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StarCraft II: Flashpoint (Starcraft II (Gallery Books)) Hardcover – November 6, 2012


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  • Series: Starcraft II (Gallery Books)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; First Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451659628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451659627
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden has written more than thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Visit her website at: ChristieGolden.com.

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Award-winning author Christie Golden has written over thirty novels and several short stories in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Golden launched the TSR Ravenloft line in 1991 with her first novel, the highly successful Vampire of the Mists. She is the author of several original fantasy novels, including On Fire's Wings, In Stone's Clasp, and Under Sea's Shadow, the first three in her multi-book fantasy series The Final Dance from LUNA Books.Among Golden's other projects are over a dozen Star Trek novels and the well-received StarCraft Dark Templar trilogy, Firstborn, Shadow Hunters, and the forthcoming Twilight. An avid player of Blizzard's MMORPG World of Warcraft, Golden has written several novels in that world (Lord of the Clans, Rise of the Horde) with three more in the works. She has also written two Warcraft manga stories for Tokyopop, I Got What Yule Need and A Warrior Made. Golden lives in Colorado with her husband and two cats.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Luna on November 10, 2012
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What an excellent book for Starcraft fans! For fans of Christie's character driven stories in the Blizzard universes, this is an absolute MUST HAVE! It's got a bit of everything in it: tons of action, adventure, great dialogue, mystery, suspense and heart touching romance!

The story transitions well from the immediate aftermath of Wings of Liberty to set the stage properly for the upcoming Heart of the Swarm expansion set. Many characters, both major and minor, have their motivations and personalities shown in spotlight to create a much more personal journey than has been explored in the previous games. Of course the main characters you would expect make appearances: Jim Raynor, Sarah Kerrigan, Matt Horner, Valerian and Arcturus Mengsk. More importantly, many of the series minor characters are also explored, including Mira Han, Rory Swann, Egon Stettman, and previously unknown members of Raynor's Raiders. The character driven plot gives a much greater sense of a "universe" than Wings of Liberty could on its own, giving the games setting more depth in hindsight.

In my opinion, though, the highlight of the book was not its wonderful, character driven plot to set up Heart of the Swarm, but the tantalizing looks that it gave to the past, concerning the relationship of Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan. The book goes into detail about just what Jim thought upon meeting Kerrigan for the first time (the famous "You pig!" and "Yeah but you were thinkin' it" line), their first date, Jim's deepening feelings for Sarah as she expresses her true emotions and motives.

While I have mentioned many of the character driven elements of the book, that is not to say that it isn't still set in the Starcraft universe!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Javier on March 1, 2013
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You need to be a fan to like it definitelly. It's a little slow at times but overall a great prelude to HOTS (the book basically covers what happened after Jim leaves Char with Kerrigan)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Penchev on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'll be honest, I did not expect to enjoy this book. I was afraid it would be a side-story, unimportant. But I was absolutely wrong! Damn, the book is amazing. I have not finished it yet, but what amazes me about it is that it is written very well, the characters talk like they do in the game, and the story is very important, and interesting! It is the key story from two seconds after the ending of Starcraft II, to the beginning of Heart of The Swarm. If you care about the game, buy it. If you like sci-fi, buy it.

Overall, it's amazing (so far)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pavlik on October 27, 2013
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As someone who specifically seeks out video game-related literature (such as Halo, Diablo, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Gears of War, and other series), this is the sort of novel that is only natural for me to come across at some point. It was good, but not particularly amazing or anything -- still, it filled in some gaps on the Starcraft 2 storyline, which was something I appreciated since I like to learn about all the lore behind such games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on March 19, 2013
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Overall the writing and the story is good. The author tries to give us a deeper understanding of the main characters motives and feelings.
My only gripe is not about the book itself and isn't directed towards the author. My problem is that during the game, I don't feel like the characters acknowledge the events that happened during the book. During Hiperion mission the dialog between Horner and Valerian pretty much ignores all of what happened on Dead Man's Port. I would have hoped that the writers would pay more attention to these details and gave us a more coherent universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Kim on February 10, 2013
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Picks up the story quite well. Not a "classic" by any means, but for the SC2 fan, there's enough to bridge the gap between games. Some big stretches, but hey, it's fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott H. Carroll on November 12, 2012
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First time reading a Starcraft book and it was great! Makes me wish the next x-pac would come out for SC2 already I buy the games for the story and the multiplayer is a bonus. Thanks for a great book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sung M. Kwon on January 27, 2013
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First I would like to lay out my potential biases for-or-against this book. I'm really into Starcraft universe, but mainly through the games and online wiki pages. This is the first book on the Starcraft universe(besides from game manuals) I've read thus far. I do read regularly, but my topics of interest in books were mainly history/politics/philosophy than fictions of any sort. My primary reason for purchasing this book was the new Heart of the Swarm cinematic trailer. After seeing such epic trailer, I really wanted to satisfy the itch to find out just what happened after Wings of Liberty. I figured that the odds are, I would have a decent time reading through this. Worst case I would be reading a total cheeseball of a story about characters I liked, which would still be fun.

Now that I laid out my background, here is my opinion on the book itself. Overall I had a great time reading this book. It gives much needed explanation to make sense of some really lackluster character motivations in WoL.

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For me, the prime example is Valerian. If you played WoL without reading any of the outside canonical materials, his whole motive of "let's cure Kerrigan so I can show people what a great leader I can be" sounds extremely naive to the point of complete foolishness. Why not just use the artifect to weaken her to kill her? Once Golden tell us that Valerian is aware of the prophecy, his plan suddenly makes a whole load of sense. This revelation, along with the rest of first three chapters of the book, IMO, is so necessary that I want to praise Golden and criticize Blizzard. To Golden, thank you for making better sense of the whole messy final arc of WoL. To Blizzard...
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