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Timeline note Retribution is set almost immediately after the main storyline of ME2 concludes, but before The Arrival DLC Which, I suppose, makes it canonical that The Arrival is post game, even if you can play it through in the middle of the storyline But it always worked better, from a story perspective, as a post game adventure than a mid game one.Retribution has a strong hook The Illusive Man has infected Grayson with Reaper nanotech as revenge for the events of Ascension, the prior book Timeline note Retribution is set almost immediately after the main storyline of ME2 concludes, but before The Arrival DLC Which, I suppose, makes it canonical that The Arrival is post game, even if you can play it through in the middle of the storyline But it always worked better, from a story perspective, as a post game adventure than a mid game one.Retribution has a strong hook The Illusive Man has infected Grayson with Reaper nanotech as revenge for the events of Ascension, the prior book This is the most in depth look at Reaper indoctrination we ve gotten to this point The concept of knowing that you re losing control of your mind and your body and are unable to stop or even slow the process is pure nightmare fuel There have been glimpses of what this looks like in practice, but always from an outsider s perspective Here s the problem While Karpyshyn is a great hand at setting a scene, and he can create really memorable characters, he s not the best guy in the world for dialog and emotions This is simply not as skin crawlingly creepy as it should be, and as it would be with a writer who was better able to describe emotions, and details in general That didn t stop me from enjoying the book, by any means It s still Mass Effect, the plot itself was still enough to keep me interested, and Karpyshyn is still a decent writer It just could have been so much better by somebody else I really enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn s Mass Effect series of books that tied into the games This third book in the series wraps things up and leads into Mass Effect 2 This gives readersinformation on The Illusive Man and how Cerberus works It also providesinformation on Kahlee Sandersand David Anderson and there is even a brief mention of Shepherd All good stuff for Mass Effect fans Now that Andromeda is out, it was kind of nice to listen to some of the old school Mass Effect stuff I really enjoyed Drew Karpyshyn s Mass Effect series of books that tied into the games This third book in the series wraps things up and leads into Mass Effect 2 This gives readersinformation on The Illusive Man and how Cerberus works It also providesinformation on Kahlee Sandersand David Anderson and there is even a brief mention of Shepherd All good stuff for Mass Effect fans Now that Andromeda is out, it was kind of nice to listen to some of the old school Mass Effect stuff I highly recommend both the games and the books Although the fourth book is not written by Karpyshyn, so I don t know about that People don t seem to like it as much as the three he wrote Well, purely in the comparative context of the Mass Effect novels, Retribution is all right and actually noticeably better written than Revelation I haven t read Ascension yet That honestly isn t saying much, though.If you re a fan of the Mass Effect game series as I am, it may be worth a read through as a companion to the game As a novel, though, I can t really say much in praise of Retribution, I m afraid Many of the same problems plague Retribution as did Revelation The dialogue is nat Well, purely in the comparative context of the Mass Effect novels, Retribution is all right and actually noticeably better written than Revelation I haven t read Ascension yet That honestly isn t saying much, though.If you re a fan of the Mass Effect game series as I am, it may be worth a read through as a companion to the game As a novel, though, I can t really say much in praise of Retribution, I m afraid Many of the same problems plague Retribution as did Revelation The dialogue is natural enough, but the rest of the book reads like a dry summary of what the novel really should have been For example, on page 51 Target has left the club alone, he whispered, knowing the receivers worn by the rest of his team would automatically amplify his words so they could be heard clearly The plan is go Would it not be generally assumed that the team could hear him, unless readers are shown otherwise Why describe to the reader in such detail everyday technology that we are already familiar with and would expect to function This is what I m talking about It s a whole book full of the obvious being tediously and unnecessarily spelled out, while very predictable characters play out their various cardboard roles, and events are described too many times from multiple perspectives that really don t add all that much to each other I wish I could trade in all that extraneous text for some meaty descriptions of the environment orlifelike characters with actual personalities Sigh.That being said, if you re a Mass Effect junkie and prepared for the above, you ll probably be all right I m just still hanging on to my wishful thinking for good franchised literature Granted I m a little bias when it comes to Mass Effect so my review isfan reactive This book carries on from Ascension and the Illusive Man has a lot of wheels in motion The book is something for the fans and it delivers on this front, Karpyshyn has a lot of the early novelist errors but this book starts with a lot of action and barely lets go The Reapers are true unknown antagonists here and Cerebus are out to save mankind in their usual extreme methods If you have played game 3, you Granted I m a little bias when it comes to Mass Effect so my review isfan reactive This book carries on from Ascension and the Illusive Man has a lot of wheels in motion The book is something for the fans and it delivers on this front, Karpyshyn has a lot of the early novelist errors but this book starts with a lot of action and barely lets go The Reapers are true unknown antagonists here and Cerebus are out to save mankind in their usual extreme methods If