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Mass Effect: Revelation | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Mass Effect: Revelation

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?
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Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished 50,000 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.

©2007 BioWare Corp.; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Jeremy 03-03-15
    Jeremy 03-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Mass Effect fan's dream of a back story"

    Love it, the story is very thought out and had me at the edge of my seat. And I loved being surrounded by mass effect lore all over again.

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    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 03-02-15
    Ryan M. Gapen San Diego 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Way better than I would have expected"

    I have read other books by Drew karpyshyn and they were good. The Darth Bane books are probably my favorite of all the star wars novels. I put this one off for some reason though. It was in my wish list for about a year or so before I bought it. He does such a great job of making me feel like I'm there. The story is great, with so much detail, exploration, and mystery. I'm hooked and will be reading the rest of the series for sure.

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    J. Richmond Richmond, IN 02-24-15
    J. Richmond Richmond, IN 02-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Surprise"

    This is actually a very good tie-in novel to go with bioware's Mass Effect series of games. Solid sci-fi, well read, and fun. This book can work for anyone whether hey have played the games or not.

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    Amazon Customer Cleveland 01-29-15
    Amazon Customer Cleveland 01-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just average, nothing special. storyline is unique"

    overall, it was just ok. storyline itself was unique, but the quality of character development was lacking. it was somewhat superficial.

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    Ben Drexl Spokane, WA 01-13-15
    Ben Drexl Spokane, WA 01-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "As a fan, it was just OK."

    We learn more about Anderson's back story, and Saren's motives leading up to ME1, but in the end I didn't feel satisfied with either...

    Author doesn't seem to have the imagination or sci-fi chops to bring the ME universe to life.

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    "Excellent intro to the Video Game: Mass Effect"
    If you could sum up Mass Effect in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Introduction to ME.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mass Effect?

    I'd have to say that when Saren, Anderson & Skarr meet up for the first time at Grissom's house to duke it out. To me, that was the tipping point of the story. From there, the whole rest of the story fell into place with chasing down Edan Had'dah on Camala.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book narrated by mr. Colacci. He did an excellent job capturing the voices for the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well having played the video game prior to the book I had an idea of what the Artifact was the whole time. It was a great segue into the video game and prepared the reader/listener for whats to come in the video game.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good read/listen. A great segue into the video game series! The story was a little shaky, pretty cut and dry. I thought there would be more background on Saren, but you do get a sense of his personality going into the video game. If you're a fan of the series, it's a must read!

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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad to have discovered this series."
    What did you love best about Mass Effect?

    I recently listened to a lot of the Halo audiobooks, as one of my friends is a huge fan of that universe. One of the big pitfalls of those books, however, is the fact that a lot of stupid decisions are made by the characters. I love love LOVE how the characters in Mass Effect generally make semi-intelligent decisions, at least. I also love that individuals of each alien race still feel like individuals and not caricatures of racial cliches.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenes with Saren. He's such a delightfully monstrous character.


    Any additional comments?

    The only disappointing aspect, which is totally unfair on my part, is the fact that David Colacci, who does do a great job, can't match Captain Anderson's voice actor from the game, Keith David. Again, this is a somewhat unfair opinion, since it's almost impossible to compete with one of the most distinct and awesome voices in modern media.

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    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-07-14
    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Awesome prelude to Mass Effect!"

    Great backstory for any that have played the game Mass Effect! Really explains a lot about Saren and what drives him and how things got to where they are in the first Mass Effect.

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    Caleb Heindrich Fort Collins, Colorado, USA 11-29-13
    Caleb Heindrich Fort Collins, Colorado, USA 11-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A brilliant story from a brilliant franchise"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was an illuminating edition to the franchise. Anderson's backstory is hinted at in the games, but never given any time beyond a curt few lines of dialogue. For fans who want to know exactly what it is that went down between Anderson and Saren, this book does that story justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Having played the games more often that I would want to admit, I'm used to the voices of Keith David, Fred Tatasciore and Grey Delisle voicing Anderson, Saren and Kahlee Sanders respectively. David Colacci does a good job substituting for them, but it takes some getting used to.

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    james JEFFERSON, GA, United States 08-23-13
    james JEFFERSON, GA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A true fan favorite"
    What did you love best about Mass Effect?

    It is amazing to get an inside look on Anderson as a young Lt. Getting the REAL story on his and Saren's history together is amazin!


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the series Mass Effect, you as the player can dig only so far into the history between Anderson and Saren. Revelation sheds light on the whole story and with out giving away any spoilers, colors a better picture on Andersons past life in and out of the Alliance Military. While showing more detail on Saren's ruthless reputation and..... we learn a dark secret along the way!


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all three of these Mass Effect books, and David Colacci does a great job reading these titles.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The beginnings of the Mass Effect story"


    Any additional comments?

    Any one who throughly enjoyed the Mass Effect story or a fanboy who wants something amazing to listen to while playing the game, I definitly recommend this audible series! Cheers

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