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Es are ripe but the current approach has to go nless it is DIRECTLY associated with the forthcoming Mass Effect 3 Mass Effect is too rich and deep for something as shallow as Retribution Hopefully this is just a bump in the road and not a forming habit Granted I m a little bias when it comes to Mass Effect so my review is fan reactive This book carries on from Ascension and the Illusive Man has a lot of wheels in motion The book is something for the fans and it delivers on this front Karpyshyn has a lot of the early novelist errors but this book starts with a lot of action and barely lets go The Reapers are true Mirror Image (SWAT: Top Cops unknown antagonists here and Cerebus are out to save mankind in theirsual extreme methods If you have played game 3 you ll How to Write Erotica understand where this book is heading This has a lot of name dropping moments think a Marvelniverse Characters from the games drop in and out while establishing further backstory into the Mass Effect lore The book does lack that final polish but it is fun and delivers everything a fan could want If you re book 3 and know nothing of the series stay well clear to avoid pointless reviews 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 purposeThe 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 ncover 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 GraysonThis has to be the best novel out of the other 2 books in the series the others where eually amazing but this is where the story gets to the neaty gritty of the mass effect lore The reapers are coming and only Cerberus is doing anything about it so to get a pperhand they install our anti hero paul grayson with reaper tech to see the affects And to me that was the most interesting because throughout the games you have met people who have been indoctrinated or had reaper tech in them and the games just say his evil kill him which you don t disagree with because its the reapers BUT In this book it s than that you finally get to find out what these people go through not having control over there body there throughts even speech it s all taken away and for the charecter it s like being locked in the trunk of the car with someone else at the wheel All that to me was just fascinating and makes me feel bad now i think of it of all those people i killed now knowing they didn t want to they where forced makes me wish the games explored this but never the less still a great gameAlso in this book you get to meet Kai Laing the best assassin that Cerberus has and killer of my best drell friend thane which im still sad about but hay he still got his ass handed to him by a dying man so not so bad I went off there into the games im sorry I ll try and keep it to the book sooo as well as meeting kai lang the book also meet kahlee sanders and anderson again which is always a welcome edition But this book also sets the seeds for the reaper invasion as to no spoil anything but they Soldiers Pregnancy Protocol use grayson as a dataplink which should be enough for fans to nderstand so you get everything into this book i already know the next out come because i played the games first but i think if you read these while playing the games you might be a little surprised than i was but either way like i said about the other books you don t need to have played the games to enjoy this Book It Works Perfectly On it works perfectly on s own as a sci fi trilogy high reccomed as always55 stars100100 Ginger points Having read all three Mass Effect novels written by Drew Karpyshyn I have to say they are very much three of a kind Same style of writing same ideas about the plot in all three Each book seeks to flesh out the Mass Effect niverse without directly touching on the main plot of the games This is really a double edged sword On the one hand getting too deeply into the main plot wouldn t make fans happy as there is such a variety of paths and choices to take the player character that inevitably such a story would earn the ire of the majority of fans On the other hand that means we re left with a rather tangential story one that isn t nearly as meaty or fascinating as the main Mass Effect plot we know and love but slides in at vaguely interesting To be fair to Karpyshyn since he s damned if he does and damned if he doesn t I feel he can t be blamed for the novels being less gripping in comparison to the Mass Effect gamesLacking that gripping main plot is rather detrimental "To These Novels But That "these novels but that aside there s a mix of good and bad points about them For me the next biggest bad point after the tangential plot is the writing the style of it the language sed and so on It s competent which is a good thing but that s all it is When I look for five star ality writing I expect writing to have a bit flair and creativity to it a bit expressiveness and imagination The writing here is merely functional This is why I didn t post any Captivated by the Millionaire uotepdates as I read through the book there were no lines that made me stop and think wow I love the way the author has put that I just have to share this So that would be my biggest criticism outside of the tangential nature of the story Those two fairly substantial points against the novels they do have good points in their favour The writing is competent meaning it s never clunky or awkward and the storytelling is neatly tied A Mighty Big Wish up in a way that makes sense and doesn t suffer from any plotholes The pacing in particular is pitched perfectly these books are very easy to read and devour in a mere few hours and it s an enjoyable ride to do so I would recommend them as fun easy reads for anyone who s curious about learning a little bit of the in gameniverse just be aware they re not as substantial and compelling as the actual games themselves7 out of 10. Nderson 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 outAs the experiments continue the sinister Reaper technology twists Grayson's mind The insidious whispers grow even stronger in his head threatening to take over his very identity and nleash the Reapers on an nsuspecting galaxyThis novel is based on a Mature rated video game. Well purely in the comparative context of the Mass Effect novels Retribution is all right and actually noticeably better written than Revelation I haven t read Ascension yet That honestly