SLIGHTLY SPOILERY (BUT NOT REALLY)
To be honest I wasn’t so sure about the premise of a book that happens between Alien and Aliens with Ripley. It didn’t seem like it could work.
The thing is, the book is good. I listened to the audio book so I had a fairly close sounding Ripley, and they got Rutger Haur to play Ash and that pretty much sealed it up. I am still not convinced though that they needed Ripley in this book, the author could have still set it up, but not involve Ripley, since in the end it doesn’t effect the rest of the story.
The author has a good sense of timing, the suspense is good and the story gives some additional background on aliens. It also had the action you want in these books, along with a great voice cast to keep you in the groove. Definitely a positive.
However, as a story set in the Alien universe, it is pretty darn good. I enjoyed it a lot and it helped pass the time while I waited in the dentist chair.
Pick it up, but I still think it would have been great without Ripley.