Gears of War novel on the way

Prequel to the game will flesh out the characters and backstory for gamers while they wait for the next game.

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Listings on Web sites including Amazon UK and Wal-Mart have revealed that a Gears of War book is in the works. Titled Gears of War: The Pendulum Wars--The Battle of Aspho Fields, the novel is being written by Steve L. Kent. Kent has written several sci-fi novels and strategy guides.

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According to Amazon UK, Gears of War: The Pendulum Wars--The Battle of Aspho Fields is due out in the region on February 26, 2008, weighing in with 352 pages and published by Del Rey Books. In the US, according to Wal-Mart, the book will be due in August and will cost $8.94.

The Battle of Aspho Fields took place before the game's storyline, during the Locust-Human War. Gears of War main character Marcus Fenix fought and performed many heroic actions during the war.

According to booksamillion.com, "The first official prequel to the blockbuster new Xbox 360 game Gears of War builds upon the characters' back stories and gives eager fans their first in-depth look at some of the past events that shaped the game's world."

Discussion

239 comments
jackson84
jackson84

I think this is a good look for the game. I would like to know what happen before the war even started. And hopefully we can get a chance to learn on who is leading the locust....

the_gear
the_gear

I really want to get this book, but this site lies! there was no release on Feb 26th. Can anyone shed a little light on why it went up on Amazon.co.uk then disappeared a week later not to return ? thanks

AGMalicious
AGMalicious

I'd definitely read it, books that are written with the game in mind make them more interesting because you know about a good chunk of the stuff they are talking about so they can focus on the actual story.

Vendre
Vendre

Gears of War had a story.... Kill all the locust or you are going to die. No well, this is a great add to the GoW universe, it can realy fill the bowl for us... (If you catch my drift here..)

spartan_lord
spartan_lord

thats great timing i need a book to read for school stuff and this one will actually interest me but can anyone link me too the actual listing on amazon?

Vietnamgamer
Vietnamgamer

I hope it isn't just an extended version of the front page of the games manual. It tells you in the front of the manual that marcus got locked up because he disobeyeda direct order to hold position/retreat but instead he went to his dads house to save him...hmmm touching. Oh well I hope the book is graphic and shows a drawing or three showing marc chainsaw a few, or curb stomp some locusts. I'll have to check this one out

themc_7
themc_7

that's perfect, gears of war had no story, it was really difficult to care about characters and get to know them, when we knew nothing about them. Hopefully this will tie up some loose ends and answer our questions

donmega1
donmega1

personally i liked the mystery behind the characters. just enough information was revealed to make it interesting like the characters in the first predator movie.......this book will flop...even worse make the characters seem soft..............i bet anyone a million that Marcus had a wife and kid that got murdered.....lol, id rather him be a loaner that had his way with women because he's bad A$$.....

Neeb54
Neeb54

Awesome! lol my mom is a librarian so I'm sure to read it. :D

pleaseblowdisma
pleaseblowdisma

very interesting im sure ill read em if there any godd but enough stalling epic beeeds to officially announce gears of war 2

DeeDeeDee115
DeeDeeDee115

I really think the book is just to keep us doing something to hide questions for the sequel to Gears of War and possibly the movie!

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

Nice, a must buy. Maybe it will reveal some pieces of the Gow2 storyline.

villihamson
villihamson

i hope it gives you an idea of what you can expect from GoW 2 but oh god i hope it doesn't have a name like Gears of War: The Pendulum Wars--The Battle of Aspho Fields just too much of a mouth full.

Gadeos
Gadeos

awsome, also funny for a game prequel

X-RS
X-RS

fenix is cool, gut gow was too linear, i think ill like this though.

LPH79
LPH79

This could be interesting. I really like the game so i just might buy the book :)

roxythethegreat
roxythethegreat

lol my new year goal was to read more, so i think ill just read my new favorite novel Gears of War: The Pendulum Wars--The Battle of Aspho Fields 20 or 30 times or just until the next game or the movie comes out =D

Liam_the_dude
Liam_the_dude

Look in the beginning of the manual, you see why Marcus is locked up.

salvucci91
salvucci91

I have heard some good bits and pieces of all the character's backstories, but this is going to be awesome. Long time till August though.

Zephyr618
Zephyr618

its about dam time they told us marcus phoenix's story

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

As there's no real story to nthe game, this might be just what the doctor ordered. Can't wait. Might link the sequel in some way as well. whoot!

jedimastr
jedimastr

well im buying it i love that game and story

banjo3
banjo3

Gears of War had a boring story and campaign. This is a multiplayer game; I'm going to pass on the book.

PaleEast
PaleEast

God,it's about time.Although I vaguely remember picking up on certain parts of the open ends somewhere.If I didn't imagine all this crap,he was court marshalled or something for leaving his post to try and save his dad.Problem was, he didn't make it there in time, his dad died anyways, and he got thrown into a military prison.I could be completely delusional, but I swear I thought I read that somewhere.What I want filled in is how his dad had more data on the locust tunnels than anyone possibly knew.

Agulf
Agulf

Sounds like a trucker-magazine. This week in GEARS OF WAR we check out the HUMMER: four wheels of fury!

randomgod
randomgod

rety you are an idiot it says who the author is above

rety5
rety5

I wont get excited untill its revealed who the author is. It could turn out to be complete and total trash with the wrong author.

RockandRoll4li
RockandRoll4li

Awesome man, gears is the best cant wait woohoo!

animemog
animemog

Oh, cool! This is Gears of War 2 news, isn't it?

345669
345669

Now, wheres The Game??

spartan_lord
spartan_lord

libriut99: "What is there to write about ? The characters in Gears of war look like they came from Warhammer 40K (also the locust look like the Orks) and many elements were take from Starship Troopers by R. Heinlin. It is a great game but the book is unnecessary " definatly see where your coming from but i think they did need to do something to give gears a bit more story, the game would have had a higher rating had there been more to the storyline.

libriut99
libriut99

What is there to write about ? The characters in Gears of war look like they came from Warhammer 40K (also the locust look like the Orks) and many elements were take from Starship Troopers by R. Heinlin. It is a great game but the book is unnecessary.

G2_Riley
G2_Riley

so..how the hell does the UK get it before us?

Cinematic0903
Cinematic0903

YAY! Because we gamers like to read!! lol jk! im excited for the book!

BraveArc
BraveArc

I guess this book will rock. Many gears fans want to know why he was locked up, about his trial, etc

jusmurph
jusmurph

Meh? The game was cool, but i just don't see it turning into a good book.

whereismycouch
whereismycouch

Halo books were okay, the Mass Effect book was crap. Wonder how this one'll turnout.

bigraydog07
bigraydog07

They should just come out with part two already. That game is freakin' awesome!

Russacky
Russacky

I'd rather a game prequal than a book one.

mattlom03
mattlom03

books about videogames=usually good. Movies about videogames= usually suck. No GOW movie, please. Just the games, and maybe some more books, if there good.

RakinR
RakinR

yea they should release a book or make gears 3 the prequel

Gearhead95
Gearhead95

i might buy it because i did want to know more about that battle and the backround info and storylines to the charecters in the game the give nothing all they said is that marcus did a bad deed and the whole army is pissed the book should be pretty interesting

moocow21
moocow21

Didn't find the story in Gears to be interesting enough for me to read a book about it. The multiplayer is awesome though.

gamefreakwill
gamefreakwill

I'll probably pick this up, sounds very interesting..........but I read the script review to the GeOW film, and The Battle of Aspho Fields was in a war before the Locust-Human war. Was that changed around a bit? Guess the script may have to be changed, meaning the movie will probably be pushed back.... :(