This is a reasonable novelisation of the "Iron Man" film. It closely adheres to the plot of the movie, and is based on the screenplay. As such, we get to read about billionaire Tony Stark - as he's captured and held by terrorists who try to get him to make weapons of mass destruction for them ... Stark does make such a weapon - his prototype Iron Man suit! With it, he destroys the compound where he's being held, and flies away. Once back home, Stark decides to act upon his experiences - and chooses to no longer trade in weapons. This, of course, has major ramifications for his company. But he's not especially bothered - as he's busy designing and constructing the first proper Iron Man suit ... and with it he becomes a superhero!
It's a good story, and the film is great. Unfortunately this book fails to accurately express the excitement and wonder found in the movie. Instead, it's a rather boring novel. The characterisation is poor, and the story is too descriptive. The author, Peter David, adds nothing new to the adventure - and as such it's a missed opportunity. A good novel will contribute to the story, developing ideas and themes touched on in a film. Yet that is not done here.
If you're a major fan of the film, you'll probably find this book an okay read. Otherwise, I suggest leaving it aside.
All I can say is that I really enjoyed Iron Man. It made perfectly clear that it's not Arabs that they're going against, but terrorists; Stark has an Arab helping him, who he is very good friends with. Throughout the movie, he tries to save lives where he can - unless someone is risking anothers' (not his own) life through something they are doing - this is where Iron Man is merciless, to Arabs or Americans.
I also enjoyed the novelisation because it was pretty much exactly like the film. It's a good, easy read, and is also interesting for seeing what previous script stages of Iron Man must have looked like. (Novelisations are taken from early scripts.) It retains the humour of the movie, as well as showing more motivations and thoughts behind characters' actions; I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I watched the trailers for months on end, with high expectations, but when I finally saw the film, I was disgusted with what is inevitably yet another trashy masonic film propagating ethnic cleansing.
The problem is as follows; producers and publicists stated the film to be in line with the original comic saga. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the comic, Tony Stark suffered a severe injury, as a victim of industrial sabotage. In order to keep his heart ticking, he fashioned a chest plate, which eventually evolved into a suit of armour.
In this film, he had shrapnel embedded in his heart as a result of a `terrorist' attack, perpertrated by Tony Stark's very own weapons of mass destruction (poetic justice indeed). The so called terrorists then kidnap him and try to coerce him to construct the `jericho' missile. He refuses, since he is aware that this weapon would be used against America. Yet, when he originally designed the weapon, he was well aware they would be used in the Middle East (ie - to butcher the Arab people). Yet he experienced not a single twitch of ethical accountability in this respect. He had no problems washing blood off his hands here.
The table is now turned. Suddenly, he has become a saint and feels a moral obligation to refuse cooperation, knowing fully well how this weapon would be used. During captivity, he fashions an archaic suit of armour and manages to escape, killing many `terrorists' in the process. The scenes are drawn out and quite explicit (it is in contrast to the scene depicting his capture, whereby the invading American soldiers are fired upon, since there is no graphic depiction of blood and guts or immolation).
Unfortunately, more than half the film stuck to this idiotic concept like dog s**t on your shoe and I ask you - what purpose did this serve, other than inculcating subtle conditioning against anything of Middle Eastern descent?.
In fact, the real villain was a white American (Obadiah Staine), who was supposed to be Tony Stark's mentor yet plotted to have him assassinated, by supplying `terrorists' with Stark Industry weaponry.
It has gotten to the point where an intelligent person cannot watch even a comic book film without it having an underlying Imperialist/Masonic tone and my money was used to profit from this trash. It is disgusting. Before any idiot starts squealing `your personal opinion, etc', a professor of mass communication (`Jack Shaheen' of Lebanese descent) has authored many books and reports on this issue. See his books (and web link for reuters news article)-
"Guilty. Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11" and "Reel Bad Arabs. How Hollywood Vilifies a People". [...]
This is not a new issue, since American films have had anti-Arab undertones since the 60's (including colourful references to `dirty, stinking Ayyrabs', etc).
Back to Iron Man. Other than the inherent racism and imperialism stated above, the film did not focus adequately on the suit building. Similarly, action scenes were few and far between and lack lustre (he was so noble, not firing upon the American jets that attacked him). There should have been substantially more incorporation of the evil, back stabbing Obadiah Staine and his pet project, since this is where the real story lay (with the villain of the film).
No doubt there will be another Iron Man film. No doubt it will turn out be racist s**t like this one. By the way, I am not an Arab. I am an Indian.