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Gears of War: The Slab[1] is the fifth and final book in the Gears of War novel series.[1] It focuses on Marcus Fenix's time in the Jacinto Maximum Security Prison, and reveals more backstory on him, Victor Hoffman, Adam Fenix, and many other characters.[2]

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MARCUS FENIX. WAR HERO. LOYAL SON. TRAITOR.

Ten years after Emergence DayLocust Horde advances on humanity’s last defended area—Ephyra—in a bloody war that has seen billions die, Marcus Fenix does the unthinkable: he defies orders and abandons his post during a critical battle in a bid to rescue his father, weapons scientist Adam Fenix. But Adam is buried in the rubble during a ferocious assault on the Fenix mansion, and Ephyra falls to the enemy. Marcus, grieving for a father everyone believes is dead, is court-martialed for dereliction of duty and sentenced to forty years in the Coalition of Ordered Government's brutal maximum security prison, known simply as the Slab.

But Adam is very much alive, snatched from the destruction by the elite Onyx Guard on Chairman Richard Prescott's orders. He’s now a long way from home and in a prison of his own—a COG doomsday bunker on the tropical island of Azura, a place hidden from the rest of Sera since the Pendulum Wars. His own guilty secret has been exposed: Adam knew the Locust existed deep below the surface of Sera long before Emergence Day, and were being driven from their tunnels by a lethal parasite known as the Lambent. Now he has to find a way to destroy the Lambent while the dwindling COG forces fight to hold back a growing Locust army that’s threatening to overrun the city.

As Adam struggles to find redemption in his comfortable island jail, Marcus seeks his own atonement in the squalid, closed world within the Slab’s granite walls. While Dom Santiago and Anya Stroud fight to get him released, ready to make any sacrifice to free him, Marcus gradually finds unexpected kinship among Sera’s most dangerous criminals—and a way to carry on his personal war against the Locust.[3]

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The book first starts ten years after Emergence Day inside the troop-bay of a King Raven occupied by Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, Jace Stratton and Tai Kaliso who discuss the direction of the war. Piloted by a Gear named Rothesay, Bravo Squad's helicopter flies toward a team from the 3rd Ephyran Engineers unit who are finishing up the last touches on sealing a third Locust tunnel with cement. On the way, Bravo spots a quickly-advancing Locust unit heading the engineers' way. When Rothesay makes contact with the engineers and informs them of the incoming Locust, Captain Shaw (the leader of the engineers) explains the importance of his team's current assignment which would leave the Coalition of Ordered Governments capital Ephyra open to attack if left unfinished. Marcus prepares to physically drag Shaw to the King Raven but Shaw accidently stumbles into a rapidly-filling crater of liquid cement as the Locust start firing upon them. The liquid cement starts filling the crater, threatening to kill Shaw. Despite his best attempts to save Shaw, Marcus was unable to save the captain before he drowned in the cement, forcing Bravo to retreat.

Back at the Fenix estate; Adam Fenix, Marcus's father, has decided he will finally tell Marcus the truth about the death of Marcus's mother, his connection to the Locust and the threat of Lambency. Elaine Fenix, Adam's wife, had gone missing roughly 10 BE and was never found. Adam discovered she had been the first to learn the existence of the Locust and had died trying to make first contact. Years later, Queen Myrrah had reached out to Adam to ask him to help develop a solution to the Lambent; a feverish mutation caused by a direct exposure to the fuel known as Imulsion. If Lambency could be stopped early, he could have prevented the Locust war. Adam had never told a living person the truth of his knowledge of the Locust or their plan to invade the surface. No longer able to live with his guilt he planned to tell Marcus when he returned home on leave. When Marcus finally comes home, they spend their afternoon in relative silence, normal for their distant relationship. When Adam attempts to begin discussing his work as a lead up to his confession, Marcus tells him he doesn't need to hear it, assuming it's classified and cant be discussed. Adam, dreading making Marcus angry and ashamed of him, relents and keeps the truth to himself.

