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.
I very much enjoy good, humorous science fiction novels.
I love the Mass Effect universe. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through all the games and when I saw there are Mass Effect books, I immediately spent Audible credits. "Shut up and take my money, Audible!" So, about the book itself, there was a very brief plot build-up about the First Contact War in the very beginning of the book, which I got super excited about. I thought "Oh, man! How cool! A war novel about the First Contact War!" but I was wrong. After this brief mention the rest of this book is pretty much all about how Saren and Anderson met and what led Saren to become a Reaper agent. I mean, I really enjoyed this book, and I bought the other two consecutive ones in the series. There's some really cool character development you see here that you would have never been able to see in the games. If you are a real Mass Effect fan you would happily give your money to Audible (or get these books from the library) and listen/read the entire series.
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.
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.
overall, it was just ok. storyline itself was unique, but the quality of character development was lacking. it was somewhat superficial.
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.
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!
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