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StarCraft II: Heaven's Devils Hardcover – April 6, 2010

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William C. Dietz is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Halo: The Flood and the Legion of the Damned series. He grew up in the Seattle area, served as a medic with the Navy and the Marines, and graduated from the University of Washington. Dietz worked as a surgical technician, a news writer, a college instructor, a television producer, and a director of public relations for an international telephone company prior to embarking on a full-time writing career. Visit his website at WilliamCDietz.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 1st edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416550844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416550846
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times bestselling author William C. Dietz has published more than fifty novels some of which have been translated into German, French, Russian, Korean and Japanese. Dietz also wrote the script for the Legion of the Damned game (i-Phone, i-Touch, & i-Pad) based on his book of the same name--and co-wrote SONY's Resistance: Burning Skies game for the PS Vita.
Dietz grew up in the Seattle area, spent time with the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic, graduated from the University of Washington, lived in Africa for half a year, and has traveled to six continents.

Dietz has been employed as a surgical technician, college instructor, news writer, television producer and Director of Public Relations and Marketing for an international telephone company. Dietz is a member of the Writer's Guild and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

He and his wife live near Gig Harbor Washington where they enjoy traveling, kayaking, and reading books. For more information about William C. Dietz and his work visit: williamcdietz.com

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joshua W. Tunis on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Heaven's Devils was given to me as a birthday gift. My sister (who picked out the book) knows that I've been an avid Starcraft fan since the game's original release in 1998, and also knows that I've been anxiously awaiting for Starcraft II to be released. The thought of buying this for myself hadn't crossed my mind, so when the time came to open presents, I was shocked to see this sitting in front of me. To be honest, I was a little apprehensive that I might not enjoy the book, because I hadn't read a Starcraft novel before, nor had I heard of William C. Dietz. However, after reading it from front to back, I can say that my initial thoughts weren't the correct ones.

I enjoyed the book so much, I felt compelled to write a review. This book did not disappoint; infact quite the opposite. Part of me had always wondered who Jim Raynor really was, where he came from, and how he came to be. This book explains it, and also explains a whole lot about who Tychus Findlay is, and the type of character he is. Heaven's Devils was definitely a great read. It's a tad over 300 pages long, and I finished it in about 4 days, on and off, reading a little each day. Which says a lot, if you consider the fact that I'm a slow reader compared to the rest of the population. It was hard to put the book down and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.

It had action and adventure, suspense, and some mystery. It was very descriptive. From the feelings and emotions of each individual character, to a great story line where I could imagine the scene unfold in my head as it took place. The book was very thorough, and it explained everything. It's not all combat and it's not all talk. The book had a great vibe, and it works very well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thad on June 15, 2010
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It was officially announced - the release date for the much anticipated sequel to StarCraft. For years, unofficial release dates on pre-order websites kept getting pushed back. I had learned to stop getting my hopes up as each false date approached; but this time the announcement comes straight from the source. Soon, we will be swept away to the Koprulu sector to not only witness, but experience the events that will decide the fate of mankind and the two races incubated by the Xel'Naga.

Now that it is so close, so real, I am watching the pot again, waiting for it to boil. It seems somehow farther off and I need something to satisfy the craving for just a few more weeks. The first single-player storyline, Wings of Liberty, will feature Terran hero Jim Raynor whom we met in the original game. What better way to prepare than to read this book about Jim's early military career and the events that shaped his character?

With that said, this book is NOT a biography of Jim Raynor. While his story provides the main plot line, a good bit of this book goes to the exploits of Tychus Findlay and several sections are devoted to character development regarding the other members of the 321st as well as the bigger picture narrative that drives the Devils' chronicle.

For the non-StarCraft-fan, William C. Dietz provides a realistic portrayal of military life, war, corruption and politics. For us StarCraft junkies, he fleshes out the Guild Wars and exposes the atrocious state the Confederacy was in even before the Zerg and Protoss showed up.

The question is not whether you should buy this book - of course you should - the question is whether Blizzard should have put so many excerpts on the SCII official website. The answer is, no.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bascurero on October 12, 2010
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It's a good book for those who love the Starcraft universe. I have to say this book does do some explaining of Tychus and Raynor's relationship and how they met each other. I like the insight on Raynor's beginnings and how he becomes the way he is.

However, the book starts off fairly slow. You will not see much action until at least halfway through the novel. This made the book a little laborious to read. But, the ending is pretty good. I wish there were a little more expansion on what happens towards the end, but there may be more books to come.

All in all, it's a good read. If you like Starcraft, go for it. If not, but are willing to see what it's about, go ahead and give it a shot. You may like it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nissa on July 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I checked out this book at my work, thinking that maybe it'll be a good sci-fi. After all, I love Starcraft the games, so why not Starcraft the books?

Uughhh...if this were published by any real publishing company and not by Blizzard, it would never have seen the light of day. It's just too noobish.

Throughout the book, Dietz chooses the least exciting way to describe everything. At one scene, as Raynor and fellow cadets are escaping a shot-down plane, he describes each and every sound that goes along with an exploding plane. It would be simple enough to say something like "the blast from the plane deafened everyone and sent them sprawling", but instead he says something like "a muffled thump sounded as the fire got too close to the fuel line" and then proceeds to describe the rest of the plane's destruction by what sound goes along with what action. He doesn't describe how the noise or fire affects the characters.

And this isn't once a chapter. Every long expanse of narrative is filled with errors like this that make reading the book a chore. He describes things in a boring manner, and sometimes in just completely strange ways. Tychus Findlay passes out at one point, and Dietz says "he fell into a black hole". Yeah.

Also, the characters are pretty bland. There's not nearly enough description or personal development to build an attachment to the characters. This story was meant to elaborate on Raynor's life, and yet it never does. It basically said that Raynor was a poor farmer's son who signed up one day on a whim because some dude piloting a goliath told him to. It barely describes his emotions at all.

One of the biggest problems with this book is that the dialogue doesn't feel distinct.
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