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Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note (Prebound))

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  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (3 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417768746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417768745
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,748,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Artist, Takeshi Obata made his debut in 1989 with Cyborg Ji-Chan
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. The runner-up recipient of the 30th Annual Tezuka Award, Obata's major
works include Chikarabito Densetsu and Mashin Boukentan Lamp-Lamp. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
At the end of the second book Light was preparing himself to live under surveillance, and volume three finds Shinimagmi `Death God', Ryuk floating through the walls and ceiling identifying where all the hidden cameras and microphones are. Knowing that he is being carefully observed Light works hard at trying to look inconspicuous - but he also has to maintain his Kira killings otherwise he will invite further suspicion.

This volume contains less action than the previous volumes, there seems to be less focus around the detail of the killings. Instead there's more emphasis on the battle between L and Light, and it's a relationship which takes an interesting turn when the two meet for the first time. The main strength of the Death Note story is the interplay and rivalry between them and this volume represents the best of their war-of-wits so far.

Ryuk's role this time round is quite different. There's no need for Ryuk to explain how the Death Note works now as the rules are well established. He provides the odd moment of humour here, especially when he sulks over a lack of apples and expresses how tired he is after searching for cameras. Ryuk seems to be sitting back and enjoying the show, he is very intrigued and amused by Light's use of the Death Note. We also get to see more of the Shinigami world, it's only a brief part of the book but it gives a good idea of how individual they are, and their attitudes towards humans.

In a nutshell: Another strong book in the Death Note Manga series. The plot develops further, but more importantly the relationship between Light and L advances to another level when the two start interacting directly with each other.
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Deathnote is a japanese manga series now produced by Viz media and origionally published by Shonen Jump, who make manga for boys aged 12-18 and also known for other manga's like Dragonball Z, Naruto and One piece.
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata it is one of the most popular mainstream manga comics at the moment, this is reflected by its success in the form of an anime series, japanese film and in-production film with Warner Bros.

Deathnote volume 3 is the 3rd in a series of 13, based on the life of Light Yagami a Straight A student that wants to be the head of the Japanese detective agency. On the way out of college he sees a rather odd notebook with the words "Deathnote" across the front and so in his curiosity picks it up and so the game begins. Unknowingly he has picked up a book of the death gods, by writing a name in this book that person will die.
Coming into volume 3 , L is hot on the heels of Light and has now pinned him as one of the main suspects to be the serial killer nicknamed Kira. Light knows he can't slip up as there are now many cameras and microphones hidden throughout the house, but even this doesn't stop him. However with a family disaster and a string of deaths occuring that Light didn't cause, could there be a second Kira ?

This volume is a lot less action packed than its predecessors, but that's not to say it isn't exciting. The gold in this volume is that both L and Light actually meet very early on and this puts an intresting spin on events, neither L or Light can be completely sure wether the other is who they think they are.
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By Quicksilver TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
After a slightly lacklustre second volume (being only an extension of the Vol. 1, but without the excitement of discovering the series' excellent premise), 'Death Note Volume 3' is back on a par with the series' awesome opener. 'L' and Kira continue their game of 'cat and mouse', playing for the highest of stakes.

Failing to flush Kira out, using surveillance technology, 'L' resorts to a carefully orchestrated face-to-face meeting, during which he tries to lure Light Yagami into revealing that he is indeed Kira. This is tense stuff, with little action and lots of fascinating dialogue between these two towering intellects, as they attempt to draw one another out. With honours roughly equal, the novel enters an intriguing third phase with Kira stepping up his reign of terror.

This final section is as exciting as anything that had come before (in all three volumes), and has a unforeseen (by me anyway) conclusion. There is a slightly preposterous twist, which works at least in the short term, but feels a little like its inclusion may in order to spin out the series (much like watching 'Lost' or 'Heroes'). I sincerely hope not, but only by reading further will I find out. For now, I'm hooked, and looking forward to the 4th instalment!
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The third volume of the Death Note manga carries on from where the previous volume finished with Lights house heavily bugged with his father and L watching every move he makes. Light manages to find a way round the surveillance but L still suspects him and so enrolees in the same collage as Light in order to take his measure.

Death Note continues to be an excellent series with great illustrations and is very well plotted; the twist at the end of this volume is especially great if a little predictable. The volume is full of great moments, such as Light and L's tennis match, and the Shinigami Ryuk is quickly becoming my favourite character in the series. Death Note continues to be one of the best things I have read in ages.
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