Neville Estrom, a research scientist with a doctorate in physics, and whom had helped design the Hammer of Dawn with Adam Fenix, was using Dr. Fenix's absence to catch up with backlogging records so in the event of evacuation, the files could be recovered. Neville, while brain storming ideas of new ways to kill Locust, discovers five photographs of a Locust autopsy were missing from a file. Neville also finds a picture of an Emergence Hole, possibly taken before E-Day. Neville suspects the explanation to be incompetent record keeping and notes to ask Dr. Fenix about it. When Adam is late for work the next day, Neville calls to check up on him. While on the line, Neville asks Adam about the missing photos and the questionable date of the recon photo. Adam, having taken the photos and knowing all too well about the Emergence hole. Adam makes to the R&D department but the building is ordered to evacuate due to locust pushing further into Ephyra. When Adam arrives, he speaks to Neville and blurts out his early knowledge of the Locust. Neville is shocked and angered by the news and resolves to tell Chairman Prescott what he has learned.

Upon being told by Dr. Estrom what he has learned about Dr. Fenix's early contact and knowledge of the invasion, Chariman Richard Prescott is stunned and bewildered as to how a man could keep such a secret for 15 years. Prescott contemplates whether his predecessor, Chairman Dalyell, had known and not told him before his death in 1 AE. Prescott tells Neville he will take him to Azura, a secret island research facility for the COG's elite in case of crisis, to keep this knowledge from becoming public. He also orders that the Oynx Guard, the COG elite soldiers whom serves at the discretion of the Chairman, to keep an eye on Adam in case he attempts to flee.

Inside the Fenix estate, Adam attempts to communicate with the Locust Queen. Myrrah, unsatisfied with the progress he has made, has sent the Locust to take him back to the Hollow so he can be forced work on a solution to Lambency. Adam threaten to shoot himself if Marcus dies and Myrrah tells him is he does it will not be by her order. Adam waits for the Locust to come retrieve him.

On the front lines of the battle for Ephyra, Colonel Victor Hoffman tries to keep the Locust advance back. Marcus and his squad got to rescue Lt. Anya Stroud who is trapped inside a bank vault being used a temporary CIC base. Unarmed, Anya prepares herself for a fight but is saved before the need arose. Collecting the Hammer of Dawn target equipment from a pair of deceased gears, they regroup with Colonel Hoffman who instructs Marcus to take King Raven and the Hammer targeting laser to destroy a bridge to deny the Locust a way into Ephyra. Suddenly, Adam Fenix comes over the radio to tell Marcus that the Locust are approaching the estate and to say goodbye. Marcus announces his intent to rescue his father. Hoffman demands he go to the bridge and save the gears stationed there. When the Colonel insults Marcus's father, Marcus punches Hoffman to the ground and takes his squad via Raven toward his home. Marcus has left the Hammer equipment but forgot to leave a crucial piece for accuracy. Hoffman and Anya fly to the bridge but with the piece missing, are not able to destroy the bridge until it was too late. Marcus and Hoffman's fight was heard on all COG radios stationed in and knowledge of his dereliction of duty is publicly known.

Adam waits for the Locust to come take him away, but Marcus and his squad arrive first. Adam tells Marcus he cant leave with his research, knowing the key to saving live on Sera depended on it.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 http://books.simonandschuster.com/Gears-of-War-The-Slab/Karen-Traviss/9781439184073
  2. Karen's blog: The fifth Gears of War novel is THE SLAB and it'll be out in May 2012 from gallery Books. Yes, it's about Marcus Fenix and his time in The Slab, the COG's maximum security prison, so we're flashing back to before Gears 1. Find out what really happened when Marcus slugged Hoffman. And it'll answer some questions left in Gears 3 about Adam Fenix.
  3. Gears of War: The Slab, Amazon.com. Accessed on 2012-04-23


Gears of War series
Main Games: Gears of War () • Gears of War 2 () • Gears of War 3 () • Gears of War 4 () • Gears 5
Other Games: RAAM's ShadowGears of War: Judgment () • Gears of War: Ultimate EditionGears Pop!Gears Tactics
Books: Aspho FieldsJacinto's RemnantAnvil GateCoalition's EndThe SlabKilo Squad: The Survivor's Log
Comics: HollowBarrenDirty Little SecretsThe Rise of RAAMStand-Alone Issues
Booklets and Guides: Destroyed BeautyBeneath the SurfaceThe Art of Gears of WarThe Art of Gears of War 3The Poster CollectionThe Art of Gears of War 4
Other Media: Gears of War (film)Gears of War: ExileGears of War: The Board GameGears of War: Tactics