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Greg Rucka
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25 Nov 2005
The year is 2020. Hyper-corporations control everything. In the name of domination, these sprawling organisations have recruited their own military forces to fight clandestine battles against one another. Enter ex-bounty hunter Joanna Dark: young, beautiful and lost, her run-in with dataDyne, the world's most powerful organisation, has left her with a wound only vengeance can heal. But, Daniel Carrington, the charismatic founder of the Carrington Institute, believes Joanna's deadly skills may be the key to victory over their mutual enemy - an enemy he has been fighting for years. "Initial Vector" is the first of three "Perfect Dark" science fiction thrillers, which take readers into a shadowy, mysterious new world of espionage, conspiracy and global conflict. Set partly in London and Wales, "Initial Vector" takes place six months after the events in "Perfect Dark Zero".

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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (25 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405090596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405090599
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,452,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Rucka is the bestselling author of nearly a dozen novels published in the US. He has also written several short stories, countless comics, and the occasional non-fiction essay. In comics, he has had the opportunity to write stories featuring some of the world's best-known characters including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Punisher. ALPHA is the first thriller in the Jad Bell series. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.

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The year is 2020. Hyper-corporations control everything. In the name of domination, these sprawling organisations have recruited their own military forces to fight clandestine battles against one another. Enter ex-bounty hunter Joanna Dark: young, beautiful and lost, her run-in with dataDyne, the world's most powerful organisation, has left her with a wound only vengeance can heal. But Daniel Carrington, the charismatic founder of the Carrington Institute, believes Joanna's deadly skills may be the key to victory over their mutual enemy – an enemy he has been fighting for years. Initial Vector is the first of three Perfect Dark science fiction thrillers which take readers into a shadowy, mysterious new world of espionage, conspiracy and global conflict. Set partly in London and Wales, Initial Vector takes place six months after the events in Perfect Dark Zero. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Greg Rucka is an acclaimed thriller novelist and commonly considered to be one of the "Big Three" writers at DC Comics, for which he has written stories featuring Wolverine, Batman, Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Entertaining Dark 16 Oct 2005
Format:Paperback
Just to clarify, Perfect Dark Initial Vector is the follow-on from Perfect Dark Zero, a game no-ones played, and a prequel to the original Perfect Dark, a game which is seven years old.
This is Microsofts attemp to make the series into a franchise, a la Halo, something Nintendo should have done seven years ago, and as such does contain spoilers about the XboX 360 game, as well as many links to the original.
The plot concerns young Joanna Dark, recovering from whatever happened in PD Zero (which is explained - be warned) in the care of Daniel Carrington and his private secret agency. Meanwhile, one of Carringtons undercover agents dissapears, and Joanna seems the best woman for the rescue job,
Initial Vector seems more concerned with setting up the N64 games plot than anything to do with Zero, and this is where the book really shines. From weapons from the game being used, includung secondary functions (Joanna using the Dragons proximity mine function in a hot spot can't fail to raise a smile from veterans of the original) to mentions of characters yet to appear, this brings memories flooding back and shows such a perfect understanding of how the world of PD works that it avoids that 'side story' feel many such novels have and genuinely feels like a crucial part of thr PD story, straight from the tap. When the surprising truth is revealed about the rivalry between Carrington and Cassandra DeVries of dataDyne it makes perfect sense, even going as far as to give the N64 game more credibility. The book even stays away from all aspects of the original story that were undoubtedly rubbish. You won't find Elvis the alien or any presidential conspiracies here.
The characters in this book are the real triumph.
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A very easy but thrilling read from the writer who has brought us Atticus Kodiak and Queen and Country (A Gentleman's Game is a must for all fans of Spooks).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Dark near close to perfect 8 Dec 2005
By madbaumer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been interested in the xbox 360 game for a while, so when I saw the book, I had to get. Well, I bought it, read it, and enjoyed it. The only problem that I had with the book was that I felt that some of the conflicts were solved too simply. Other than that, I am hoping for a continuation within the Perfect Dark universe. As for a side note, if you have not played the game yet, the book will reveal some spoilers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Initial Vector is one fun book! Full of twists, scares and espionage! 22 July 2013
By jdubbx9 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a long time fan of Perfect Dark Nintendo 64, I've always been interested in the storyline. After completing Perfect Dark Zero I was disappointed by the dialogue, character development and some designs. The overall plot was still very interesting. So I decided to purchase Initial Vector, Janus' Tears, and Second Front.

I just completed Initial Front and it was amazing. The author did an excellent job connecting the story to the Nintendo 64 storyline. All the characters, weapons and settings connected the events of both games.

The author personally played both Perfect Dark games and studied the story so that he could create a compelling novel without missing any information. As a fan, I am very pleased. I could easily see this book becoming a video game itself, or even a film. It was even better than Perfect Dark Zero, even though it is just written material. I really cared about the characters and what happened to them. I especially loved Joanna's development as she came to trust the Carrington Institute and eventually see her boss as a father figure. She struggles with the deaths of her father and eventually a new agent in the novel. She also struggles with the idea that she is a killer, while Carrington tries to convince her she is a soldier for good and kills only when necessary.

Cassandra DeVries has excellent development in the novel. We see how her character goes from caring and driven, to cold and addicted to power once she is betrayed by her lover, Daniel Carrington.

The book also hits on how dataDyne recovered after CEO Zhang Li's death, or rather 'disappearance,' and depicts a long CEO election campaign.

Not only that, the novel explains why the world has flying cars and futurist technology. It explains why the world of Perfect Dark, is the way it is. And that fact, makes this a perfect book!

These novels need more recognition. If you think PD Zero destroyed the franchise, check out the written material. It not only brings back the intriguing story from the Nintendo 64 version, but makes it even better. It will restore your thoughts about the franchise.

Depth 9/10
Character Development 10/10
Twists 9/10
Dialogue 10/10
Details 10/10
Overall Impression 9.8/10! Loved it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great 21 Mar 2006
By Josefa Aliseda de Pineda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you liked Perfect Dark Zero, you'll definitely love PDIV, it's absolutely great and fast paced! You won't stop reading!
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 23 April 2012
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't think I spent more than 10 minutes playing Perfect Dark on my roommate's N64. This book stands on its own.
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Dark Book 27 Dec 2009
By Peter A. Journey Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great SCI-FI book which makes the video game more enjoyable to play when you know more about the background.
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