Universe: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm - The Official Movie Prequel


Historical Info

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm - The Official Movie Prequel is the prequel novel and the back story to the events before the beginning of the eagerly anticipated film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The book was written by New York Times best-selling author, Greg Keyes, and was released on May 27, 2014.

Bridging the gap between the events of the box office smash Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the eagerly anticipated sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this movie prequel takes readers on a journey through the build up that leads to the action on screen.


Our journey begins with Roger Mason, a man who has devoted almost thirty years of his life searching for the alleged "Big Foot". Roger was camping in the Muir Woods Park one day when he finds a group of apes. Then one ape lets out a mighty shriek and he flees in terror.

The bonobo, Koba, felt satisfied and his leader, Caesar, was proud of him.

In San Francisco, a reporter named David Flynn and a primatologist named Clancy wake up together in David's apartment when Clancy discloses the fact that she has been hired to deal with the apes in the Muir Woods.

We then meet Talia Kosar, a trauma specialist working at an emergency room, who receives a rather odd patient. Her patient is a fair-haired woman thirty-two years old with an unknown virus that causes a fever and sneezing blood.

A helicopter lands near the Muir Woods carrying Malakai Youmans who exits the helicopter expecting a group of park rangers maybe the national guard but instead sees a encampment of men of Anvil, an organization led by Trumann Philips. After having all his communication confiscated he learns that his goal is to hunt down a group of ape escapees from the alleged "monkey-gate" scandal.

Meanwhile Caesar and Rocket, another chimpanzee, were alerted of the human's "flying machines," by the orangutans who usually see these things first. At this news, Caesar goes to Cornelia, a female chimpanzee who has taken it upon herself to care for the wounded, and tells her to move all the apes in their troops while he, Rocket, Koba, and five other apes leave towards the helicopter. Then the helicopter began shooting so the apes descended down the trees only to find humans on the ground so all of the apes climbed onto the orangutan's backs and they escaped.

The next morning Talia's emergency room was packed. She yet again received some cases just like the one before and she believes she is witnessing an outbreak. After reporting this, the CDC and the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of an unknown viral infection.

Back in the Muir Woods, Caesar, Rocket and an orangutan, named Maurice decide that they need to make a plan.

After admiring the glory of the Muir Woods, Malakai meets Clancy and they are taken to the spot in the woods where the apes escaped, where Malakai is able to find ape tracks. They follow the tracks until they find a dead chimpanzee lying in foetal position. Since they have no trail to follow they must return to the base but Malakai decides to camp there for the night and to his surprise Clancy joins him.

Talia has a dreadful meal with her father that night where he offers her a chance to join his practice but she denies because the ER needs her.

Former Chief of Police, Dreyfus, made a speech declaring his intent of running for mayor in San Francisco. He received questions about various things including the virus that was beginning to surface to which he told everyone to stay calm. After the speech he talks to Daniel Nygun who says he would run if he thought he could beat Dreyfus and shows his support for his campaign.

Koba remembers to when he was younger and he lived with his mother and Mary and Kuo, his caretaker. Mary teaches him to sign and to speak using buttons. Koba gets to play a lot there. Sometimes people come to see Koba or his mother speak with Mary. One day Kuo is gone and instead Roger is there and he gets mad very easily. One night Roger has a lot to drink and inadvertently kills his mother. Eventually the funding is cut to their program. Then Koba stops thinking about his past and Caesar tells all of the apes to find food.

The CDC is preparing the public to fight the virus and Talia's ER is packed. One man, Max, even threatened them with a knife before he was sedated.

Malakai wakes up in Muir Woods which remind him of his visits to the Viruga Mountains as a child. He then sets off to look for the apes.

Caesar misses Will, his former owner, but he knows that this was where he belongs. They have plenty of meat to eat but he realized that orangutans eat fruit.

Malakai becomes suspicious of what Anvil is doing out here. They then realize that the apes need fruit and they can't find it there.

Dreyfus watches the television as they show the hysteria going on in San Franscisco, which has become the "ground zero" for the virus. Dreyfus decides that he should go to a local hospital where he is caught in the middle of a riot and is able to suppress it peacefully.

Malakai then struggles to use the Internet to find local grocery stores that have had fruit burglaries. They find one case at the Hong Tan Market. Then they make a plan. They were going to plant some food in one spot and track the apes as they take it. Later that night Clancy sneaks into their computers and finds an encrypted document that was very suspicious. She sent it to David Flynn for investigation.

Caesar and some of the other apes found some fruit in a nearby food store, then they found another food store, but when they went to a third food store there were humans in there fighting.

