The Slab

The Slab MARCUS FENIX WAR HERO LOYAL SON TRAITOR Ten years after Emergence Day as the Locust Horde advances on humanity s last defended area Ephyra in a bloody war that has seen billions die Marcus Fenix doe

  • Title: The Slab
  • Author: Karen Traviss
  • ISBN: 9781439184073
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover
  • MARCUS FENIX WAR HERO LOYAL SON TRAITOR Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity s last defended area Ephyra in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix But Adam is buried in the rMARCUS FENIX WAR HERO LOYAL SON TRAITOR Ten years after Emergence Day, as the Locust Horde advances on humanity s last defended area Ephyra in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix But Adam is buried in the rubble during a ferocious assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy Marcus, grieving for a father everyone believes is dead, is court martialed for dereliction of duty and sentenced to forty years in the Coalition of Ordered Government s brutal maximum security prison, known simply as the Slab.But Adam is very much alive, snatched from the destruction by the elite Onyx Guard on Chairman Richard Prescott s orders He s now a long way from home and in a prison of his own a COG doomsday bunker on the tropical island of Azura, a place hidden from the rest of Sera since the Pendulum Wars His own guilty secret has been exposed Adam knew the Locust existed deep below the surface of Sera long before Emergence Day, and were being driven from their tunnels by a lethal parasite known as the Lambent Now he has to find a way to destroy the Lambent while the dwindling COG forces fight to hold back a growing Locust army that s threatening to overrun the city.As Adam struggles to find redemption in his comfortable island jail, Marcus seeks his own atonement in the squalid, closed world within the Slab s granite walls While Dom Santiago and Anya Stroud fight to get him released, ready to make any sacrifice to free him, Marcus gradually finds unexpected kinship among Sera s most dangerous criminals and a way to carry on his personal war against the Locust Adam, you knew this day would come It was a familiar voice silky, imperial, polished, and utterly human Hello, Myrrah Adam Fenix found himself thinking of the terrible Locust food again You got my message, then And how right you were We do need you And we shall take you I hope you re not planning anything foolish You have responsibilities, Adam It would be a living death The Locust Queen would never release him, even if he developed a countermeasure But he didn t deserve any better I also have my service pistol And I can take your son at any time He had the measure of her, then, and she had his You leave Marcus out of this It s a condition He opened the desk drawer and took out the handgun, a 9mm officer s weapon It made a distinctive clunk on the wooden desktop as he slammed it down If anything happens to him, I don t care what happens to the rest of Sera.

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  • Karen Traviss

    1 New York Times best selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award nominated Wess har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, G.I Joe, and other major franchises has earned her a broad range of fans She s best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY and BLACK RUN, the first books in her new techno thriller series RINGER, are set in the real world of today A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England She s currently working on SACRIFICIAL RED, the third book in the Ringer series, and a new comic franchise.

  • 538 Comments

  • I've enjoyed all of Karen Traviss's Gears of War books so far, and The Slab is no exception. Covering the topic of Marcus's court-martial and incarceration, I knew it was going to be an intense story. I wasn't disappointed. As always, the characters she presented were multi-dimensional and believable, and I spent a great deal of the book breathlessly turning pages.The sections of the book dealing with the Slab itself were quite believable to my mind, including how she chose to write her guards. [...]


  • Creo que cuando empecé este libro esperaba demasiado, considerando los anteriores libros de Traviss yo pensé que este iba a estar al mismo nivel, y lamentablemente no, no es malo como tal, de ahí que sean 3 estrellas, pero sin embargo, creo que le falta carnita.A diferencia de los libros anteriores ahora no maneja dos lineas de tiempo, sino que se centra nada mas en los hechos que pasan entre los años 10 y 14 después del día E, más específicamente sobre que es lo que hace Marcus para ter [...]


  • This was not what I was expecting from a book based on a big dumb but fun video game series. It was a great read. The story revolves around the events leading up and during Marcus Fenix's ( Main character from game series) stay at the lovely little prison nicknamed The Slab. This book is easily the best video game tie-in book I have read and there are a few decent ones (and one truly awful one, Tomb Raider and The Ten Thousand Immortals) that I have read. Even the narrative of the book is intere [...]


