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Mass Effect: Revelation January 16, 2008

Posted by batduck in Books, Reviews.

image Mass Effect: Revelation

Drew Karpyshyn

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Three and a half stars. (of a possible four)







 Web Site Description:

Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars; the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station; smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base–hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?
Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can’t trust and pursued by an assassin he can’t escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy . . . one he won’t live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.


From Batduck:

I’ll start this off by being a bit blunt.   This is not Isaac Asimov.  This is not Robert Heinlein.  This is not Stephen King.  This is not Ray Bradbury.

Do not expect that high caliber of writing that you might expect from the sci-fi greats when picking up this book.  That being said, this book does what it sets out to do extremely well.  It’s purpose, aside from being entertainment, is to set up the stage for the Mass Effect video game and to introduce it’s universe, characters and conflicts.  To that end, the book is excellent.  It’s an interesting story and the races and settings are all colorful and engrossing.

My only gripe with it, is that the main characters are a bit generic.   The military hero that’s a total bad ass.  The evil arch-nemesis.  We’ve seen it all before.

I suppose that once you lose yourself in the story, you can forgive a book’s faults, and I certainly did not enjoy it any less for it.

I highly recommend the book if you are planning on playing Mass Effect the video game.



1. wayne Proudfoot - January 20, 2008

You are right on all counts. Its not Ray Bradbury Steven King or Asimnov for that matter. All characters are generic reformations of characters ironoically not the future but rather from the past and the story has been done to death over and over and over again.

that said, although this tale didn’t take me to the heights of exstacy it was somewhat enjoyable and not completly a wasted or futile exercise.

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