Koba remembers a man named Tommy. Tommy becomes Koba's new owner after Mary. Tommy also owns Milo. One day, Tommy shows Koba a stick and tells him that it is called a prod and when Koba doesn't do what Tommy says right then he will hurt Koba with it and he shows Koba by shocking him with it. Tommy teaches him many things by hurting him. Then Koba is taken to star in a show. One day a boy comes to watch Milo and Koba do tricks. He walks toward Milo and begins poking him wondering why he won't do something and this makes Milo mad so he lunges towards the boy and he bites him on the nose. The next day Milo's mouth is wired shut. As memories push through Koba, he looks towards Caesar and they then converse.

That morning David wakes up at four, as usual, and finds an email from Clancy. He reads the contents and investigates.

In the midst of all this Talia was super busy at her ER.

Dreyfus returned to his house to find his family very worried for him. When he came into the office the next day his colleague, Patel, did some investigating on their opponent in the mayoral race, Mayor House.

Caesar and some of the other apes find a giant pile of fruit in the middle of the woods. Caesar is very suspicious so he looks around and sees a camera. Koba smashes the camera and the tracking devices on the fruit which they then proceed to eat.

David went to Gen Sys to investigate the documents looking for Will Rodman, who according to the documents was a lead scientist there working to find a cure for Alzheimers called ALZ112 until one of his chimpanzee test subjects went crazy. He was able to find his home address. He got to his house and found that there was quarantine tape around it, yet he still went in. The only thing he could find was a landline with one recent call that he could track. He left a message for that number asking for information. While waiting to hear back , he looks over his nates and discovers that the medicine ALZ112 had been changed to RV112 and he assumes that meant retrovirus 112. He then receives a call from the line. It was the woman's sister and she asks to meet him at Delores Park.

As Malakai, Clancy and their supervisor, Corbin find the missing fruit with a smashed camera they are shocked. They drive along a road on the edge of the forest where the tracking devices show and stop there.

Caesar hides behind a bush and throws the tracking devices in one of the trucks to trick the humans before they drive off.

Malakai and Clancy are told about the virus by some of their supervisors.

Caesar hears about them talking about their disease and thinks that might be why humans are fighting each other. He thinks it might be good because it might make the humans forget about them.

David Flynn shows up at Dolores Park and meets the woman. The woman gives him a satchel and believes that it is her duty to do so. She walks away but is immediately killed, and suddenly someone points a gun at David as well.

Dreyfus watches as the tired Mayor House gives a half-hearted speech. Then he hears about firebombing in the hospital.

Maurice enjoys some fruit as he inspires Koba with "Apes Together, Strong".

Malakai, Clancy and Corbin find the tracking devices in one of the trucks and realize these apes are very smart and must be evolved.

Koba, again, remembers his time with Tommy. He remembers when Tommy kept hurting him. One time, he hurt him more than normal and wouldn't so Koba attacked him. Taking control felt good, but then Tommy took a knife and cut Koba down one side of his face leaving a scar and burnt one of his eyes. A few days later Tommy killed himself and Koba became free for a while until he was found and taken away.

David ran away but was shot. The 911 phone line was overloaded so he went to his friend, Talia's house. Talia fixed him up but had to go back to the ER. He called his publisher, Sage, and told her about the story he had garnered up.

One of the ape scouts found a group of humans heading towards them. He realized that the helicopters were flying towards the troops.

Main Characters


Caesar - Leader/King of the Apes, husband of Cornelia. Koba - One of Caesar's closest friends and soldier. Revealed to have been very close to his mother when he was a child. Cornelia - Queen of the Apes, wife of Caesar. It is revealed in the novel that she was born in the wild. Maurice - Best friend of Caesar. Rocket - Caesar's second Best friend. Milo - Koba's friend.


Will Rodman - Caesar's adoptive father who creates the virus by accident that becomes known later as the Simian Flu. Appears in Flashbacks. Dreyfus - A former Policeman and mayorial candidate. David Flynn - A reporter who seeks to break the "Monkeygate" story and the boyfriend of Clancy.

Malakai Youmans - A skilled hunter who is bought in to capture an ape and create an antidote for the Simian Flu. Clancy - A female ape specialist who is bought in to help capture Caesar. Girlfriend of David. Corbin Tommy - Koba and Milo's abusive caregiver. Roger - One of Koba and Milo's abusive caregivers, and Koba's mother's killer. Mary - Koba and Milo's kind caregiver. Kuo - One of Koba and Milo's kind caregivers. Roger Mason Natalia Kosar - a ER doctor and a trauma specialist. Daniel Nygun Max Caroline Aranha - Caesar's adoptive mother. Mentioned once or twice. Charles Rodman - Caesar's adoptive grandfather who died from Alzheimer's. Mentioned a couple of times. John Hamil - Chief of Police. Died during the Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge. Amol - A scientist and former employee of Gen-Sys Laboratories. Koba's friend.