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The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes readers to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex. "Shy" Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they'd have an easy job - set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex kno The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes readers to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex. "Shy" Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they'd have an easy job - set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex known as 'Charybdis'. There are just two problems: the colony belongs to the Iranian state, so diplomacy is strained at best, and the complex is located above a series of hidden caves that contain deadly secrets. When a bizarre ship lands on a nearby island, one of the workers is attacked by a taloned creature, and trust evaporates between the Iranians and Americans. The McAllen Integrations crew are imprisoned, accused as spies, but manage to send out a distress signal... to the Colonial Marines.


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The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes readers to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex. "Shy" Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they'd have an easy job - set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex kno The critically acclaimed author of Alien: The Cold Forge takes readers to a rogue colony where terror lurks in the tunnels of an abandoned Weyland-Yutani complex. "Shy" Hunt and the tech team from McAllen Integrations thought they'd have an easy job - set up environmental systems for the brand new Hasanova Data Solutions colony, built on the abandoned ruins of a complex known as 'Charybdis'. There are just two problems: the colony belongs to the Iranian state, so diplomacy is strained at best, and the complex is located above a series of hidden caves that contain deadly secrets. When a bizarre ship lands on a nearby island, one of the workers is attacked by a taloned creature, and trust evaporates between the Iranians and Americans. The McAllen Integrations crew are imprisoned, accused as spies, but manage to send out a distress signal... to the Colonial Marines.

30 review for Alien: Into Charybdis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Upon finishing Alien: The Cold Forge back in 2018, my most pressing concern was when Alex White's next Alien book would be released. Well, that time has finally come with Into Charybdis hitting shelves earlier this week, and I couldn't be happier. While markedly different than The Cold Forge, Into Charybdis is, in nearly all respects, bigger, better, and bolder. Moving from the space station-based setting of the previous book, White moves the action planet-side, to a sparsely populated atoll in Upon finishing Alien: The Cold Forge back in 2018, my most pressing concern was when Alex White's next Alien book would be released. Well, that time has finally come with Into Charybdis hitting shelves earlier this week, and I couldn't be happier. While markedly different than The Cold Forge, Into Charybdis is, in nearly all respects, bigger, better, and bolder. Moving from the space station-based setting of the previous book, White moves the action planet-side, to a sparsely populated atoll in the middle of a highly violate, churning, and very stormy sea. A group of Iranian colonists are attempting to bring a data hub online and have contracted a group of Americans to help with the install. Unfortunately, when things go sideways the Americans are taken hostage, but are able to send out a distress call to the United States Colonial Marine Corps. White does an excellent job presenting an interstellar riff on the Iran hostage crisis, and this concept could have been neat enough sci-fi fodder on its own. But, putting this highly volatile situation into the politics of the Alien universe makes for a real home-run, giving us various layers of intrigue with the usual Weyland-Yutani shenanigans and the conflicts between United Americas and the Independent Core System Colonies, a group of secessionists of which Iran is a member. And then there's the Colonial Marines themselves, as led by Captain Kylie Duncan, a hard-edge officer with a penchant for violence. Most often, the Colonial Marines are presented as front-line heroes, but White gives us a very different spin on these soldiers and their end-goals as they enter what is deemed by United Americas to be an enemy state. Whatever 80s-era romanticism James Cameron's Aliens and subsequent media tie-ins might have imbued the Colonial Marines with, White swiftly removes as they are positioned into becoming an invading and occupying force more familiar to 21st Century readers, particularly those who have grown up under the shadow of a perpetual forever war in the Middle East following 9/11. In 1961, Present Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of the threat the military-industrial complex presents to democracy, and the in-universe alliance between the US military and Weyland-Yutani is a welcome reminder of this threat (not to mention a number of real-life examples, including the militarization of police forces all across America). Unlike The Cold Forge, White sets up a few characters in Charybdis that are actually pretty damn sympathetic. The sexism graphics designer Shy faces in her job, which is threatened by a disgruntled creep, is all too recognizable, and Iranian researcher Dr. Afghanzadeh is caught between conflicting loyalties as he tries to do the right thing but also can't afford to be fired should he disobey his employer's orders. Given the various factions competing for survival on this violent atoll, Into Charybdis has a large cast of characters by necessity -- but, since this is an Alien book, don't count on all of them making it off-world alive! White does a fantastic job delivering multiple brutal -- and incredibly shocking -- deaths that hit super-hard thanks to their focus on character work. Once the action kicks in, this sucker gets intense fast. Alien: Into Charybdis is a remarkably fast read that belies it's 560 pages. Packed full of memorable action sequences and more than its fair share of conflict, this sucker just moves and moves and moves. What makes it all the more remarkable, though, is its thoughtful commentary on patriotism versus nationalism, particularly given the highly jingoistic Colonial Marines, which is pretty much the last thing I would have expected in an Alien book. It's a wonderful, and wholly welcome, bit of subversion and I will damn well take it! I dug the hell out of the commentary and political philosophies presented here, and the way White used these perspectives to shift this story into some unique places - and set up some intriguing angles for where subsequent Alien books, either by them or by the other authors playing in this universe, could possibly go. However, I find myself in a familiar position upon finishing this book as I was with The Cold Forge: I'm already eager and impatient for White's next Alien book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    It's been quite some time since I finished this amazing novel, but so much of it still sits in my brain. I read Cold Forge before I became friends with Alex, and I read it solely because of how much I loved The Salvagers series. I'm pretty much on auto buy for Alex's books, I still have some to catch up with. You would think that would make me incredibly biased towards their books, but considering how I read it, it goes without saying that I read this more critically than any ARC I've ever been It's been quite some time since I finished this amazing novel, but so much of it still sits in my brain. I read Cold Forge before I became friends with Alex, and I read it solely because of how much I loved The Salvagers series. I'm pretty much on auto buy for Alex's books, I still have some to catch up with. You would think that would make me incredibly biased towards their books, but considering how I read it, it goes without saying that I read this more critically than any ARC I've ever been lucky enough to get my hands on. The characters absolutely made this book. Our main character, Shy, is exactly what I want from a sci fi novel. Strong, no nonsense, completely left out of the crowd and only grudgingly accepted. Kamran, our main character from the other side, who has such an amazing soul and spirit and who I was rooting for SO HARD. One thing that made this an impossible read is the large number of people I wanted to be the Last Human Standing. And knowing Alex White, being really concerned I might end up with no one as the Last Human Standing. Then again, I also wanted there to be a Last Android Standing and a Last Alien Standing, so....poo. So good. SO satisfying, on so many levels. And if you're like me, and you have the disadvantage of anthropomorphizing murder kill death babies, you're REALLY going to like our main Alien. And despise our villains. Seriously, I can't say enough how good this trip into the Alien-verse is. And really, it's not just because there's a badass lawyer who would like to speak to your manager who may or may not be named after me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marcus

