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Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Detwiller
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Born of the U.S. government's 1928 raid on the degenerate coastal town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, the covert agency known as Delta Green spent four decades opposing the forces of darkness with honor, but without glory. Stripped of sanction after a disastrous 1969 operation in Cambodia, Delta Green's leaders made a secret pact: to continue their work without authority, without support, and without fear. Delta Green agents slip through the system, manipulating the federal bureaucracy while pushing the darkness back for another day—but often at a shattering personal cost."

Ten years ago, everything changed. It's time you found out how.

It's January 2001. The Delta Green agents code-named Cyrus and Charlie get the call: A young boy dead and buried for years has reappeared, healthy and happy, as if no time at all had passed and the disease that killed him had never been. The family thinks it's a miracle, but Delta Green has seen too many miracles turn to madness. Cyrus and Charlie must discover what horrors lurk behind this one. The mission brings them to the brink of apocalypse -- to the edge of the revelation and destruction of Delta Green -- to secrets and terrors at the heart of reality itself.

Product Details

  • File Size: 383 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983231354
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing (August 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elicited Squeals of Malicious Glee September 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After the first few pages I was hooked. I received the book in electronic format early on Labor Day. I read a few pages, expecting to then move on to something else, something recreational, like enjoying the sun and weather outside, or perhaps catching-up on a little school work. I didn't go outside that day, and I didn't do any school work. No, instead I found myself glued to the computer screen. eagerly scrolling the mouse wheel to see what happened next. I'm a Luddite when it comes to literature. I prefer the printed work, in book for, when it comes to reading. On a few occasions, I have attempted to read electronic books and met with little success. Eventually, I accepted that an ebook reader, such as the Kindle might be what I need. Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly captured my attention and I read the entire thing, on a computer screen. That's no small feat for me. Even though I am an avid reader, It often takes me days, if not weeks to finish a book. I had no trouble finishing Detwiller's book. His writing style is simple and engaging, neither overly flowery or distractingly spartan. It flowed, without drawing attention to itself.

The story is interesting and fun. There are various references to Delta Green lore and scenarios although, I have never read any of the other fiction and found it easy enough to follow along. I would recommend this story for fans of Delta Green and for fans of fiction involving vast government conspiracies and aliens. It's a Lovecraftian work but builds upon themes established in Delta Green RPG's so if you're not familiar with those then you might not enjoy it as much as I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the right hands this is an excellent book September 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly is an interesting beast. For those in the know who have read other Delta Green books it is almost required reading. It makes me itching for more, for a new source book and for more stories. For those who've never heard of Delta Green on the other hand it is probably impossibly puzzling and strange. Through a Glass, Darkly makes no apologies for drawing on a decade and a half or more of Delta Green lore and weaving together plot threads from a variety of sources, including previously released novels and short stories as well as gaming supplements. It gives us a wild ride, and a terrifying insight into the activities of the darker sides of the Delta Green universe as well as that of Delta Green itself.

So in short, if you know what a green box is, or you have heard of the horrors of Groversville, or if NRO DELTA scares you, or if you sincerely think A-Cell are utter soulless bastards, then this book is for you. If you don't, well, Project GARNET will soon clear things up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but rushed and unpolished January 14, 2014
By R.A.
An entertaining book if you're well acquainted with the Delta Green universe, and it was good to see some of these characters again - it's hard to believe it's been more than a decade since Tynes' The Rules of Engagement - but the book itself feels less like a novel and more like a 200-page justification for a new Delta Green edition.

The plot itself is very much a rushed mess, and its initial central mystery could have made a much better, longer novel in better hands. As it stands, things happen too quickly in the book with no apparent rhyme or reason, with some events occurring almost because a keeper needs to get his players moving and not because they necessarily make any plot sense.

If you're not into Delta Green, chances are this will feel like a gorier Michael Bay movie. Recommended only for people familiar with the setting, and preferably the previous novels as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good February 2, 2014
By A R
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm going to preface this by stating that this is my first exposure to Delta Green, and one of my the first time's I've really gone through Lovecraft-inspired fiction. I got into this through a videogame series Detwiller had written for, and I was wondering if his books could replicate the atmosphere of said game. The best thing I can say about this book is that it has definitely made me look further into the series.

