Book Review: Predator: Concrete Jungle

Ahh the 80’s. Such a wonderful time. During the 80’s we had so many wonderful franchises: the birth of rap, The Goonies, a couple of Star Wars movies, funk music, The Terminator franchise and last but not least, the Predator franchise. I can still remember the first time I went to see the first Predator movie with my dad. He took me to a double feature. I got to see Rambo 3 and Predator on the same night. Nathan Archer’s Predator: Concrete Jungle (1995) is what Predator 2 should have been. It even kinda feels like this storyline was scrapped and they decided to film what they ended up filming. The story is about a series of grisly murders taking place in New York City. A pair of detectives investigate the incident and they discover an alien visitor is using the city as his hunting ground. They have to stop the hunter before it kills again.

Danny Glover In Predator?

So, I liked the first Predator movie. I was all excited when I heard they were going to release the sequel. I checked it out and I was confused. I was expecting to see Arnold Schwarzenegger to show up on the screen to kick some alien butt. Instead we got Danny Glover. I was like “What?”. Don’t get me wrong, Glover is a great actor. I loved him in the Lethal Weapon series, but I don’t think he was the best casting choice for the Predator sequel. The sequel barely had any link to the first movie. This book feels like it should be the true successor to the franchise. It’s got New York, a freakin’ strong alien who happens to be a hunter and a stronger link to the first movie than the actual, current sequel.

Final Thoughts

This book is a cool book. It’s filled with that 80’s nostalgia I love so much. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the Predator franchise. The story is good too, I think this book is sci-fi, but it’s also an action story. Be warned though, there is gore in the book. It wouldn’t be a Predator story without it. 

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