    4.5/5 The Alien franchise often seems creatively spent, to me. But this is a thoughtfully crafted and fresh work. I will definitely seek out The Cold Forge soon based on how great this one was.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    What a genuine pleasure to find that the sequel to Alien: The Cold Forge, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, is an even better journey into the Alien universe. While you don't need to have read Cold Forge to follow this one, it will give a ton of depth to the experience, especially in relation to two characters in particular. White seems to have settled fully into the Alien universe and as a result, they're able to hit the ground running. We're delivered numerous characters in this book, many of them r What a genuine pleasure to find that the sequel to Alien: The Cold Forge, a book I thoroughly enjoyed, is an even better journey into the Alien universe. While you don't need to have read Cold Forge to follow this one, it will give a ton of depth to the experience, especially in relation to two characters in particular. White seems to have settled fully into the Alien universe and as a result, they're able to hit the ground running. We're delivered numerous characters in this book, many of them right at the start, but White deftly keeps things moving by doling out quick slashes of characterization that help us understand each individual without getting bogged down in tons of tedious description or backstory. Anyone familiar with the Alien universe knows that "... and then things go to hell" is a common theme, but during our stay on LV-991, things go to hell more than once, right from the get-go. I found the conflict between the Iranian team at the site and the American team that arrives to set up environmental system to be both compelling and realistic, and I enjoyed the opportunity to see things from multiple points of view on the Iranian team. As always, politics and corporate greed play a major role in this story, and they're on display early and often on both sides. Also like much in the Alien universe, Charybdis itself is not exactly what it seems on the surface (so to speak) -- but few in the colony know that at first. Misunderstandings lead to charges of espionage, which lead to an encounter with a strange type of xenomorph, which leads to a hostage situation, which leads to the colonial marines getting involved. That's when White introduces an antagonist who's both more compelling and quite possibly more terrible than the one in Cold Forge, which is saying something. I liked Colonel Duncan a lot, which is to say that I found her thoroughly loathsome in the best and most compelling way. From here, the book kicks into high gear, everything really starts to deteriorate, and White zooms the focus in a bit on a relatively small cast. It's a gripping ride and I burned through the second half of the book very quickly. This being an Alien story, you can count on the fact that many of the characters won't be making it to the end, but with a few exceptions, it's not easy to determine who's going to survive and who's not. The climax is suitably terrible, gory, and crazy - and the denouement largely satisfying. I did have one or two niggling complaints. A fairly major character disappears "off-screen" and is never heard from again, which I found a touch jarring. I also found an early plot point difficult to understand and kept waiting for a third set of players to get involved with the Americans and the Iranians, before finally realizing very late into my reading just who had been piloting a particular ship. That one might be on me - I probably should've been able to figure it out earlier - but I found it unclear and it led to some confusion during the middle part of the book. None of these complaints come even close to knocking a star off, though. I had a blast reading Alien: Into Charybdis and I hope White continues to work in the Alien universe moving forward (though I also am looking forward to their upcoming original work).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Alex White’s Alien: Into Charybdis is sort of a follow-on to his Alien: The Cold Forge. You probably don’t need to read that one first, and you’ll spend the first half or more of this book wondering why I say you should, but it does become relevant and I think I would have been a bit confused had I not read that book first. I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise, and I think Alex White’s books stand up very well to the other material out there. Cheyenne (Shy) Hunt is a contractor–her and her team Alex White’s Alien: Into Charybdis is sort of a follow-on to his Alien: The Cold Forge. You probably don’t need to read that one first, and you’ll spend the first half or more of this book wondering why I say you should, but it does become relevant and I think I would have been a bit confused had I not read that book first. I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise, and I think Alex White’s books stand up very well to the other material out there. Cheyenne (Shy) Hunt is a contractor–her and her team handle contracts for installation and maintenance of colony infrastructure (yes, even in space you need HVAC maintenance!). They take a job on a planet that’s literally called “Hasanova Data Solutions” that is run by the Iranians. A couple of people on the contractor crew are not entirely happy about this, but they need the money badly. The actual colony is, so far, a big island with a stable lava tube in the middle. This feature, called Charybdis, is a whirlpool of water and toxic gases, and anything that goes over the safety railings isn’t coming back. A local named Kamran Afghanzadeh is tasked with making sure the contractors stick to what they’re supposed to do and don’t go poking around. Of course Shy and Noah stumble across something they shouldn’t see, and suddenly they’re virtually prisoners. Then the Iranians come across a certain xenomorph, and Noah decides it’s time to send a distress call. I love that the main characters are blue-collar workers in space. It’s creative and interesting, and brings some unusual skills and knowledge to the table. The Iranians and the Americans are pretty prickly for a while, and some of it starts out seeming like stereotypical bigotry, but when push comes to shove, all the characters have depth and nuance. There are a couple of unexplained mysteries that got dropped in that never paid off; I was a bit disappointed by that, but it’s really my only complaint. We do, however, get to find out what happened to Dr. Blue Marsalis after the end of Alien: The Cold Forge, which is great. She was such an excellent character. The colony is unusual in its makeup, size, and unique challenges, and the author makes wonderful use of these things when everything goes to hell. It’s also interesting to see what sorts of tricks their would-be rescuers have up their sleeves now that the military knows a lot more about the xenomorphs. It has enabled some interesting advances in technology and some new ways of dealing with the aliens. I think if you enjoy the Alien franchise, you’ll love this book. It hits all of the sweet spots for character interplay, horror, science fiction, and combat against the deadliest creatures the universe has seen. Content warning for blood & gore, dismemberment, spiders, a little bigotry, child harm, and child death. Original review posted on my blog: https://www.errantdreams.com/2021/04/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

