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.
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.
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!
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.
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