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Continuing the saga of the bestselling game series!

With the Locust Horde apparently destroyed, Jacinto’s survivors have begun to rebuild human society on the Locusts’ stronghold. Raiding pirate gangs take a toll—but it’s nothing that Marcus Fenix and the Gears can’t handle. Then the nightmare that they thought they’d left behind begins to stalk them again. Something far worse, something even the Locust dreaded, has emerged to spread across the planet, and not even this remote island haven is beyond its reach. Gears and Stranded must fight side by side to survive their deadliest enemy yet, falling back on the savage tactics of another bloody siege—Anvil Gate.  

About the Author

Karen Traviss is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three previous Star Wars: Republic Commando novels: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and True Colors; three Star Wars: Legacy of the Force novels: Bloodlines, Revelation, and Sacrifice; as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Ally, and Judge. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England.

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COALITION OF ORDERED GOVERNMENTS NAVAL BASE VECTES

NONCITIZEN INCIDENT LOG SUMMARY THAW 1 TO BRUME 35, 14 a.e., INCLUSIVE.

Attacks on property: 35 Attacks on civilians: 20 Casualties, civilian: 15 injured, 6 dead. Casualties, COG personnel: 18 injured, no fatalities. Casualties, insurgents: 30 dead. (Injury data unavailable. No wounded detained.)



Vectes Naval Base, Navy of the Coalition of Ordered Governments, New Jacinto: first week of Storm, 15 a.e.

"Welcome to New Jacinto," said Chairman Prescott. "And welcome to the protection of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. May this new year be a new start for us all."

Hoffman had to hand it to Prescott; he could always manage to look as if whatever lie he was telling at the time was the holy truth. The two men stood on the jetty as the Gorasni container ship Paryk disembarked its human cargo, five hundred civilians from an independent republic that had still been officially at war with the Coalition until last month. They were part of the COG now, whether they liked it or not. Hoffman guessed that they didn''t.

"They don''t look in a party mood, Chairman," Hoffman said.

A statesmanlike half-smile was nailed to Prescott''s face, probably more for the benefit of his local audience--a detachment of Gears, a medical team, some civilian representatives--than for the new arrivals.

"I hope it''s disorientation and seasickness rather than a lack of gratitude," he said.

Hoffman eyed the procession, looking for potential troublemakers and wondering if any of the refugees spoke the language well enough to see the irony in the COG''s title. Governments? There was only one government left, a city-sized administration on a remote island a week''s sailing time from Tyrus. That was all that was left of a global civilization of billions after fifteen years of fighting the Locust.

But on a sunny day like this, not a typical Storm day at all, Vectes must have looked pretty good compared with the mainland. No grub had ever set foot here, and it showed. The Gorasni bastards should have been grateful. Safe haven and food in exchange for all that extra fuel they didn''t need? It was a good deal.

"Maybe they just hate our guts." Hoffman tried to imagine the mind-set of a pipsqueak nation that ignored the Pendulum Wars cease-fire. That was some serious grudge-nursing. "It was their leader''s idea to join us. I''m betting he didn''t take a vote on it."

"Let''s hope they think of it as a bring-a-bottle party."

The Gorasni certainly weren''t arriving empty-handed to drain the COG''s limited resources. They were surrendering their imulsion supplies--an operational offshore drilling platform--in exchange for a refuge. In a world burned to a wasteland, fuel and food were the two assets that meant there''d be a tomorrow. Hoffman wasn''t crazy about the Indies and he was damned sure they weren''t crazy about him, but these were desperate times.

Can''t be too choosy about our neighbors. At least they''re not Stranded. They''re not killing us--yet.

A security detail of Gears lined the jetty, channeling the refugees to the reception team at an old storehouse that was built into the fortresslike walls. Hoffman glanced at the faces around him and wondered if any war could ever make you forget the one that preceded it. But the Vectes locals had never even seen a Locust. Their monsters were still the Indies, the old human enemy from an eighty-year war--the people landing on this jetty.

"Bastards." An elderly man from the Pelruan town council wore a chestful of Pendulum War medals on his threadbare jacket, including the Allfathers'' Medal. No, he wasn''t about to forget. "Can''t forgive any of them. Least of all those who still aren''t sorry for what they did."

Hoffman noted the campaign ribbons and chose his words carefully. It was hard to navigate that dividing line between mortal enemies one day and new allies the next. The name that made his bile rise wasn''t Gorasnaya, though, so he could look at these Indies with a certain distance.

Should I? I know what they did. I know what the old guy means. But they weren''t the only ones. We all did things we weren''t proud of.

