Sunday, 11 December 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Decepticons At The Pole


During the 1980s, Ladybird Books took a leap from their usual books on Children's fairy tales and educational books, to publishing books based on children's cartoons.


Decepticons At The Pole was published and released in 1987. The book was written by John Grant and illustrated by Barry Rowell. In this new timeline, the Autobots and Decepticons appear to have moved to Nebulos from Earth and takes place in the future. In these books, Hot Rod and Cyclonus are the new leaders. It was also released under Ladybird's "Tell-A-Tale"line, which came with the book and a cassette tape, narrated by Peter Marinker.

The plot in this book is Lacking enough energy to assemble a major offensive operation against the Autobots, the Decepticons investigate the natural energy sources of Nebulos, learning that the planet derives the vast majority of its power from a steady stream of cosmic radiation emitted by a pulsar at the edge of the galaxy. Under the supervision of Aimless, a gigantic energy interceptor is assembled at the North Pole, where the pulsar energy is at its most concentrated.
Concerned over the lack of Decepticon attacks in the last few weeks, the Autobots soon discover the villains' plan, and learn that it will mean the death of Nebulos itself if the Decepticons deprive the planet of its steady flow of cosmic energy. Hot Rod begs Cyclonus to stop, but the Decepticon brushes off Hot Rod's warnings, forcing the Autobots to take action. A task force led by Brainstorm distracts the Decepticons guarding the interceptor, while the small Nebulans attach demolition charges to it, bringing the structure crashing down.
Beginning their scheme again, the Decepticons move their entire base—Scorponok—to the North Pole to ensure the interceptor will be adequately protected. Well aware of their enemies' movements, the Autobots enact "Operation Heatwave", formulated by Brainstorm, to put a stop to their energy theft. Taking up strategic positions around Scorponok, the Autobots offer Cyclonus a chance to give up, but when he refuses, they open fire on the permafrost with thermal lasers, melting it into mud and slime. As Decepticon warriors struggle to fight back through the mire, the interceptor collapses and explodes, releasing all the captive energy. When Scorponok himself begins to sink, the Autobots leave their foes to rescue themselves and head back to base.

Thanks to RetroRobotRadio for uploading the audio book and the scans to youtube. This book is the start of the final series of books that feature the headmasters and targetmasters on Nebulos. These books don't seem as strong as the others, but still, worth a listen