A much more engrossing and captivating story than that contained in the movie of the same name, Predator tells the story of an elite military rescue unit sent into the jungles of South America to rescue American hostages.
After a thrilling and bloody firefight at the enemy base, the men begin their long trip to the helicopter rendevous point. Along the way, they are hunted and killed, one by one, by an unseen creature that uses the jungle to hide. Finally, only one man remains, left to hunt the hunter and free the earth from it's carnage.
The book maintains a nearly impossible breakneck speed from start to finish. Not only is this a finely crafted science fiction story, but it is also a glorious Rambo-style novel full of big guns and even bigger battles. A great and wholly satisfying read.
This was a decent movie novelization although the portrayal of the Predator species in it is a lot different than in the usual Predator series. Quite often, I had to wonder if the author of the book had actually seen the movie or read the script because the majority of this descriptions of the alien were way off. This "Predator" seems to be able to possess animal minds and then shape-change into them which makes it hard to get into because it goes against what we've seen in the movies and read in the usual "Predator" novels and comics. But, it's a good stand-alone read, even though the writer apparently doesn't seem to realize cheetahs and hyenas are NOT native to Central America...