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.
Character Development 10/10
Overall Impression 9.8/10! Loved it!