I found it to be a rather engaging read, and pretty easy to follow, despite my unfamiliarity with the setting going in. The characters' motivations and the descriptions of the action were great in all the utter nastiness and brutality that this sort of setting implies. It's a beautiful trainwreck of men and monsters; definitely not for everyone, but a lot of fun for me.

The principal shortcoming to this book is that I feel the author could have focused more on the overarching, otherworldly thread, which seemed to end up primarily being a backdrop for the more "mundane" conspiratorial goings-on between DG and the assorted Majestic subgroups, however I was still hooked on seeing where the plot would go. Another problem to this is it's short length, although even that is pretty minor.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for DG fans September 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a novel based on the Delta Green RPG setting. Knowledge of the setting is required in order to enjoy this story. If you are familiar with the setting (which you are a fan of Mythos or Call of Cthulhu stories), then this book is an essential reading. The story takes place in early 2001 and this is significant for more than one reason. Mainly because a new version of DG is rumored to be published in the near future, and this book is a bridge between the DG of the '90s and the DG of the '10s.

The story is creepy, full of supernatural events, the greys, the Mythos, conspiracies and a high body count. Reads like an x-file, or fringe episode, but with heavy Cthulhu influences.

Sadly, if you are do not know about the Delta Green RPG, then this book is going to leave you puzzled. On the other hand, if you haven't heard of the Delta Green, then you wouldn't be reading this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a bit too happy of an ending- but a good read
None of Lovecraft's hopeless endings of madness here. It reads like the role playing game that birthed it. But in a good way. A good quick read that will leave you with a smile.
Published 9 months ago by James Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Deliberately Discombobulated
Each chapter is a piece of the puzzle that makes up the plot of this book. It's a fun read, but not for someone looking for a straight and simple narrative. Who's on who's side? Read more
Published 14 months ago by ZapJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Engaging
I've been a Delta Green fan since Rules of Engagement and do my best to snatch up any DG books that come along before they sell out. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alex Temple
4.0 out of 5 stars Delta Green Hits The Spot!
Detwiller does a good job with this Delta Green novel. This is a good fun read for both folks that know the Lovecraftian Mythos via the RPG Call of Cthulhu or as avid readers. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Andre Kruppa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but requires too much knowledge of Delta Green
In a Glass Darkly is gaming fiction taking place in the universe of the Delta Green role playing game, which in turn is based on H.P. Lovecraft's writings. Read more
Published on May 23, 2013 by Walter E. Kurtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome transition
I'm a diehard fan of HP Lovecraft's milieu, and the Delta Green books have proven to me to be a great continuation of HPL's saga. Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by DAVID M OLSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Moar yes!
Delta green is a brilliant gaming environment and the stories/novel's are fantastic for conveying the atmosphere and viewpoint of the conspiracy
Published on January 13, 2013 by Nicholas Jowett
4.0 out of 5 stars DG Knowledge VERY Helpful
I am a big fan of Lovecraft and have played and run Call of Cthulhu. However, I have never played DG, or even read the rulebook. Having read this book, I wish I had. Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by E. L. Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Man-GOAT-Love: An exploration of Dennis Detwiller's authorship.
As other reviews have stated, this novel is not for the uninitiated and builds on nearly two decades of Delta Green's investigations into Conspiracy Horror. Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by THE MAN IN BLACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps this shouldn't be the first Delta Green book you read
Perhaps you should start with the RPG sourcebooks, or the excellent but hard to find short story collections. Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Arthurwyatt
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More About the Author

Dennis Detwiller is an author, artist and video game designer. He is currently the Creative Games Design Director for Nickelodeon Games, running the creative aspects of their mobile games division. His work spans global hits such as Magic: The Gathering and the [PROTOTYPE] series for Activision, to his more personal creations such as Delta Green, GODLIKE and Wild Talents. He is the four time winner of the Origin Award for gaming, and two time winner of the Ennie Award for RPG excellence. He lives in San Francisco, California with his wonderful wife Hilary and two awesome kids, Maya and Henry.

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