Alien: Sea of Sorrows
(Canonical Alien Trilogy #2)
by James A. Moore (2014)
As a deputy commissioner for the ICC, Alan Decker’s job is to make sure the settlements on LV178 follow all the rules, keeping the colonists safe. But the planet known as New Galveston holds secrets, lurking deep beneath the toxic sands dubbed the Sea of Sorrows.
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation has secrets of its own, as Decker discovers when he is forced to join a team of mercenaries sent to investigate an ancient excavation. Somewhere in that long-forgotten dig lies the thing the company wants most in the universe—a living Xenomorph.
This is a re-telling of the Aliens film. Instead of Ripley, we have Decker a distant relative. He is taken by mercenary soldiers to LV176 (location for the first book).
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation is trying to acquire ‘alien samples’ along with a group of miners intent on fortune. While very familiar, the novel delivers on action and suspense. The main problem I had was how Decker always managed to be in the right place, with the right people to survive. He must have been carrying plotonium !
Another good read.. on to the third (and final) in the series.