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When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors—the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of civilians—have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire...

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Overview

Understand what a world had to do to survive.

When the Locust Horde burst from the ground fifteen years ago to slaughter the human population of Sera, mankind began a desperate war against extinction. Now after a decade and a half of bloody fighting, and with billions dead, the survivors—the Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, along with a small band of civilians—have been forced to destroy their own cities and sacrifice their entire civilization to halt the Locust advance.

The last-ditch measures have succeeded, but at an enormous cost: the survivors have been reduced to a handful of refugees. Escaping to a haven on the remote island of Vectes, they begin the heartbreaking task of rebuilding their devastated world. For a while, there’s hope . . . making peace with old enemies, and once again planning for the future.

But the short respite is shattered when Vectes comes under siege from an even deadlier force than the Locust—the Lambent, a hideous and constantly mutating life-form that destroys everything in its path. As the Lambent’s relentless assault spreads from the mainland to the island, the refugees finally understand what drove the Locust from their underground warrens and sparked the global war.

While Marcus Fenix and the Gears struggle to hold back the invasion, the Coalition faces a stark choice—fight this new enemy to the last human, or flee to the wastelands to take their chances and live like the human pariahs known as the Stranded . . . even as Coalition chairman Richard Prescott still guards one last, terrible secret about the Locust, the Lambent, and the future of mankind. . . .

Based on the Rated-M for Mature video game from Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios.

www.gearsofwar.xbox.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439183953
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Series: Gears of War Series
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss has written four previous novels in the Gears of War series: Aspho Fields, Jacinto’s Remnant, Anvil Gate, and Coalition's End, and is the writer of Epic Games’ 2011 blockbuster video game sequel, Gears of War 3. She’s received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series (City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge) and for her groundbreaking Star Wars novels in the Republic Commando series (Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and 501st) and the Legacy of the Force series (Bloodlines, Sacrifice, and Revelation). Her novella, Human Weakness, appeared in the Halo anthology Evolutions. A former TV and newspaper journalist and defense correspondent, she lives in England.
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  • Posted July 17, 2011

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    The fourth Gears of War tied to the games is a terrific entry

    It seems like ancient history when the war of the world began, but in fact it is just fifteen years since the Locust Horde came from within to assault the humans (see Aspho Fields). Their objective was total annihilation of all humans. Mankind fought back though billions died as the ruthless enemy made no distinction between soldier and civilian.

    The Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) destroy what is left of civilization though they defeated their insidious foe and another powerful adversary at one hellish cost (see Jacinto's Remnant and Anvil Gate). The survivors take refuge on Vectes, a difficult to reach isolated island. As the COG begins to argue, haven turns to hell when the mutilating Lambent begin a deadly assault which explains why the Locust left the underground to fight on the surface. Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago know a last stand on Vectes is suicide as the polyps make the tickers and berserkers look benign; the only place left for the dwindling few humans are the equally suicidal Wastelands.

    The fourth Gears of War tied to the games is a terrific entry as Karen Travis provides a fascinating spin to the military science fiction saga with the motive to the recent global war of destruction. The story line showcases the desperation humanity faces as the remaining two survival choices will remind readers of Joshua playing Tic-Tac-Toe in WarGames as each solution facing humans leads to total annihilation. Although there is somewhat a similar tone to Anvil Gate, fans of the Gears of War universe will enjoy action-packed Coalition's End as things have gotten dramatically worse enhanced by a major betrayal for the human race.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended if you like Gears of War series.

    Karen Traviss continues write great books by writing this book, most likely the last book in the series. I really like this book it helps explain how the COG ended, it also shows more off some character's background before the first game, like how Cole and Baird met and became friends and also how Dizzy end up becoming a Gear. It's a book that really dark but there bright spots, expectantly the last 40 pages. I made sure that I read this before I even thought of playing Gears of War 3, because these books helps me understand the games better. I personally suggest that anyone who like to play the Gears of War game series to read this book series!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Good

    Looks like a good book alright

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

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    Must Buy for ALL Gears Fans!

    Gears of War (for those of you who are not gamers) is the action packed 3rd-person shooter from Epic Studios. There are 3 games in the series; with the last one released this past September. Gears of War: Coalition's End takes place between Gears of War: Anvil Gate and Gears of War 3, bridging the gap between the third book and the third game. It is a welcomed addition to the Gears universe, offering insight to Emergence Day, while shedding light onto other questions readers have had in the past. For any Gears of War fan this book is a definite must-read! Overall I found Coalition's End to be one of the best books in the Gears or War series. It works well as a standalone title; however I do recommend reading the previous novels (and maybe playing the games) so that one can get a better understanding of the characters, the Gears universe, and the basic story arc. Traviss's strengths are depicted through her descriptions and attention to detail. Most of the time I felt as if I was in the middle of the fight as one of the Polyps rose from the ground. Action scenes are definitely one of the best parts of this novel. This book is also emotionally charged taking readers into the psyche of several of our beloved characters. Told in the standard Gears fashion of 'flashbacks', there is a prevalent theme of fighting through the odds, pulling together, and not losing focus or hope. Humanity is on the brink of extension and it is felt on every page. Despite having flashbacks in this novel (which I feel is overused in these books), Traviss does an excellent job of engaging readers. I must admit there were a few times I zoned out because of flashbacks and how they pulled me out of the story. A full chapter in the present and another full chapter in the past can be a little overwhelming. But I continued to trudge through them because the story was still excellent. If you are the type of reader who does not enjoy the type of story that has this constant back and forth/past and present drilled into a book, then you might not make it to the end. This is probably my only complaint about the book, because in my humble opinion, it divided my attention and never let me fully stay in the midst of the current action/objective. Gears of War: Coalition's End is an awesome must-buy for all Gears fans. It's well written, engaging, and a great Science Fiction adventure. Expect blood and gore, emotional highs and lows, questions to be answered and some left open to be referenced in the game. It's a ride that will take you full steam ahead and prepare you for what's to come if you still haven't played Gears of War 3.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Ronnie says

    Ive played 1 2 and 3 and beat them all! I have a passion for the game and books! And only one word to describe them, amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Awsome

    To the frickin Cog

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Excellent Addition to the Gears Canon

    this book, along with the other 3, is simply amazing. I love how it goes into such an emotional depth about how everyone needs to pull together to survive in their darkest hour, and how betrayal can ultimately cost people everything. It's definitely a must read for fans who want to backstory between Gears of War 2 & 3, especially since this book ends where Gears of War 3 begins. A must have for all fans of the series, and an excellent read for people trying to get started. The Charecters are nicely flushed out, showing how people with absolute knowledge can feel so down trodden when faced with something they don't understand, and how humanity, as a whole, has the power to pull themselves together and in the face of absolute adversary. By this book, it's well worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Is thithe firsts

    Iis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Gow4

    The best book and anybpdy who says it should be put in a game. It is. Called Gears Of War 3. Pay attention.
    From xxWoodsxxKia5xx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Ttttttttttttttt

    Toxic do not read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Do not buy

    Thus book is terrible an so is the author i have read multip books by her and throught tje who thing tjere is no action or conflict at all book deservs no stars

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Hell yeah

    It should have been like the game

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Witch book is first?

    Witch book is the first?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Help

    Can some one plese tell me that is it a good book before I buy it.(I now It looks like a good book)?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Hi

    It looks good but is it worth it i love gears but some 1 tell me if it is really good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    GOW3

    Listen up people i have tragic news! Dom Santiago is dead! He sacraficed himself in gears of war 3 so evryone else can live. Gears of war 3 is the final game in the gaming series when the war ends. Survivors are Marcus, Anya, Cole, and Baird

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