Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons: Training Day (I Can Read Book 2)

Join the Autobots as they train to battle the Decepticons! The exercises are equal parts work and play, but the ‘bots have one goal in mind: victory.

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The epic battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron have long thrilled Transformers fans. But these two giants weren’t always great leaders and bitter foes. This new novel continues the electrifying saga that started with Transformers: Exodus, unveiling the origins of the conflict—the explosive events that unfolded before Optimus and Megatron arrived Earthside, forever altering the destiny of their kind.
Once allies, Optimus and Megatron are now enemies in a civil war. To prevent Cybertron from falling into Megatron’s hands, Optimus jettisons the planet’s heart, the AllSpark, into space, then sets out to find it with Megatron hot on his heels. Optimus is determined to defeat Megatron, bring the AllSpark home, and restore Cybertron to its former glory.

But a saboteur lurks aboard Optimus’s spaceship, and ahead lie lost colonies, some of them hostile. Optimus needs help of the highest caliber, but from whom? Heroes such as Solus, Nexus, and Vector Prime are just names from make-believe stories of long ago. Or are they? Maybe it’s time for Optimus Prime to find out. Maybe it’s the only chance he has to vanquish mighty Megatron.

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5 Responses to Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons: Training Day (I Can Read Book 2)

  1. Karyn W "blckwidow8" says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hunt for the Decepticons: Training Day, July 22, 2011
    Karyn W “blckwidow8″ (Kansas City, MO United States) –

    This review is from: Transformers: Hunt for the Decepticons: Training Day (I Can Read Book 2) (Paperback)

    My six year old is starting 1st grade in the fall and I had him read this book this summer to keep up his reading skills. He loves Transformers, so knowing the names of the different characters did help (as the names can be a little tough for beginning readers). He struggled on a few words, but overall the vocabulary seemed appropriate for a level 2 reader. While the cover has a photo of the transformers the rest of the book is in a cartoon form. There are lots of Autobots and Decepticons and there is a battle. There was plenty of action and suspense, as far as a relatively short children’s book goes. My son enjoyed reading this and was happy when the Decepticons ran off defeated at the end. Of course they weren’t destroyed so it leaves plenty of opportunity for more books to read.

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  2. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    love it, October 30, 2011

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    My son loved this book. It was easy to read and the pictures were cartoonish, not too realistic which is good because he is 5. Very nice!

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  3. Eric Moore says:
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Book, But Inconsistencies Abound, March 27, 2012
    Eric Moore (Fort Myers, FL United States) –

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    This review is from: Transformers: Exiles (Mass Market Paperback)

    This Is The First Product I have been driven to write a review on as I feel the previous reviews should be balanced out a bit as nothing mentions any faults with the writing or story progression.

    First of all, I did at the very least enjoy this book. Not as much as the first of the two though. As the first book. The Leading Bots on each side (along with those leading the different planets visited) were characterized quite well. A few of the secondary characters had their time in the sun as well, particularly Silverbolt and Jazz I felt.

    Unfortunately, there were glaring inconsistancies that at time took me out of the story. Some of these shown through from the first book to the second, some showed up inside the span of just a couple of pages… For Example:

    From the First to the Second Books:
    1. The Reason for the Autobots entire Journey was Changed. In Exodus, they left the planet simply because the planet could not sustain them, not particularly to search for the Allspark.

    2. The Allspark was not ejected from Cybertron to keep Megatron from polluting it with Dark Energon. From Exodus, the Allspark was ejected far before the Autobots, or Decepticons for that matter, even knew of Dark Energon’s existence on Cybertron.

    3. It seems that none of the Decepticons had to go through the debilitating withdrawl, rage, or cravings of the Dark Energon that seemed quite severe from Exodus

    Within Exodus, the names of Artifacts and Locations of Bots seemed to not fully matter as the story went on…
    1. Silverbolt was not part of the First or Second landing Team on Velocitron, yet appeared at the Expedia Race when only the first team had yet made landfall.

    2. Sideswipe was on Junkion with the team fixing the Ark, but is all of a sudden piloting Primes Shuttle as they lift off from Solus Prime’s Forge. (with that being the only mention of him with that group during those chapters)

    3. Nexus’s Primes Sword changed from Omni Saber to Chaos Blade.

    4. I am still not sure if the Cyber Calibur is the same as the Star Saber. (the main object it seemed Prime was trying to find in the book other than the Allspark) Though my guess is that it was supposed to be.

