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.
©2007 BioWare Corp.; (P)2008 Tantor
This book exposes a lot of back story for Saren and Anderson. It make great strides in making the video games feel weighty. Saren's fall into madness in Mass Effect 1 means much more now that you know what he was like before he discovered Sovereign. The book also humanized Anderson, and that makes him even more likable.
As far as the narrator goes, he is pretty damn great. His female voices are surprisingly good.
Overall, the writing, plot, and reading is well done. The basis for the average rating lies in the paucity of the entire story. The length appears to be about half of what should have beena more compelling storyline line. The macguffin, a rumored novel alien artifact is only tangenetially mentioned, especially at the end where it appears to set up (hopefully) a second installment. The characters are interesting and the action is engaging, but the ending just seems like it comes way too early and with many unanswered questions and without adequate resolution of part 1. If the next two installments complete the story arc, then perhaps the bite sized intro will be worth it, but as far as trilogies go, this one has started lite.
This book started kind of slow and then grew into something pretty decent. It felt like Saren's character was over done though. The voice actor did well. Too bad they couldn't have gotten the voice actors from the games to do it though.
I must say I have played all the mass effect games and this story was simply amazing, this story surrounds around how Sovereign was first discovered the events leading to why Anderson wasn't inducted to the specters and how sarin was able to get a hold of the reaper. I would more then recommend this book to any fan of the mass effect series, checking out the next book after this review without a doubt.
As a fan of the video games this book was a real treat. It fills in the story behind Anderson`s attempt at joining the Specters which is briefly mentioned in the first game. I had always wondered what really happened between Anderson and Saren and this story explains it fantastically.
the story was ok but the narration was so bland that I found myself not paying attention a few times. the first few chapters felt like he was reading a text book and gave 0 phucks about the book. eventually you can kind of make out the difference between his characters but it's still rough, then you add in the mispronunciation of names and it's just a big ol pile of meh. wish Marc Thompson had read the mass effect books as well as the star wars.
As the title of this review suggests. I really wanted to enjoy this audio book. I am a fan of the games and the back story intrigued me.
What I couldn't get past was the droning voice of the narrator. While technically a decent job in voiceover work. Ultimately was draining and emotionless. It was like listening to a professor drone on about ancient history. Interesting, but put you right to sleep.
In the end, that's exactly what I used this audio book to do. Fall asleep when I was restless.
This was a fantastic setup to the first game in the series. The characters, the action, and of course the intense plot all had a profound charm! Highly recommend.
Eh. Probably not. It's a good story but not overly complex or surprising
Yeah, Most of the Characters are different enough in personality that even Drew Karpyshyn has a tough time messing them up.
The story kept you wanting to know what happened next. I felt like I was in the universe of mass effect itself. Characters are interesting and fleshed out and the ending gave me Goosebumps. I only wished i was more invested in the characters but I would definitely recommend it.
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