Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species. But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on "harvesting" the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose.The Illusive Man, leader of the pro-human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers. To ensure humanity's survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy's strengths---and weaknesses---by studying someone implanted with modified Reaper technology. He knows the perfect subject for his horrific experiments: former Cerberus operative Paul Grayson, who wrested his daughter from the cabal's control with the help of Ascension project director Kahlee Sanders. But when Kahlee learns that Grayson is missing, she turns to the only person she can trust: Alliance war hero Captain David Anderson.
Together they set out to find the secret Cerberus facility where Grayson is being held. But they aren't the only ones after him. And time is running out. As the experiments continue, the sinister Reaper technology twists Grayson's mind. The insidious whispers grow ever stronger in his head, threatening to take over his very identity and unleash the Reapers on an unsuspecting galaxy.
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when you finish a game you are always left wanting more. This book fills the void untill the game is released
I really did enjoy this book and may be biased in my opinion based on the other books and the stories in the games but found this to be the weakest link in what is otherwise a great story arc in a very large and fascinating universe.
I haven't read the print version but the narrater was great.
The storyline was well written again like the other two books in the series. I loved that the storyline following the timeline of where Shepherd was working for the Illusive Man in Mass Effect 2.
He just knows how to read a book and make the story come alive.
There wasn't a part of the story I didn't like.
The book was very interesting, I loved it. After arriving home from work I would find myself sitting in the car for several more minutes just listening to the book unable to pause the book until the next day. I would recommend this book series to any sci-fi enthusiast
I am not a big consumer of science fiction, but having Mass Effect on the brain after the release of ME3, I picked this book up for a long drive over the weekend. I came away impressed, and quite happy with the depth this book added to the Mass Effect universe without featuring any of the main cast of the Mass Effect games.
Criminal organizations, double-crosses and mad science fit together perfectly in this (relatively) gritty story full of interesting characters with reasonable motivations. I was surprised at how grounded the story was, despite the sci-fi setting.
I didn't listen to Mass Effect: Ascension, the previous chapter of this story, but was able to pick up on the plot and the characters quite easily. While your enjoyment of the story may be enhanced by starting with Ascension, it certainly isn't necessary. That said, a general understanding of the Mass Effect universe is helpful in understanding some of the more complicated political intrigue.
I recommend this book for anyone looking for a solid Mass Effect fix when they can't be playing the game. Unlike a few others of this genre (Halo and Gears of War novels), this story held my interest entirely despite (or perhaps even because of) the fact that I wasn't following Commander Shepard, Garrus or Tali, but rather other interesting characters in the universe.
Karpyshyn knows SciFi. He is great, excellent, awesome. This book has to be one of the best I have listened to this year and I have listened to over 200 SciFi books in the past year. Given the choice between dowloading this book and almost any other SciFi book, you should pick this one. You will not be disappointed.
I like the Mass Effect video games, and I decided to give a ME novel a try. This book was surprisingly dry. It really didn't add anything to the overall Mass Effect universe.
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