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Second Front (Perfect Dark (Tor)) Paperback – 9 Jan 2007

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (9 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315724
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,905 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2008
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Perfect Dark was frankly one of the best games to ever hit the N64. I loved it, it was so playable and had a great storyline to it. The debut of Joanna Dark was a true success and one that I, along with millions, really embraced. Then after the successful comeback of Miss Dark on the Xbox 360 title Perfect Dark Zero, came Perfect Dark: Initial Vector, the first of a trilogy of novels to further expand the universe of Joanna Dark.

I really loved Initial Vector and feel acclaimed writer Greg Rucka did an excellent job of giving Joanna Dark, Daniel Carrington, Cassandra De Vries and Jonathan Steinberg such depth, making them all characters you could really care for. And also weaving a captivating plot that added to what was an exceptionally good novel. And the same high-level of writing is also used for Second Front.

The events here take place two months after Initial Vector and naturally take place in the gap between Perfect Dark: Zero and Perfect Dark. Cassandra De Vries is now the CEO of dataDyne, which remains the leader of Earth's hypercorporations and the sole reason for the world's survival. And the Carrington Institute is forever determined to stop their evil machinations, specifically their top agent, Joanna Dark, who holds a blood oath against them for the death of her father.

But things naturally get worse before they get better. The presidents of rival corporations Zentek and Beck-Yama have been murdered, resulting in the corporations' extinction. And the killer Joanna Dark. As a result, the Carrington Institute is targeted by a paranoid dataDyne and every other hypercorp on the planet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A solid taste of Cyberpunk-Lite 1 Mar. 2008
By Lynne M. Mikesh-Whitney - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Showing improvement over the first book in the series (always a good sign), the second Perfect Dark novel by Greg Rucka is a classic example of what I like to call Cyberpunk-Lite: an action thriller set in a dystopian future similar to that of the Gibsonesque cyberpunk genre but shorn of the extensive and often meandering ruminations on the nature of humanity that genre features. The story moves quickly with an overdose of action, suitably over-the-top villains, and enough background detail so that people who haven't played the games (like me) can easily follow the plot without needing a reference guide. By avoiding pretention and sticking to presenting solidly defined characters and a fast-moving plot, Rucka presents a novel that's a pleasant read and a cut above the usual franchise-spinoff fare.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent modern thriller 9 Jun. 2007
By Alex Merck - Published on
Format: Paperback
Rucka has established a good reputation with his bodyguard thrillers, but the Perfect Dark novels (not the comic books) are great modern spy stories in the James Bond tradition. Highly recommended both for the entertainment value as well as for his political thinking.
Fun read for Perfect Dark fans. 7 July 2010
By KUSOsan - Published on
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Although the Perfect Dark universe is currently not as diverse or fleshed-out as say the Halo or Mass Effect universe, this book and author Greg Rucka does a very admirable job of pouring atmosphere and details into the world of Joanna Dark. I did not enjoy this story as much as the previous one but it still kept me reading until the very end. Liked it enough to wish there was a third book on the way but from what I have read, the official word is that there are currently no plans to create a 3rd novel.

Bottom line: Worth it if you liked perfect dark
ust like Initial Vector 15 Mar. 2015
By T. Joyner - Published on
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ust like Initial Vector, Second Front delivered a fast paced, action packed story that kept me on the edge of my seat. This sequel delves deeper into the hypercorporations and those who would seek to destroy them by any means necessary. I love how the story is told from multiple perspectives that seamlessly converge into the overarching theme of the book (which is based on a video game). I wish there were more installments of Perfect Dark to read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exactly What I Expected 25 Feb. 2008
By Jared Sedlmayr - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book because it gave me what I wanted. It has an easy to follow story and lots of action. I read it almost straight through in a couple of days. It flows very well, and was enjoyable. I'm hoping for another sequel.
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