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Metal Gear Solid [Paperback]

Raymond Benson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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13 May 2008
This explosive Metal Gear Solid novel ventures beyond the thrilling videogame and delves into the dark heart of Solid Snake’s world!

Highly skilled former FOXHOUND agent Solid Snake is called out of retirement to do what he does best–neutralize a crisis of epic proportions. A deadly team of renegade FOXHOUND operatives has taken over the nuclear disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island in the icy Aleutians. If their demands aren’t met, a powerful, top-secret weapon will be unleashed upon the world.

Solid Snake’s mission is to breach the heavily fortified base to rescue hostages and to destroy the superweapon. His only obstacles are brainwashed commandos, DNA-enhanced troops, and six first-rate killers with extraordinary abilities. All alone in hostile territory, armed with nothing but his wits, Snake has only a snowball’s chance in hell of taking out his target and keeping nuclear nightfall from descending on the earth.

But nothing is as it seems. Somebody is hiding something. Somebody has a hidden agenda. And somebody wants Snake to learn secrets about his dark past–secrets that would shake any man to his core.


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  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (13 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503282
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Without question, Konami's ... Metal Gear Solid 4 is an awesome showcase for the PS3. The visuals are outstanding [and]the overall impression is ... one of unprecedented graphical excellence' IGN 'We can't wait to see more of this increasingly impressive-looking game' Gamespot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A novel based on the hugely popular all-action Metal Gear Solid video games. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Ok Metal Gear Solid the original for the Playstation one is often called by fans the best in the series due to its compelling story and intresting characters and twists even Pyscho Mantis couldn't have forseen. Howevever after this one the story either got to complicated or not complex enough, the first game had it just right. So much so that they made a PC version then a comic and a remake later for the Nintendo Gamecube and then a PSP Graphic Novel of the game. Well now they have decided we need to revist Shadow Moses once again in the form of paper, the novelsation of Metal Gear Solid.

"Highly skilled former FOXHOUND agent Solid Snake is called out of retirement to do what he does best - neutralize a crisis of epic proportions. A deadly team of renegade FOXHOUND operatives has taken over the nuclear disposal facility on Shadow Moses Island in the icy Aleutians. If there demands aren't met, a powerfull top secret wepon will be unleashed upon the world.
Solid Snake's mission is to breach the heavily fortified base to rescue hostage and to destroy the super wepon. His only obstacles are brainwashed commandos, DNA-enhanced troops, and six first-rate killers with exttaordinary abilties. All alone in hostile territory, armed with nothing but his wits, Snake has only a snowball's chance in hell of taking out his target and keeping nuclear nightfall from descending on the earth.
But nothing is as it seems. Somebody is hiding somthing. Somebody has a hidden agenda. And sombody wants Snake to learn secrets about his dark past - secrets that would shake any man to his core"

The book is written by Raymond Benson, Raymond Benson is most known for his James Bond Novelsations, in total he wrote 12 James Bond books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as it could have been 23 Jun 2008
By dickie
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i have been a big fan of the metal gear solid series for years now and when i discovered a novel based on it i was very excited , the problem tho it reads to like the book based on the game and not a novelisation of the storyline i dont need to no where he picks up certain items for use later on i have already discovered these things by playin it , i understand raymond benson writes bond novels which may explain why his characterisation of solid snake is way off, his portrayal of him comes across to much like bond which if you have played mgs he is nothing like ,i have not read raymond's previous novels so i cant comment on those but i was very let down by this one .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 30 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Delivery came quick and the book is a very quick read but enough detail and depth to keep any MGS1 entertained. A solid 4star
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snake? Snake? SNAKE!?!?! 3 May 2009
Format:Paperback
As a huge fan of the metal gear solid series, i bought this as soon as i could. Although ive played all the games thus already knowing the story, i found myself highly enjoying the book.

There is only one really bad thing about the novel; Benson portrays Snake innacurately (i.e. Cheesy catchphrases, brutal killer etc.) at the start of the novel but as the novel progresses the Snake that we all know and love finally emerges. All the rest of the characters are fine, i think Otacon and Grey Fox were portrayed particularly well - true to the games.

