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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983231354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983231356
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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All the characters are very well developed and the action is good.
Walter E. Kurtz
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.
plutonick
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chase W. Beck on 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 By Carl-Niclas on 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By plutonick on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.A. on January 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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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? Which side is controlled by whom (or what)? Are we rooting for the right slightly-insane character or is that other lunatic gonna be the real hero?

I guess it's easier to just say that the book is Delta Green, through and through. And that I like it that way.
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By A R on February 2, 2014
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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