    All in all as I said it was a good book, but at times, having to go and reread sections sections just to make sure I had not read them wrong took me completely our of the story. (I.E. reading entire chapters again to try and solidify if the Star Saber and Cyber Calibur were the same)

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  4. Cyhwuhx says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    This has got to be one of the worst books I’ve read so far, August 12, 2012
    Cyhwuhx (Amersfoort, Netherlands) –

    This review is from: Transformers: Exiles (Mass Market Paperback)

    I genuinely love Transformers, but this is just pure drivel. All characters seem to think, know and act alike. On the off chance this doesn’t fit the character or situation (say, Optimus Prime wanting to kill someone), the thought enters the character’s mind, and is then immediately followed by a second line of thought claiming that course of action to be wrong/unsuitable/against the will of the Allspark/some other reason.

    It’s a bloody annoying mechanic that will have many a Transformer-fan go into a raging fury about what Character X is about to do, only to discover Character X isn’t actually doing what is written. To a certain extent I’m not even sure it *is* a mechanic. It feels as if an editor went through the text and had to salvage well-known characters by adding those counter-lines.

    And then there are the continuity errors, a complete lack of sense about events (e.g. the post-Autobot Velocitron situation isn’t explained when it should be and only mentioned in passing, making you retread the book because you get the idea you’ve missed an entire chapter), deus ex machina info-bursts to get characters to act without reason or fill up plot-holes adding more errors along the way, and to top it off: horrible conversations that lack any kind of emotion and/or relevancy.

    Just like Transformers: Exodus, it also manages to cram in a selection of fan-service references, but they feel like insults rather than streaks of nostalgia because they lack the context needed. Unlike Exodus however, it doesn’t manage to tell a story. Where the first book was focused upon explaining the origins of the faction war while cramming in the deterioration of the previous political system, Exiles just focuses on going nowhere. Nobody seems to have a real goal or an agenda except for the Matrix. And that’s not even a character.

    Like the Transformers themselves you’re just tagging along for the ride, wondering when it is going to stop and let the characters get out and do something. Where Exodus had a clear arc reaching a somewhat satisfying conclusion which was riddled with errors, Exiles lacks this completely leaving you with just the errors. There are some attempts at intrigue and mystery, but – bafflingly – the story itself kills these attempts stone dead within a few chapters (just in case you couldn’t wrap your head around it). If anything, it makes Exodus look like an amazing saga.

    There is so much wrong with Exiles, that the only reason to even read it is to possibly learn from its mistakes. Solely based on that notion, this book is a steal. Otherwise I’ll leave you with my initial thought: this has got to be one of the worst books I’ve read so far.

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  5. Anonymous says:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    This book should be exiled, August 6, 2012
    W. WERNER “one mom” (California, USA) –

    This review is from: Transformers: Exiles (Mass Market Paperback)

    I was full of anticipation for this novel and was left with dread that the author might be allowed to write a third. Just as with the first, it appears that an editor was not used for this novel as well. Shame. Be prepared to reread entire sections and/or chapters.

    Eric Moore has already pointed out a number of errors in the second novel, so please see his review for those. For the rest I will say this (while trying not to spoil to much):

    It is out of character for OP to ignore cries for help (Velocitron).
    Why is Wreck-Gar is afraid of the area beyond his functioning space bridge? And is OP afraid of it, too?
    Who were the next visitors to Velocitron after the Autobots? Was it the Decepticons?
    Where did Makeshift go?
    It is out of character for Megatron to not kill off opposers, or to at least not attempt to get rid of them (Velocitron).
    Prime doesn’t speak – or think – like… Prime.
    Shearbolt; who done it?
    Was the Ark built, or was it found?
    Why does Alpha Trion not seem to know very much?

    One good note: Alpha Trion’s narratives are now italicized so that they stand apart from the main Autobot story.

    It’s somewhat better than its precursor; the story is still choppy and cumbersome in many places. The sheer quantity of errors makes it a book I am unlikely to ever reread again. Save your money and borrow it from someone else or check it out of a library if you really want to read it.

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