  • I believe that this is the first Gears book that is set entirely in the past without any jump into current events. So as a full prequel, it does a beautiful job of linking into the beginning of Gears of War (Xbox 360). The story perfectly fills in the little details between the events of the first game and what we’ve been reading in her past Gears’ novels that were otherwise off or did not appear to line up. I couldn’t help but smile whenever these things came up. As usual, Karen Travis ex [...]


  • When Gears of War first starts Marcus Fenix is in a prison cell, and we don't really know too much about why he's there. This book explains everything leading up to the start of the first game, why he's there, what he's been doing, and everything else that's been going on around him. While it is a prequel, the book also does make mention of some things that aren't revealed until Gears of War 3, so you should probably have played that before reading this.All of the Gears of War novels have been r [...]



  • I'm a massive GOW fan so I really enjoyed reading this book. The beginning was a bit slow but it picks up. The story jumps around between different perspectives and characters, but everything revolves around Marcus' incarceration in the Slab. If you've read the other books, like me, you may be expecting to FINALLY read the story from Marcus' perspective- but you won't. Travis writes from everyone's perspective EXCEPT his. However, out of all the books, Marcus opens up the most in this story and [...]


  • Karen Traviss- Few years ago I had an unexpected trip to Europe with a 8 hr flight and I did not have any books to take with me and very little time to search for something I would like. I went to the library and quickly picked up a book, because I liked the cover. I did not even check the author. I put it into my carry on luggage and went to the airport. On the airplane I took out the book- it was "The Slab" by Karen Traviss. On one hand I was lucky because I had very good Sci-Fi book ( I am bi [...]


  • I've finally hit my limit with Karen Traviss's oeuvre of books based on video game franchises with "The Slab". While previous Gears novels by Traviss provided some well-paced, much needed backstory (or even inter-story), "The Slab" serves as a collection of all of Traviss's worst traits as a writer wrapped inside the answer to a question that didn't need answering. Nothing interesting happens until the end? Check. Lots of soul-searching and hand wringing? Check. Awesome super protagonists with c [...]


  • Call this 3.5 stars. It took me awhile to decide how to rate this book. On the one hand, I'm a fan of Karen Traviss, and when it comes to military-style action there are few better writers (funny how the best military SF seems to be tie-in novels). This book is no exception, and if it had been nothing but action and dudes being badass I would've rated it higher. Those sections were awesome.But there's a ton of navel-gazing in between the action. The book is mostly about Marcus Fenix and what he [...]


  • If you are a big fan of the GoW franchise--which I am--you will love the novels written by Karen Traviss. She is one of my favorite authors on the market today. An excellent blend of humor, detail, action, under-the-table politicking, and dying hope, this is a brutal rise to the beginning of the video game series as this book takes place right before the first game.*SLIGHT SPOILER WARNING*Dom Santiago, a Pendulum War special forces commando and best friend to Marcus Fenix, does what he can to cr [...]


  • i believe this is the fifth novel in the Gears of War book series and it was a decent read. for hardcore fans of the franchise, it offers a ton more insight into the relationships between Marcus and his father, Adam, as well as with Dom, Anya and Hoffman. the other concurrent storyline deals with Adam Fenix's relocation to Azura, the secret island facility housing Sera's best and brightest scientists and analystse best parts of the book were about Chairman Prescott outsmarting everyone he comes [...]


  • This is an expanded universe story for the Gears of War franchise. The overall setting for the games and books is a depressing world of Siera. It is a world of seemingly endless conflict. The governments of the world finally achieving an end of war thanks in part to a weapon of mass destruction that forced the hand of one side to sign peace accords. Now a new threat has come from within the planet itself. This is all fantastic and exciting but the meat of this book is the story of fathers, sons, [...]


  • This book wears its video game origin like an anchor around the neck. It's clear that the author has a strong sense of who her cast should be. While some of her characters like Anaya and Dom read exactly like their video game counterparts, others like Marcus and Hoffman feel like completely different characters. It's especially evident during the denounment, when Dom frees Marcus from the prison and the novel covers the opening scene from the first Gears of War. The dialogue is taken directly fr [...]