    This was fine, parts were even great, though with how good The Cold Forge was, and with the rave reviews for this one, I expected it to be better. Into Charybdis had a long set up, with almost the first half being devoted to establishing characters and setting, focusing mostly on the political divisions of the various people involved. This would be fine if the second half really delivered on the Alien action, but it never really does. Sure, they show up, people are maimed, fun times are had, but This was fine, parts were even great, though with how good The Cold Forge was, and with the rave reviews for this one, I expected it to be better. Into Charybdis had a long set up, with almost the first half being devoted to establishing characters and setting, focusing mostly on the political divisions of the various people involved. This would be fine if the second half really delivered on the Alien action, but it never really does. Sure, they show up, people are maimed, fun times are had, but it all feels a bit muted, like aliens are just peppered into a story that's mostly about the US and Iran fighting over this colony. In most other Alien stories, there's a set up, often involving corporate or governmental greed, which leads into the real meat of the story - man vs. alien. Into Charybdis instead is a story about man vs. man, which is fine, I get you got to mix things up sometimes, but if you're going to use a new formula, you better make it more interesting than what we would've gotten, and it never really was. Just a typical bunch of government stooges go in and try to get everyone killed. Without giving too much away, there's also a very unique alien in this book that, while I think it was an awesome concept, could've used more development and consistency, as it felt a bit gimmicky. I loved how certain characters had no plot armor and were mercilessly sacrificed for the good of the story, but others seems like they very much did have this plot armor, for a bit too long, at least. I also had mixed feelings about how seriously the book takes the deaths of the some of the characters. A lot of characters die horrible deaths and then their loved ones are depressed for the rest of the book. While I appreciate the realism here and hate stories that just shrug off characters' deaths, but just how dark and depressing it got made the book more of a downer than an Alien story should've been. Yeah, Alien stories are dark by nature, but there was always a visceral fun to them, at least since Aliens came out. Into Charybdis takes itself a bit too seriously. I'll end on a high note and say I did love the depth of most of the characters and how we got to see all angles so that even the people doing horrible things got their time in the limelight and we got to see their perspectives. I also loved the attempts to tie in the rest of the often messy Alien canon, including the Prometheus movie! All in all, this was a fine story and addition to the Alien canon. It had its positives and most will find something to get out of it. It was, however, not quite the story I was look for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ursula

    Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White is an original story set in the Alien universe. It's not spooky season but I could not resist jumping right in and reading this new release. Alien: Into Charybdis did not disappoint. It captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. One note, Alien: Into Charybdis can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend reading Alien: Hello Gemmies! I have a new book review to share with you today. Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White is an original story set in the Alien universe. It's not spooky season but I could not resist jumping right in and reading this new release. Alien: Into Charybdis did not disappoint. It captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. One note, Alien: Into Charybdis can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend reading Alien: The Cold Forge first. I was pleasantly surprised to see characters from that novel make an appearance, and have their story continued. Alien: Into Charybdis follows an American tech group as they land on a new Iranian State colony built over abandoned ruins. Their job is to set up the environmental solutions for the colonists. What should be an easy job quickly dissolves into anarchy as strained relations snap when workers begin to be attacked by strange taloned creatures. The story and world building is pretty solid and we get a mix of espionage, corporate greed, evil colonial marines, and no shortage of bad decisions. Alex White has brought in some new and unique elements to the creatures. The Aliens in this book seem to be smarter and deadlier than ever! Like any Alien novel worth its weight in acid blood, we get plenty of tense action, betrayal, evil scientists, naive civilians, and gore galore. We are introduced to a whole new cast of intriguing and dynamic characters. But I am really here for the xenomorph. The alien is where I think this story really shines. There is one in particular that is completely unique. There are some real nail biting moments. The alien action is inventive, gritty, graphic, and pulse pounding throughout. I actually found myself rooting for the Aliens! If you are a fan of the Alien franchise, like monsters in space, chaos, strained diplomacy, dark science fiction horror, and taut action give this book a try. Published by Titan Books, Alien: Into Charybdis is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give Alien: Into Charybdis 4 out of 5 gems. Happy Reading!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris The Lizard from Planet X

    Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White is an original story set in the Alien Film universe. It's not spooky season but I could not resist jumping right in and reading this new release. Alien: Into Charybdis did not disappoint. It captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. One note, Alien: Into Charybdis can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend reading Alien: The Cold Forge first. I was pleasantly surprised to see char Alien: Into Charybdis by Alex White is an original story set in the Alien Film universe. It's not spooky season but I could not resist jumping right in and reading this new release. Alien: Into Charybdis did not disappoint. It captures the essence of the Alien franchise where we see that humans are just as much monsters as the xenomorphs. One note, Alien: Into Charybdis can be read as a stand alone novel, but I recommend reading Alien: The Cold Forge first. I was pleasantly surprised to see characters from that novel make a reappearance, and have their story continued. Alien: Into Charybdis follows an American tech group as they land on a new Iranian State colony built over abandoned ruins. Their job is to set up the environmental solutions for the colonists. What should be an easy job quickly dissolves into anarchy as strained relations snap when workers begin to be attacked by strange taloned creatures. The story and world building is pretty solid and we get a mix of espionage, corporate greed, evil colonial marines, and no shortage of bad decisions. Alex White has brought in some new and unique elements to the creatures. The Aliens in this book seem to be smarter and deadlier than ever! Like any Alien novel worth its weight in acid blood, we get plenty of tense action, betrayal, evil scientists, naive civilians, and gore galore. We are introduced to a whole new cast of intriguing and dynamic characters. But I am really here for the xenomorph. The alien is where I think this story really shines. There is one in particular that is completely unique. There are some real nail biting moments. The alien action is inventive, gritty, graphic, and pulse pounding throughout. I actually found myself rooting for the Aliens! Overall, If you are a fan of the Alien franchise, like monsters in space, chaos, strained diplomacy, dark science fiction horror, and taut action give this book a try.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Big Cat

    This one is kinda hard for me to rank, I love the Alien franchise and there's plenty to like with Charybdis but a few things dragged it down. The story starts strong with the politics, setting, and situations but was hamstrung by bad villains, a special Alien, and felt like an average action movie. If you were to leave out these two (major) plot points I feel like this would have been a more traditional horror Aliens story. Alien into Charybdis is a follow-up to the excellent Cold Forge, taking p This one is kinda hard for me to rank, I love the Alien franchise and there's plenty to like with Charybdis but a few things dragged it down. The story starts strong with the politics, setting, and situations but was hamstrung by bad villains, a special Alien, and felt like an average action movie. If you were to leave out these two (major) plot points I feel like this would have been a more traditional horror Aliens story. Alien into Charybdis is a follow-up to the excellent Cold Forge, taking place on a planet run by the Iranian government who hires some desperate American contractors to do some work. Political tensions between the two are (still) unstable and both sides think the other is up to something, a strange ship lands on the planet, someone gets infected, then the colonial marines show up and this is where I started to lose interest. In the first quarter or so of the book we get lots of interesting backstory and dynamics with the colonists and the ship's crew but when it came to the marines I cringed. The author did a great job in the first book making an unlikeable antagonist, but this time they (the colonial marines) were so over the top and cliche down to the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new recruit it was almost funny. Basically, they're your run of the mill jerk off marines with more guns than brains, except the captain she was like a hardass western religious sheriff from yesteryear. Because they're out in the middle of nowhere they can do whatever they want because they ain't afraid of nothing. But I will admit the action scenes involving them (and not their dialog) were exciting. Then there was the unique alien...felt like jumping the shark and I wasn't a fan. It just felt wrong.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Benedict

    So, as with other Alien books and stories, if you're not into horror (including some trauma), this isn't going to be your thing. That said, I continue to be impressed with Alex White's writing. This story's conflict and setting seem to be between two human groups: some American contractors setting up a colony and its IT infrastructure, and an Iranian group that's purchased an old Weyland-Yutani site to set up new quantum-entangled communications structure. As distrust bubbles up and over, Colonial So, as with other Alien books and stories, if you're not into horror (including some trauma), this isn't going to be your thing. That said, I continue to be impressed with Alex White's writing. This story's conflict and setting seem to be between two human groups: some American contractors setting up a colony and its IT infrastructure, and an Iranian group that's purchased an old Weyland-Yutani site to set up new quantum-entangled communications structure. As distrust bubbles up and over, Colonial Marines become involved, and of course, there turn out to be historical connections to the Aliens through the Weyland-Yutani background. It's a great set of layers to the Alienverse, showing how political, corporate, and military power centers blur and bleed in this future dystopia. White does a great job as an author of providing layered and complex motivations within the factions. This book is both a direct and indirect sequel to "The Cold Forge," and gives the ultimate fate of Dr Blue Marsalis's research on genetic manipulation ... which results in some very satisfying shifts in tensions between the groups in this book, and individuals finding themselves on surprising sides of various lines drawn in the sand. Like "The Cold Forge" before it, this is a welcome and fresh addition to the Alienverse, and you wind up decently invested in the characters as you root for them along the way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