you have played game 3, you ll understand where this book is heading This has a lot of name dropping moments, think a Marvel universe Characters from the games drop in and out while establishing further backstory into the Mass Effect lore The book does lack that final polish but it is fun and delivers everything a fan could want If you re book 3 and know nothing of the series, stay well clear to avoid pointless reviews Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on harvesting the galaxy s organic species for their own dark purposeThe Illusive Man, leader of the pro human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers To ensure humanity s survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy s strengths and weaknesses by studying someone implanted with modified Reaper technology He knows the perfect subject for his horrific experiments former Cerberus operative Paul Grayson, who wrestled his daughter from the cabal s control with the help of Ascension project director Kahlee SandersBut when Kahlee learns that Grayson is missing, she turns to the only person she can trust Alliance war hero Captain David Anderson Together they set out to find the secret Cerberus facility where Grayson is being held But they aren t the only ones after him And time is running outAs the experiments continue, the sinister Reaper technology twists Grayson s mind The insidious whispers grow even stronger in his head, threatening to take over his very identity and unleash the Reapers on an unsuspecting galaxyThis novel is based on a Mature rated video game Surprisingly, this one had the barest glimpse of potential at being an interesting story Squandered, but there was the gem of an idea here However, the writing was awful Once , nearly every line of dialog is accompanied by a phrase telling us the internal mental state of the character in question And the paragraphs of prose in between dialog blocks are merely transcriptions of what the characters are thinking, what their base motivations are, punctuated by clumsily written actions.Show, Surprisingly, this one had the barest glimpse of potential at being an interesting story Squandered, but there was the gem of an idea here However, the writing was awful Once , nearly every line of dialog is accompanied by a phrase telling us the internal mental state of the character in question And the paragraphs of prose in between dialog blocks are merely transcriptions of what the characters are thinking, what their base motivations are, punctuated by clumsily written actions.Show, don t tell.It is better than the previous two, although the bar has been set so low that isn t difficult to accomplish Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on harvesting the galaxy s organic species for their own dark purpose.The Illusive Man, leader of the pro human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers To ensure humanity s survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy s strengths and weaknesses by studying someo Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on harvesting the galaxy s organic species for their own dark purpose.The Illusive Man, leader of the pro human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers To ensure humanity s survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy s strengths and weaknesses by studying someone implanted with modified Reaper technology He knows the perfect subject for his horrific experiments former Cerberus operative Paul GraysonThis has to be the best novel out of the other 2 books in the series the others where equally amazing but this is where the story gets to the neaty gritty of the mass effect lore The reapers are coming and only Cerberus is doing anything about it so to get a upperhand they install our anti hero paul grayson with reaper tech to see the affects And to me that was the most interesting because throughout the games you have met people who have been indoctrinated or had reaper tech in them and the games just say his evil kill him which you don t disagree with because its the reapers BUT In this book it sthan that you finally get to find out what these people go through not having control over there body there throughts even speech it s all taken away and for the charecter it s like being locked in the trunk of the car with someone else at the wheel All that to me was just fascinating and makes me feel bad now i think of it of all those people i killed now knowing they didn t want to they where forced makes me wish the games explored thisbut never the less still a great game.Also in this book you get to meet Kai Laing the best assassin that Cerberus has and killer of my best drell friend thane which im still sad about but hay he still got his ass handed to him by a dying man so not so bad I went off there into the games im sorry I ll try and keep it to the book sooo as well as meeting kai lang the book also meet kahlee sanders and anderson again which is always a welcome edition But this book also sets the seeds for the reaper invasion as to no spoil anything but they use grayson as a data uplink which should be enough for fans to understand so you get everything into this book i already know the next out come because i played the games first but i think if you read these while playing the games you might be a littlesurprised than i was but either way like i said about the other books you don t need to have played the games to enjoy this book it works perfectly on it s own as a sci fi trilogy high reccomed as always.5 5 stars100 100 Ginger points Always liked this author The Mass Effect universe makes for great video games and fiction The lie ran so deep that even those who d helped bury the truth had convinced themselves the Reapers were nothing but a myth They continued on with their mundane existence, too weak and too stupid to acknowledge the horrific destiny awaiting them But the Illusive Man had devoted his life to facing unpleasant truths Drew Karpyshyn, Mass Effect RetributionMass Effect Retribution picks up two or so years after the end of Ascension Grayson, a former Cerberus operative, is living incognito on O The lie ran so deep that even those who d helped bury the truth had convinced