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.
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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.
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.
Excellent Introduction to ME.
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.
This was my first book narrated by mr. Colacci. He did an excellent job capturing the voices for the characters.
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.
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!
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.
The scenes with Saren. He's such a delightfully monstrous character.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
I have listened to all three of these Mass Effect books, and David Colacci does a great job reading these titles.
"The beginnings of the Mass Effect story"
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
Fathers Face Remembered
Middle ground. This isn't a great book. It is a fun read in the Expanded Universe of Mass Effect.
David Anderson is my favorite character. To glimpse the early days of the man I knew from the book was nice.
The Finale scene was well done. Good exclamation point to end this book on.
I didn't finish it in one sitting but it only took me two days.
This was a fun read. Put your expectations at a reasonable level and you will enjoy it as well.
This isn't a grand, amazing story. But it is ancillary to the games and provides a lot of back story to some of the characters, notably David Anderson and Saren. Drew Karpyshyn does a fantastic job, as usual. The narration is not exemplary, but it is still very good. If you want more from the Mass Effect universe, give it a listen. If you're not already a fan, you might want to pass.
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