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on October 22, 2011
If you are interested in the personality and motivations of Gabriel Tosh and Nova Terra, this is a good character study. If you want a book with a story interesting enough to stand on its own, this is a failure.

The book opens well, with a quite good horror scene. It follows up with a good military engagement featuring Nova. After that, the dramatic tension just evaporates. On Nova's side of the story, we are given vague hints about a mysterious terrorist organisation acting against the Dominion. On Tosh's side of the story, we fairly soon get a detailed look at the character of the various Spectres, him especially. By the time the stories converge in a Spectre attack on a major Dominion facility, we have seen that the Spectres are dysfunctional enough that they won't be able to carry their plan out. When Nova shows up it just gets worse. The author has already had Tosh state that Nova is more powerful than the Spectres, and now the action confirms it. They can't stand against her.

The attack is in the middle of the book. After it follow character scenes until about two-thirds of the book, when the James Bond stereotype begins: Nova gets kidnapped and the Evil Mastermind is unveiled. The flaws in Kenyon's writing really show here. The Evil Mastermind doesn't even get a gloating monologue, his "perfect master plan" is just info-dumped on us in a block of pages. And he STILL withholds the one part of the plan that would impart some horror to it. Fortunately, the action scenes that follow are reasonably good.

Besides the action scenes, the good point of this book is the exploration of the personalities of Nova and Tosh. One of the things I was hoping this book might do is to show us why Nova is loyal to the Dominion, even after learning all the horrible things the Dominion has done. It does, and it does a surprisingly good job. It also does just a plain good job of showing us her personality in general. It does the same for Tosh. Ironically, why he is a good character for this sort of treatment is also why he fails as Nova's antagonist. It would have worked so much better if they had been partners, choosing which side they are on, rather than with Tosh's choice already made.

All in all, this reads like the novelisation of a dumb action movie that would have depended on eye-candy Nova to distract the audience from the feeble story. It fails to stand on its own.
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on May 12, 2013
This book is full of action and a lot of background stories on many main charactors in the video game. It even gives you a good story on Ghosts in general. I couldn't put this book down and I was so excited to turn the page to see what was going to happen next.
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on October 11, 2013
Well the book pushes more towards the ghost of a chance line in SC2 than the specters. Which is the reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Towards the end of the book, Tosh appears more and more like a nutcase, than the reasonable and powerfull character you see after allying with him.

Otherwise the book is still a very good read.
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on November 24, 2011
This is the second novel in the "Ghost" series. After reading Nova (StarCraft Ghost) (Starcraft (Unnumbered)) I didn't think I would even like this book. But it was dramatically better than Nova. It gave more insight into the ghost program and how the Dominion of Man under Emperor Mengsk was. This was the insight I was hoping to get in Nova but was sorely disappointed. It was a decent for a Starcraft novel. Most of Starcraft's books have been good. The one I could say I didn't like was Nova. But that was the setup for this novel. So I can't complain too much about Nova after reading this.
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on November 2, 2012
this was another great starcraft book.it was engrossing as all of the starcraft books.great read.i received it in a very timely manner and in good shape.
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on June 11, 2012
STARCRAFT GHOST: Spectres

This book is a continuation of the Starcraft Lore as it comes from Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. This revolves aroudn the Ghost program, Mengsk, Kerrigan, and Nova. A Fascinating book if you are intimate with the Lore of Starcraft. 7/10 I've read it twice.
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on July 31, 2015
Read this book over the course of about three days (which is fast for me), great read! Definitely recommend, even if not reading book in chronological order.
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on August 27, 2013
A neat story adding additional information to some of the Starcraft 2 Characters and lore. All around another good read for the Starcraft enthusiast.
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on August 2, 2013
StarCraft: Ghost--Spectres - Nate Kenyon - a great read for followers of the genre and gaming world. Gives a deeper picture into the characters.
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on June 29, 2013
This ties in to the Tokyopop Ghost Academy series but it undermines some of what happed in Wings of Liberty. It is okay, just off.
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