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Review: Mass Effect 3: Retribution by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (03-Nov-10)

Retribution, the third Mass Effect novel, takes place just after the events of Mass Effect 2. Written by the lead writer of the first game and the two previous novels, it’s a well written standalone adventure that ties in closely with both of the games and both previous novels. I’m sure that even if I didn’t play the games I’d … Read more


Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 4: Fallout by David Michaels     by Tan (13-Sep-10)

Much like the previous novel Checkmate, Fallout feels more in line with the games that the previous novels, Checkmate included do. More locations, more bad guys and more gadgets. This time however, the stakes are raised as the enemy is much more dangerous and well-connected and Sam has a much more personal involvement in this story. Also, Sam doesn’t seem … Read more


Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3: Checkmate by David Michaels     by Tan (29-Apr-10)

This is the third Splinter Cell novel I’ve read and it’s in my opinion, the best one so far. Compared to previous novels in the series, there’s a lot more action (hard to believe) that takes place all over the globe. It’s a non-stop ride of infiltration, gadgetry and surreal situations that often come close to what we imagine black … Read more


Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 2: Operation Barracuda by David Michaels     by Tan (26-Aug-09)

The second novel in the Splinter Cell series, hits the ground running as Sam begins to clean up the loose ends from the last book. Along the way, he finds that the line between enemy and ally is a lot thinner than it appears. Right from the first page your thrust into the midst of the action once again. The … Read more


Review: Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Book 1 by David Michaels     by Tan (04-Jun-09)

You would think that someone who is as huge a fan of Splinter Cell as I am, would have read these novels over and over by now. Truth is, I didn’t know if I’d like them or not as I’m not a fan of most Tom Clancy franchises whether in game or book form. Maybe I was afraid that the … Read more


Review: Mass Effect 2: Ascension by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (21-Dec-08)

There are plenty of novels based on games and vice versa and a lot of the time they tie into the continuing story. This can be important, particularly for an RPG based on a new franchise that is still being filled out and developed. For those of you unaware, Mass Effect: Ascension is a book based on a game, that … Read more


Review: Diablo 1: Legacy of Blood by Richard A. Knaak     by Tan (26-Feb-08)

Not the best book I’ve read that’s for sure. Perhaps it’s because other than the games there is little background literature to draw inspiration from. It’s not like there is a whole “universe” of depth and mythology surrounding Diablo like there is with the various D&D games. The story isn’t that great because it’s drawn from a game that has … Read more


Review: Mass Effect 1: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn     by Tan (30-Aug-07)

I finished reading this prequel novel to the upcoming BioWare game just the other day. An excellent book that was really hard to put down. I’ve read and own some of Drew Karpyshyn’searlier novels and I knew it would be a good read even before I picked it up. This novel is set before the story in the game and … Read more


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