  • This book is a prequal. It tells the story of how Marcus was/why was court-martialed. It has Traviss' typical character development skills at work. Overall I enjoyed it but it contained slightly less action than normal. The author was also contrained by the timeframe she had to place the story in so the characters could only progress and mature so much because this story had to fit inbetween two others. The prison life part was ok, it seemed to be lacking something. Maybe because most of the boo [...]


  • very good book, a bit slow at first not your typical gears of war speed and action. more drama following Fenix is time in prison that take place before the first game. as well following Adam (fenix's dad) is research on the locust and finally Dom try take Fenix out of the prison. so 3/4 of the book is slow pace but really dramatic between character. but you do have some part some GOW action in it. If you want know story before the 1 st game you will like this book. But if you dont care and just [...]


  • I really enjoyed this book because as a fan its nice to get more back story on our favorite characters and especially those involved with Marcus (and of course about Marcus himself.) For those that had many questions about Marcus in GOW 3, (how he wound up in prison and why he was there and what his story was) this book will help fill in those blanks for players. (although that question is mentioned in the game) players will know bits and pieces but if players/readers want more in depth back sto [...]


  • My favorite of the Gears franchise! I loved filling in Marcus' backstory. He was (and still is) the most mysterious of all the Gears characters. Even though this book is about him, it's never told from his point of view. And still, everything revolves around him. In that way, we get to know him a little better. We learn how he reacts to what's around him, and we learn what really drives him.It was the perfect lead up to GoW 1. It even mingled some of the VG dialogue with the book at the end, whi [...]


  • I enjoyed all the books in the series so far and this one did not disappoint. I really liked reading about the time Marcus spent in the prison. And it was a very intriguing backdrop to future events that would take place. The author has always done a great job of making you empathize with certain characters and hate others. I find authors who can do this to be the best ones. I havent played a gears game since 3 and this was a great way to hold me over till the next one comes out. I look forward [...]


  • This book has some hefty chapters, I can never stop reading a book before the end of a chapter and this book contains probably the longest chapters I have ever read, I mean as a constant throughout. It also risks overlapping with the game as apposed to stopping just before it, but I think it doppled well and gives you a real insight to how they really start. As apposed to the games, oh your out of prison now you kill everything kind of feel.


  • If you enjoy this series and Karen Traviss' writing, then you will thoroughly enjoy this read. My only complaint is that it was the last book in the series! i would love to read more about this world, including the stories that took place in the games, that are not written about. Also having this in the beginning of the series would have made much more sense. Traviss' character exploration is great and even the side characters are engaging. Definitley recommend this book!


  • The Slab wasn't the easiest book to finish, the pacing on this book was so slow and for a book based off the Gears of War game there is very little Locust killing. Without giving away to many details, this book is set in the time frame just before the 1st game of the series and ends more or less with the start of the game. So in short, the book ends just before the real fun/action gets started.


  • Traviss has yet to disappoint! This book was as fantastic as her others. She understands and portrays her characters in such ways that they simply come alive. She somehow delves into the minimal character development of the game and explodes with personality. She makes you care about their struggles. A must read for Gears fans!!


  • Karen Traviss clearly cares about this franchise and it's clear with this book. Told shortly before the events of the first game, it details Marcus's military background and what led him to The Slab, a hardcore dog-eat-dog hellhole of a prison. It adds a lot of characterization to the big players of the series and is very well written. A definite read for fans of the franchise.


  • Karen Travis takes us back in time to show just what exactly happend and why Markus Fenix was sent to jail all those years ago,Realy liked reading all these books in the Gears of War series. Strongly recommend it for any fan out there.


  • Took a while to read this book as I was divided among other books but it was a nice background to the story leading up to the first Gears of War. If you have an appreciation for the game you'll enjoy this book!



  • Brilliant prequel to the first Gears Of War game. Karen Traviss is such a goddamn brilliant writer! I'm gonna re-read the whole series again. And I've never done that before.Delta out!



  • Karen Traviss once again delivers a novel far better than anything based on the Gears of War franchise has any rights to be.


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