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Snake's character may be slightly off but otherwise it's a solid book
on 31 January 2009
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. So by the time he came to write this he had been writing James Bond books for so long that he writes well for that sort of character. However Mr Benson seems to belive that James Bond and Solid Snake are alike and have simmilar personaltys so he wrote there characters fairly the same, and fans will know Snake is nothing like James Bond. Sure he may have simmilar skills as James Bond but there personaltys are nothing alike, this is one of the main flaws in the book.
Snake's character in the book is not really like the Snake we know from the games, first off Snake seems to be portrayed like a genric action hero, also Snake is often given quotes which don't suit his character such as when Ocelot first encountered Snake he was telling Snake bout Big Boss and asked if he measured up to him, Snake replys "I don't know, I didn't bring my ruler." Now that may be a funny line but it is too cheesy for Snake and is not somthing you would expect him to say.
But aside from that all the other character's are as they should be, they even included characters more than they did in the game, for one the whole first chapter is about Snake's Birth and includes Jim Housemen and Dr Clark. These were characters that were not included very much in the game and Dr Clark wasn't even in it. The relastionship between Master Miller and Solid Snake is also given more depth as throughout the book if Snake gets into a jam he remeberes somthing Master Miller had prevoiusly told him. So those are added treats.
The book also manages to carefully get around things that happen in the game that won't have transfered good to the book, one of the best examples is the PSG1. In the game Snake require's it at a certain point to save sombody, however as he dosn't have it he has to backtrack all the way to the begging of the game to aquire it. However in book form that would be quite boring, so they inplemented it so the PSG1 is already with him, this is good as it won't lose the action and for returing fans it adds some diffrent situations.
The book is a really decent book, it stays faithfull to the series and even adds some extra pieces of infomation for returing fans, but is just as enjoyable for new readers. Sure the character of Snake may be slightly off but that shouldn't stop you from picking up this book.