"They''re Indies with plenty of fuel," Hoffman said at last, conscious of Prescott eavesdropping. The man could look engrossed in something but that slight tilt of the head said he was taking in everything within earshot. "Nobody''s asking you to forgive. Just take their imulsion as war reparation."

The old man stared at Hoffman as if he was an ignorant kid rather than a fellow vet.

"My comrades died in a Gorasni forced labor camp." He tugged at his lapel so Hoffman could see a timeworn regimental pin with the trident badge of the Duke of Tollen''s Regiment. "The Indies can shove their fuel up their ass."

"Mind my asking why you''ve come today?"

"Just wanted to see how they looked without a rifle in their hands," said the old man. He was probably in his seventies, maybe only ten or fifteen years older than Hoffman, but the border with old age always moved a few years ahead with each birthday. "Everyone needs to look their monsters in the eye. Right?"

And all monsters needed to acknowledge their guilt before forgiveness could begin. Gorasnaya hadn''t even come close. Maybe that would never have been enough anyway.

"Right," said Hoffman.

The veteran turned his back on the stream of newcomers filing along the quay and hobbled away. The Gorasni weren''t going to get a welcome parade from the townsfolk in the north of the island, that was for sure.

Prescott took one step back and bent his knees slightly to whisper to Hoffman. "Doesn''t bode well, Victor."

"What did you expect?"

"It was a whole war ago. It''s history now."

"Not here." While most of the world fried, Vectes had waited without much to distract it. The island had been cut off from the rest of the COG when the Hammer of Dawn was deployed, although whether it thought itself lucky now was another matter. "It''s still yesterday for some of them."

"And you?"

"I never served on the eastern front," Hoffman said. He had his bad memories like any other Gear, but they had nothing to do with Gorasnaya. "I don''t imagine some Indies have fond recollections of us, either."

Prescott inhaled slowly, eyes still on the procession of Gorasni. "I won''t allow human society to rebuild ghettos, but let''s be prudent. Keep the refugees apart from the rest of the civilians until we''re absolutely sure that everyone''s used to the idea. Like the rehabilitated."

"Is that what we''re calling them now?" Hoffman had now had a bellyful of euphemisms. "Let me strike the word Stranded from my operational vocabulary, then. I thought we were keeping the rehabilitated ones separate for opsec reasons so they didn''t tip off their unrehabilitated buddies about our patrols."

If Hoffman''s irritable lack of deference irked Prescott, the man didn''t let it show. In fact, the slimeball smirked. "Who says a certain caution about the Gorasni refugees isn''t for operational security too?"

Refugees was an ironic term. Everyone on Vectes--except the native islanders--had fled from Old Jacinto only months earlier. Lines were drawn fast in this new post-Locust world. Hoffman glanced up the jetty to watch three Pelruan councilmen talking in a tight knot, one of them far too young to have served in the Pendulum Wars anyway. So were a lot of the Gorasni. That didn''t mean they hadn''t inherited opinions from those who weren''t.

Nobody''s ever seen more than a few months of peace. Any of us. How long does it take people to forget? Or do we never manage to?

"Trescu''s going to keep his people in line, and so will we," Hoffman said at last. He didn''t like the look of a couple of the men disembarking, in particular the way their jackets hung as if draped over something bulky underneath. Gorasnaya might have been relaxed about arming civvies, but the COG wasn''t. They''d have to deal with that, diplomatically or not. "It''s all about keeping folks fed and busy."

"The voice of experience."

And you know where I acquired it, don''t you, asshole? "Nothing''s more trouble than hungry, bored people."

"Where is Trescu?"

"With Michaelson, working out tanker rosters."

"Good." Prescott lost interest in the refugees right on cue. He checked his watch and took a couple of steps up the jetty in the direction of his office. "I want a permanent detachment of Gears on that rig. Can''t be too careful."

"Already in hand, Chairman. I''m putting Fenix and Santiago on it. They''re heading out shortly to do a security assessment."

"Wouldn''t they be better tasked rooting out the Stranded? We can destroy a Locust army, but suddenly we can''t eradicate a few hundred half-starved vagrants."

"I know who my best problem-solvers are, Chairman." And I''m the frigging chief of staff here. I decide how I deploy my men. Hoffman ignored the sly criticism. "That imulsion platform is going to be a bigger problem than pest control."

Prescott gave him a brief frown but didn''t ask for an explanation. It didn''t take a genius to work it out anyway. Gorasnaya couldn''t protect that damn rig--or maintain it--without having to crawl to the COG for help. It was going to tie up COG resources. But the COG needed the imulsion to keep the fleet running, build a city, and drag this damn place out of the last century.

