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Uncharted - The Fourth Labyrinth (Video Game Novel) Paperback – 4 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (4 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857682180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857682185
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you love the Uncharted games then you shouldn't miss out on it, it's a genuinely worthy novel." --The Gaming Review

"Authentically written and extremely faithful to the games, Uncharted fans won't want to miss out on Nathan Drake s latest epic adventure!" --Alternative Magazine Online

About the Author

Christopher Golden is a well-known and prolific sci fi and fantasy author of many adult and YA novels, including Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), Hidden Cities (with Tim Lebbon), and the forthcoming The Secret Journeys of Jack London, (also with Lebbon). He is also known for his many media tie-in works, including novels, comics, and video games, in such worlds as Buffy, Hellboy, and X-Men.


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When I bought this book, I did so fully believing it wasn't going to be particularly good. I've not read anything else by this author before, so it was no judgement on their writing capabilities, I've just read several novels based on computer games and none have been up to much really. I was pleasantly surprised then that the opening chapter seemed to have just as much fun and excitement as the games had and that I could actually picture how the scene would play out as a game. The book is well-paced and loyal to the feel and nature of the games while obviously making the adjustments that are needed for the jump in medium. The much-loved male characters from the games (Drake and Sully, obviously!) are present and on top form with their banter and it's only a small criticism that Elena wasn't there - but as this is something of a prequel to the games, I can forgive it easily enough. The new characters are nicely written too, with Jada be suitably sympathetic and likeable without really trying too hard to force the reader to understand and warm to her. Fortunately, there isn't a heavy theme of obligatory romance either, which was something that concerned me at the inclusion of a new female character. It's not that I'd have particularly minded it, but the cliche would have irked me a little and if Drake starts getting a new girl in every iteration of the franchise, we might as well start calling him Captain Kirk. So yeah, happy that it was kind of hinted at but in the end didn't come to anything.

Overall, a fun read for fans of the game and a nice addition to the franchise.
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This book is actually incredible, it captures nathan drake right his personality everything how you expect him to be in the game..the storys good everything you want it to be and how its suppose to be captured, im a massive uncharted fan and this book is for anyone who is also a massive uncharted fan you should just buy this with out hesitation.. its at a good price too, a fiver cant do wrong really ;D
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, being a huge fan of the games, but finished it feeling somewhat disappointed. To explain, I was expecting an exciting page-turner full of wit, romance and daring-do but what I got was a rather dull tale that I was glad to reach the end of. The strength of the Uncharted games lies in their almost perfect mix of action, adventure and mystery ... something that personally I found sadly lacking in this book.

On the positive side, Drake and Sully are portrayed as much you would expect them to be. Charming rogues in it above their heads. My initial problem with this book is that it doesn't refer to any of the events in the games. That being the case, I had no point of reference in which to set the story but I would suggest its a prequel as the absence (or reference to) one of the games series' major female characters puzzled me. For an adventure story there is also a real lack of action. The games are famous for their varied and amazing set pieces (such as the train shoot-out in Uncharted 2 and the plane crash in Uncharted 3) but all the action in this book continually repeats itself, basically being close-quarters shoot-outs taking place in the same location (that being fundamentally the same labyrinth, just on different continents). There's a sniff of a car chase near the start but if you're expecting cliffhangers there really aren't any.

But what the reader does get is exposition. And more exposition. And even more exposition.
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A must read for any Uncharted fan! Has great characters, story and an amazing setting. Although I am 15 and in love with this game, I would tell people to only buy the book if you're 12+ as it does contain a lot of new vocab and literary techniques which are confusing at times (lol). Overall, a book which deserves 5 stars!
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I was always looking for books that are connected to my favorite PlayStation games. And this book offers me just what I needed. I get more of Drake and Sully on this action packed adventure of Drake in Egypt, Greece and China! Golden did a very good job on this novel. I would suggest it to anyone that likes Nathan Drake!
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If you love the game and the characters of Uncharted then you must read this book. It's just like another game, and visualising it (for the most part) is simple and you can actually see Nathan saying his lines. What's most impressive is that Christopher Golden has done his research on the characters of Nathan and Sully, they are exactly as they are in the games. The character of Jada is a nice addition and not the annoying female that you usually find in male dominated books, I actually liked her. Most favourite parts are the history and uncovering aspects of the book, it's also a lot darker toward the end that the games in term of atmosphere. If I had to give one negative point it would be that when the writer describes action in dark caves and labyrinths it's very difficult to imagine what's happening so the best advice is to not try. Read it on holiday in Rhodes and loved it.
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