clandestine agencies, savage opponents… and an unexpected ally.

According to the Amazon product page, Predator: Stalking Shadows is due out May 26th 2020. The upcoming prequel novel is available to pre-order from both Amazon US and UK. We don’t currently have a release date for Predator: Hunting Grounds but it is expected around mid-2020.

 Predator: Stalking Shadows, New Prequel Novel to Illfonic's Predator: Hunting Grounds On The Way!

Predator: Hunting Grounds on show at New York Comic Con 2019.

We previously had the pleasure of chatting to Jim about his work on The Predator: Hunters and Hunted for the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast. If you haven’t already checked that out, be sure to head on over and have a listen! Thanks to felix for the news!

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  1. HuDaFuK
    I'm a bit further in now and I've started enjoying it more. It's still not a particularly remarkable read thus far but it's settled down into an entertaining time-passer.

    I expect it'll be picked up on later, but I'm pretty sure the unnamed government suit whose goons Devlin just squared off with was
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    Traeger.
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  2. SuperiorIronman
    Quote from: Katanu on May 20, 2020, 02:56:12 PM
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on May 20, 2020, 07:34:25 AM
    My copy should be arriving today!

    Quote from: Katanu on May 20, 2020, 12:32:34 AMWhile I'm really loving the book so far, there's one thing that kind of annoys me a little: The Predator's cloaking device working just fine in the rain. This was also a minor issue in Moore's last Predator book.

    Perhaps they've just upgraded it?

    Come to think of it, are there any future-set stories where it's stated as being affected by water? I don't recall it ever being addressed in Forever Midnight, Flesh and Blood or the Rage War novels, but I could be wrong.

    Perhaps, that's one way to explain it.
    But the chapter in question takes place in 2000. It's not that far from Predator 2. Wolf's cloaking device was affected by water in AvP-R, that takes place in 2004. And probably other tales around that time had the Predator's cloaking device being affected by water, I honestly can't remember right now, I would have to check. Anyway, like I said, it's no big deal, just a minor issue.

    Haven't got my copy yet but it could be explained by different models of the device being affected in different capacity. So different Predators will have slightly different responses to the elements considering the tech. In AVP the Predator's cloaks work fine in the snow and so we could assume the tech has gotten better and just that not all Predators have the modern tech. I believe Fugitive was also being coated in blood and it didn't affect his cloak aside from his eyes being visible so if his cloak was affected it's just not in such extreme cases as Jungle Hunter short-circuiting.
  3. HuDaFuK
    Admittedly I'm only one (fairly long) chapter in so far but to be brutally honest I'm really not enjoying this.

    Far too much dumb shit has annoyed me already. For instance:
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    • If you're going to recreate scenes from one of the movies, for f*ck's sake make them match the movie. The opening sequence set during and immediately after the ending of Predator 2 is littered with inconsistencies. Most glaringly, instead of emerging from a tunnel in an apparently deserted area of town, we've got the Predators' ship exploding out of the ground in the middle of a neighbourhood, leaving a massive crater, demolishing buildings and killing scores of innocent bystanders. (Aside from not matching the film, this doesn't gel with the Predators' established M.O. of only killing worthy adversaries and staying hidden as much as possible either.) There are also said to be dozens more bodies down in the crater, implied to be mutilated Predator victims, yet we never see any evidence of these in the movie. And Garber watches Harrigan rise from the ashes on the surface outside when this happens deep underground long before Garber arrives on the scene in the film. Incorporating movie scenes and getting them wrong like this has been a pet peeve of mine since River of Pain, and this book's all over it. All you'd need to do is watch the scene in question, even once, and you'd catch most of these.
    • The inclusion of Sean Keyes and Dutch has thus far felt entirely tenuous. Keyes, Jr. in particular makes no sense being around at the end of P2. He's said to be the Regional Director of OWLF, yet if the actor's age is even remotely accurate to his character he'd be in his mid-20s at the time. Regional Director at that age? Moreover, the film gives the distinct impression OWLF is a small, clandestine unit operating off the books, so it seems highly improbable it would even have Regional Directors. Is that not a bit... official?
    • Similarly, Dutch's appearance at the scene doesn't make a whole bunch of sense, at least not the way it's portrayed in the book. He basically steals an OWLF chopper from a government building to get there instead of just, you know, driving. Garber even flies it for him. And no one cares.
    • Considering an entire OWLF team just got massacred by one of the creatures, it doesn't make a lick of sense that Keyes recruits just one soldier for protection when he goes to investigate a potential Predator encounter elsewhere in the city. If OWLF can boss the military around like that, why not take the entire unit?
    • And if OWLF can boss the military around like that, why do Garber and the other surviving agents run off at the end of Predator 2 as soon as the cops show up?
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    I really hope this picks up once it moves on to more original material because I quite like the concept of following one soldier over several years as he goes through assignments around the world and climbs the ranks, uncovering more about the Predators as he goes. But so far this novel has read like bad fanfic.
  4. Katanu
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on May 20, 2020, 07:34:25 AM
    My copy should be arriving today!

