"Aliens: Infiltrator" Book Review

Written by Jennifer Turner

Published by Titan Books

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Written by Weston Ochse
2021, 352 pages, Fiction
Released on April 20th, 2021


I’m going to start off this review by saying that when it comes to the Alien franchise, I’m relatively an amateur viewer. I’ve seen the first two installments of the original films but skipped the other two. I’ve seen Prometheus and AVP, but barely remember them. Please forgive me if I miss any references or subtle nuances that a more devoted viewer would understand.

Aliens: Infiltrator is just a fun book; you don’t even need to be a super fan of the franchise to enjoy reading it. This is a thrilling sci-fi ride that is awesome from start to finish for anyone into this particular genre of space and monsters. To be honest, if this book got turned into a movie, I would be the first in line to watch it.

Our protagonist Dr. Timothy Hoenikker is headed to the Pala Station believing that he is finally going to achieve his dream of studying ancient Xenomorph artifacts. Once there, he faces the ultimate bait-and-switch when he is informed by his boss that he is to assist in experiments involving alien eggs.

And if you have ever seen a movie from this franchise, you will know that these eggs are anything but Cadbury.

But job security is the least of our good doctor’s concerns when our favorite non-Martians escape and take over the ship thanks to the title’s resident infiltrator who is blackmailed into aiding a rival company in destroying the station.

Hoeniker is the hero and the heart of the story, there’s a tragic subplot where he discovers that his ex-girlfriend, Monica, is one of many prisoners that they intend to experiment on. This storyline really humanizes our main character and gives the book a little more heart. Our good doctor is only one of many colorful and well-written characters.

One particular favorite is Cruz, a scientist that takes an almost sadistic joy in experimenting on his intergalactic guests. An ex veteran with a whole lot of emotional baggage, he is perfect as the flawed leader of this motley crew of scientists and soldiers.

Another favorite is Rawlings, an alcoholic comm tech who has more common sense in his prosthetic arm than the rest of the crew when it comes to survival. Despite being a more minor character, he is given top billing in the book’s synopsis. He’s still enjoyable and his frequent quests for more booze are a refreshingly humorous twist in this dark and intense story.

The novel ends on a cliffhanger/possible sequel note and I normally am annoyed by that. In this case, I give Infiltrator a pass on this literary sin. The ending is eloquent and beautiful with one of the most poetic final sentences that I have ever read in a horror tale.

Now get cracking on making a movie based on Aliens: Infiltrator, I’ll bring the popcorn. I’m looking forward to future installments in this amazing series.


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Steve Pattee
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He's the puppet master. You don't see him, but he pulls the strings that gets things done. He's the silent partner. He's black ops. If you notice his presence, it's the last thing you'll notice — because now you're dead. He's the shadow you thought you saw in that dark alleyway. You can have a conversation with him, and when you turn around to offer him a cup of coffee, he's already gone.
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