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Resistance the Gathering Storm [Mass Market Paperback]

William C. Dietz
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1 July 2009
Great Britain. July 1951.

Three years ago, Russia went dark. Nothing got in. Nothing got out. The world assumed it was political strife. But it was the Chimera: voracious extraterrestrial invaders. And in December 1949, they burst across the Russian border and poured into Europe. The luckiest humans died. The less fortunate succumbed to an alien virus–and changed.
Within a year, most of Europe had fallen. Only Great Britain, after struggling desperately, had kept the conquerors at bay. But as the Chimera were repelled, they were evolving. Building. Planning.

America. November 1952.

The Chimera have crossed the Atlantic. Their lightning strikes on American borders are devastating. Cities are lost. Small towns overrun. Citizens transformed into monstrosities. Enter Lieutenant Nathan Hale, U.S. Ranger. A veteran of the Chimeran conflict, he is uniquely immune to the alien virus. And when regular troops can’t stem the Chimeran onslaught, Hale and his special-operations team meet the menace head-on.

But while they battle the relentless Chimera, deadly power games rage in the White House. And when Hale discovers a far-reaching conspiracy, one with deadly consequences for the human race, his allegiance to country and mankind is stretched to the breaking point.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345508424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345508423
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 8.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for fans of the game series 11 May 2009
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As a fan of the Resistance series on PS3 and PSP, this book was a must, and I was not disappointed; it fleshes out a lot of the plot and characters seen in the games, while also adding plenty of new storyline to the canon. I particularly liked small nods to the far-flung corners of the Resistance universe, including references to the Project Abraham ARG and the Retribution PSP game; this, combined with the many references to the weapons and characters seen in the games, ensures that the book does feel like a legitimate part of the Resistance world. Some of the side-plots - particularly a plotline revolving around President Grace and his cabinet in Washington - feel a little disconnected first, but the whole thing comes together nicely at the end. There are, unfortunately, some minor continuity errors, but these are mainly regarding dates of events that occur off-camera in the games anyway, so it's nothing too serious. I can't speak for people who aren't fans of the games, but the book is very well-written and does a good job of establishing the basic ground rules of the franchise, so I'm sure it could be enjoyed in isolation if you're looking for a good sci-fi war novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 27 Dec 2012
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Loved resistance the gathering storm from start to fin have never played any of the games would recommend to all si fi lovers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent tie-in novel 16 Jan 2012
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This is a great read for fans of the game but I wouldn't say an essential one. It certainly expands on the character of Daedalus but other than that it doesn't really add any new ideas to the Resistance universe and as far as I know only one of the new characters from the book appears in R2 and here he only has a very brief cameo that was written to order. The books takes place two years before the second game and as such most of the events that take place have no bearing on those in the game. I personally would have liked to see it more closely linked to the story lines of the game.

It is well written however with plenty of action and nice attention to detail. It's nice to see a more human side to Hale as he goes about his daily business and the political backstabbing sections of the book are quite gripping once you get to know who everyone is. I found they were by far the most interesting and darkest parts of the book as we get to see a very shady and surprisingly unpatriotic side of the American government.

My main criticism of the book would be the use of it's female characters who, bar one are all just eye candy or doormats as the author seems to revel in telling you how attractive each woman is or how turned on they make the men around them feel. The only female that isn't perved at is an older woman, presumably since the author doesn't see women over the age of 50 as sexual creatures. It's not a massive problem as most of the book features big manly men being big manly men and shooting aliens but it is still a disappointment to see women treated like this, especially since the first game had such a positive female character in it.

Overall I would say any fans of the game or military sci fi are likely to enjoy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must buy for resistance fans 30 Dec 2009
By simon15
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This expands and explain all the time in between resistance 1 and 2 .it also give alot of back ground on games characters .it was brilliant must buy for resistance fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Surprised 11 May 2009
By Dandy - Published on
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I like to read on a long road trip. I stopped by Chapter's on my way out of town and the front cover of this book caught my eye. I did not realize this book was based on a video game.

I am a grandmother and over 50. But I can truthfully say this was a damn good book and had a great plot. I read it on my breaks at work and late at night when I should have been sleeping. I didn't want to put it down. I'm am going to look at the other books by this author.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 19 May 2009
By J. Sheedy - Published on
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I am a fan of the PS3 games, so I thought I would grab the book as a filler between the two games, and I am glad I did. It really drops you in the middle of war torn America, following the fictional time line setup from the first game, and then bridging the gap to the second game.

I hope there will be more books in the future, I read this book in 2 days as I did not want to put it down. It had good character development, as you would feel the pain of the heroes, and wish pain upon the villains (not just the Chimera).

Even if someone was not a video game fan, they could still read and enjoy this book as it could stand on it's own.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!! 5 May 2009
By R. Stewart - Published on
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Excellent book!! Enjoyed the many facets the story offered and the spirit of the American characters was balls to the wall. This book sets the stage for books 2 & 3, I hope. It would be a shame to let the story end like this cause you just know Lt. Hale will recruit his adopted sister Susan to smoke some Chimera butt!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly well written 9 July 2010
By Neretva - Published on
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My son picked out this book, because it was based on a video game and left it in our living room. I picked it up in a moment of boredom and couldn't put it down again, despite the fact that the story line was relatively predictable. The book is well written and the main character has a quiet strength that draws you in, without really knowing why. I did question the advanced technology in a 1950's timeline, but it didn't bother me enough to stop reading. There were a number of interesting secondary characters, and I find that I want to know more about them, and would definitely buy a sequel. Though this isn't a genre I normally read, I will definitely look for more books by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Resistance Fans 28 Dec 2010
By Stephen - Published on
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Well, I'm a big fan of the Resistance games and Nathan Hale, so I was happy to see that this book has a lot of focus on him. The book basically tells you what happened in America between the two games, while also introducing some new things about the Chimeran virus, Nathan's family, and The Sentinels (the military force Hale is a part of). You also learn more about certain characters that are only occasionally mentioned in the games, such as Jordan Shepperd and Noah Grace. From start to finish, this book does a great job of bridging the gap between the two games.

That being said, the book isn't as dark or mysterious as the first game, and fails to capture the same sense of hopelessness that I felt playing the first. I was disappointed that there was no mention of the non-American characters like Rachael Parker or Steven Cartwright. I also found certain things, such as Nathan Hale's love interest, to be pointless and boring additions to the story. Although minor reasons, that's why I didn't give the book a perfect five stars. Regardless, if you enjoyed the storyline of the games, you'll probably enjoy this book.
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