isn t saying much thoughIf you re a fan of the Mass Effect game series as I am it may be worth a read through as a companion to the game As a novel though I can t really say much in praise of Retribution I m afraid Many of the same problems plague Retribution as did Revelation The dialogue is natural enough but the rest of the book reads like a dry summary of what the novel really should have been For example on page 51 Target has left the club alone he whispered knowing the receivers worn by the rest of his team would automatically amplify his words so they could be heard clearly The plan is go Would it not be generally assumed that the team could hear him The Italians Stolen Bride unless readers are shown otherwise Why describe to the reader in such detail everyday technology that we are already familiar with and would expect to function This is what I m talking about It s a whole book full of the obvious being tediously andnnecessarily spelled out while very predictable characters play out their various cardboard roles and events are described too many times from multiple perspectives that really don t add all that much to each other I wish I could trade in all that extraneous text for some meaty descriptions of the environment or lifelike characters with actual personalities SighThat being said if you re a Mass Effect junkie and prepared for the above you ll probably be all right I m just still hanging on to my wishful thinking for good franchised literature Surprisingly this one had the barest glimpse of potential at being an interesting story Suandered but there was the gem of an idea here However the writing was awful Once nearly every line of dialog is accompanied by a phrase telling The Greek Tycoons Mistress us the internal mental state of the character inestion And the paragraphs of prose in between dialog blocks are merely transcriptions of what the characters are thinking what their base motivations are punctuated by clumsily written actionsShow don t tellIt is better than the previous two although the bar has been set so low that isn t difficult to accomplish The lie ran so deep that even those who d helped bury the truth had convinced themselves the Reapers were nothing but a myth They continued on with their mundane existence too weak and too stupid to acknowledge the horrific destiny awaiting them But the Illusive Man had devoted his life to facing Tikki Tikki Tembo unpleasant truths Drew Karpyshyn Mass Effect RetributionMass Effect Retribution picksp two or so years after the end of Ascension Grayson a former Cerberus operative is living incognito on Omega In Ascension he was a drug addicted father of an autistic biotic girl Against the wishes of Cerberus Grayson removes his daughter from the experimental clutches of the Illusive Man and sends her to live Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, unmolested among thearians Hoofd in de wolken (Puffin Island untouchable amidst their enormous flotilla The Illusive Man wants him but not dead Grayson is now a trusted foot soldier of Aria and he has kicked the red dust habit He keeps in tenuous touch with Kahlee Sanders who still lives and works at Grissom Academy in an effort to ensure her safety per a deal he made with the Illusive Man that she would not be harmedBut the Illusive Man is not to be thwarted and he learns of Grayson s whereabouts The Illusive Man sends Kai Leng to obtain GraysonIf you re familiar with the ME games then you already know who Kai Leng is a former Alliance officer hypedp on Reaper tech who acts as the Illusive Man s top assassin He s ruthless patient and tterly deadly Kai Leng is also mentioned by Anderson in ME3 wherein he mentions not being one of Kai Leng s favorite people because he once shot out both of his legs You get to see how that happens in Retribution For those of you who know the beloved Captain Anderson he can be just a ruthless as Kai Leng and we get to see him here in rare formRetribution is the saddest of the books thus far Grayson poor man can never catch a break His life is a long series of bad choices and worse outcomes and what eventually happens to him thanks to the Illusive Man is probably worse than death What happens to him also screams borg to me Borg as in Star TrekLike the others this book is fast paced and well written with a crisp concise story line that does not wander away from the original ME story but runs parallel to it There is no pretended happy ending here though so as much as one might root for Grayson to "finally have some peace in his Timeline note Retribution is set almost immediately after the main storyline of "have some peace in his Timeline note Retribution is set almost immediately after the main storyline of concludes but before The Arrival DLC Which I suppose makes it canonical that The Arrival is post game even if you can play it through in the middle of the storyline But it always worked better from a story perspective as a post game adventure than a mid game oneRetribution has a strong hook The Illusive Man has infected Grayson with Reaper nanotech as revenge for the events of Ascension the prior book This is the most in depth look at Reaper indoctrination we ve gotten to this point The concept of knowing that you re losing control of your mind and your body and are nable to stop or even slow the process is pure nightmare fuel There have been glimpses of what this looks like in practice but always from an outsider s perspective Here s the Problem While Karpyshyn Is A Great Hand While Karpyshyn is a great hand setting a scene and he can create really memorable characters he s not the best guy in the world for dialog and emotions This is simply not as skin crawlingly creepy as it should be and as it would be with a writer who was better able to describe emotions and details in general That didn t stop me from enjoying the book by any means It s still Mass Effect the plot itself was still enough to keep me interested and Karpyshyn is still a decent writer It just could have been so much better by somebody else I really enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn s Mass Effect series of books that tied into the games This third book in the series wraps things His Convenient Highland Wedding up and leads into Mass Effect 2 Thi. 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 purposeThe 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 tonc.