    Like George R. R. Martin, Alex White gave absolutely 0 f%#£s about killing off characters. I thought that was pretty ballsy how he did it, & as soon as the first character was shot through the eye, I said “damn, this book is gunna get wild.”, which it 999% did. Pretty awesome book! A new idea in the Alien universe that definitely had me pretty Interested as soon as Marsalis entered the script! This book was incredibly violent, gory, detailed, but also (& maybe it’s just me) incredibly confusing. Like George R. R. Martin, Alex White gave absolutely 0 f%#£s about killing off characters. I thought that was pretty ballsy how he did it, & as soon as the first character was shot through the eye, I said “damn, this book is gunna get wild.”, which it 999% did. Pretty awesome book! A new idea in the Alien universe that definitely had me pretty Interested as soon as Marsalis entered the script! This book was incredibly violent, gory, detailed, but also (& maybe it’s just me) incredibly confusing. I found it very difficult to get a feel for the actual scenery & layout of Charybdis. Despite the detailed drawing in the beginning of the book, I still constantly found myself referring to the picture to try to get a better idea in my head about where things were happening & what the locale looked like. Having a somewhat challenging time understanding what I’m reading is a no-no for me when I read, however this book was pretty damn intriguing from start to finish so I had no idea continuing reading, hence why it still deserves a 5 star rating. Last thing I’ll say is there’s SO many unanswered questions that I sincerely need to know. I kinda feel how I felt after I watched Prometheus (all time favorite movie).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kieran Kelly

    Alex White returns to the Alien mythos with a loose sequel to the superb Cold Forge. Alien Into Charybdis offers a broader scope than its illustrious predecessor (this time aligning closer to Aliens) but still contains plenty of abject horror including a particularly gruesome chapter that had me wincing with dread. White's novels are head and shoulders above all other Alien related material, his background as a military contractor allows for meticulous world-building with a unique and authentic Alex White returns to the Alien mythos with a loose sequel to the superb Cold Forge. Alien Into Charybdis offers a broader scope than its illustrious predecessor (this time aligning closer to Aliens) but still contains plenty of abject horror including a particularly gruesome chapter that had me wincing with dread. White's novels are head and shoulders above all other Alien related material, his background as a military contractor allows for meticulous world-building with a unique and authentic edge. Onto this stage White expertly breathes life into a plethora of well painted characters, that interact with snappy and convincing dialogue. It's also very well paced, taking time to pad things out before ominous mystery shifts into full-blown terror. Whilst Into Charybdis might not be as tightly wrapped as The Cold Forge, sheer ambition pushes it to the same lofty heights. The only slight criticism I have is the final act is possibly a little too long, and does leave some unanswered questions, though presumably these will lead into a third novel. Yes please!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peter Andersson

    Great book - and I can't help thinking that ”if only this had been the script to the movie Alien 3!” For you to be able to place that comment in context, here's my take on the entire six movie series. The first two movies ”Alien” and ”Aliens” were great. The third sucked and threw what should have been kept and built on from number two out the window. ”Resurrection” started out okey but then hit franchise rock bottom from where the puppy eyed hybrid albino alien entered the big screen. In ”Covenan Great book - and I can't help thinking that ”if only this had been the script to the movie Alien 3!” For you to be able to place that comment in context, here's my take on the entire six movie series. The first two movies ”Alien” and ”Aliens” were great. The third sucked and threw what should have been kept and built on from number two out the window. ”Resurrection” started out okey but then hit franchise rock bottom from where the puppy eyed hybrid albino alien entered the big screen. In ”Covenant” not a single person acted logically for five minutes on the alien planet and the entire casting for the movie was horribly wrong, except for Michael Fassbender as an android. And finally ”Covenant” was such a mess that not even a returning Fassbender could save it, mostly so bad that one started to root for the xenos before it was over. "Into Charybdis" also has an alien to root for, but for entirely different reasons.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Will Wilson