The best thing about the novel is the action sequences - you won't forget Snake's fight against the Hind or the Snake vs Ocelot duel.

Overall, i wasnt sure whether to give this 3 or 4 stars, but decided to settle on 4 and be generous as it was good fun, but nothing more. I reccomend this to people who love the games (like me) or to people who are interested in MGS but dont like playing games.

Thanks for reading my review :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly perfect 10 July 2008
Format:Paperback
Lets start off with the bad points about this MGS novel. first of all the character of solid snake is a little off and more traditional action heroish, but still feels like snake but with a few extra cheesy lines. another bad point is that it dosent follow the game structure exactly - which also is a plus as it adds a little more scope while still being almost totally faithful.
Now the good stuff: It captures the MGS atmosphere very well and results in being a real page turner. Also the semi complex story is nicely written and dosent leave you guessing.
For real fans of the series i'd advise them not to expect to be blown away like they would be in the gaming experience so that they may be pleasantly surprised, - this is how i aproached buying this adaptation and enjoyed it.
If you can forgive its flawes its an entertaining read.

Go on give it a go and if it dissapoints you, sell it on!
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What am I reading, here? 30 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
As way of introduction, let me assert that I am an English Literature student, as well as in the process of having a novel published. I always try to look for the best in a piece of literature.

The Metal Gear Solid book...what is there to say? I bought it thinking "This will be fun." As I loved the games. How wrong was I. Raymond Benson, a name I hadn't previously heard, can not write. His sentence structure is uninteresting, his characters aren't even 2D, and his dialogue! Oh dear!

Let me start with characterisation. Solid Snake, in the games, was a tough, rugged killing/sneaking machine. In this? He's a cheesy American teenager using phrases such as "I have no beef with you." Beef? Please! For the love of all things written! Note, that is a DIRECT QUOTE. He's a rugged 33 year old cold-blooded killer, he doesn't have a skateboard. Snake is the only mildly developed character. Benson seems to have a knack for useless characters.

Next, the likeness to the game: pretty darn good! BUT this is a downside, rather than a plus. I think Benson must of had the strategy guide whilst writing this book. Snake, in the novel, seems to go for every single last damned crate! "Oh look! Someone left a crate on the helipad! Now let's explore the area for more boxes!" No, Benson, this does NOT make a good read. It's monotones and dull. However, on the other hand, I enjoy the spurts of nostalgia as a character sticks to the script, or when Snake finds an unusual Easter egg.

The dialogue through out this story is fake. There's no other way to describe it. It's just so unbelievable, you'll find yourself laughing. Sure, the original script for MGS was never award winning, but now...it's appalling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Video game players, huh?
Firstly I must say that I am a fan of the videogame and having played it multiple times this book creates a good adaptation of the suspense, atmosphere and excitement present in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mashed4ev
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable
Having read the other reviews for this book I was uncertain if I would highly enjoy the book or, having been a Metal Gear Solid (PS1)fan since the Playstation classic this book is... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2011 by Herby
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the pedantic reviewers!
I really enjoyed this book, I've seen many bad reviews about it but I wanted to read it so why should I let other people deter me? Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Mr. M. Cooksey
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ADAPTATION
This book is written remarkably with a lot more emphasis on a backstory and this is exactly how I would see the film if it was made. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2011 by Andy Reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT STUFF
this book is really good, it relates to the story well. nothing new about it pretty much the same as the game but its a good read and a good collecters item for any mgs fan.
Published on 5 April 2010 by Nayan K. Patel
3.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the game..
...then chances are you'll like the book.

While i enjoyed the book and managed to read it in a few days i felt that some of the characterisation of Snake isn't quite the... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by Mr. James Higham
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting beginning
As far as authors goes, Raymond Benson is an experienced one when it comes to writing books on video games. He has written several Splinter Cell books under pseudonym. Read more
Published on 8 July 2008 by Asmus Neergaard
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