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Iron Man (Movie Novelisation) Paperback – 25 Apr 2008

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; paperback / softback edition (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845769171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845769178
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As well as being one of the most popular of all comic book writers, Peter David has written some of the most popular (and successful) of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, including Imzadi and A Rock and a Hard Place, as well as the bestselling official movie novels for Spider-Man and Hulk.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Aiken on 21 May 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All I can say is that I really enjoyed Iron Man. It made perfectly clear that it's not Arabs that they're going against, but terrorists; Stark has an Arab helping him, who he is very good friends with. Throughout the movie, he tries to save lives where he can - unless someone is risking anothers' (not his own) life through something they are doing - this is where Iron Man is merciless, to Arabs or Americans.

I also enjoyed the novelisation because it was pretty much exactly like the film. It's a good, easy read, and is also interesting for seeing what previous script stages of Iron Man must have looked like. (Novelisations are taken from early scripts.) It retains the humour of the movie, as well as showing more motivations and thoughts behind characters' actions; I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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7 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Canopus72 on 4 May 2008
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I watched the trailers for months on end, with high expectations, but when I finally saw the film, I was disgusted with what is inevitably yet another trashy masonic film propagating ethnic cleansing.

The problem is as follows; producers and publicists stated the film to be in line with the original comic saga. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the comic, Tony Stark suffered a severe injury, as a victim of industrial sabotage. In order to keep his heart ticking, he fashioned a chest plate, which eventually evolved into a suit of armour.

In this film, he had shrapnel embedded in his heart as a result of a `terrorist' attack, perpertrated by Tony Stark's very own weapons of mass destruction (poetic justice indeed). The so called terrorists then kidnap him and try to coerce him to construct the `jericho' missile. He refuses, since he is aware that this weapon would be used against America. Yet, when he originally designed the weapon, he was well aware they would be used in the Middle East (ie - to butcher the Arab people). Yet he experienced not a single twitch of ethical accountability in this respect. He had no problems washing blood off his hands here.

The table is now turned. Suddenly, he has become a saint and feels a moral obligation to refuse cooperation, knowing fully well how this weapon would be used. During captivity, he fashions an archaic suit of armour and manages to escape, killing many `terrorists' in the process. The scenes are drawn out and quite explicit (it is in contrast to the scene depicting his capture, whereby the invading American soldiers are fired upon, since there is no graphic depiction of blood and guts or immolation).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fun companion to the movie 22 May 2008
By Jesse Jackson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Peter David is one of my favorite writers so I'm not a totally unbiased reviewer (but when has that stopped anyone on the internet). I always enjoy his novelizations. Peter has the ability to take the script and add the little extra details the help to "iron out" the story. (Sorry couldn't resist). Two of my favorite extras were the explanation for J.A.R.V.I.S. and how Pepper got her job with Tony. It's a fun novel and makes for good reading under a tree drinking your favorite beverage.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book, Better Movie 1 July 2008
By Melissa Russell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having been based on the original script for the movie, the book is excellent. It fills in a lot of gaps and loop holes that the movie slid over, making it a must-read for fans.

It is, however, much more dark and angry than the movie, which deflated the excitement I felt from the film.

If you're a fan of the series, pick up this book. If you're a fan of the movie, skip it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Peter Davis comes through again 13 Jun. 2008
By Pamala P. Ritchie - Published on
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I bought this book because: a) Peter David wrote it; b) I LOVE Iron Man; c) I like to read movie books. This one was helpful and eyeopening. Fans of the film will see the stark differences between what the actors came up with during shooting and what Peter David had to work with when making a screenplay into a novel. I love David's work and have done for years. I actually have his original work, Knight Life, and still count it as one of my favorites. Why isn't THAT a movie?? Anyway, a few points in the book explained things I was puzzled about in the movie. The actors got it right, however. David did an excellent job, as usual, with the material he had at hand but the actors humanized and humorized the story. Kudos to everybody!
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Iron Man by Peter David 2 May 2010
By Sara Howard - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What an absolute great book!! I loved this one. Great action and adventure. And the hero is given a persona with doubts, heart and sympathy. This is about an ordinary man (brillant, though) who invents a suit of armor that can do anything. Our hero invents a great weapon for the troops but things go terribly awry. He is a contractor for our defense dept. and provides our military with wonderful weapons.

Things eventually sort themselves out and he overcomes the really evil and bad guys. This is such a good and exciting book that I read it in two days. Good for a summer read on a cruise or flying somewhere.

Sara Howard, Author of "Something Funny Happened on the Way to The Moon" and "The Greatest Explosions in the Universe."
A book equally if not better than the movie! 18 April 2010
By Gerry Griffiths - Published on
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Having already seen the movie, "Iron Man," I decided to read Peter David's movie tie-in book as I wanted to experience the story in another media form. And what a great experience it was. David does an excellent job of bringing the Tony Stark character to life especially when Stark is demonstrating the Jericho missles in Afghanistan and is captured by the insurgents calling themselves the "Ten Rings." I thoroughly enjoyed how Iron Man evolved and the fact that he is a CEO of a weapons company which makes his character more plausible and the fact that his suit is what enables him to fly and gives him superhuman strength instead of attaining his powers from some freak laboratory accident. I look forward to reading more of Peter David's superhero book adaptations.
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