For the poor, hardworking citizens of the Confederacy's fringe worlds, the Guild Wars have exacted a huge toll. Swayed by the promise of financial rewards, a new batch of recruits joins the fight alongside a slew of mysteriously docile criminals -- and a few dubious military leaders. Eighteen-year-old Jim Raynor, full of testosterone and eager to make things right at home, ships off to boot camp and finds his footing on the battlefield, but he soon discovers that the official mission is not what he's really fighting for.
For the first time ever, StarCraft enthusiasts will learn the origins of the enduring friendship between the young upstart Jim Raynor and the streetwise soldier Tychus Findlay. Watch as they battle on the front lines of a fierce interplanetary war and bear witness to the Confederacy's rank corruption - corruption so reprehensible that it rains immeasurable death and destruction upon the government's own people.
©2010 William C Dietz (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I have read many of the current Starcraft books out there today, but none of them compare to this. It has action, love, Marnies, and able to follow the beginnings of Jim Raynor. Whats better is that the store talks about the Trade Guild wars that has been talked about and how some of the beginnings of the units that we love in the game. The voice acting is pretty good I was able to tell how was talking and even the actor Neil Kaplan plays the voice of Tychus Findlay in Starcraft 2 so that it me makes the book even better is hearing the real voice of the main character speaking. As a last note if you want a good solid backstory to the game you love the get this book asap. Do you scan me.
P.S.(you'll get that later)
The title of this review kind of says it all. The narrative moves at a decent pace and the story itself is a decent story. And like any good product based on existing product, there are plenty of references to the source material that are inserted tastefully.
The problem is that it's all kind of your standard stuff. The various initial stories eventually cross with one another. There are main plots and subplots and it all wraps up nicely in the end. And it even explains a lot when you return to the original game that it's based off of.
Basically, it begins, it chugs along, and 12 hours later it ends.
I would say the best part of the entire package was the voice actor, who was great.
If you love Starcraft You will love this book. Its well written and fun to read. I love that the voice artist is actually from Starcraft 2. About half way done with the book now and cant wait till I finish the other one. I just wish this web sigh could get more Starcraft books.
As a long time StarCraft fan, and fan of the main terrain hero Jim Raynor, I loved this book. I really wish there were more StarCraft books on audible.
I have heard that blizzard doesn't let officially licensed material out if it is non-cannon. I am not sure if this is true or not, but the author really seems to have a good understanding of the StarCraft world, and it serves as a great prequel to the games.
Even if you aren't a fan of StarCraft, but just like Military Sci-Fi in general it is good. The characters feel human and I was glad to go along for the ride.
I would recommend it to fans of StarCraft who wonder where it all begin for Terran protagonist Jim Raynor. It's got a lot of well-written and intricate details on the past of StarCraft. Has good characters. And is just an enjoyable listen overall.
The best character performed by the narrator is Tychus Findlay by far. Given that he's the VA for Tychus in StarCraft 2.
Action packed with a great driving story line that keeps you enjoying the story. You don't need to be a fan of the game to enjoy this listen.
Tychus Findlay, the definition of a bad ass in every aspect of the word.
He is amazing, he embodies the characters perfectly. Even down to the most hardened marine!
Expendable Three (pre-movie production)
The characters are very interesting and you learn a lot about Raynor, Kydd and Findlay.
I tried to listen to the book about 4 times but the first hour or so did not catch my interest. After deciding to listen it all the way through i listen to it in two sittings. After the first hour/hour and a half you are introduced to more characters and the story becomes more interesting.
A great book for Starcraft lore lovers. If lore doesn't interest you, dont listen to it. If you are looking for a good si-fi story, look else where.
Very enjoyable book to listen to while doing my cardio workout. I play the game and to learn more of the back story was a plus. If you like the Starcraft 2 universe I would recommend you download the book.
I expected very little from a starcraft book, maybe some good Space Marines adventures some Zerg excitement and some Protoss over confidence. However all I got from this book was Cleshays of basic scifi space marines. The only thing that made this Starcraft and not some generic Scifi book was a few character names and some really heavy handed keywords from the game. Save your time and read a good space marine book like starship troopers, or the forever war.
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