Aliens: Berserker

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It is called a Berserker team—reckless, desperate volunteers recruited by the Company to destroy alien infestations.

Based on the spaceship Nemesis, it consists of three brutal ex-cons who do all the grunt work and the Berserker itself, code-named MAX: an armed and armored exoskeleton powered by the living brain of what was once a human, configured into an unstoppable ...
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Overview

It is called a Berserker team—reckless, desperate volunteers recruited by the Company to destroy alien infestations.

Based on the spaceship Nemesis, it consists of three brutal ex-cons who do all the grunt work and the Berserker itself, code-named MAX: an armed and armored exoskeleton powered by the living brain of what was once a human, configured into an unstoppable killing machine.

When the Nemesis is sent to a massive space station, D.S. 949, the team finds an alien hive, the largest in history, with nearly a thousand hapless humans cocooned and incubated. The team mission: to destroy the aliens while leaving the terminal intact. The mission seems like suicide to the bug hunters and their small support staff. And that is perfectly fine for the Company...which wants no witnesses left to the terrifying secret of D.S. 949.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553577310
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Aliens Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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He was dreaming about his long-dead mother when the call came through.

In the dream he was in his childhood kitchen, watching as his young, dark-haired mother made pancakes, still years away from the cancer that would kill her. For some reason she kept reciting elemental abbreviations and the pancakes turned into scrambled eggs, but it all seemed perfectly natural; the young boy-self felt safe and secure. She'd turned to him, smiling, and suddenly she was shrieking, a bizarre and somehow mechanical sound that filled him with a sense of impending doom. She crumpled, still shrieking intermittently, and began to melt into the faded linoleum.

"Mother?" he whispered, and in the rasp of his own voice, he was awake. A glowing red light on his nightstand blinked rapidly, accompanied by the shrill alarm that he had mistaken for his mother's voice. He sat up quickly, widening his eyes to clear away the dregs of sleep as he reached for the light panel above his bed. His bleary mind fumbled over the facts so far. Dreaming. Mother. Red light, emergency.

A soft glow washed across his room as he reached for the 'com, still trying to focus himself. "This is Sturges," he said, and hoped that it wasn't too serious. The red had gone on only twice since he'd made supervisor, and both had been no-injury system crashes--

A fuzzy burst of static and his heart started to pound; it was bad. The distant screams were clearly audible, even through the choking static of the ancient 'com and the cracking, semi-hysterical shout of the caller.

". . . repeat, we have a situation here, get him on the line! Code Red, priority situation! Get Sturges--"

"This is Sturges," he saidagain, loudly. "Mac, that you?" Wade McCollough was the head tech at the home base, shafts One through Seven. Sturges had never heard him sound so frightened.

"Colin? Oh, Jesus, thank you, Colin? I'm--we're in One, basement, we were bringing in the excavators and there were these, these, Jesus, Colin, the deep hoist isn't working--" He faltered, gasping.

"Mac, what is it? What's happening?" Sturges was wide awake now, and badly scared.

A muffled thump through the 'com, the screams of men and women not so distant anymore, and the Chief Supervisor of Operations for Deep 4 found himself standing, fists clenched. Cave-in, and a big one. It had to be a base beam. Damnit, inspections were two days ago! That slacker Lewis, he'd have her ass for not rechecking the stats--

A new voice shouted through the 'com, a woman's, and Sturges felt an ice fist clench in his stomach at the wild terror of her screams. The strength ran out of his legs like water, and he sat down heavily on the edge of his bed.

"Help us, it's those things, oh, Buddha, they JUST ATE HER! THEY ATE HER, HELP US THEY ATE HER FACE--"

The 'com went blank and silent.

Colin Sturges ran a shaking hand over the switches, and when he spoke to a sleepy communications tech, his own voice sounded hollow and gray.

"Alert the station, Code Red, there's a problem in One. Wake up Matheson and Gates on three-way; tell Gates to get his guys to the edit but not to go in yet, not until I get there. And put a call through to the company now, priority A-one. Tell them that we've got a situation here." He swallowed dryly, wishing that he were still sleeping, having breakfast with his mother far away and long ago. Or for that matter, anywhere but here.

"Tell them it's XT, and we need help." He closed his eyes, remembering the Company briefings. It wasn't supposed to happen here, but it had; one of the excavators . . .

Sturges swallowed again. "Tell them we've got bugs," he said, and then 'commed off and started to get dressed, hoping that it wasn't already too late.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    If you like 'Aliens', buy this book!

    This book is good, put lightly. It is ideal for reading 'every once and awhile' (if you can wait that long) or a one nighter. The only reason I almost gave this book a four instead of a five was it wasn't long enough! Read it!

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