    Quote from: Katanu on May 20, 2020, 12:32:34 AMWhile I'm really loving the book so far, there's one thing that kind of annoys me a little: The Predator's cloaking device working just fine in the rain. This was also a minor issue in Moore's last Predator book.

    Perhaps they've just upgraded it?

    Come to think of it, are there any future-set stories where it's stated as being affected by water? I don't recall it ever being addressed in Forever Midnight, Flesh and Blood or the Rage War novels, but I could be wrong.

    Perhaps, that's one way to explain it.
    But the chapter in question takes place in 2000. It's not that far from Predator 2. Wolf's cloaking device was affected by water in AvP-R, that takes place in 2004. And probably other tales around that time had the Predator's cloaking device being affected by water, I honestly can't remember right now, I would have to check. Anyway, like I said, it's no big deal, just a minor issue.
  5. Corporal Hicks
    To be fair, it doesn't seem to short it out as badly as in Predator, but it is certainly not working flawlessly. It was a problem I had with Hunters and Hunted and Jim said he liked to envision they'd upgraded the cloak so water wouldn't affect it as much.

    I'm about 140 pages into it. I'm enjoyed it but
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    I just wish there was more Dutch. Too much time is being spent with Devlin, and he's still playing catch-up with the reader.
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  6. HuDaFuK
    My copy should be arriving today!

    Quote from: Katanu on May 20, 2020, 12:32:34 AMWhile I'm really loving the book so far, there's one thing that kind of annoys me a little: The Predator's cloaking device working just fine in the rain. This was also a minor issue in Moore's last Predator book.

    Perhaps they've just upgraded it?

    Come to think of it, are there any future-set stories where it's stated as being affected by water? I don't recall it ever being addressed in Forever Midnight, Flesh and Blood or the Rage War novels, but I could be wrong.
  7. Katanu
    While I'm really loving the book so far, there's one thing that kind of annoys me a little: The Predator's cloaking device working just fine in the rain. This was also a minor issue in Moore's last Predator book.
  8. Katanu
    I actually enjoy reading on kindle. I always buy a physical copy for the collection, and prefer reading the real thing, but I don't mind reading an ebook. I live in Brazil and I have no idea when my copy will arrive, maybe next month, so kindle it'll be for now.
  9. Corporal Hicks
    I've also got it on Kindle. It wasn't available on the 14th like claimed. Physical copies aren't up on any of the linked stores either, same on Amazon. I'm suffering through the ebook version until they're available. Only 2 and a bit chapters in so far, but enjoying it. It ties into the OWLF tapes so far which is nice to see.
  10. Katanu
    Spoiler

    Started reading late yesterday, so just managed to finish the prologue and chapter 1. So far it ties really well with Predator 2, dealing with the aftermath of City Hunter's and Harrigan's confrontation, with the OWLF in LA trying to salvage something out of the mess that the operation was. Was not expecting Dutch to be in this, really nice to finally see him again and find out what happened to him after Predator.
    So far so good!
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  11. Stitch
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 14, 2020, 12:05:24 PM
    Apparently this has dropped early in the UK.

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Book Birthday to me and Jim! This is my 29th published novel. Out today! <a href="https://t.co/0CIo3H30az">https://t.co/0CIo3H30az</a></p>— Mark Morris (@MarkMorris10) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkMorris10/status/1260897367479418881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
    According to Amazon today is the official release date, so I don't know about early. However, mine still hasn't got a delivery date yet :s
  12. SpaceKase
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Mar 31, 2020, 03:56:35 PM
    Quote from: Wysps on Mar 31, 2020, 03:39:53 PM
    Quote from: felix on Mar 31, 2020, 02:06:52 PM
    https://bnccatalist.ca/images/catImages/title/544405/9781789094411_tnmd.jpg

    I might have bad taste  :laugh: But I like the cover. I think the Predator looks great.

    I'm looking forward to seeing how the book showcases Ms. Predator and how it'll differ from the Rage War portrayals.

    So what if no one else likes The Deadliest of the Species except you and me!  You have good taste!!   ;D



    You are not alone, we walk amongst you!


    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on Apr 01, 2020, 04:05:22 PM
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Apr 01, 2020, 04:00:33 PM
    No, just pointing out the state of his lips has nothing to do with whether or not a person is making a noise in the world of movies.

    Yes, I know that, but you said "he was still screaming" not making a noise (which neither happens technically). So you keep moving the goal post on me instead of conceding the point!  :P

    You know what? I tell you what I believe.

    Shit 'Appens!
  13. HuDaFuK
    I have wondered why they never did that with the Predator DH Press books. Seems weird that they'd do collections for the Aliens ones but stop after the Bantam books for Predator, especially as the DH Press Predator books are so much better than the Bantam ones (Forever Midnight notwithstanding).
  14. Wysps
    Quote from: HuDaFuK on Apr 03, 2020, 07:54:54 AM
    My advice would be to be patient and keep hunting.

    I snagged a copy a few weeks back for a fairly reasonable price. It was still kinda expensive for a paperback, but we're talking about three times what a new one would normally go for rather than the extortionate prices it usually seems to fetch.

    That's the plan, cause these current prices are larceny  :o  How long did you have to wait before a decent opportunity presented itself?
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