Monday, 14 September 2009

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Gears of War: Jacinto's Revenge - Karen Traviss


When the bestselling video game Gears of War was released in late 2006, it quickly became the fastest selling original Xbox title ever, and has since gone on to sell more than five million copies, received more than fifty industry awards, and has garnered high praise from critics and fans alike. And the first novel in the series was released at the end of last year, to coincide with the release of the second Gears of War video game. With this terrific track record to build on, this is the second tie-in novel to be based on the Gears of War franchise. The massive Gears of War fan-base will be eager to see more in this series of original novels.


People who tend to spend time looking at reviews about authors before they buy, tend to know that at times I’m not Karen’s biggest fan as I feel that it’s a bit to crowded with not enough character development Vs plot aspects.

What you get with Karen’s interpretation of the Gears of World world is a book that more than lives up to the hype of the game, its action orientated and backed up with just enough character to keep the pickiest of readers happy with great new additions such as Bernie (a female veteran). Whilst you could argue that its mass market work for an established audience, if you haven’t played the games then Karen’s writing will sell the world to you. It’s dark, it is gritty and above all it has got enough twists to keep the tale interesting with the heavy expanse of firefights. A series I can solidly get behind.

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