Prescott gave Hoffman his best statesman''s public relations smile--no display of teeth, just a curl of the lips. "I have absolute faith in you, Colonel. We would never have survived this far without your leadership. I look forward to the report."

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Richard Baker
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Great Gears novel, a bit on the slow side though
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2013
The Good: Ties all the loose ends of the story leading up to Gears 3, the mystery behind Anvil Gate is finally revealed, the day-to-day struggle to survive is gripping The Bad: Not much action, Delta Squad takes a back seat, the ending has no meaning, no... See more
The Good: Ties all the loose ends of the story leading up to Gears 3, the mystery behind Anvil Gate is finally revealed, the day-to-day struggle to survive is gripping

The Bad: Not much action, Delta Squad takes a back seat, the ending has no meaning, no significant plot twists

The siege on Anvil Gate has always been a mystery to Gears of War fans. Mainly because the Pendulum Wars are never talked about in the games. The Pendulum Wars was a 70 year war between the Coalition of Ordered Governments and the indies or independent nations. They didn''t want to be ruled under the COG so they fought for it. The book jumps between just before the events of Gears of War 3 and a few decades prior as Colonel Hoffman during the siege of Anvil Gate. The recent events are the continuing survival of humanity, the search for more Immulsion, and the discovery of polyps and Lambent stalks (seen in Gears 3).

I have to say that Anvil Gate doesn''t really go anywhere. It''s more descriptive narrative than anything else. There''s not as much dialog as other Gears books and that''s a shame. The book doesn''t really focus on Delta Squad as much but mainly Hoffman and Baird. All the events seen in Gears 3 are told here in this book which is great insight. The constant shaky line between the COG and Gorasnaya (the COG''s main enemy during the Pendulum Wars) is interesting to see as well as how they deal with the indies wreaking havoc and making things harder for everyone. I honestly can just say that Anvil Gate really shows you how hard it is to survive in the Gears universe. Not something the games can really portray. Sure it looks hard to survive, but the day to day stuff isn''t really talked about.

There really aren''t any new characters if you have been reading all the Gears books, which is fine by me. The relationship between Hoffman and Mataki as well as the occasional quips of Dom thinking about Maria are interesting. We also get to see more about Marcus'' childhood and how Anya Stroud''s mother, Helena, and Marcus'' dad, Adam, served together. It kind of brings all the little strands together and ties the knots. All the little questions that you get from playing the games are answered here in a nice cohesive tale.

I just wish there was some more action and some more shocking twists. The story just kind of ends and is really just a tale that puts all the pieces together for you, nothing spectacular or complex, but non-Gears fans won''t appreciate the novel at all. If you really love the Gears universe and want more insight on the Pendulum Wars (besides Aspho Fields) then give this a gander.
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Tyler D. 96
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A very good book
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
An awesome book, and a great continuation of the series.
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steakburger
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Gears of War: Anvil Gate
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2011
i absolutely loved the Gears of wars series . i thought the boosk werer extermely well written and thought out the story was just straight up amazing and it pullled you in from the begining all the way to the end. the story made u feel like you were a part of it and made u... See more
i absolutely loved the Gears of wars series . i thought the boosk werer extermely well written and thought out the story was just straight up amazing and it pullled you in from the begining all the way to the end. the story made u feel like you were a part of it and made u feel emotion of the characters that you were expierencing. the story is just amazing and its a must pick up. !!! GET THIS BOOK.
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Opforsoldier
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FANTASTIC!
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013
I have really enjoyed this book. Having served in the military myself there are times when Karen Traviss writes in such a way as to evoke many of the memories and emotions that I recall from my time in the service and it takes talent as a writer in my opinion to be able to... See more
I have really enjoyed this book. Having served in the military myself there are times when Karen Traviss writes in such a way as to evoke many of the memories and emotions that I recall from my time in the service and it takes talent as a writer in my opinion to be able to do something such as that. It is what makes reading such an enjoyment and truly helps connect you to the piece. However one need not have been a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airmen to be able to understand what is going on behind the characters as the author also brings about many general Human emotions as well. At times it can be a bit slow but just push through those pages as it promises to pick back up! This is a MUST HAVE for not just Gears of War fans but fans of Sci-Fi and general military style writing.
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Zissou7
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Excellent Series!
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2012
I''m not sure what else to say other than this was a Great series! The jumping around within the series was a little distracting but nothing that should deter anyone from reading them. I must say I am a huge fan of the Gears of War series, both game and books but the books... See more
I''m not sure what else to say other than this was a Great series! The jumping around within the series was a little distracting but nothing that should deter anyone from reading them. I must say I am a huge fan of the Gears of War series, both game and books but the books really delve into the characters and their life storyline. Karen Traviss is an excellent writer and I really didn''t want to see an end to the series. These books really make you feel like Epic Games did a really poor job with their storyline compared to the in depth detail Traviss included in the series. I also find it a plus that she stuck with what little storyline Epic Games did giver her. Not to give anything away but Anyone who really enjoyed the game should definitely give this series a read.

