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Drew Karpyshyn
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21 Jun 2007

Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished fifty thousand years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars, the newest interstellar species struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.

On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station: smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered? Sanders is the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can't trust and pursued by an assassin he can't escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy - one he won't live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.

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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: 10.8 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,786 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read 5 July 2007
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like the game 25 May 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 10 Oct 2010
By Eddius
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good 18 July 2014
By permeus
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ok so i never give out 5 stars as i have yet to read a book that is perfect in every way but saying that this book is pretty darn good.

so additional info Revelation is set about 20 years before the first Mass Effect game and leads into ME1's story giving us some nice lore and background stuff that never comes up in any of the games or is skimmed over as we didn't really need to know about it at the time and while i spotted some of the story coming a mile off it was still a fun read.

if you're a fan of the Mass effect setting then i'd say this is a must read, if you're not a fan of the games i'd still say this stands up well as a close to reality sci fi story.

bottom line ied recommend it to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 8 April 2012
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This is one of those books that will have you hooked from page one. A very entertaining read and links in with the storyline of the game very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great prequel to the first game 31 May 2011
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Really enjoyed this prequel to the first Mass Effect game, it gives a lot more background to Anderson and Saren. I would like to go back and play the game again having now read this book. A must buy for any Mass Effect fan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly reasonable 2 Aug 2010
A perfecly reasonable book. The quality of writing is better than I expected and the story is sufficiently interesting. I did however think that it read like one, short, quest in the Mass Effect game. I think it could have been longer and more complex. Would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you love the mass effect games u will surly love this. The other books are really good to check them out
Published 3 days ago by Barry Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for mass effect fans
Great addition to the mass effect universe.
Published 12 days ago by Mr. craiders
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Sci-Fi Book!
This is an essential read for any Mass Effect fan.

Drew Karpyshyn knows the ME universe well and he's a talented writer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good prequel to the first game
I'd consider myself a huge Mass Effect fan, though I had never bothered reading these books. I'd recommend playing through the first game Mass Effect before reading this book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Voyager360
4.0 out of 5 stars awsome book
thiese books are rather whell writtten, in Words that all can understand and sow it is easy to dive into the book with a bag of cakes
Published 4 months ago by Morten Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing prequel to the beautiful game of Mass Effect!
The games are incredible but this delivers an amazing, just as detailed as the game insight to the world of Mass Effect. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr S Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Get to know Mass Effect World
If you love Mass Effect universe this book is a must have so you get to know every bit of detail on mass effect. Read more
Published 8 months ago by André Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
These Mass Effect novels are written in the way that the game franchise is. A wonderfully crafted tale of 3 very specific ME characters, Saren, Anderson and Khalee Saunders. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not as good as I expected
As a fan of Mass Effect I decided to pick up this book and read it during the summer holiday. The story starts OK (even though there are too much descriptions and too few dialogues... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Mass Effect Revelation
This is not going to be a review of the book. If you're reading this you're probably a Mass Effect fan (hi! :D), if you're not, what are you doing? Read more
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