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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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    Some Dude 09-01-11
    Some Dude 09-01-11
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    "Enhances the enjoyment of the games substantially"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-06-11
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Barely qualifies as an appetizer"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    william LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 11-04-10
    william LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 11-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    David Florist 12-01-14
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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