themselves the Reapers were nothing but a myth They continued on with their mundane existence, too weak and too stupid to acknowledge the horrific destiny awaiting them But the Illusive Man had devoted his life to facing unpleasant truths Drew Karpyshyn, Mass Effect RetributionMass Effect Retribution picks up two or so years after the end of Ascension Grayson, a former Cerberus operative, is living incognito on Omega In Ascension he was a drug addicted father of an autistic biotic girl Against the wishes of Cerberus, Grayson removes his daughter from the experimental clutches of the Illusive Man and sends her to live unmolested among the quarians, untouchable amidst their enormous flotilla The Illusive Man wants him, but not dead Grayson is now a trusted foot soldier of Aria and he has kicked the red dust habit He keeps in tenuous touch with Kahlee Sanders who still lives and works at Grissom Academy in an effort to ensure her safety per a deal he made with the Illusive Man that she would not be harmed.But the Illusive Man is not to be thwarted and he learns of Grayson s whereabouts The Illusive Man sends Kai Leng to obtain Grayson.If you re familiar with the ME games then you already know who Kai Leng is, a former Alliance officer hyped up on Reaper tech who acts as the Illusive Man s top assassin He s ruthless, patient, and utterly deadly Kai Leng is also mentioned by Anderson in ME3 wherein he mentions not being one of Kai Leng s favorite people because he once shot out both of his legs You get to see how that happens in Retribution For those of you who know the beloved Captain Anderson, he can be just a ruthless as Kai Leng and we get to see him here in rare form.Retribution is the saddest of the books thus far Grayson, poor man, can never catch a break His life is a long series of bad choices and worse outcomes and what eventually happens to him, thanks to the Illusive Man, is probably worse than death What happens to him also screams borg to me Borg as in Star Trek.Like the others, this book is fast paced and well written with a crisp concise story line that does not wander away from the original ME story but runs parallel to it There is no pretended happy ending here though, so as much as one might root for Grayson to finally have some peace in his life, you won t be satisfied.Kahlee Sanders isn t as annoying in this book as she was in Ascension In fact, she s quite a trooper, even if a little soft around the middle Anderson, who we know is a bit of a badass, but only from rumors and attitude, shows us exactly why he can be counted among the Shepards in the ME universe He isn t just the deep voiced on point soldier with a commanding attitude He s a calculating and dangerous opponent even without Reaper cybernetic implants, a bad attitude, or indoctrination.As for the last book in the ME novel series, Deception, I m unsure if I will read it I understand that it was authored by someone other than Drew Karpyshyn and reviews are somewhat lackluster We shall see Having read all three Mass Effect novels written by Drew Karpyshyn, I have to say they are very much three of a kind Same style of writing, same ideas about the plot in all three Each book seeks to flesh out the Mass Effect universe without directly touching on the main plot of the games This is really a double edged sword On the one hand, getting too deeply into the main plot wouldn t make fans happy as there is such a variety of paths and choices to take the player character that inevitabl Having read all three Mass Effect novels written by Drew Karpyshyn, I have to say they are very much three of a kind Same style of writing, same ideas about the plot in all three Each book seeks to flesh out the Mass Effect universe without directly touching on the main plot of the games This is really a double edged sword On the one hand, getting too deeply into the main plot wouldn t make fans happy as there is such a variety of paths and choices to take the player character that inevitably such a story would earn the ire of the majority of fans On the other hand, that means we re left with a rather tangential story one that isn t nearly as meaty or fascinating as the main Mass Effect plot we know and love, but slides in at vaguely interesting To be fair to Karpyshyn, since he s damned if he does and damned if he doesn t, I feel he can t be blamed for the novels being less gripping in comparison to the Mass Effect games.Lacking that gripping main plot is rather detrimental to these novels, but that point aside there s a mix of good and bad points about them For me, the next biggest bad point after the tangential plot is the writing the style of it, the language used and so on It s competent, which is a good thing, but that s all it is When I look for five star quality writing, I expect writing to have a bitflair and creativity to it, a bitexpressiveness and imagination The writing here is merely functional This is why I didn t post any quote updates as I read through the book there were no lines that made me stop and think wow, I love the way the author has put that, I just have to share this So that would be my biggest criticism outside of the tangential nature of the story Those two fairly substantial points against the novels, they do have good points in their favour The writing is competent, meaning it s never clunky or awkward, and the storytelling is neatly tied up in a way that makes sense and doesn t suffer from any plotholes The pacing in particular is pitched perfectly these books are very easy to read and devour in a mere few hours, and it s an enjoyable ride to do so I would recommend them as fun, easy reads for anyone who s curious about learning a little bitof the in game universe just be aware they re not as substantial and compelling as the actual games themselves.7 out of 10 Mass Effect: Retribution


About the Author: Drew Karpyshyn

Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur s Gate series, and wrote the tie in novel for Baldur s Gate II Throne of Bhaal He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane Path of Destruction, his first hardcover Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.


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