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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery (24 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451659628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451659627
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christie Golden has written for several SF and Fantasy tie-in series. A massively popular author with Star Trek Voyager fans, her Voyager novels include the Dark Matters trilogy, The Murdered Sun, Marooned and the top-selling Seven of Nine. She lives in Colorado.

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Christie Golden has written for several SF and Fantasy tie-in series. A massively popular author with Star Trek Voyager fans, her Voyager novels include the Dark Matters trilogy, The Murdered Sun, Marooned and the top-selling Seven of Nine. She lives in Colorado.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anders Pedersen on 5 Feb. 2013
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Flashpoint continues where the Wings of Liberty campaign left off, Raynor carrying the partly humanized Sarah Kerrigan out of a cave on Char. Initially I wanted to read this before Heart of the Swarm.

What this book turned out to be was a part of the story no less amazing than what we get in the actual games. The characters feel real and you can almost watch them grow as the plot advances. The dialogue is well written and the action sequences paint out events before your eyes vivid enough that you can almost see them happen. Christie has a unique writing style, and as an aspiring writer my self, there were plenty of things I would have put to different wording my self, only the book wouldn't have turned out as well as it did.

All in all, this book blew me away and I'm now more than ever looking forward for the next SC2 games, but also the countless other StarCraft books I've missed out on so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Killie on 12 Mar. 2013
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Back in the late 1990's I discovered a PC game called Starcraft that I loved from the moment I installed it. Since then it has become a video game franchise that has continually entertained me although I never seemed to find the time to read any of the related novels. However, as the next game in the series was being released today I decided that I would read Christie Golden's novel entitled "Flashpoint" which serves as a link between the newly released game and its predecessor. I probably did this mainly because I had to find some way to calm my anticipation that was running in overdrive.

The plot picks up directly from where the single player campaign in "Starcraft 2 - Wings of Liberty" concluded with Jim Raynor carrying Sarah Kerrigan out of a cave on Char following her transformation back into partly human form. From then on, the reader gets to follow Jim & Sarah as they attempt to firstly flee from Zerg infested Char and then escape the continued machinations of Emperor Arcturus Mengsk who is more determined than ever to ensure their deaths. Of course there are hidden dangers as well, especially as some of those who help them in their journey are after more than just simple gratitude.

The writing and pace seemed tidy and competent which I was happy to see in a video game tie in novel like this one but unfortunately I felt that the plot itself was a bit limited. For example, whilst there are some interesting developments and revelations in the book, they are all rather minor and I can't say that any of them really surprised me. In addition, due to the book needing to tie in with the games there was no real sense of drama or risk as I knew that all the main characters were going to survive.
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By Kophyo on 16 Feb. 2015
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Fast paced and capture the very essence of Starcraft Universe. Highly recommended!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Incredible! 11 Nov. 2012
By Luna - Published on Amazon.com
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What an excellent book for Starcraft fans! For fans of Christie's character driven stories in the Blizzard universes, this is an absolute MUST HAVE! It's got a bit of everything in it: tons of action, adventure, great dialogue, mystery, suspense and heart touching romance!

The story transitions well from the immediate aftermath of Wings of Liberty to set the stage properly for the upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion set. Many characters, both major and minor, have their motivations and personalities shown in spotlight to create a much more personal journey than has been explored in the previous games. Of course the main characters you would expect make appearances: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Matt Horner, Valerian and Arcturus Mengsk. More importantly, many of the series minor characters are also explored, including Mira Han, Rory Swann, Egon Stettman, and previously unknown members of Raynor's Raiders. The character driven plot gives a much greater sense of a "universe" than Wings of Liberty could on its own, giving the games setting more depth in hindsight.

In my opinion, though, the highlight of the book was not its wonderful, character driven plot to set up Heart of the Swarm, but the tantalizing looks that it gave to the past, concerning the relationship of Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan. The book goes into detail about just what Jim thought upon meeting Kerrigan for the first time (the famous "You pig!" and "Yeah but you were thinkin' it" line), their first date, Jim's deepening feelings for Sarah as she expresses her true emotions and motives.

While I have mentioned many of the character driven elements of the book, that is not to say that it isn't still set in the Starcraft universe! There are still fantastic action scenes in the book: plenty of gunfighting, battles in outer space, chase scenes and the like! The difficulty is that I caught myself having to re-read many of these scenes because the spoken dialogue between the main characters are just too captivating! Readers, I know it's difficult when the story is just so ridiculously engrossing, but slow down and take your time to read through the actions scenes as well! They really help to set the scene for just how much trouble Jim, Sarah and crew are in than the dialogue alone can convey!

To round out my review, I would like to add that I have touched very lightly on the plot elements, and I neglected to mention some of the more important things at all because I do not want to spoil the book for you. I have not mentioned the most tender moment of the franchise so far, the suspense involving the reveal of Raynor's true allies and enemies, or the sinister plot underlying the franchise expanded upon ever so slightly in these pages.

I have been a fan of literature since I was young, and a great fan of Christie Golden's work for Blizzard since I discovered her. This book, in my opinion, will rival her novel about Arthas Menethil as the masterstroke of her career so far. Going into the novel I had many idolized ideas about who the characters and their feelings towards each other. I was pleasantly surprised, at the end of my reading, to find that my ideas about the characters were not only correct, but enhanced by the backstory presented to us. To me, the mark of a great book is one which can not only present a beautiful overall scene, but also colors in the small details to create a full picture. In this book, the Starcraft universe is our canvas, and the complex characters fill in all of the wonderful details.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good read 2 Mar. 2013
By Javier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
You need to be a fan to like it definitelly. It's a little slow at times but overall a great prelude to HOTS (the book basically covers what happened after Jim leaves Char with Kerrigan)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It's amazing! 9 Nov. 2012
By Philip Penchev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'll be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book. I was afraid it would be a side-story, unimportant. But I was absolutely wrong! Damn, the book is amazing. I have not finished it yet, but what amazes me about it is that it is written very well, the characters talk like they do in the game, and the story is very important, and interesting! It is the key story from two seconds after the ending of Starcraft II, to the beginning of Heart of The Swarm. If you care about the game, buy it. If you like sci-fi, buy it.

Overall, it's amazing (so far)!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another good SC novel 27 Oct. 2013
By Eric Pavlik - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who specifically seeks out video game-related literature (such as Halo, Diablo, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Gears of War, and other series), this is the sort of novel that is only natural for me to come across at some point. It was good, but not particularly amazing or anything -- still, it filled in some gaps on the Starcraft 2 storyline, which was something I appreciated since I like to learn about all the lore behind such games.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good read. However I feel the game doesn't fully acknowledges the book 19 Mar. 2013
By Fernando - Published on Amazon.com
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Overall the writing and the story is good. The author tries to give us a deeper understanding of the main characters motives and feelings.
My only gripe is not about the book itself and isn't directed towards the author. My problem is that during the game, I don't feel like the characters acknowledge the events that happened during the book. During Hiperion mission the dialog between Horner and Valerian pretty much ignores all of what happened on Dead Man's Port. I would have hoped that the writers would pay more attention to these details and gave us a more coherent universe.
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