Facebook Tweet Google+

RSS

Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White

Audio Edition.    Dead Tree Edition.

Finished Jul 2018. Final score: 4 / 5.

Alien: The Cold Forge

Reason for reading:

The author is from my hometown.

Knowledge before reading:

Who has not heard of the Alien movies? This is my first time reading an Alien novel.

TLDR:

This was a slow starting sci-fi story that delivered quite nicely when finished.

Dan's Full Review:

Dorian Sudler is a project fixer. After reviewing spreadsheets, his favorite strategy to fix a project is to fire everybody and collect his bonus for the money saved. He was sent to The Cold Forge, a research facility in space that studies Aliens, cryptography, and other stuff, to audit and make recommendations. Let the firings commence and grow Dorian's God Complex.

Soon upon his arrival, a computer virus gets loose and screws up the computer systems. This only adds to his docket of reasons to lay everybody off. Unfortunately, as a side effect of the system shutting down, certain creatures, certain wonderfully perfect killing beasts, are no longer secure...

The setup is decently interesting. My main complaint about this book is that there was not enough Alien. At halfway through the book, it is still interpersonal relationships and setting up the experiments that go horribly wrong. Give me Aliens! Give me exploding chests with more Aliens popping out. Give me face-huggers. Give me desperation as the woefully unqualified scientists try to save themselves and quarantine.

Perhaps Alex is trying to satisfy multiple audiences? I imagine people like reading about poor behaviors within intra-office politics. Maybe they like reading about the eternal struggle of capitalism versus pure science research? The book touches these topics. As for me, I wanted Rambo in outer space. After all, the cover art has an awesome looking Alien. The book does get there. It just took a dozen chapters for it.

Special mention: Dr. Blue Marsalis is easily the most interesting character. Alex gave himself a lot to work with regarding Blue. She is very ill from a rare disease. Her illness makes her weak and nearly bed-ridden. Thus, her wits versus brawn are required to survive. She is studying Aliens in an effort for a major discovery to cure herself and others. While doing this, she is breaking the rules to further her goal (that ole business vs research tension). While in bed, she assumes control of an android named Marcus. The situation reminded me a lot of the John Scalzi book Lock In. Blue is the complete opposite of the athletic corporate brute Dorian. That contrast is explored well.

However... I think Alex may have taken Blue's handicap a bit too far. Blue is constantly on the verge of death navigating dire situations. Seriously, if she is so ill and frail, she should have collapsed 5 scenes ago. This plot foible is forgivable.

When this book finally got moving, it delivered exactly what I wanted. The bodies hit the floor. A couple chests exploded. Dorian's evilness became unhinged. Then I received an actual ending instead of a send-off to the next book. All good stuff. If you like the Alien movies and wished to spend a little extra time in the characters' heads, you'll like this book. I give it a solid 4.





About

Dan Nagle is a SW Developer and the founder of NagleCode. His apps have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and have been featured all over the internet. He resides in Huntsville, AL.

More Book Reviews

Score Title Date
3 Gone For Good by Harlan Coben Jun 2019
3 Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas May 2019
4 The Stranger by Harlan Coben Apr 2019
3 We Are Legion (Book 1) by Dennis E. Taylor Apr 2019
4 Archenemies (Book 2) by Marissa Meyer Apr 2019
4 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Apr 2019
4 Renegades (Book 1) by Marissa Meyer Mar 2019
3 Darth Plagueis: Star Wars by James Luceno Mar 2019
4 The Consuming Fire (Book 2) by John Scalzi Feb 2019
3 Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake Feb 2019
4 The Night Bird by Brian Freeman Jan 2019
1 Throne of Jade (Book 2) by Naomi Novik Jan 2019
4 His Majesty's Dragon (Book 1) by Naomi Novik Jan 2019
4 Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Jan 2019
4 The Coilhunter Chronicles by Dean F. Wilson Dec 2018
5 The Client by John Grishman Dec 2018
5 The Martian by Andy Weir Dec 2018
4 One Giant Leap (Book 2) by Heather Kaczynski Nov 2018
5 The Firm by John Grisham Nov 2018
3 The Verdict by Nick Stone Oct 2018
4 Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss Oct 2018
3 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson Oct 2018
3 Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Sep 2018
3 Royal Flush (Book 3) by Rhys Bowen Sep 2018
3 Words of Radiance (Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson Sep 2018
3 The Way of Kings (Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson Aug 2018
4 Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex White Jul 2018
5 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill Jul 2018
5 Elantris by Brandon Sanderson Jun 2018
4 Dare Mighty Things (Book 1) by Heather Kaczynski Jun 2018
4 14 by Peter Clines Jun 2018
3 The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven May 2018
3 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides May 2018
4 A Royal Pain (Book 2) by Rhys Bowen Apr 2018
5 Space Team (Book 1) by Barry J Hutchison Apr 2018
3 Silent Child by Sarah A Denzil Apr 2018
4 Mean Streak by Sandra Brown Mar 2018
3 A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons Mar 2018
4 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Mar 2018
5 The Grid by Gretchen Bakke Mar 2018
2 Dracula by Bram Stoker Mar 2018
3 Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle Mar 2018
2 A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow Feb 2018
5 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Feb 2018
3 The Collapsing Empire (Book 1) by John Scalzi Feb 2018
1 Infinity Blade: Redemption (Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson Feb 2018
2 Infinity Blade: Awakening (Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson Feb 2018
4 Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen Jan 2018
2 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Jan 2018
3 Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff Jan 2018
2 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Jan 2018
3 Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford Jan 2018
1 The X-Files : Cold Cases by Audible Dec 2017
3 Mistborn: The Hero of Ages (Book 3) by Brandon Sanderson Nov 2017
3 Mistborn: The Well of Ascension (Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson Nov 2017
5 Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson Nov 2017
4 Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi Oct 2017
5 Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson Oct 2017
2 Where the Hell is Tesla by Rob Dirks Sep 2017
5 Heartless by Marissa Meyer Sep 2017
4 11-22-63: A Novel by Stephen King Sep 2017
5 The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson Aug 2017
4 Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future by John Scalzi Aug 2017
5 Replay by Ken Grimwood Aug 2017
5 A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle Aug 2017
3 Treason by Orson Scott Card Jul 2017
1 Stars Above (Book 6) by Marissa Meyer Jul 2017
5 Winter (Book 5) by Marissa Meyer Jul 2017
2 Fairest (Book 4) by Marissa Meyer Jul 2017
3 Cress (Book 3) by Marissa Meyer Jun 2017
4 Scarlet (Book 2) by Marissa Meyer Jun 2017
4 Cinder (Book 1) by Marissa Meyer Jun 2017
2 Red Seas Under Red Skies (Book 2) by Scott Lynch May 2017
3 The Lies of Locke Lamora (Book 1) by Scott Lynch May 2017
3 Crossing the Asymptote by Lysle Shields May 2017
3 It by Stephen King Mar 2017

Copyright © NagleCode 2007 - 2019.