|Author(s)||S. D. Perry|
|Release date(s)||August 28, 1998|
|Cover by||John Bolton|
|Preceded by||Aliens: Music of the Spears|
|Followed by||Aliens: Original Sin|
DEATH OR REDEMPTION
It is called a Berserker team — reckless, desperate volunteers recruited by the Company to destroy alien infestations. Based on the spaceship Nemesis, it consists of three brutal ex-cons who do all the grunt work and the Berserker itself, code-named MAX: an armed and armored exoskeleton powered by the living brain of what was once a human, configured into an unstoppable killing machine.
When the Nemesis is sent to a massive space station, D.S. 949, the team finds an alien hive, the largest in history, with nearly a thousand hapless humans cocooned and incubated. The team mission: to destroy the aliens while leaving the terminal intact. The mission seems like suicide to the bug hunters and their small support staff. And that is perfectly fine for the Company... which wants no witnesses left to the terrifying secret of D.S. 949.
The Berserker team--ex-convicts led by the skeletal alien-killing machine called MAX--attempts to rescue a thousand humans from the clutches of Aliens.
- Aliens: Berserker would be the final Aliens novel that is an adaptation of a Dark Horse comic book; the following book, Aliens: Original Sin, is an original story, as are all the subsequent novels. It was also the last Aliens novel to be published by Bantam; when the book series resumed in 2005, titles were published by DH Press.
- Berserker is one of three books in the Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator franchise from Bantam that was never published in the United Kingdom, the others being Predator: Big Game and Aliens vs. Predator: War. In fact, Berserker seems to have been printed in only limited quantities even in America, and as such it is today by far the hardest of Bantam's novels to find. Notably, all of these unpublished novels are the final books from Bantam in their respective series (meaning that the novels essentially stopped two years earlier in the UK, in 1997, with Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet being the final book released).