Great job Karen Traviss!
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KMMR
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Good book. Nice story continuation.
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2011
I love the GEARS story and this book continued it on rather nicely. The story is rather depressing but exciting... I liked this world specifically because there really is no happy ending... which is hard to find now-a-days. The GEARS story is a very very sad one... See more
I love the GEARS story and this book continued it on rather nicely.

The story is rather depressing but exciting... I liked this world specifically because there really is no happy ending... which is hard to find now-a-days. The GEARS story is a very very sad one filled with nothing but death and sorrow.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
Great item came in perfect condition
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Anvil gate
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2011
I won''t spoil it for anyone reading this review. I enjoyed the book. I started reading the series a while back and have been pleased by the imagery the book can conjure. The author has done the job exceptionally well. If you enjoy the franchise and want to continue to... See more
I won''t spoil it for anyone reading this review. I enjoyed the book. I started reading the series a while back and have been pleased by the imagery the book can conjure. The author has done the job exceptionally well. If you enjoy the franchise and want to continue to story then get the book. If you''d prefer a pick-up book with no back story then don''t. I think that someone could pick it up with minimal knowledge of the game or other books and know what was going on, but wouldn''t fully enjoy it.
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Cherry
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Love Gears of War, Love Baird...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2015
so although I enjoy all the Gears books, this one, told partly from Baird''s point of view, has to be my favourite. It''s the second of a three-book story arc which chronicles what happens in the intervening time between the end of game 2 (Jacinto sinks) and the beginning of...See more
so although I enjoy all the Gears books, this one, told partly from Baird''s point of view, has to be my favourite. It''s the second of a three-book story arc which chronicles what happens in the intervening time between the end of game 2 (Jacinto sinks) and the beginning of game 3 (humanity living on ships on the Seran ocean). Things are changing rapidly for Delta Squad and the rest of the COG''s remnant. The Locust might not be able to reach them, but their island idyll isn''t all it''s cracked up to be: they now face two different groups of enemies, one of whose motivations - and indeed the reason for their existence - are as yet unknown. SLIGHT SPOILER! The second storyline (each book has both a present-day and historical story) partly concerns Colonel Victor Hoffman (the other part concerns Marcus'' father, Adam Fenix). Hoffman famously held the fort city of Anvil Gate (original Kashkuri name Anvegad, meaning ''keyhole'' as it was the key to keeping other nations out of Kashkur) during a long and deeply unpleasant siege during which the other side resorted to some seriously underhanded tactics to try and take the city. So Hoffman resorted to some underhanded tactics of his own, and here''s where the full thing gets told, giving us a much better insight into Hoffman''s nature and personality than any of the games had time to, since in them he was quite a secondary character who only seemed to exist to bark orders until game 3, where if you read between the lines you do learn a thing or two. All in all, a wonderful way to put further flesh (and a bit of muscle) onto the bones of the Gearsverse. Congratulations to Karen Traviss for some truly excellent writing.
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Voyager360
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Good addition to the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2014
I''ve read this book back in 2011, after having played Gears of War 1 and 2, when I was eagerly anticipating the release of Gears of War 3. The story takes place after Gears of War: Jacinto''s Remnant. I thought this book was quite good, the style of the first two books in...See more
I''ve read this book back in 2011, after having played Gears of War 1 and 2, when I was eagerly anticipating the release of Gears of War 3. The story takes place after Gears of War: Jacinto''s Remnant. I thought this book was quite good, the style of the first two books in the series is retained and it further develops the storyline and gives more backstory to some of the characters. I''d easily recommend this to fans of the Gears of War franchise interested in learning more about the Gears of War-universe.
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It is a good quality product and the content is up to everyone ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 19, 2017
Not much to review. It is a good quality product and the content is up to everyone to judge. Good books to read. Great story. Well written.
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Khaleesi
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... curled upwards but other than that it was in good condition.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018
One of the corners of the book was curled upwards but other than that it was in good condition.
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Immense
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2012
The entire set of these books are some of the best I have read, cannot wait for the final instalment to be released in august. If you are a fan of gears of war, or sci-fi in general, then get this book.
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