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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (21 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496757
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video games. He lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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The first of two official tie-in novels to MASS EFFECT, the award-winning videogame

About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is a writer/designer for games company, Bioware, and is one of the lead writers on the Mass Effect videogame. He lives in Alberta, Canada.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Wakeman on 5 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Having read all of the Halo novels and enjoyed them, I decided to buy Mass Effect: Revelation from Amazon seeing as I'm really looking forward to the forthcoming video game later this year.

This book initially focuses on establishing the backbone of the universe, explaining and detailing to the reader the situation in the galaxy, mankind's massive technological evolution and it's introduction onto the galactic stage that it shares with many other species. Once the groundwork is laid, it opens up into it's own narrative that concentrates on a few central characters and tells a story which is a small piece of a much larger puzzle.

It's a light and easy read, although it manages to be descriptive and interesting. It's not particularly emotional, although I thought there were some cool moments in it that will very much appease fans of the type of game it's based on.

I would recommend it to anybody who has enjoyed books based on video games before, or to those wishing to get a little bit of insight into BioWare's next massive fictional world. It doesn't take long to read, so it's not a major time investment and it's enjoyable and entertaining while it lasts.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cristina González García on 25 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I don't recommend reading the book before finishing the videogame because it will ruin the last plot twist but, if you've just finished it, it gives some explanations about Captain Anderson and Saren's past.
It also gives more of what we already like in the game: the description of the Citadel, the combat sequences, they have the same pace. Specially the first part reminds me of the mission where I had to rescue Liara.
About the writing style, maybe it is not the best or most elegant I've seen in a book, but it works for entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jorge A. on 14 Mar. 2010
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If you are a fan of Mass Effect games, you are going to love this book. Its a well written story about what happens before the first Mass Effect game, about humanity and their relationship with other species and their integration in the Citadel space. And in the foreground story there is a thrilling adventure with a great sense of mistery that will be cleared through the reading advances.

I cannot do another thing that recommend this book, not only to fans, but to people that like science fiction books. Be aware that the chances that you get hooked up with the story and buy a copy of the Mass Effect game for PC or XBox are too high after reading this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CarringDevil on 11 Jan. 2011
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This novel fulfils its purpose, as those who have played the first game Mass Effect, would or may have asked why is Saren so evil and why Captain Anderson despise Saren so much?

Not to give away too much, the character Saren before the game Mass Effect, I will described as a monster with a badge. Saren was always close to the edge, it seemed all Sovereign had to do is push him over. Saren is the kind of bad guy who likes to convince themselves that what they are doing is for the greater good, a conflicted individual unwilling to accept their true nature.

Overall the novel was very compelling as it fills in many gaps such as what happen during the First Contact war and even explaining technological breakthroughs in a very realistic matter. In fact the novel is far more realistic than the games. I have found a deeper appreciation for soldiers and the military mind, and the combat was realistic to a T, well as Scifi goes the author provided great detail. The detail on how biotics would actually be if it was real was utterly convincing. A realistic richness to combat was brought to live. However, I could not give it a full 5 stars because it was a bit anti-climatic. I expected a good guy turned bad, but got a bad guy turned evil!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eddius on 10 Oct. 2010
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This book is an excellent read i found and adds a whole lot more to the existing Mass effect sub-characters and the plots are gripping to say the least, very well written and very much worth a look if you are a big mass effect fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeafySeeker on 9 Feb. 2012
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First of all I have to admit, I am a mass effect fan. So when I saw the cheap price and the delicious cover of Saren (You get to know him), it didn't take long before it was in my shopping chart and on its way. Shipping went fine and only took 3 days which was quite surprising giving I live in Norway and nothing arrives when it's supposed to.

Mass effect Revelation is a sci-fi fiction story that takes place before the happenings of the mass effect game series.

It's not heavily written and is quite easy to sink you'r teeth in and before you know it the book is over and the birds are singing outside.

Being a fan of the Mass Effect series it gave the book a huge boost, but it could be read of sci-fi fanboys aswell as someone just looking for a book containing well written dialog, appealing characters and interesting stories.

It keeps you hungering for more. Read the book in just 3 days, definatly worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tunorb on 28 Feb. 2011
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This book is exactly what any Mass Effect fan could expect. Written by one of the lead writers of the game, the book has all the charm of the games. The characters and the action of the story are deep enough to keep you reading.

This book is for the Mass Effect fans but anyone who loves science fiction books can enjoy it (specially the adventure type). It's a prequel to the first game so you don't need to know anything about it to enjoy or understand the book, and maybe you end playing the game too.

Overall, it's a recommendable book if you have played the games, it's enjoyable and easy to read.

Although the book has a closed ending, some of the main characters have important roles on the other Mass Effects novels (by the same author): Mass Effect: Ascension and Mass Effect: Retribution, so Revelation should be the first Mass Effect novel to read.
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