    For anyone interested in reading this book I highly recommend reading “Alien : The Cold Forge” first. The author does say this is not necessary but I think to really appreciate this book and to understand why I rated it a four instead of a three Cold Forge needs to have been read. This one overall is a great story . Alex is able to take tropes that seem old and worn out to subvert the direction you think the story is going. There were a few times in this where I thought I was predicting the way For anyone interested in reading this book I highly recommend reading “Alien : The Cold Forge” first. The author does say this is not necessary but I think to really appreciate this book and to understand why I rated it a four instead of a three Cold Forge needs to have been read. This one overall is a great story . Alex is able to take tropes that seem old and worn out to subvert the direction you think the story is going. There were a few times in this where I thought I was predicting the way he was taking the story and he would up and surprise me and take it in a completely different direction. One of the better “Alien” Tie-in novels I’ve read in a long time I look forward to more of his work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Steinhoff

    Not quite a 4 and no half marks so, a 3 star but it's better than that. I'm generally not keen on licensed fiction but this is Alien. So I gave this a shot and was very pleasantly surprised. There's some defined shifts where the POVs and important characters change and it is not at all a simple bug hunt like Aliens or innocent slaughter like Alien. This is a really enjoyable story about aliens, espionage, secret missions and yes, a bit of a bug hunt. Quite a few surprises moving things along. Some Not quite a 4 and no half marks so, a 3 star but it's better than that. I'm generally not keen on licensed fiction but this is Alien. So I gave this a shot and was very pleasantly surprised. There's some defined shifts where the POVs and important characters change and it is not at all a simple bug hunt like Aliens or innocent slaughter like Alien. This is a really enjoyable story about aliens, espionage, secret missions and yes, a bit of a bug hunt. Quite a few surprises moving things along. Some simply for the sake of the shock but others genuinely help the story. Great pacing. Very good dialog and descriptions. Very much the feel of the Alien verse. If you like the source materials, give this a shot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jedidiah

    This is now the third Alien tie-in book I've read in the last year; honestly I'm just as surprised as anyone else. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the extended mythology, but it's an effective way to set up a deep space SF/horror story - you already presumably know what the alien is and what its motives and capabilities are - and dive right in to the action. And Alex White writes some great action, they even reminded me of Matthew Reilly more than once. Having read Cold Forge I also appreciated This is now the third Alien tie-in book I've read in the last year; honestly I'm just as surprised as anyone else. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the extended mythology, but it's an effective way to set up a deep space SF/horror story - you already presumably know what the alien is and what its motives and capabilities are - and dive right in to the action. And Alex White writes some great action, they even reminded me of Matthew Reilly more than once. Having read Cold Forge I also appreciated the connection to that book. Overall this is just a fun read. If authors like White and Scott Sigler keep writing Alien books I'll keep reading them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This was almost like two separate books, the first part was some vaguely menacing tale of software engineers in space colonisation then when the alien story kicked off it was Cold forge part two. The disjointed plotlines aside this was great reading when it got going, the cold forge story being continued was a surprise to me despite the author as i thought that story was pretty much done and forgotten. The way they used the prometheus plots alongside the alien one worked much better here i though This was almost like two separate books, the first part was some vaguely menacing tale of software engineers in space colonisation then when the alien story kicked off it was Cold forge part two. The disjointed plotlines aside this was great reading when it got going, the cold forge story being continued was a surprise to me despite the author as i thought that story was pretty much done and forgotten. The way they used the prometheus plots alongside the alien one worked much better here i thought and although it sort of fizzled at the end it still leaves things slightly open for more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Poole

    Wow. All I can say is wow 👏 this book was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and I couldn't get enough of it. So many things that happened made me set the book down and really think about what just happened in that moment. Alex White had me captivated by his writing and knowledge of the alien universe through every page. Overall I really enjoyed the subtle references to other alien material which was very well done and found myself slowing down with my reading because I didn't want this t Wow. All I can say is wow 👏 this book was absolutely fantastic from start to finish and I couldn't get enough of it. So many things that happened made me set the book down and really think about what just happened in that moment. Alex White had me captivated by his writing and knowledge of the alien universe through every page. Overall I really enjoyed the subtle references to other alien material which was very well done and found myself slowing down with my reading because I didn't want this to end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Can someone please introduce Ridley Scott to Alex White? (If they've haven't crossed paths already). I feel these are the Alien stories missing from the big screen. Both Cold Forge and this new release are pure Alien through and through. Every character feels well fleshed out, the plot escalates at a logical pace and without hurry. The writing is economical when it needs to be and devilishly detailed at the same. Fantastic work. If anyone can recommend similar books (Alien or not) please hit me Can someone please introduce Ridley Scott to Alex White? (If they've haven't crossed paths already). I feel these are the Alien stories missing from the big screen. Both Cold Forge and this new release are pure Alien through and through. Every character feels well fleshed out, the plot escalates at a logical pace and without hurry. The writing is economical when it needs to be and devilishly detailed at the same. Fantastic work. If anyone can recommend similar books (Alien or not) please hit me up!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    From the author of the cold forge comes another great dive into the world of Alien and all the lovely things that encompass that. I’d more give this a 3.75/5 stars as I found myself eye rolling at a few parts, but that’s to be expected in almost every book. The author makes up with that with some really cool characters, a wonderful (underused) location and some great action sequences. If the alien novels stay moving forward with this type of thought process, we should be in good hands!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Freda L Drake

    Far better than his former book! I wasn't impressed with the former book, but this one is stellar. The things that I found an attractive with the former book have all been solved in this one. In this one there is character development. In this one there is a well-modulated pacing, and characters you can root for. Hopefully this is an indication that future books will be every bit as stellar as this one! Far better than his former book! I wasn't impressed with the former book, but this one is stellar. The things that I found an attractive with the former book have all been solved in this one. In this one there is character development. In this one there is a well-modulated pacing, and characters you can root for. Hopefully this is an indication that future books will be every bit as stellar as this one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Delaney

    I am a huge fan of Alex White's Cold Forge so when I heard they was doing a new Alien book I preordered that stack of papers so quickly I almost broke my keyboard. Glad to say it was everything I wanted. I hope he continues to write more Alien books as their are the best of them. I am a huge fan of Alex White's Cold Forge so when I heard they was doing a new Alien book I preordered that stack of papers so quickly I almost broke my keyboard. Glad to say it was everything I wanted. I hope he continues to write more Alien books as their are the best of them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jas

    This book would make a better movie than the slop we've been getting. The book was tense, intriguing and action packed. I recommend reading The Cold Forge by the same author before reading this book for a better experience. This book would make a better movie than the slop we've been getting. The book was tense, intriguing and action packed. I recommend reading The Cold Forge by the same author before reading this book for a better experience.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jared Stanley

    If you're going to read one Alien novel, make it this one. I pray this (and a bit of The Cold Forge) will be used as the blueprint for a new movie in the series. Highest recommendations from a big Alien fan. If you're going to read one Alien novel, make it this one. I pray this (and a bit of The Cold Forge) will be used as the blueprint for a new movie in the series. Highest recommendations from a big Alien fan.

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Jarreau

    Alex White writes the best Alien books. Once the action started it never let up.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Davis

    A fun, brutal romp. Couldn't put it down A fun, brutal romp. Couldn't put it down

  27. 4 out of 5

    Swray03

    Meh. Not my cup of tea. Also seemed a tad racist which was weird for being set in the future.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MacWithBooksonMountains Marcus

    Altogether no bad as far as Alien spin-offs go. On a side note , I find it kind of unlikely that Iran would be one of the major opponents in a 22 century space colonization efforts to America.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Sapp

    Leagues better than anything in the franchise since 1986's Aliens. This is a must read sci fi horror. Leagues better than anything in the franchise since 1986's Aliens. This is a must read sci fi horror.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John R. Dailey Jr.

    A BAD MOTOR SCOOTER IT IS.. Hello, this is a great story. Very well written and entertaining to read. A really good ending, as well. Thanks.

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